Palmer Luckey departs Oculus

Palmer Luckey departs Oculus
Jake Tucker

By Jake Tucker

March 31st 2017 at 10:29AM

Luckey leaves Oculus after being out of the public eye since last September

Oculus' co-founder Palmer Luckey has departed the company he helped found.

Luckey, formerly the public face of Oculus, vanished from the public eye after revelations last September that he'd donated $10,000 to a group propagating pro-Donald Trump memes.

The 24-year old didn't show his face during last October's Oculus Connect event shortly after the revelation, claiming that he didn't want to be a "distraction" to the conference.

Reaching out to Oculus for a statement, they sent out this:

"Palmer will be dearly missed. Palmer's legacy extends far beyond Oculus. His inventive spirit helped kickstart the modern VR revolution and build an industry. We're thankful for everything he did for Oculus and VR, and we wish him all the best."

Facebook acquired Oculus VR for $2b in 2014, which shone a spotlight on both Palmer Luckey and virtual reality in general. Luckey and John Carmack recently fought a lawsuit from Zenimax, which resulted in Luckey having to pay $500m for failing to comply with a non-disclosure statement he signed with Oculus.