Oculus VR Staff Receive Death Threats Over Facebook Deal

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Oculus VR Staff Receive Death Threats Over Facebook Deal

Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey states he "did not expect to be getting so many death threats and harassing phone calls" over the company's Facebook deal.

While not everyone has exactly been happy with Facebook's $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR, it seems things have taken a turn for the worse. Posting on Reddit, Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey has revealed that he -- along with his staff -- has received death threats over the Facebook deal.

Palmer's post can be read in its entirety below.

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 shit is unwarranted, especially since it is impacting people who have nothing to do with Oculus.

Just last week, Oculus VR's community manager has revealed that the second development kit (DK2) of the Oculus Rift is selling "just fine," but I assume the people sending these threats aren't the ones buying the device. While I understand that some people get passionate about certain products and companies, but to hurl death threats? That's something I don't think I can get on board with, regardless of which company buys whom. Hopefully, this sort of behavior stops, but with the internet giving a blanket of anonymity, I sadly don't see it happening anytime soon.

Source: Reddit via VR Focus

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Aaaaaaand this has been now how many times some random trolls utter death threats against someone on the internet because they didnt liked what the person/s have done or said?

I mean its okay to argue about the sellout all day long.. but death threats?

I swear people nowadays will threaten you with death for the most silly things...

Of course they did.

inb4 Gabriel's Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory

It's almost expected now. I dunno. I didn't need this news post* to tell me that Oculus Rift employees were receiving death threats; it was reasonably certain that they would.

It would be funny if it wasn't so tragic.

*Edit: Not to denigrate the news room poster, of course. I'm just sad.

Karadalis:
Aaaaaaand this has been now how many times some random trolls utter death threats against someone on the internet because they didnt liked what the person/s have done or said?

I mean its okay to argue about the sellout all day long.. but death threats?

I swear people nowadays will threaten you with death for the most silly things...

I was going to make a joke death threat against you, as an example of a silly thing, but then I reliased the internet doesn't understand sarcasm/irony (not sure which I'd be).
I agree with you though, selling out, arguably bad. Death threats, undeniably an evil, wrong thing to do, regardless of the situation at hand.

Not sure if April Fools or hilariously stupid internet again.

Stay classy internet, stay classy. Why would anyone want to create something when they're rewarded with threats against their life? The only compensator would have to be hookers and blow.

I'm still impressed that using Kickstarter has allowed them to fund a start up without having to worry about taking any loans on or reimbursing those pesky investors once the company was sold.

That is a seriously sneaky but perfectly legal move, very clever.

fix-the-spade:
I'm still impressed that using Kickstarter has allowed them to fund a start up without having to worry about taking any loans on or reimbursing those pesky investors once the company was sold.

That is a seriously sneaky but perfectly legal move, very clever.

yep, and now anyone else with a great idea is going to be told to fuck off if they go to kickstarter.

I know I'm going to be one of those people, I already got my giant "FUCK OFF AND FUCK YOU" sign made and waiting for use.

TheSYLOH:
Not sure if April Fools or hilariously stupid internet again.

Unfortunately, it isn't April Fools (tacky as it would be). It made the gaming media rounds yesterday. Doesn't make it any less disappointing. I'm taking a "wait and see" approach to the Oculus/FB deal, but I don't see how trying to coerce employees with implied violence actually leads to the intended result.

Oops, it appears I accidentally dropped my pen.
*drowns in a sea of death threats*

Really, is that the only way gamers can react to things nowadays? Even when GOOD things happen in the industry peoples send death threats.

Thankfully, no one ever actually acts on those threats.

What are they hoping to accomplish? The sale (and I hope to high Heaven that it is still an elaborate prank) has already been finalized. There's no going back on it.

008Zulu:
What are they hoping to accomplish? The sale (and I hope to high Heaven that it is still an elaborate prank) has already been finalized. There's no going back on it.

Wild guess: to let them know why they are going to kill them?

OT: trolls trolls trolls. The internet is basically one giant bridge with 99% of the community living under it. Trolling... Because they are trolls. Still what did they expect?

Step 1: kickstart an awesome idea and ask money from your average joe
step 2: use the money to create mentioned product
step 3: sell the company, funded by average joe, to... facebook. Sell an idea for virtual reality gaming to fucking facebook...
step 4: get ready to use your newly found riches to build one massive flame shield

If you did not know about or anticipate step 4 then you sir are an idiot.

Death threats? Just laugh at the morons and move on. When has an unpopular decision ever been made publicly that didn't result in death threats?

MrHide-Patten:
Stay classy internet, stay classy. Why would anyone want to create something when they're rewarded with threats against their life? The only compensator would have to be hookers and blow.

Its almost like a less shitty and less pathetic Atlas Shrugged.

more my opinion, I dont get the rage around this. I'd link the buckley selling out video but I don't know if the same lesson applies outside the music industry. Either way, they saw their pay day and took it and I can't blame them for it. They fulfilled all their kickstarter goals so they dont owe anyone anything there.

Everyone here has said in the past that they are against people arrested for making death threats online, but how about those that were harassing the staff and families over the phone, of which I imagine were some death threats as well? Can we arrest those ones?

Sometimes (i.e. only with this) it feels like I've gone and known about a thing for years and then everyone just suddenly notices it too.
I once recieved a death threat for recommending a color on a thing.

I mean it just baffles me that it seems like only recently that there are these chocking reveals that people recieve death threats over the most insignificant shit. Like, it's just recently people have been spiraling down to these depths of depravity.
Why don't you expect death threats? It's been a thing for years.
I'm not defending it or saying we should just accept it. It just confuses me how people still don't seem know that this is a thing.

But yeah people who do it (send DT's) are petulant, whiny assholes too emotionally stunted and not intellectually mature enough to properly formulate their insignificant opinions in any other way.

So, you know... Fuck'em.

So typical internet reaction then, nothing to see here!

People like to hurl death threats when it can't be traced back to them, this happens all the time, hell, in Infamous 2 promo shots, there were threats and plans to boycott because the devs dared to give the main character a slight head of hair.

Well it's obvious they would get death threats, for some people step one in responding to something on the internet is deciding if you agree with it. If yes, move on; if no, send death threats.

Karadalis:
Aaaaaaand this has been now how many times some random trolls utter death threats against someone on the internet because they didnt liked what the person/s have done or said?

I mean its okay to argue about the sellout all day long.. but death threats?

I swear people nowadays will threaten you with death for the most silly things...

This, more or less.

The kinds of people sending these death threats are probably too fat and asthmatic to carry them out, even if they weren't a load of shit.

Do the sub-human stains of living fecal matter who send these threats actually think it'll change anything? I wasn't terribly pleased to hear that Facebook bought out an interesting property like this, but like the average sane human, my response was more along the lines of "well, that's a shame", rather than "I'm going out of my way to make other people fear for not only their own lives, but those of their loved ones. I'm a GREAT person!".

The fact that we hear this sort of thing increasingly often about unpopular decisions is despicable.

iseko:

trolls trolls trolls. The internet is basically one giant bridge with 99% of the community living under it. Trolling... Because they are trolls. Still what did they expect?

Step 1: kickstart an awesome idea and ask money from your average joe
step 2: use the money to create mentioned product
step 3: sell the company, funded by average joe, to... facebook. Sell an idea for virtual reality gaming to fucking facebook...
step 4: get ready to use your newly found riches to build one massive flame shield

If you did not know about or anticipate step 4 then you sir are an idiot.

Kickstarter funded the product, not the company. If you own 100% shares in that company, you're free to sell it to whoever the fuck you want. Just because some moronic kids don't understand that donating money for a "pledge reward" does not equal buying a share into the company, doesn't make it the owners fault.

Why is this in any way surprising? Self-righteous, overly self-entitled man-children have also sent death threats to:
-Phil Fish
-Anita Sarkeesian
-Jennifer Hepler, senior writer for Dragon Age II
-Jennifer Hepler's children
-Bioware in general, over ME3
-Vonderhaar, a CoD:Black Ops II Multiplayer Team developer
-Vonderhaar's family
This is why the non-gaming media and general public still don't take us seriously.

I know it's a "thing" now on the internet, but I'm still worried that there's a sizable (and maybe growing) amount of people who think death threats are legitimate and perhaps casual ways to respond to discomfort at a situation.

Raise your hand if you're surprised. I can see with my magic internet vision that nobody did. Because every single decision that people disagree with on the internet has been met with death threats. Things suck arse and hopefully the Oculus team (even though I am annoyed with them at the whole Facebook thing) will understand that many people on the web are cunts and rise above it, and not take it too seriously. (Yes, I know that death threats are a serious matter blah blah etc. etc., but I think we can see by now what is and what isn't something to really worry about).

It's not just over internet and electronics stuff this stuff happens on either, lately things have just been going silly.

Recently, in Australia, there was a bi-election to decide the South Australian government, (Heads up, our voting system is weird and I'll try and make it as simple as possible) The liberals won the 2-party preferred vote 52.7 to 47.3 over Labour but there are more than 2 parties so ultimately, with the votes being that close, it was up to independent MPs (members of parliment with no party affiliation) that won their respective local elections to decide which side they would choose to form the SA government - The independents picked Labour and now Labour forms the government in SA despite Liberals having a slightly higher popular vote. (This was a good thing, by the way, liberal conservatives and mining moguls are ruining this country)

Anyway, after a big whinge from a liberal SA MP the independents started receiving death threats, by phone, by mail, by email. (Only liberal cry babies would be so childish)

It's just a crazy thing to resort to... it just makes you look downright childish.

Well we all knew this was coming. Seriously though people need to stop being so angry about this. Jim said it best in his Jimquisition. Facebook has a better track record dealing with the things they acquire than the actual industry that this was being developed for. Can you imagine what would've happened if say EA, Ubisoft, or Activision got it. I can tell you it probably would've turned out worse than what Facebook might have planned for it.

Sadly unsurprising really, people send death threats for all kinds of pointless shit.

I'm hopping mad about this sale personally, but it's hard not to defend the OR team after this. I'd call them sellouts, even say it's a dick move and so on, but these trolls can't tell the difference between thinking someone's a bit of a cunt and threatening to kill them.

Under_your_bed:
Hell hath no fury like a bunch of sexually frustrated neckbeards fearing for their Chinese Cartoon sex simulators(TM)!

Sums it up well. Apparently not only is the Occulus Rift DOA, gaming is now dead, assassinated by Facebook and it's somehow all the Jews fault. For fucks sake people.

Whatislove:
It's not just over internet and electronics stuff this stuff happens on either, lately things have just been going silly.

Yup, hell even a local radio presenter got death threats - because the guy didn't like said presenters voice. It's almost as if you haven't made it nowadays unless you receive death threats.

Verlander:

iseko:

trolls trolls trolls. The internet is basically one giant bridge with 99% of the community living under it. Trolling... Because they are trolls. Still what did they expect?

Step 1: kickstart an awesome idea and ask money from your average joe
step 2: use the money to create mentioned product
step 3: sell the company, funded by average joe, to... facebook. Sell an idea for virtual reality gaming to fucking facebook...
step 4: get ready to use your newly found riches to build one massive flame shield

If you did not know about or anticipate step 4 then you sir are an idiot.

Kickstarter funded the product, not the company. If you own 100% shares in that company, you're free to sell it to whoever the fuck you want. Just because some moronic kids don't understand that donating money for a "pledge reward" does not equal buying a share into the company, doesn't make it the owners fault.

100% true and not debating the legality. I'm not debating anything really. This is the reason why I think kickstarter is a stupid idea and I will never invest in it. I'm just explaining why I think some people are pissed.

Verlander:

iseko:

trolls trolls trolls. The internet is basically one giant bridge with 99% of the community living under it. Trolling... Because they are trolls. Still what did they expect?

Step 1: kickstart an awesome idea and ask money from your average joe
step 2: use the money to create mentioned product
step 3: sell the company, funded by average joe, to... facebook. Sell an idea for virtual reality gaming to fucking facebook...
step 4: get ready to use your newly found riches to build one massive flame shield

If you did not know about or anticipate step 4 then you sir are an idiot.

Kickstarter funded the product, not the company. If you own 100% shares in that company, you're free to sell it to whoever the fuck you want. Just because some moronic kids don't understand that donating money for a "pledge reward" does not equal buying a share into the company, doesn't make it the owners fault.

OK, i seriously have to ask, what is the deal with people these days and their "companies exist to make money only!!! If it's legal there's nothing wrong with it!!" attitude. Nobody, nobody, freaking nobody has called what they did illegal. They have called it many things, but not illegal.

What people are pissed about, is the fact that they got exploited. There money was taken, supposed to be used to fund an idea through kickstarter. The entire point of kickstarter is that it allows ideas to be crowsourced and there's none of the corporate bullshit to deal with. That goes entirely out the window with the facebook sale. It's exploitation of kickstarter at its worst. Sure legally it's fine. But we aren't all robots. We don't simply emote only because laws are broken. There's a moral side to things.

Not only do these people feel exploited, it's going to damage kickstarter greatly as a whole. This was a perfect example of crowd funding gone wrong. It's going to make people far more hesitant when funding kickstarter projects, and hurt those who are actually using kickstarter for the reason that it was intended.

Now, i didn't back the OR, but if i did, i would be major pissed off right now. People gave their money willingly to support the creators of an idea they loved, and in return those who got the money sold out before even releasing the product.

People may not have the right to a refund or anything of that sort, but they sure as hell have the right to be pissed off at the matter. Death threats are a little far, but as far as the whole scandal goes, this was expected. People were very passionate about the OR, and selling it to one of the companies most loathed by gamers(The people who funded the damn thing) is going to piss people right off.

i wish this was an april's fool joke

no matter how much you disagree with facebook buying oculus, this is just a douchebag move

Eh. It is the internet, you'd get death threats over not liking cats.

Which I actually have.

The internet is a petty and vengeful being.

It was credible... until i saw Jim Sterling being happy :d

iseko:
OT: trolls trolls trolls. The internet is basically one giant bridge with 99% of the community living under it. Trolling... Because they are trolls. Still what did they expect?

Well, it's more like 5%, about the same as real life psychopaths and sadists. It's just that there's millions of people on the internet(actually 2.4 billion), so the numbers add up and these are very vocal people.

5% of 2.4 billion is 120 million people.

There's about 1.5 billion gamers, so about 66% of the above. So there's about 75 million gamer trolls.

About 10-12% of them are on at any given time.

Karadalis:
Aaaaaaand this has been now how many times some random trolls utter death threats against someone on the internet because they didnt liked what the person/s have done or said?

I mean its okay to argue about the sellout all day long.. but death threats?

I swear people nowadays will threaten you with death for the most silly things...

I will kill you for saying that!!! (Joking mods) I agree 100%, its becoming more common now for some reason. An ok most are not serious, just idiots online....but it only takes one that means it and plans to carry it through. Death threats and rape threats, its getting pathetic and i hope everyone who ever leaves those comments get named and shamed.

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