January 20, 2016 5:08pm
On the eve of the Oculus Rift’s commercial release, Palmer Luckey, as well as the company he sold to Facebook, will be sued for breach of contract, according to a report from Reuters.
According to the claim, which was just given the go-ahead to proceed by a U.S. District judge in San Francisco, Total Recall Technologies, a company based out of Hawaii, signed a deal with Luckey in 2011 that had him develop a virtual reality device for it. The contract was reportedly signed a few months before Luckey brought the Rift to Kickstarter in 2012.
The company alleges that Luckey breached his confidentiality contract, and used his work at Total Recall to create the Oculus Rift’s successful Kickstarter campaign, which ultimately resulted in Oculus being acquired by Facebook for $2 billion USD.
Oculus Rift pre-orders went live earlier this month at a price of $914 with an estimated March shipping date.
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