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Oculus Rift inventor: Negative reaction, threats over Facebook buy ‘unwarranted’

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Some consumers and video game developers alike griped over Facebook’s acquisition of virtual reality developer Oculus Rift last week, but the hardware’s inventor called death threats and harassment uncalled for, according to a report today from VG 24/7.

In a post to the Oculus sub-Reddit thread, Oculus VR co-founder Palmer Luckey said he and his family have received death threats after Facebook acquired the hardware developer for $2 billion last week, and the harassment is sometimes reaching people not involved with the company.

“We expected a negative reaction from people in the short term, (but) we did not expect to be getting so many death threats and harassing phone calls that extended to our families,” Luckey said. “We know we will prove ourselves with actions and not words, but that kind of (stuff) is unwarranted, especially since it is impacting people who have nothing to do with Oculus.”

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg made the announcement that the social media giant had purchased Oculus VR via a post to the website, saying, “Virtual reality was once the dream of science fiction. But the Internet was also once a dream, and so were computers and smartphones. The future is coming and we have a chance to build it together.”

However, the ties with Facebook have turned some developers off to Oculus, in particular Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson, who immediately killed a deal to bring the sandbox title to the Oculus Rift after the Facebook acquisition.

“We were in talks about maybe bringing a version of Minecraft to Oculus. I just cancelled that deal. Facebook creeps me out,” Notch said.

You can read that full Examiner report by clicking here.

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