Palmer Luckey (above, right) is leaving Oculus, the virtual reality startup he co-founded and later sold to Facebook.
In February, a U.S. jury ordered Facebook and the creators of Oculus Rift to pay $500m to the gaming software company, following accusations that Luckey violated a non-disclosure agreement signed when building early versions of the Oculus Rift headset.
"His inventive spirit helped kickstart the modern VR revolution and build an industry", the spokesperson said.
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Facebook acquired Oculus back in 2014 for US$2 billion.
The court ultimately decided that Oculus did not steal trade secrets from ZeniMax, but it did rule that Oculus had infringed on the company's copyrights, and it held Luckey personally responsible for $50 million of the final judgment because of his violation of the NDA.
Oculus told Upload VR the news, saying that it will be Luckey's last week at the Facebook-owned VR headset company.
Facebook's virtual reality arm, Oculus, has seen some legal hurdles in 2017. UploadVR, a technology publication, first reported about his upcoming departure.
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When asked if Luckey's departure from the company was volutary, or if he was ousted due to his many recent controversies, Facebook declined to respond, simply saying that they do not comment on internal personnel issues. In a September Facebook post, Luckey apologized for how his actions may have negatively impacted those connected to the social network's VR unit. That spurred Facebook's purchase of Oculus for almost $3 billion in 2014, which Zuckerberg said would allow users to "experience the impossible".
On Sept. 23, 2016, Luckey offered a lengthy apology on Twitter for his donations to Nimble America, a Donald Trump-supporting political organization that trolled Hillary Clinton's campaign. I did not write the "NimbleRichMan" posts, nor did I delete the account. The tactics of Nimble America combined with its tacit support of Clinton's controversial opponent, current U.S. president Donald Trump, sparked severe outrage toward Luckey.
Facebook isn't left without a VR expert, as it recently hired former Google and Xiaomi staffer Hugo Barra as vice president of virtual reality.
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