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.

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10 Comments on Oculus VR Receives Death Threats After Facebook Deal


On April 1, 2014 at 12:46 pm

Oh for F@&K sakes people!!

Facebook hasn’t even come close to doing some of the sh!t things a lot of game companies have done to you.

I mean this is ridiculous, how many people out there could actually afford one of these things?

It’s like the 360 treadmills that people wanted a few years back, it’s so far beyond silly to think that you have an actually use for them that it’s almost sickening.

Is it a cool piece of tech? sure. However when it comes down to it not enough people are going to adopt this thing for it to see some sort of wide-spread use in the games industry.

The greater issue here is the fact that death-threats keep being issued to people in an entertainment medium, over what? Game accessories? Movie-castings? Reload times for virtual guns?

Stuff that, if you really are that angry, you have the option to not purchase and completely ignore. Anonymity is not an actual thing on the web, especially not for the people random e-mailing/phoning someone. Phone locations [GPS in most every cell] and IP adresses for nearly every computer; that kinda stuff is easy to track down.

People need to realize that they aren’t hiding behind an impenetrable wall; hell there isn’t even a curtain there to mask who you are.


On April 1, 2014 at 4:50 pm

Perfect reason for this reaction is Investors who were duped! I think these guys need to be sued to the hilt for false deception.
I loath the VR system, the only thing Facebook have bought is a lawsuit and the only death is the eyes of the beholders their loss of eye sight.
I still agree though these guys need waking up and this sort of practice of asking for money and then selling off to big buyers behind closed doors, leaving the investor in the dark needs sorting by LAW
I believe the LAW makers are far to slow at protecting the weak through modernism..
People have become so dumb and stupid investing into nothing but an idea, all for it fraughted at will by the beggar without any repercussions to them. So many 2014 mugs out there.


On April 1, 2014 at 6:23 pm


I don’t really like them selling out with Facebook, but none of the “Investors” were duped, they stand to gain quite a bit from this deal; you are referring to the Kickstarters who are, by definition, not investors. Not defending the move, just clarifying that the actual investors are probably super happy (ex: Cliffy B)


On April 1, 2014 at 8:10 pm

Seriously WTF. There’s plenty of illegal and ethically unsupportable garbage to rail about in the entertainment and gaming industry that is actually happening or has happened already …cough… EA…cough…without jumping on Oculus over something that might happen in the future. Even then, it still doesn’t justify death threats, for f’s sake. That’s not even protected speech, and if Palmer is willing to put time into it, I’d fully support these cretins having their IP traced and law enforcement in their respective jurisdictions involved.
Facebook is a corporate entity essentially built on invading privacy that only manages to get away with it due to the 4th Amendment only applying to Government agencies. It’s right up there with Exxon Mobil and Citigroup on the morally repugnant scale. I get that. That said, how’s about we wait to see what actually happens with Oculus before declaring the entire thing a cluster?

Sharon Turner

On April 2, 2014 at 2:08 am

This is just dumb. Facebook bought a piece of the money in oculus rift. They won’t destroy the company or it’s ideals and goals. The , death threats really?


On April 2, 2014 at 3:56 am

So judging by comments on Game Front and Ars Technica, this transparent ploy to gain support has worked perfectly. The @ssh0le sold out, betrayed his backers, lied repeatedly, and now people just trust his word implicitly that he got death threats. It might have even happened, but we obviously need more than his word that it did. And even if some !diot cowards *did* threaten his life, *he’s* the one betraying people, and raking in mountains of cash for doing so. And facebook is still the company that uses people as products (it’s own customers, no less). Remember that all that stuff is still true, and we should still boycott the Rift because of it. The death threats are inexcusable if they even exist, but they don’t suddenly make Oculus or Facebook more trustworthy or less predatory.


On April 2, 2014 at 4:17 am

@ quicktooth – I’m inclined to believe the guy when he said that he, his employee’s and the families are being harassed and have received death threats. This is the gaming community we are talking about. A community at their core are nothing more than a bunch of spoiled petulant children who will throw the tantrums to end all tantrums everytime they don’t get their way. Need I remind you of the Call of Duty developer that received death threats when he changed the stats on a gun by a fraction of a percent?

Ron Whitaker

On April 2, 2014 at 5:18 am

@quicktooth – I’m still not supporting the Rift. But I also completely believe the death threats. There are portions of the internet that have shown they have no qualms about making threats to people they disagree with. That doesn’t mean that you should support the Rift if you don’t want to (and lots of people obviously don’t). Still, we can condemn the people making threats without throwing money at the Rift.


On April 2, 2014 at 5:26 am

@AxΣtwin – The severity of the alleged crime (for want of a better word) has nothing to do with the trustworthiness of the person alleging, or whether what they say is true. If it were, then every single murder case, *ever*, would have a ‘guilty’ verdict. This guy is already a known liar, and no one can contest that fact- he’s been so publicly cought out at it. And the fact that *some* gamers are psychopathic monsters (see tea-bagging and despair) doesn’t mean that Lucky is telling the truth; ie. that any actually targeted *him*. I reiterate that actual death threats are awful, and agree that many gamers seem to be from the nasty side of the shallow end of the gene pool (“real role-players” are apparently the few, the proud).


On April 2, 2014 at 5:33 am

@Ron @Stew – Guys, check your journalistic skills again. Severity of claims does not equal truth of claims. And having “usual suspects” isn’t enough to get a conviction. There must be actual, real evidence those specific people did something, first. Check before you publish.