Some Oculus VR employees received death threats after Facebook deal

It's been a week since Facebook announced plans to acquire Oculus VR, makers of the Oculus Rift virtual reality helmet, for $2 billion in cash and stock. While some people are not happy that the deal has taken place, it appears that a few folks have gone well over the line with their anger.

In a post on Reddit this weekend, Oculus VR co-founder Palmer Luckey revealed that while they expected some people to have a "negative reaction" to the Facebook acquisition, "we did not expect to be getting so many death threats and harassing phone calls that extended to our families." The message did not get into specifics on which employees and family members were targeted, but for obvious reasons Luckey called the personal attacks "unwarranted", especially for the threats that went after people who don't even work at the company.

Some of the anger about the Oculus VR-Facebook deal centers on the fact that the Oculus Rift helmet got its initial funding via a Kickstarter fund raising campaign. Many people have posted their displeasure about Facebook buying the company on the Oculus Rift Kickstarter comments page. One person wrote, "Facebook is not evil, it's a company. A company that invested 2 billion dollars in Oculus. Don't fool us. Even if you don't admit it today, you've lost your freedom. You've lost your soul."

However, Luckey wrote that despite these kinds of comments, the Facebook acquisition was the best thing for Oculus VR, stating, "We know we will prove ourselves with actions and not words." The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2014.

Source: Reddit via Polygon | Image via Oculus VR

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Wow, I can understand that some people might not like facebook and the deal but death threats are bringing it to another level. Some people need to grow up and get a grip with their emotions. The justice department will find these idiots and charge them. What a bunch of losers.
OR needed to find a big money backer or they would have never survived against, Sony and Microsoft. Instead of people jumping to conclusions let the market for these devices come out and mature a few generations.

Death threats are never justified. In any case, the OR is predicted to be a streaming device, only to work with content provided by Facebook and not usable for other things like games on your hard drive. Tis a pity.. leak provided by MarigoldAnon4, usually a reliable source.

What's the issue again?

It's a new potentially massive market. It was only a matter of time before some big player swooped in and bought it. It just further proves the usability of this machine; if anything people should be celebrating!

Imagine if Apple or Google bought it? or Yahoo trying to stay relevant. I think Facebook is one of the better ones.

astropheed said,
What's the issue again?

Well, maybe the fact that Palmer lied about not selling out.

And the fact that Kickstarter people who thought they were supporting a new emerging tech oriented product ended up funding his quick cash grab.

Shouldn't people instead be mad at how Kickstarter operates?

Why do people feel they have absolutely any entitlements to how Oculus functions internally? They paid for a product and got it. The Kickstarter was for the Devkit(1) and as far as I know all backers received what they paid for.

Selling out? By securing a revenue stream to increase production capability and possibly deliver an even better product? No one has even heard a single limitation this has caused and are instead jumping to idiotic conclusions.

The way I see it, Facebook thinks this will be profitable as an investment because they have faith in the technology. It seems like an intelligent idea that benefits everyone involved, including the consumer.

Also, to everyone who says, "Pre-ordered cancelled" without hearing any further details is a moron. Period.

Gather information to make informed decisions, don't let emotions control your decisions. That's how bad decisions are made.

astropheed said,
Also, to everyone who says, "Pre-ordered cancelled" without hearing any further details is a moron. Period.

Gather information to make informed decisions, don't let emotions control your decisions. That's how bad decisions are made.


These are people who are convinced that Rift will now never be a product, or that if it's a product it'll have the audacity to allow applications other than just games.

It's the XBox One kind of hate all over again, where the gamer ego gets incredibly butt hurt at the thought of not being the most important thing in the room.

This is absolutely disgusting that people would do that. Crap like that should be punishable by jail time and a very severe fine (way worse than a DUI), it's the very definition of terrorism!

I would hope that it's exactly what does happen.

92GTA said,
This is absolutely disgusting that people would do that. Crap like that should be punishable by jail time and a very severe fine (way worse than a DUI), it's the very definition of terrorism!

xankazo said,
This is what I seriously hate about April's Fools, you can't be sure about the seriousness of the news.

It would be a lazy joke to make, since it's so perfectly believable. Gaming companies are targeted with death threats more than just about any other technology company. It seems that set of consumers is the most infected with the mentally ill.

I'm not a fan of Facebook, was kind of "meh" on the whole VR thing since the 90's... but damn some people need to get a grip.

CuddleVendor said,
Considering the guy sold out his principles for quick cash, I wouldn't put much faith in this being completely true.

Not liking the guy is fine.. But it's really not a stretch of the imagination to see people making these threats.. I mean I get them in Video Games, just for being there..

Of COURSE they are getting threats.. Most of just idiots hiding behind a computer screen who would cry if exposed to daylight, much less able to act.. but it only takes one deranged nut out there be a real threat.

CuddleVendor said,
Considering the guy sold out his principles for quick cash, I wouldn't put much faith in this being completely true.

Exactly what principles were sold out? What was going to happen that is now absolutely certain not to have any chance whatsoever of happening?

If facebook is not interfering anyway to the VR project, then I don't see any problems. Oculus just got A LOT of funding they need to speed up the project.

As if you think a company (Facebook) that is on the stock exchange, and driven by infinite-greed shareholders and the board- will throw -litereally!- billions of $$$ to other companies just for charity of fun. That nice faithful christian called zuckerbergerstein have serious plans with this startup, and I bet the most of us wont benefit from it.

soder said,
As if you think a company (Facebook) that is on the stock exchange, and driven by infinite-greed shareholders and the board- will throw -litereally!- billions of $$$ to other companies just for charity of fun. That nice faithful christian called zuckerbergerstein have serious plans with this startup, and I bet the most of us wont benefit from it.

Technically they threw hundreds of millions of dollars, and the rest in shares. So not actually 'litereally'.

Like a month ago when they bought the other startup, whatsup, FB gave 2 Billion in cash. That was literally "billions".

warwagon said,
I just don't understand why people hate the Facebook deal so much.

I understand the dislike of it. Facebook, seen as grabbing personal data and for farmville games, is not held with high regards in the gaming market. However, the hate is always baffling in these situations. Death threats to family members of employees working on Oculus is crazy. They didnt sell the company. They are working on Oculus Rift.

On a positive, it shows how fans were so emotional for the product. People really really want VR and Oculus Rift was suppose to provide that.

We don't like it because we thought Oculus had some integrity, we thought they were forging a brave road for gaming, then we realised they're suckers for money when they sold to Facebook, a company which has very little integrity, is forging a brave road to exploit ALL of their users for every penny they can get and who can now do anything they want to this product to maximise it's profitability, therefore destroying it in the process.

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
We don't like it because we thought Oculus had some integrity, we thought they were forging a brave road for gaming, then we realised they're suckers for money when they sold to Facebook, a company which has very little integrity, is forging a brave road to exploit ALL of their users for every penny they can get and who can now do anything they want to this product to maximise it's profitability, therefore destroying it in the process.

This is exactly the the kind of hysteria that I do not understand.

warwagon said,
I just don't understand why people hate the Facebook deal so much.
I don't have the hysteria that others seem too. That said, there is very little chance I will ever buy anything made by Facebook.

Every other week they change their TOS, your privacy settings, the design of the site, etc. And when they make a change, they never take feedback, it's always deal with it. Changes to privacy settings always assume you want everything public, not private, leaving you to change the "new" settings asap.

They said where they will be involved is the UI. I'm not a fan of the FB UI, it used to be clean and simple and now it's cluttered, filled with ad's, etc. I don't trust FB as far as I can throw them. I use their service out of necessity to keep in contact with some people, and that's the extent.

Nope, if I'm gonna pay out money It's gonna go to a company whose actions I can at least predict, if not trust. Here Sony Sony Sony Sony.

Why would they ? Steam Overlay anyone ?

They can do their same thing.. Only now with advertisements, and friend requests, and FB chat, etc..

In fact given how immersive this will be, it would SHOCK me if it didn't have something like this. Are you really gonna want to take this off to respond to a skype message, or change rooms on Teamspeak, etc ? It only makes sense that they are going to try at some level to bring in an interface into is so you can see what is happening outside the game without having to take the equipment off.

Nope, this is what I assume they meant when they said they were gonna take over the UI design aspect.. Again, not sure, I don't have pitchforks like the other, but as I said, they will have to REALLY surprise me to make me want to buy it..

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
We don't like it because we thought Oculus had some integrity, we thought they were forging a brave road for gaming, then we realised they're suckers for money when they sold to Facebook, a company which has very little integrity, is forging a brave road to exploit ALL of their users for every penny they can get and who can now do anything they want to this product to maximise it's profitability, therefore destroying it in the process.

Alternatively, we could all just get a life.