Since first creating the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) around five years ago now, Oculus VR co-founder Palmer Luckey has risen to become a high profile figure within both the VR and videogame industries. That’s not only thanks to his invention but also his community-facing approach and love for videogames themselves. The 23-year-old has already been awarded several honours and more for his work in reviving the VR industry. This week, however, Luckey is joining a different kind of group. The designer is now on the advisory board of Stack-Up, a military gaming charity.
Stack-Up specialises in supporting US, NATO and ANZAC veterans. Along with helping local veterans in several areas, the non-profit organisation sends supply creates that are filled with videogames to both combat zones and military hospitals as well as sponsor veterans to attend industry events and visit developers. Could this mean that the charity will soon move into supplying VR HMDs and content to those it helps in the near future too? Either way, Luckey himself has noted that the charity does ‘incredibly important’ work.
“Taking care of the people who fought and fight to keep us safe and free is incredibly important, and games, gamers, and the gaming community play an important part in that care,” said Luckey, “I’m proud to continue supporting this mission and our troops through Stack-Up.”
Also joining the advisory board is Dean Hall, developer of the ever-popular Day-Z and a former NZ officer of both the Army and Air Force.
“We are excited to welcome both Palmer and Dean to the Stack-Up team,” stated charity founder Stephen Machuga. “They represent some of the biggest supporters of the gaming industry, and with their help, we’re looking forward to improving the lives of even more veterans.”
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