Multiple developers are leaving Oculus until Luckey is no longer employed by the company.
Following last night’s report that Oculus founder Palmer Luckey has been funding an anti-Hillary Clinton meme campaign, a number of VR developers are sharing their disapproval, some choosing to pull Oculus support for their games altogether.
In a statement released today, Insomniac Games — the studio behind Sunset Overdrive, Ratchet & Clank, and three Oculus games — said,”Insomniac Games condemns all forms of hate speech. While everyone has a right to express his or her political opinion, the behavior and sentiments reported do not reflect the values of our company. We are also confident that this behavior and sentiment does not reflect the values of the many Oculus employees we work with on a daily basis.”
Indie VR studios Scruta Games and Tomorrow Today Labs both announced a cessation of Oculus support until Luckey is no longer employed by the company. Polytron, the developer behind Fez, also announced they would be halting their work with Oculus, stating, “In a political climate as fragile and horrifying as this one, we cannot tacitly endorse these actions by supporting Luckey or his platform.”
— Scruta Games (@ScrutaGames) September 23, 2016
— Tomorrow Today Labs (@TTLabsVR) September 23, 2016
Developers such as Job Simulator’s Owlchemy Labs and Fantastic Contraption’s
On a scale from 1 to LITERAL GARBAGE, today is firmly in garbage territory. #humansWhy
— Owlchemy Labs (@OwlchemyLabs) September 23, 2016
Definitely using every fibre of my “professionalism” to not tweet some tweets right now.
— ColinNorthway (@ColinNorthway) September 23, 2016
In light of recent events in the VR community, all SoundStage profits for the next 24 hours will be donated to @HillaryClinton
— SoundStage (@soundstagevr) September 23, 2016
Idle Q: Would any Oculus devs join me in a donation drive for Hillary? We could aim to beat Nimble America's $11k. I'd start with $1k myself
— E McNeill (@E_McNeill) September 23, 2016
Neither Oculus nor its owner company, Facebook, has commented on the situation. We’ll update this post should more news arise.