Multiple devs vow to cease support for Oculus after Luckey revealed to be a Trump supporter
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Gaming and politics may not always mix well but that doesn’t seem to be the case with these developers who have vowed to either give low priority or completely cease any of their development projects for the Oculus VR after finding out that Oculus’ CEO Palmer Luckey has been funding a campaign for US Presidential Candidate Donald Trump.
In a story by The Daily Beast the Oculus founder is on the hot seat once again as he is revealed to be funding a Pro-Trump campaign, under an organization called Nimble America, which uses Memes to support the businessman turned Presidential candidate. While at a glance there may be no harm for using your fortune to support someone in politics, Trump and his supporters has been known for racist, anti-semetic, and sometimes even sexist sentiments to various issues in USA. Luckey although clarifies that he’s just merely the groups “money man”, citing indirect involvement, and denying any direct ties with the group’s actual campaigns, saying he chose to fund Nimble America after it “sounded like a real jolly good time“, and states that he has only donated USD 10,000 and nothing more according to his Apology Statement on Facebook, although The Daily Beast’s Gildeon Resnick states otherwise as an email exchange clarifies, that Luckey himself has posted co-mingled in the organization’s subreddit using the pseudonym “NimbleRichMan (the account is already deleted as of checking during this article’s writing)
Jolly good time or not, as a result of this action from Luckey, multiple developers who are working on projects for the Oculus Rift VR has vowed to cease their Oculus related projects such as Cambrian Era, Tomorrow Today Labs, Polytron, and Scruta Games..
I'm dropping Oculus support from Tower Underworld Online V due to Palmer Luckey's politics. If you're not familiar with TUOV, ask me.
— Merisa (@cambrian_era) September 23, 2016
— Tomorrow Today Labs (@TTLabsVR) September 23, 2016
— Scruta Games (@ScrutaGames) September 23, 2016
SUPERHYPERCUBE will not be supporting Oculus. https://t.co/sqtAzZ8hJZ
— Polytron (@Polytron) September 23, 2016
But perhaps the significant blow dealt to the Oculus regarding this case would come from Insomniac Games whose game lineup for the VR platform include Edge of Nowhere, Feral Rites, and The Outspoken. In a statement to Gamasutra, Insomniac expresses that they condemn all forms of hate speech, a concept that has been closely tied to Trump’s presidential campaign which Luckey is revealed to be supporting whether directly or indirectly, however they also add that they are “confident that this behavior and sentiment does not reflect the values of the many Oculus employees“. It can be remembered that Insomniac has signed an exclusivity deal with the Oculus back in 2015 not only as a platform for them to publish their VR titles but also for funding their VR game projects, and as to if these sentiments will affect that deal, we are yet to know.
Oculus founder Palmer Luckey has been subject to different controversies surrounding his company, from the sudden price hike, the ZeniMax lawsuit, platform exclusivity, and just recently, American politics.