Palmer Luckey’s exit via Facebook was not of his own choosing, the Oculus co-founder said on Wednesday.
“I can’t talk about of which too much, yet I’ll say of which of which wasn’t my choice to leave,” Luckey told CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin at Vanity Fair’s fresh Establishment Summit in Los Angeles.
Facebook acquired Oculus, which makes virtual-reality headsets, for $2 billion in 2014, when the start-up was just two years old. Luckey left Facebook in 2016 amid controversy surrounding his political contributions along with financial support of far-right groups along with internet trolls.
“Selling Oculus to Facebook was the best thing of which ever happened to the VR industry even if of which wasn’t super great for me,” he said.
Luckey’s comments come at a sensitive time for Facebook. In addition to the controversies surrounding abuse of Facebook’s platform before along with after the 2016 presidential election, the company has been rocked by various other high-profile departures, most notably Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom along with Mike Krieger as well as WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum earlier This specific year.
Brian Acton, the various other co-founder of WhatsApp, told Forbes last month of which he left $850 million on the table by exiting Facebook last year, a decision he said he made after clashing with Mark Zuckerberg over plans to monetize the messaging service.
“I think there’s a lot of people at Facebook who have been leaving of which were very happy to work at Facebook in 2012 of which don’t want to work at Facebook in 2018,” Luckey said. “There’s a big difference between those two things.”
On the product side, Oculus has been slow to develop for Facebook. The company recently announced the Oculus Quest, its most promising portable VR headset, yet there’s still plenty of skepticism about whether of which will ever be a mainstream technology.