28 March 2014
Tech 101

Facebook’s Oculus Purchase Draws Flak, Cancelled Projects

Image by Glogger | Wikimedai

Image by Glogger | Wikimedai

Speculations of the purchase of virtual reality startup Oculus VR was not a surprise; as for many, it was simply a question of when it will be bought. The shock factor for Internet users, however, comes from who purchased the company, as news of Facebook’s acquisition of the firm came out of nowhere.

‘Facebook is scary’

Gaming news site Kotaku broke the news of the deal in a tone different than usual, saying: “Facebook has just announced that it’s buying Oculus Rift for $2 billion. Seriously.”

Reddit users weren’t as friendly as Kotaku, as many have expressed rage and frustration at how what was heralded as the future of gaming would simply give in to a $2 billion deal.

Joshua Topolsky of The Verge also commented on the issue.

“As a service, Facebook is inspiring, as a platform, Facebook is scary. The company now controls one of the most exciting technologies of the past fifty years. A truly revolutionary product that has reignited a dream that many felt was all but dead and gone. What it will do with that technology is the only question that remains,” he wrote.

Cancelled projects

Many game developers also cancelled their efforts in making games after the deal.

The most notable one is Markus “Notch” Persson, the person behind the block building game Minecraft.

“We were in talks about maybe bringing a version of Minecraft to Oculus. I just cancelled that deal. Facebook creeps me out,” he tweeted.

Oculus started as a crowdfunding project on website Kickstarter. It gained the support of the gaming community and even giant companies like Valve.

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