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Palmer Luckey is leaving Oculus

Oculus VR co-founder Palmer Luckey, who landed in hot water in 2016 over his support for the pro-Trump "shitposting" group Nimble America, has left the company. According to UploadVR, his last day with Oculus, which was acquired by Facebook in 2013 for a staggering $2 billion, will be tomorrow. 

Oculus confirmed Luckey's looming departure in a statement, saying, "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." 

Interestingly, it was only a few months ago, following the resignation of Brendan Iribe as Oculus CEO (he remains at the company, however) that Oculus confirmed that Luckey was still at the company, and that "we'll have more to share on his new role soon."

That was the last we'd heard about him until his testimony during the ZeniMax-Oculus lawsuit, which ended in a $500 million victory for ZeniMax when the jury found that Luckey had broken the non-disclosure agreement he'd signed with ZeniMax prior to working with it on early VR hardware. 

As lead news writer during ‘merican hours, Andy covers the day-to-day events that keep PC gaming so interesting, exciting, and occasionally maddening. He’s fond of RPGs, FPSs, dungeons, Myst, and the glorious irony of his parents buying him a TRS-80 instead of an Atari so he wouldn't end up wasting his life on videogames.