IRVINE, CALIFORNIA (January 23, 2013) – Oculus VR, Inc. announced that Laird M. Malamed has joined the company as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Oculus, Malamed served as the senior vice president and head of development at Activision Blizzard, where he oversaw the production on blockbuster titles Guitar Hero®, Call of Duty® and Skylanders. His reputation for delivering high end high-quality and affordable gaming hardware will put the Oculus in good stead if it is to break the sorts of price points that founder, Palmer Luckey, is hoping for.
“The opportunity to join Oculus and build the future of virtual reality gaming was too exciting to pass up,” said Laird Malamed, COO of Oculus. “I look forward to being part of the team, creating a completely new medium for the video game industry and its many potential applications for the future.”
Malamed earned a joint BS degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering and Film & Media Studies. He attended the Graduate School of Cinematic Arts at University of Southern California, where he is currently an adjunct professor in the Interactive Media Division.
“With 18 years in the video game industry, Laird brings a wealth of expertise in producing some of the industry’s biggest and most successful brands and shipping them to market. Laird’s insights will be instrumental in helping Oculus through its accelerated growth as we approach the launch of the Oculus Rift. We are thrilled to have him,” said Brendan Iribe, CEO of Oculus.