Oculus VR Receives Death Threats After Facebook Deal
Oculus VR staff have been subject to death threats following Facebook’s purchase of the company.
Gamers were made aware of the threats by a Reddit comment from Oculus VR founder Palmer Lucky. In said comment he stated that he, his staff and even their families have been receiving threats and harassing phone calls in the wake of Facebook’s $2 billion acquisition deal.
“We expected a negative reaction from people in the short term,” said Lucky. “We did not expect to be getting so many death threats and harassing phone calls that extended to our families. We know we will prove ourselves with actions and not words, but that kind of shit is unwarranted, especially since it is impacting people who have nothing to do with Oculus.”
This, of course, is far from the first example of upset gamers issuing threats of violence to figures in the gaming industry. In July of 2013, for instance, Treyarch design director David Vonderhaar received similar death threats after he announced a small change to the to the reload time of a weapon in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. As in that case, you can most likely assume that the voices behind the Oculus VR threats are cowards who only say such inflammatory things because they feel safe behind the anonymity of their computer screens.