Oculus founder Palmer Luckey

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Mr Luckey was the general public face of the Oculus VR headset agency

Palmer Luckey, the founding father of VR agency Oculus, has left the corporate.

Mr Luckey was intently related to the rise to prominence of Oculus and its VR headset which lastly went on sale in early 2016.

Fb, which owns Oculus, gave no particulars about why Mr Luckey left the agency or what he deliberate to do subsequent.

His departure caps a troubled interval for Oculus which misplaced a $500m (£400m) courtroom case towards media agency Zenimax which stated it stole commerce secrets and techniques.

The courtroom case was partly caused as a result of Zenimax accused Mr Luckey of violating a non-disclosure settlement he signed with the agency in 2014.

Fb and Oculus have appealed towards the damages award.

“Palmer can be dearly missed,” said Facebook in a statement given to tech information website Ars Technica.

It stated that his “ingenious spirit” helped to “kickstart” current curiosity in VR and get the business going. It stated it wished him properly in future ventures.

No private assertion from Mr Luckey about his future plans has but appeared.

Mr Luckey had been the general public face of Oculus since 2012 and frequently gave displays at business occasions about VR’s potential.

Nonetheless, he grew to become a controversial determine final yr when it emerged that he had partly bankrolled a bunch behind a social media marketing campaign serving to Donald Trump’s presidential bid.

Widespread criticism of his involvement with the pro-Trump group prompted Mr Luckey to apologise for the impact the revelation had had on perceptions of Oculus.

The publicity meant Mr Luckey appeared far much less usually at Oculus occasions. He was solely absent from the corporate’s flagship Join convention final yr.

As founder and main shareholder of Oculus, Mr Luckey obtained a big payout when Fb purchased the corporate in 2014 for $2bn.