HTC is giving cash awards to top developers under the Viveport Developer Awards. There’s a couple of categories covered – “Explore”, “Create”, “Connect”, and “Experience”, and there’s even a Community Choice Award. This is the first year the awards have been given, but with the way VR technology is going, I won’t be surprised to see this a decade down the road.
The winners are as follows:
1st place: Apollo 11 VR, by Immersive VR Education Ltd.
2nd place: Realities, by Realities.io
3rd place: The Body VR, by The Body VR
Runners-up: A Chair in a Room: Greenwater (Wolf & Wood Interactive) Mars Odyssey (Steel Wool Studios)
1st place: Cloudlands: VR Minigolf, by Futuretown
2nd place: AltspaceVR, by AltSpaceVR
3rd place: Engage, by Immersive VR Education Ltd.
Runners-up: World of Diving (Vertigo Games), SurrealVR (SurrealVR)
1st place: Allumette, by Penrose Studios
2nd place: Pearl, by Google Spotlight Stories
3rd place: Firebird – La Péri, by InnerspaceVR
Runners-up: TheBlu (Wevr), The Night Café: A VR Tribute to Van Gogh (Borrowed Light Studios)
Community Choice Award
A Chair in a Room: Greenwater, by Wolf & Wood Interactive Ltd.
The cash awards are substantial – First place gets $50,000 along with a Vive, the second is awarded $30,000 and a Vive, the third placer gets $15,000 with a Vive. Runners-up get “just” the HTC Vive. Community Choice Award nets the developer a still cool $10,000.