Oculus founder faces death threats whilst VR project draws Valve devs

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Oculus/Facebook uproar turns nasty. Meanwhile Oculus VR is attracting more industry talent from Valve.

The backlash arising from Facebook’s purchase of Oculus has led to death threats against Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey. Posting on Reddit, Luckey revealed,

"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," adding that the outcry was, ‘unwarranted, especially since it is impacting people who have nothing to do with Oculus”

Initial backers of the Oculus Kickstarter campaign have been highly critical of Facebook’s involvement in the emerging VR tech company despite a $2 billion deal that has a greater chance of giving Oculus some competitive sway.

Whilst vitriol brims on the net towards Oculus VR, the funding from Facebook is making the project more attractive within the games industry. Since news of the Facebook acquisition Valve, a company that rarely sees employees leave under their own steam, has so far lost two high profile games developers to Oculus.

In March programming veteran Michael Abrash left Valve for Oculus with high hopes for the project. As announced on twitter, Abrash is now joined by Aaron Nicholls who has been working a number of rolls under Valve and previously developed Gears of War, Halo 3 and Jade Empire.

Oculus are putting quite a team together but will the Facebook outrage continue to be a thorn in Oculus’ side? Please use the comments below to have your say.

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