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The Shadow of Mordor: Facebook, Oculus, and Closed Ecosystems

Aug 24, 2020 · 5 min read

By Piers Kicks

Those of you who don’t closely follow developments in the still-nascent virtual reality industry might have not come across Facebook’s (who bought Oculus for $2.3B in 2014) latest move. As of last Tuesday, they formally made the following announcement:

Now, before I touch upon why this isn’t great news, I feel it’s important to shed light on what a hugely important role Oculus has played in developing virtual reality technologies. For the uninitiated, Oculus is one of the largest virtual reality headset manufacturers in the world. Prior to their tremendously successful Kickstarter campaign from 2012, it was unclear what

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