Online harassment is more or less common place in the Internet world, so when an upset to the tune of Facebook’s $2 billion purchase hits the wires, Palmer Luckey was expecting some backlash. But he wasn’t expecting death threats towards himself, his employees and their families.
“We expected a [knee-jerk reaction] from people who don’t have all the information we do, and will not have it for some time,” wrote Luckey in a comment thread on Reddit. “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.”
Luckey went on to mention he is not overly concerned about the public perception of his company after the Facebook acquisition. “My primary goal is the long-term success of VR, not short-term warm and fuzzy feelings,” he said. Though there has been a recent increase in talent acquisition by Oculus, last week Luckey told Game Informer that the Rift’s arrival to the market will not be accelerated.“There are things that are fixed in time that need to happen that no amount of money or partnership can move.” he said.