Palmer Luckey, co-founder of virtual reality headset Oculus Rift, has been revealed to be heavily involved in funding a pro-Donald Trump political campaign.
The notion shouldn’t be concerning except that recent reports have unveiled Luckey to be funding a group that’s behind the recent spam of memes against Hillary Clinton.
In the wake of the news, several video game developers have decided to take a stance against Oculus Rift. Taking to Twitter, many have announced that they are dropping support for the VR headset for their respective titles.
The list includes Fez developer Polytron who is now withdrawing Oculus support from its upcoming PlayStation VR title Superhypercube. Scruta Games is also cancelling Oculus support for its Computer Janitor VR game. There’s Tomorrow Today Labs and its upcoming title NewtonVR which will not be supporting Oculus Touch.
All of them have stated that they will continue to take the stance until Luckey resigns his position from the company. On the other hand, other developers have taken a different approach.
Instead of boycotting the company, E McNeil of Darknet has donated $1000 to Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Logan Olson, the creator of Vive-exclusive SoundStage, is another developer that is donating all the profits from his game to her campaign in the next 24 hours.
That being said, a few developers have suggested that Luckey is in his right to be involved with the country’s politics as long as he isn’t doing something illegal.
The timing couldn’t be any worse. Oculus is preparing to launch its Oculus Touch controllers at the end of the year. The VR industry has already been reported to be slipping. The initial craze has faded by a bit. The last thing Oculus needs right now is deflating potential sales due to a political funding campaign.
The following statement from Luckey to address the situation should be most interesting. It’s unlikely though that he will be resigning from his position that easily.