Oculus founder Palmer Luckey almost single-handedly rekindled the world's interest in virtual reality, starting with a humble Kickstarter campaign. Now, he's about to leave the brand he helped create. His last day is Friday, a Facebook representative confirmed to CNET.
But after a reportedly slow start for the Oculus Rift headset and an expose where Luckey was found lying about his involvement in an anti-Hillary Clinton smear group, Facebook began to distance itself from the embattled co-founder and the grassroots brand he helped create.
Even as Facebook maintained that he was still an employee, the typically front-and-center Luckey disappeared from social media and stopped making public appearances altogether -- unless you count his testimony in the Oculus-ZeniMax trial.
Here's Facebook's statement:
"Palmer will be dearly missed. Palmer's legacy extends far beyond Oculus. His inventive spirit helped kickstart the modern VR revolution and helped build an industry. We're thankful for everything he did for Oculus and VR, and we wish him all the best."
Luckey didn't respond to a request for comment.
Disclosure: Sean's wife works for Facebook, owner of Oculus, as a business-to-business video project manager.