Oculus VR Co-founder Nate Mitchell Is Leaving Facebook

Posted: Aug 14 2019, 6:05am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 14 2019, 6:07am CDT, in Technology News

 

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Oculus VR co-founder Nate Mitchell is leaving Facebook
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Mitchell was one of the pioneers of virtual reality gaming.

Nate Mitchell, who was one of the co-founders of Oculus VR, has decided to leave the company and its new owner, Facebook.

Mitchell joined the Oculus team in 2012 when the company’s founder, Palmer Luckey, tapped Mitchell and the rest of the Scaleform team to develop the Oculus virtual reality headset.

Since then, Mitchell, Luckey and the whole Oculus VR team produced virtual reality headsets after launching a Kickstarter campaign in 2012 to fund its development.

Facebook acquired the business for $2 billion in 2014, despite criticisms from Oculus’ Kickstarter investors and other game industry figures like Minecraft developer Markus Persson. Following the acquisition of Oculus by Facebook, the Oculus team moved to Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

On announcing his departure from Facebook, Mitchell took to Twitter to describe the move as “bittersweet.”

On Reddit, Mitchell said the Oculus team did not expect that their Kickstarter campaign in 2012 would blast off.

“We didn’t know if people would take us seriously. We weren’t even sure we'd hit our original $250k target. But this community from around the world came together and helped make VR a reality. Fast forward just a few years later, and VR is changing people's lives every day. This is because of you,” Mitchell said.

The outgoing executive said he is taking time to travel, be with his family and “recharge.” He also hinted that he will continue working on the virtual reality space, “but I'll have a much smaller role to play.”

Mitchell also posted a photo from the Oculus Connect 2 in 2015, which he describes as one of his “fondest memories of this whole adventure.”

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