WEARVR LAUNCHES $10,000 VIRTUAL REALITY REMASTERED COMPETITION
WEARVR.com, the web's leading independent virtual reality app store, is launching a brand new competition aimed at seasoned virtual reality developers, which challenges them with updating their original Oculus Rift DK1 and DK2 demos, games and experiences and bringing them back for the latest Oculus headset.
"These early demos are what compelled us to launch WEARVR and give the experiences the dedicated audience they deserved," says WEARVR COO, Andrew Douthwaite. "Having tried and tested nearly every DK1 and DK2 demo out there, it's sad to see that some of them haven't made it to the consumer headsets. However, it's understandable when you consider that these were largely created by one-person teams."
The WEARVR Remastered Competition sets VR developers the challenge of enhancing, updating and re-engineering their original Oculus DK content to make it contemporary with new releases and fully functional on the latest headsets, including the Oculus Rift CV1.
"What we're trying to do with Remastered is give new VR users an opportunity to try these short experiences that helped the new VR industry grow so fast, as well as creating a bit of nostalgia for the VR veterans," Douthwaite continues.
Cash prizes totalling $10,000 are on offer to the best Remastered virtual reality content submitted to the WEARVR app store before 1st May, 2018. Rules, terms and conditions of entering the Remastered Competition are available now on the WEARVR blog.
The competition will also help to generate new revenue streams for VR developers who take part in Remastered, and have potentially never found a way to monetize their early, pioneering content.
"There are many developers who, perhaps, created a demo with no intention of selling it. This gives them an opportunity to monetize their demos, through WEARVR, whilst having the added bonus of prize money for best in class," concludes Douthwaite.
Software developers interested in bringing their original VR code back to life can enter the WEARVR Remastered Competition right here:
- Original content must have been made available for the Oculus DK1 and/or DK2.
- Your Remastered Competition entry must work on the Oculus Rift CV1.
- Your entry can also be remastered for the HTC Vive or other contemporary VR platforms as well, but must include the CV1.
- The entry must include some manner of enhancement over the original (visuals, audio, controls, content, etc) that makes it contemporary with new releases on the Oculus platform.
Since launching in 2015, the independent virtual and augmented reality WEARVR app store has seen over 2 million downloads of VR games, apps and experiences across all platforms including Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Samsung Gear VR, Google Daydream and Android, iOS, OSVR and more. The WEARVR smartphone app has been installed on over 250,000 Android and iOS devices.