John Carmack stays put at Oculus after Facebook deal

Posted on Monday, Mar 31 2014 @ 10:46 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
A couple of months ago we reported that John Carmack was leaving id Software to focus on his new passion, the Oculus VR headset, so when news became public that the company has been bought out by Facebook we definitely wondered how Carmack would react.

Carmack responded to a post named "Wrong and Right Reasons To be Upset About Oculus" from Peter Berkman, the lead songwriter and guitarist from chiptune rockband Anamanaguchi.

Carmack notes he was surprised by Facebook's move, he didn't expect an acquisition this soon and hints that there are other companies that would have more obvious synergies. Overall, Carmack seems satisfied with the move as he has reasons to believe that Facebook gets the big picture as he sees it and will be a powerful partner to make it happen.
Honestly, I wasn't expecting Facebook (or this soon). I have zero personal background with them, and I could think of other companies that would have more obvious synergies. However, I do have reasons to believe that they get the Big Picture as I see it, and will be a powerful force towards making it happen. You don't make a commitment like they just did on a whim.

I wasn't personally involved in any of the negotiations -- I spent an afternoon talking technology with Mark Zuckerberg, and the next week I find out that he bought Oculus.
In regards to concerns about Facebook trying to control Oculus, Carmack had this to say on Twitter:

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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