This past weekend Facebook revealed that Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey has left the company. The reasons for his departure are unclear.
In a statement issued by Facebook, the company said that “Palmer will be dearly missed,” however the reasons for him leaving are yet to be disclosed, instead the company said:
“Palmer’s legacy extends far beyond Oculus. His inventive spirit helped kickstart the modern VR revolution and helped build an industry. We’re thankful for everything he did for Oculus and VR, and we wish him all the best.”
It comes as no surprise that he’s leaving the company, however, as the 24-year-old has been shrouded in controversy ever since the pricing for the Oculus Rift VR headset was announced.
After initially saying that the rift would cost around $350, many were upset when Oculus announced the launch date and the near $700 price point for the headset. Palmer, at the time, brushed it off claiming it was just a “ballpark figure”.
Things continued to get worse for Palmer who was caught up in the US presidential election having being found as an active Trump supporter funding anti-Hillary Clinton memes.
Lately Oculus itself has been in the news after a court ruled against the company ordering a $500 million settlement to be paid to Bethesda’s parent company, ZeniMax over the breach of an NDA. Luckey also had to pay $50 million.