VR consultant John Carmack is leaving Meta

John Carmack, who is famous for being Video game pioneer and was working for Meta, has left the company. In a Facebook post he said that he is leaving the company with mixed feelings. He feels that this is the end of his decade in VR. He was working in a consulting position.


Reason for leaving the company

According to CNN,”Carmack stuck around through the company’s more than $10 billion investment into virtual reality technology. And although he still believes in the potential value of VR, he questioned Meta’s efficiency, saying in his post that the company has a “ridiculous amount of people and resources, but we constantly self-sabotage and squander effort.”

They also said, “Carmack was celebrated for his work developing Wolfenstein 3D, Quake and Doom, and co-founded video game company id Software. He was an early advocate for virtual reality, thought it was not uncommon for him to criticize Meta.

Carmack became CTO of Oculus in 2013. Meta bought Oculus VR in 2014 for $2 billion, and now sells the Meta Quest 2 and Quest Pro headsets. Cormack has stood by the headset, calling it a “good product” despite his “complaints” about the software.”

“Successful products make the world a better place,” Cormack said. “It all could have happened a bit faster and been going better if different decisions had been made, but we built something pretty close to The Right Thing.”


Carmack’s History

According to Games Industry, “Carmack joined Oculus VR as chief technology officer in August 2013, less than a year before it was acquired by Facebook for $2 billion.

At first, he balanced his role at Oculus with his work at Id Software, the renowned studio he co-founded in 1991. After a few months, he left Id to focus fully on his work at Oculus.

In November 2019, he stepped down from his CTO position in favour of a consulting role.

Carmack has previously been critical of Meta’s strategy, especially around its goal of building a metaverse – a venture the firm has invested so much in, it changed its name to reflect this focus.”

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