Palmer Luckey, the multi millionaire founder behind Oculus Rift, was recently outed as the supporter of a group dedicated to “sh*tposting” and the creation of memes that ridicule Hilary Clinton.
The pro-Trump political organisation ‘Nimble America’ recieved $10,000 from Luckey who also allegedly wrote defamatory posts on a Reddit group using the pseudonym “NimbleRichMan”. Luckey has now apologised for his actions but denies writing any of the comments, despite The Daily Beast, who uncovered the story, having written statements that he did.
A number of VR Developers have now dropped support for the headset, most notably the Fez developer, Polytron, whilst Insomniac Games, who have strong ties to Oculus and exclusive games on the system, gave this statement to distance themselves.
Insomniac Games condemns all forms of hate speech. While everyone has a right to express his or her political opinion, the behavior and sentiments reported do not reflect the values of our company. We are also confident that this behavior and sentiment does not reflect the values of the many Oculus employees we work with on a daily basis.
Facebook, who now own Oculus, have yet to comment on the controversy. If you want to despair at the human race, then head on over to the Reddit which started the whole thing, it’s something else.