Andrew Reisse, lead engineer and co-founder of the Oculus Rift VR headset, was killed Thursday in Santa Ana, Cali., after being hit by a speeding car allegedly fleeing law enforcement.
Reisse, 33, was walking across a crosswalk when he was hit by a vehicle that had been engaged in a high speed chase with local police in the area. Both the driver and the vehicle’s two passengers were allegedly gang members.
Before coming to work at Oculus VR, Reisse’s impact on the industry was already well assured, having worked on both Scaleform and Gaikai, among other projects. Oculus VR also issued a statement following the incident.
Andrew was a brilliant computer graphics engineer, an avid photographer and hiker who loved nature, a true loyal friend, and a founding member of our close-knit Oculus family.
Some of us have known Andrew since college, and have worked with him at multiple companies beginning with Scaleform in Maryland which he helped start at age 19, then at Gaikai in Aliso Viejo which brought him out to California, and finally at Oculus where he was a co-founder and lead engineer.
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.
Words can not express how sorely he will be missed or how deeply our sympathy runs for his family.
Andrew will always be in our thoughts and will never be forgotten. We love you Reisse.
From everyone at Complex, we would like to extend our condolences to everyone affected by this tragedy.