Oculus Founder Received Death Threats for Selling to Facebook
Show attendees play a video game wearing Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets at the Intel booth at the International Consumer Electronics Show(CES) on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Monday, Mar 31, 2014 Updated at 2:43 PM PDT
Last week's announcement that Facebook was buying virtual reality maker Oculus apparently was something that some people felt strongly about -- at least enough to make death threats against leaders of the company, according to reports.
"We expected a negative reaction from people in the short term, [but] we did not expect to be getting so many death threats and harassing phone calls that extended to our families," Oculus founder Palmer Luckey wrote in a Reddit post this weekend. "We know we will prove ourselves with actions and not words, but that kind of [expletive] is unwarranted, especially since it is impacting people who have nothing to do with Oculus."
Oculus is a cutting-edge and promising virtual reality company, and now some feel Facebook would basically be benching that technology to the detriment of virtual reality innovation, according to Ars Technica. Luckey would differ with that assessment."We expected a negative reaction, that does not mean we think the reaction is warranted. My primary goal is the long term success of VR, not short term warm and fuzzy feelings."
It's interesting to note that virtual reality fans are the ones most passionately against this deal. Isn't it a little ironic that it's they're more passionate about a make-believe reality than reality? Also, making death threats against anyone is stupid and can get you arrested.