Oculus pay tribute to one of their co-founders and developers.
Yesterday, we reported on the tragic death of Andrew Reisse, one of the co-founders and developers on the Kickstarter-funded Virtual headset, Oculus Rift. The game developer was killed in a hit and run during a police chase earlier this week, leaving friends and family in mourning. Today, Oculus released an official statement on their website for the press to talk about Andrew and who he was as a person and a developer.
The statement begins, “We have some completely unexpected, tragic news to share. On Thursday, we lost a very dear friend and founding member of our close-knit Oculus family, Andrew Reisse.” Reisse, 33, had been working with Oculus since its inception and offered something which will hopefully change gaming as we know it.
Some of the team knew Andrew from college, some from different companies such as Scaleform and Gaikai, and some worked with him while developing games. Reisse finally moved out to California, and began working at Oculus as a co-founder and lead engineer. Oculus remembers the importance of Reisse’s work and his influence amongst developers: “Andrew’s contributions span far and wide in the video game industry. His code is embedded in thousands of games played by millions of people around the world”.
Andrew studied Computer Science at University of Maryland College Park and shared a dorm with Michael Antonov, who would later help create the Oculus Rift. While at Oculus, Andrew’s work was “immeasurable” through his contribution to the Oculus SDK, the Unreal Engine integration, Hawken VR, and nearly every demo” was done with humility as he never “bragged or boasted.”
The end of the letter is a wonderful goodbye from the team reading, “Andrew, you will always be in our thoughts and never forgotten. We love you, Reisse.”
For his friends and family, the loss is indeed immeasurable, but again we wish them the best and may his contribution to Oculus live on forever.