Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey has written on Reddit that his employees have received death threats in the wake of the company’s sale to Facebook.
Luckey said that he expected a negative reaction from people in the short term; he did not expect the Spanish Inquistion. Then again, no one expects the Spanish Inquistion.
He said that he was surprised 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,” Luckey said.
Last week Facebook had announced it had purchased Oculus VR for $2 billion, positive and negative comments flowed forth from social media.
Oculus VR vice president Nate Mitchell said he expected to get some heat from its core fans over the deal, but said he was surprised by the outpouring of negativity from the community at large.
Since then Mitchell claimed je’s already starting to see the conversation on Twitter and Reddit “swinging back the opposite direction.” He stressed that it is up to Oculus VR to educate people on why the deal makes sense and should be considered a good thing.
This is what Luckey was trying to do. He answered dozens of questions on Reddit about privacy concerns and what the deal means for the future of Oculus.
One of the reasons that the deal is so unpopular is that Oculus’s success was based on getting a dedicated band of followers using kickstarter. There were concerns that Facebook would be fast and footloose with user data from the company.
Many Oculus users were proud of the fact that Facebook did not have its paws on their personal data, until the buy out.