Earlier today we posted a report that Oculus founder Palmer Luckey has been funding a political shitposting group in favor of presidential candidate Donald Trump. In light of Luckey’s political bankrolling, several game developers, mainly indie studios, have announced they’ll be pulling support for Luckey’s VR platform, Oculus Rift.
Fez developer Polytron made their announcement via Twitter that Superhypercube, an upcoming PlayStation VR title, will no longer support Oculus rift. The statement reads, "In a political climate as fragile and horrifying as this one, we cannot tacitly endorse these actions by supporting Luckey or his platform. In light of this, we will not be pursuing Oculus support for our upcoming VR release, SUPERHYPERCUBE.”
Similarly, Scruta Games, the studio behind Computer Janitor, tweeted that, “Until PalmerLuckey steps down from his position at , we will be cancelling Oculus support for our games.”
And VR developer Newton Labs announced, “NewtonVR will not be supporting the Oculus Touch as long as he is employed there.”
However, other developers feel the controversy is overblown. Carbon Games co-founder James Green told Motherboard, "This backlash is nonsense...I absolutely support him doing whatever he wants politically if it's legal. To take any other position is against American values."
Other developers suggested alternatives, including donations for opposing presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and SoundStage developer Logan Olson announced plans to donate the proceeds from his game to Clinton's campaign for 24 hours.
Larger studios, such as Insomniac Games, have been more measured in their response. Insomniac stated, "Insomniac Games condemns all forms of hate speech. While everyone has a right to express his or her political opinion, the behavior and sentiments reported do not reflect the values of our company. We are also confident that this behavior and sentiment does not reflect the values of the many Oculus employees we work with on a daily basis."