Palmer Luckey, the young man who can be credited for bringing affordable VR to the world, is leaving the Facebook-owned Oculus VR.
Palmer's departure comes one year after the release of the Oculus Rift in March 2016. The timing makes it quite likely this was part of the contract signed upon purchase of Oculus VR by Facebook.
In a statement from Facebook:
“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.”
It has been six months since the scandal with Palmer participating in the Nimble America far-right political group that used inflammatory online tactics to discourage the 2016 presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton.
In the last public statement from Palmer, he stated:
"Here’s more background: I contributed $10,000 to Nimble America because I thought the organization had fresh ideas on how to communicate with young voters through the use of several billboards. I am a libertarian who has publicly supported Ron Paul and Gary Johnson in the past, and I plan on voting for Gary in this election as well."
So there you have it. End of an era, however, Palmer could use $100 bills in his fireplace and still never need to work again. 1st world problems...