And the winner of the 2016 Viveport Developer Awards Create category is…
Well, that could be you. If you submit your VR experience to HTC’s newly released Viveport store beta before November 30, 2016.
The Viveport storefront is now open for hungry developers looking to get their content out to a number of platforms and into the hands of many content consumers. To commemorate this launch and the encourage developers to grow HTC’s own ecosystem or platform to deliver content across multiple types of virtual reality headsets, HTC has created a way to reward top creators.
Enter the Viveport Developer Awards!
— HTC Vive (@htcvive) August 25, 2016
This contest will run for a little over 2 months this year and HTC will judge entries in a handful of categories offering cash and prizes totaling $500,000.
Currently open to developers from over 20 countries, entrants should head over to the Viveport community forum for details to get signed up. Those who are not registered to develop for the Vive yet should first go to the Dev Portal for authentication.
Devs that opt in through the developer console will be judged under the following categories:
- Discover: Titles that transport and transcend, taking us to places and times in ways never-imagined before VR. Lifestyle and educational titles that enlighten and empower people to gain insight into the world or themselves.
- Connect: Titles that enable and appeal to the social side of VR life. Titles that help people share experiences, communicate, network together, keep people informed or ease collaboration.
- Create: Titles that embrace creativity as well as tools for design and utility that transform our daily lives. Titles that inspire new forms of art or music, those that enable storytelling and ones which encourage productivity.
- Watch: Titles that are innovations on storytelling or sharing 360-video and 2D video experiences. Scripted or unscripted narratives, news to sports, animation to documentary, virtual theaters to aggregators, these VR titles.
- Shop: Titles that transform the retail experience and those that reinvent the relationship between consumer and brand. Immersive store design, virtual storefront tools, reimagined products displays and branded narratives that drive new forms of brand affinity.
Don’t worry on which category your submission will fall under, just follow HTC’s guidelines for publishing to the storefront and the Viveport team will do the rest.
Winners will be announced in early 2017 so you should do your best until then to make your content known by the public. Use your social media channels, reach out to me and other VR news sites to post a review of your title, or whatever you have to do to spread the word.
Currently, Viveport is available to users in Japan where the use of VR is very high, but if your content can be manually tested in-house I’ll do my best to help share about the experience. HTC says Viveport will be released to more consumers at a later date and we’ll keep you posted as soon as more exact details are released.
HTC says future awards will reach further around the globe and could included larger money pots/rewards.
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