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Game Industry Pioneer Quits Meta Over VR Strategy Frustration

  • John Carmack helped usher in 3D graphics in video games
  • Resigned after ‘notable gap’ on strategy with Mark Zuckerberg
John Carmack during the Oculus Connect 6 conference in 2019.

John Carmack during the Oculus Connect 6 conference in 2019.

Photographer: Michael Short/Bloomberg

John Carmack resigned from his leadership role at Meta Platforms Inc.’s virtual reality unit, citing frustration with its slow progress and disagreements over strategy with company founder Mark Zuckerberg.

The games industry veteran said in his resignation note that he’d long been frustrated by the poor operational efficiency of Meta’s VR endeavor, which he never felt adequately able to influence in the right direction.