Facebook has been doing this for the last three years and in this exercise coders who can pick fault with the Oculus Rift program, are paid heftily by the social networking website. So if you are a coder and confident of picking out fault into the Oculus Rift program, then Facebook is going to pay you money for that. The Oculus Rift was acquired as part of Oculus VR for $2 billion in March this year.
So go ahead and find bugs in the software in the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality, one of the Facebook’s latest acquisitions and claim a reward of at least $500 for doing so. The company has released this offer because the social networking giant has just added the Oculus to its White Hat bounty program.
The “Bug Bounty” program was launched by Facebook around three years back from now and so far it has paid millions of dollars in rewarding those security researchers and coders who have discovered flaws in its products and infrastructure. This program is applicable not only to Facebook but also many of its other properties such as Instagram, Parse, Onavo, Moves and now it is Oculus.
A press release issued at the time of acquisition in March this year reads, “Facebook plans to extend Oculus’ existing advantage in gaming to new verticals, including communications, media and entertainment, education and other areas. Given these broad potential applications, virtual reality technology is a strong candidate to emerge as the next social and communications platform.”
Commenting on the program that was first launched in 2011, a Facebook spokesperson said that the program now resulted in more than $3 million in awards to researchers who have identified software issues. It was added that Facebook paid around $1.5 million to 330 bug finders in 2013 alone. However, the reward amounts start at $500, there is no upper limit for bounties.