Oculus VR Founder Palmer Luckey has revealed that he and his team have received death threats and ‘harassing phone calls’ to extended families over the recently-announced buyout of the company to Facebook for $2 billion USD. Luckey confirmed as much on Reddit stating that, while he knew response would be negative at first, he hadn’t anticipated these sorts of actions against the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset makers.
“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,” the developer wrote in response to an article claiming the company hadn’t foreseen such a negative reaction to the deal.
He didn’t reveal any specific details on such threats.
“We know we will prove ourselves with actions and not words, but that kind of shit is unwarranted,” Luckey concluded, “especially since it is impacting people who have nothing to do with Oculus.”
Luckey’s comments were quickly supported on Reddit, with the community rushing to console the developer and his team. Until now, the extent of the negative reactions to the deal were thought to simply be a negative community reaction and Minecraft creator Markus Persson’s cancellation of a VR port of the title.
VRFocus will continue to follow the developments surrounding Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus VR and report back with the latest.