Almost exactly two months after ZeniMax won a $500 million USD judgement against Oculus, subject to appeal, of course, co-founder Palmer Luckey will leave the company. As expected, Facebook isn’t commenting on who initiated this departure because of their corporate policy, and it would be inappropriate and unprofessional for a company to do so (except in certain circumstances).
Their official message, via UploadVR, is as follows:
Palmer will be dearly missed. 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.
Brendan Iribe, another co-founder and former CEO of Oculus VR, is still at the company as far as we know. Last we heard, through his blog post on the company’s website, he’s moved to an internal team that focuses on their PC initiatives: the Rift, research, and computer vision.
For now, it’s somewhat unclear how the company is structured. John Carmack is supposedly still the CTO, but I don’t think Facebook has found anyone to replace Brendan Iribe as CEO yet. Today’s departure leaves another vacant hole, although, according to Tom Forsyth’s joke tweet, his title was “Palmer” and thus his role will likely be retired. Who knows? If your name just happens to be Palmer, then maybe you can apply for it.
with a 500 million settelment
with a 500 million settelment you bet he is getting fired, i also wonder how much of that is getting out of his pocket.
It wasn’t a ‘settlement’.
It wasn’t a ‘settlement’. Also IIRC Palmer was only ‘responsible’ for $50mil of that judgement, which is all going to appeal anyway.
I’ll bet that his
I’ll bet that his stocks/other assets are worth a tad more than $50 million. So Palmer Luckey is not so unlucky as there will be plenty of dosh remaining even if he is stuck with that $50 million dollar judgment to pay.
Here is an Idea for a new company: Make a fully hardware up-datable laptop case standard along with an industry standard laptop motherboard(socketed only) and MXM/other graphics card standard. Do this so folks can buy the parts and build a laptop around a standardized series of parts. The current laptop OEMs really are not producing the kinds of laptops that power users want or need. So bring that home builder spirit to the laptop market!
P.S. use opensource firmware also, as much as possible.
Facebook buying the rift was
Facebook buying the rift was the worst thing that ever happened to it.
I think the vive was the
I think the vive was the “worst thing” that happen to the rift.
I have the rift, but frankly after a few hours the novelty ended.
Sadly there nothing for it…
Hopefully next year thing will start to pickup in the VR world.
Otherwise I will have another ebay item to sell.