By Ramishah Marouf, CNN
Video game pioneer John Carmack is resigning his advisory role at Meta with “mixed feelings” about “the end of a decade in VR,” he announced in a Facebook post on Friday.
Carmack is addicted to the company’s more than $10 billion investment in virtual reality technology. And while he still believes in the potential value of VR, he questions Meta’s effectiveness, saying in his post that the company has “a ridiculous amount of people and resources. But we sabotage ourselves and waste our efforts.”
“It’s a battle for me,” Carmack wrote. “I have a voice here at the highest level. So it felt like I should be able to move things around, but obviously I wasn’t convincing enough.”
Carmack is known for his work on Wolfenstein 3D, Quake and Doom and is the co-founder of the video game company id Software. He was an early advocate of virtual reality and thought it was not uncommon for him to criticize Meta.
Carmack became Oculus’ CTO in 2013. Meta bought Oculus VR in 2014 for $2 billion. And now selling the Meta Quest 2 and Quest Pro headsets, the Cormack stands by the headset. by calling it “Good product”, although he “complained” about the software.
“Successful products make the world a better place,” says Cormack. “Everything could have happened a little faster and better if different decisions were made. But we created something close to The Right Thing.”
Carmack continues to believe that Meta is the company in the best position to integrate VR technology into the mainstream. CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in October 2021 that he will take the company beyond social media and take all steps to Build something called the metaverse, but it’s costly.
“I think my influence on the margins is positive. But never a prime mover,” Carmack said.
When asked for comment, Meta pointed to Carmack’s post and a tweet from CTO Andrew Bosworth.
“It is impossible to overstate the impact you have on our work and the industry as a whole,” Bosworth said. Tweet. “Your technical abilities are widely known. But it is your unrelenting commitment to creating value for the people we will most remember. Thank you and see you in VR.”
Meta recently announced layoffs of 11,000 workers, the most significant job cuts in the tech giant’s history. amid high inflation rising interest rates and recession fears Meta lost $9.4 billion in the first nine months of 2022 from its metaverse efforts and losses from the unit are expected to “significant year-over-year increase” in 2023
— CNN’s Clare Duffy and Rachel Metz contributed to this report.
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