Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus, decided to skip his company’s event because he didn’t want to be a distraction. Presumably, this is because it got out that he had donated to a pro-Trump organization known for being scum.
Oculus also announced at the event that they would be donating, along with owner’s Facebook, $10 million to “diversity initiatives,” obviously wanting to not be associated with any racist bigotry.
According to a report by Polygon, co-founder of Oculus, Nate Mitchell said that Palmer himself decided not to be there, then adding:
“So there isn’t much of a strategy. I think that for us, we want to continue to show people who we really are. What we stand for, who we are as a company. I think Oculus Connect 3 reflects that in a big, big way. I think that if you talk to the developers who work with us and know us I think they were surprised at some of the media articles about Palmer and the whole situation.”
When Luckey donated to the pro-Trump organization, Nimble America, because he thought “it sounded like a real jolly good time.”