Oculus employees receive death threats after Facebook aquisition

Palmer Luckey Oculus VR

The heat surrounding the Oculus VR and Facebook deal has not cooled down and Oculus founder Palmer Luckey was back on Reddit today responding to to the negative feedback since the acquisition was announced.

The gaming community was in general not particularly happy with the outcome of the deal and are concerned that Facebook’s involvement could drive Oculus away from core gaming. Luckey wrote:

~”We expected a negative reaction from people in the short term, we did not expect to be getting so many death threats and harassing phone calls that extended to our families.

We know we will prove ourselves with actions and not words, but that kind of shit is unwarranted, especially since it is impacting people who have nothing to do with Oculus.”

He’s absolutely right, that shit is not warranted, and it’s probably a few isolated incidents. Gamers have a tendency to take things rather personally when they disagree with a decision but death threats are going too far.

It’s best not predict what’s going to happen with Oculus and just wait and see how it all pans out. Let’s just hope they do “prove” themselves.

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  • Anbear

    I can’t believe how stupid people are about this, it is the definition of a successful kickstarter, better than anyone could have dreamed of at the start. All backers got what they paid for and as with all kickstarters oculus owes them nothing more.

    If you are not completely stuck on the “evil uncool facebook stole VR future” mantra, check out roadtovr.com for a reflected view on the subject.

    • Paul Younger

      I agree, Oculus does owe them nothing. Backers got what they backed it for so there is no room for complaint. I do think it has woken a few people up to what a Kickstarer actually is though and I think people will maybe have a long hard think before throwing cash around.

  • Joe

    I agree with the others here. Kickstarter entitles you to exactly nothing. Not even what you were promised. The project might fail and you get nothing. You might not even get your money back. That is the risk. You are like a mini investor with only a hope of return on investment. Oculus has done what they have promised with devices from Kickstarter. The buyout from Facebook initially hit me as something that was negative, but in hearing from Oculus and even Mark Z it seems things are still on track. We love to hate successful companies for some reason (except Apple which I don’t get). But death threats? If you are that worked up about a device to use for gaming then please turn off your computer and go find a life. That is just nonsense. There is no reason to abandon Oculus or even to believe this will mean failure. Why give up on a device you’ve wanted since you were a little geek in diapers. We all have. Just because Facebook may have a hand in bringing it to us doesn’t mean all of our dreams are ended. Get a grip folks.