Mixed reality game streamer LIV raises $2.6 million in series A funding round

LIV, a mixed reality game streaming platform provider, has announced it has raised $2.6 million (£2.06m) in series A funding led by Hiro Capital.

The company said it will be using the funds to accelerate its technology and integrate more third-party game studios.

Established in 2016, LIV was founded by gaming professionals AJ Shewki, known as Dr. Doom, and Steffan Donal among others, who tried early VR HMDs and became convinced of VR’s huge potential in the...

SK Telecom launches new 5G-enabled AR and VR services for eSports

South Korean telecom operator SK Telecom has launched three 5G augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) services, called ‘Jump AR’, ‘LCK VR Live Broadcasting’ and ‘VR Replay’, which aim to offer a more realistic and immersive experience while watching eSports games.

The summary of the products are:

Jump AR: Users can use their smartphones to access Jump AR that transports them to an eSports stadium, LoL Park. When they are accessing...

Virtual reality fitness: Improving physical and mental health

With summer just around the corner, many of us will be wanting to get ourselves into shape for our upcoming holidays. But the effect of the hot weather in summer means that it can be all too easy to get back into bad habits and put fitness regimes on the backburner. The thought of being stuck in the gym, pounding the treadmill fills many of us with dread, but it needn’t, there are other, more stimulating ways to get fit.

No, this isn’t referring to the latest rave or...

Report: Gaming remains primary use case for VR headsets among US consumers

Gamers are ‘most likely’ to be familiar with virtual reality (VR) with it remaining the primary use case for VR headsets among US consumers, according to a new industry report.

The report from Parks Associates’, titled ‘Virtual Reality: The Evolving Ecosystem’, found that consumer-reported familiarity with VR technology had stayed at approximately 25% of US broadband households between 2017 and 2018. Among consumers surveyed who either own or are aware...

Revenues from VR-specific games to reach $8.2 billion by 2023, says Juniper Research

A lesser-spotted optimistic research study focusing on virtual reality; Juniper Research has predicted revenues from VR-specific games will rise from $1.2 billion to $8.2bn by 2023.

The report, titled ‘Virtual Reality Markets: Innovation, Disruption & Future Prospects 2019-2013’, argues that the development of smartphone VR content is key to increasing consumer confidence in VR – which as regular readers of this publication will be aware is less than...

HTC Vive and IGT announce casino VR deal

Slot machine maker International Game Technology PLC (IGT) has announced that it will be teaming up with HTC Vive to bring VR technology to casinos. The partnership will see the IGT, which is one of the world’s largest ‘gaming solutions providers’ leveraging HTC VIVE Studios’ content within a ‘Virtual Zone’ on casino floors.

This is not, however, a way for fatigued gamblers to gain some respite by checking out virtual experiences. Rather, the...

VR market review: VR World Congress 2017

Carl Hibbert of Futuresource Consulting provided the audience with a review of the VR market and possible future trends.

The presentation started with a perhaps surprising bit of research that asked people who had already tried VR which piece of hardware they had used. 31% said Samsung VR, 15% said Playstation VR and 14% cited Google Cardboard.

Futuresource are anticipating that 90 million VR and AR units will be being sold annually around the world by 2021.

An...

UKrs first VR game experience to open in Leeds

The Hyper Reality Experience is the first in a series of VR game experiences that will be launched across the UK by Tick Tock Unlock.

The game sees teams of up to 8 players being given 15 minutes to complete a ‘free-roaming, live-action’ challenge.

Set to open in Trinity Leeds on 22 April, the project has been developed by former J.P Morgan executive Ali Khan.

According to Mr Khan, the centre will provide “a new form of entertainment that is part video...

Manchester City unveils new video to bring ‘matchdays to virtual reality’

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Manchester City has announced the release of a new 360-degree virtual reality video to provide an “authentic, behind the scenes view of the matchday atmosphere” of the Etihad Stadium, the football club has announced.

The video, produced in collaboration with VR technology provider Jaunt, will take the club’s supporters directly to the players’ changing room and give a first-hand look as the team arrive on the...

FOX Sports hosts MLS game in VR for the first time this weekend

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US sports fans will be able to catch a game in VR this weekend, as FOX Sports gears up to broadcast the Major Soccer League championship game in virtual reality for the first time ever.

FOX has partnered up with VR company LiveLike to broadcast the match via their FOX Sports virtual reality app, which people can sign into using their TV provider credentials.

Those watching the game in VR will be able to view it across five different camera...