Palmer Luckey, co-founder of Oculus VR, is leaving Facebook. In a statement to UploadVR, Facebook said Palmer will be dearly missed and that his legacy extends far beyond Oculus. His inventive spirit helped kickstart (no pun intended) the modern VR revolution and helped build an industry, the social networking giant said, adding that they’re thankful for everything he did for Oculus and VR.
A spokesperson for Facebook declined to say whether or not Luckey left voluntarily, instead citing a policy of not discussing internal personnel matters.
Facebook purchased Oculus in 2014 for $2 billion.
Luckey has largely remained out of the spotlight after admitting late last year that he helped fund a pro-Trump organization called Nimble America responsible for spreading anti-Clinton memes on the Internet. Early on, he was the face of the modern virtual reality movement and even landed a spot on the cover of Time magazine in August 2015.
Oculus was ordered in February to pay a total of $500 million to settle a 2014 lawsuit levied by ZeniMax Media Inc. after it was determined that Luckey violated a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) he had previously signed with ZeniMax. Luckey specifically was instructed to pay $50 million for false designation.
id Software co-founder John Carmack, currently the CTO at Oculus, recently fired back at ZeniMax with a $22.5 million lawsuit of his own.