So, ah… yeah. This totally happened.
Last night, Tokyo Otaku Mode announced two new members for the Otaku Coin’s advisory committee. Oculus founder Palmer Luckey and Anime News Network CEO Christophe MacDonald were both named as members.
The two will join journalist Tadashi Sudo and business partner AnyPay.
Palmer Luckey is the founder of Oculus VR and creator of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Oculus was purchased by Facebook in 2014 for $2 billion.
In 2016, Luckey came under fire when news arose that he contributed more then $10,000 to (and was named Vice President of) pro-Trump organization Nimble America, and made attempts to fundraise for the organization in a white supremacist subreddit under the handle “NimbleRichMan.”
The Daily Beast reported in 2016 that Luckey was one of three co-founders of Nimble America. The other two were moderators of said white supremacist subreddit.
Luckey officially left Oculus in March 2017, with no reason for the departure given by either party.
Christophe MacDonald joined Anime News Network in 2000 as the publication’s editor-in-chief. He has since gone on to be the organization’s CEO.
On Twitter, MacDonald stated the following in regards to Luckey’s appointment:
I did not know about Luckey’s involvement in the Otaku Coin project until this week and I did not know about his politics until this morning. Anyone who follows me on Twitter knows where I stand politically and socially, and I hate everything that Luckey stands for.
I support the goals of Otaku Coin, and I have the utmost respect for everyone else involved in the project, especially the other advisors (not including Luckey), which is why I signed onboard to advise. I would be extremely happy if I can contribute to finding a way for the project to achieve its goals.
It’s currently 2am Sunday morning in Tokyo; it will take a bit of time before I can speak to anyone there about this. This situation probably won’t be resolved until sometime next week, but ultimately it should be obvious that Luckey and I will not be on the same board of advisors.
Otaku Coin is a cryptocurrency that’s being considered by retailer Tokyo Otaku Mode. Specifically, Otkau Coin will be for use in the market for anime, manga, and video games from Japan. The currency will start by focusing on the anime industry, providing a platform where fans can accumulate Otaku Coins by participating in “fan activities” like watching TV trailers and episodes, or writing show reviews.
Ideally, Otaku Coins will be used to provide direct financial support to anime and manga creators, or to purchase merchandise and event tickets. Ultimately, fans will also provide data on what they want to see via the platform.
Source: Anime! Anime!