Yesterday, a report broke saying Oculus founder Palmer Luckey had funded a pro-Donald Trump political group that’s behind “shitposting” memes about Hillary Clinton. The consequence of this information? Several developers dropping Oculus support for their titles.
Yeah, you read all that right.
Update to story: Luckey has provided the following statement
So who are some of the developers (at least some of the notable ones)?
- Fez developer Polytron announced via Twitter its game Superhypercube (which is being developed for PlayStation VR) will not support the hardware.
- Scruta Games said that it’s “cancelling Oculus support for” its game (Computer Janitor VR) until Luckey steps down from the company.
- Tomorrow Today Labs said its game NewtonVR will not be coming as well, calling Palmer’s action’s “unacceptable.
- TTL also released the following statement to GameSpot: “Palmer Luckey’s behavior is unacceptable. This is the opposite of promoting inclusion in our industry, and the absolute worst way to lead by example. Oculus SDK support for NewtonVR has been shelved, and any VR tools or games we release in the future will not support Oculus products as long as Palmer Luckey is employed at Facebook/Oculus.”
Other developers countered Palmer’s choice in a different manner: by donating money to Clinton’s campaign.
While, others have called the backlash nonsense, such as Co-founder of Carbon Games, James Green.
“I absolutely support him doing whatever he wants politically if it’s legal,” he continued. “To take any other position is against American values.”
Oculus have yet to comment on the situation. Nor its owners Facebook.
There are two things that are “unmentionables” for me: my verdict on Hi-C vs. Capri Sun and all things politics. Want to make it far in the world? Don’t ever talk about those things.
Tyler Fischer is a Senior Writer for MONG who plays video games when he’s not busy researching alien conspiracy theories at 2AM. You can find him on Twitter.