John Carmack Supports Facebook’s Acquisition Of Oculus, Amid Death Threats
Last week was easily dominated by the news of Facebook acquiring the VR pioneering company Oculus for a massive $2 billion, leading thousands to jump to all sorts of conclusions about what the Rift wold now focus on. Lucky Palmer, Oculus CEO, has tried his best to convince people that this deal will in fact make the Rift a better product, but even he couldn’t really stop the armies of hate from gathering at the gates of Oculus and launching all of their powerful text based attacks.
John Carmack has now come out in support of the Facebook deal as well, although he wasn’t fully aware that it was happening.
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Responding to various different blog posts, Carmack expressed his views on the sale of Oculus, and what this means for the company he is currently employed at.
“I wasn’t personally involved in any of the negotiations. I spent an afternoon talking technology with Mark Zuckerberg, and the next week I find out that he bought Oculus.”
Carmack said that it’s stupid to think that a company like Oculus could stay small and compete with Titans such as Valve and Sony, who have both expressed their interest in the growing VR market as well.
“There is a case to be made for being like Valve, and trying to build a new VR ecosystem like Steam from the ground up. This is probably what most of the passionate fans wanted to see. The difference is that, for years, the industry thought Valve was nuts, and they had the field to themselves. Valve deserves all their success for having the vision and perseverance to see it through to the current state.”
“VR won’t be like that. The experience is too obviously powerful, and it makes converts on contact. The fairly rapid involvement of the Titans is inevitable, and the real questions were how deeply to partner, and with who.”
Carmack then conceded that he could think of a few companies that made more logical sense to partner with, but also expressed that Facebook doesn’t seem like that did this on a whim.
“However, I do have reasons to believe that they get the Big Picture as I see it, and will be a powerful force towards making it happen. You don’t make a commitment like they just did on a whim.”
This comments come after various Oculus employees received death threats over the weekend, which forced Lucky Palmer to take to the internet once again and express his disappointment with the entire community and their response to all of this news.
“We expected a negative reaction from people in the short term, 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 sh** is unwarranted, especially since it is impacting people who have nothing to do with Oculus.”
Trust the gaming community to prove that they’re the most ungrateful, hostile and unreasonable punch of people in the world. Again.