A new initiative to explore and celebrate the best VR games dev talent and concepts has drawn to a close this year at the ChinaJoy gaming show.
The Global VR Challenge was run by Bath-based Steel Media and Chinese VR company DeePoon.
VR talent from all over the world took part in the challenge, which ended in a competition in which 16 finalists (10 from outside of China) battlede it out to scoop the top prize.
All finalists got a range of VR hardware and some got a share of the $35,000 cash prize pool.
In first place was US-based Broken Window Studios with its first-person exploration game Reflections. According to the competition organisers, the game impressed judges with its "interesting art direction and moving storyline, one in which the player’s choices have a meaningful impact on the narrative."
Throughout Reflections, players explore life goals, relationships, and the philosophical implications of choice. This decisional butterfly effect is then represented through the game’s unique colour mechanic.
Hundreds of companies expressed an interest in the Global VR Challenge however, which went through several judging rounds. This resulted in a shortlist of 10 from outside China, who were awarded an all-expenses paid trip to Shanghai in order to compete in the final round.
Steel Media, which publishes Pocket Gamer, started the Global VR Challenge to identify the best global VR games and ideas as well as connecting dev talent from around the world to the expanding Chinese gaming industry.
Judges for the Global VR Challenge included Resolution Games’ Tommy Palm, nDreams’ Patrick O’Luanaigh, ex-ARM director Nizar Romdan, DeePoon’s Leon Zhang, AMD’s Neil Chu, ustwo’s Peter Pashley, Kingnet’s Fred Cai, Alpha’s Holly Ho, Andrew Kim, CEO of Chinese VR site www.87870.com, and Steel Media’s Chris James, Craig Chapple and Simon Aubrey Drake.
The full results:
- 1st place – Reflections (Broken Window Studios)
- 2nd place – Heroes of the Seven Seas (Youku)
- 3rd place – Bombu (GameD9)
- 4th place – Space Box: The Journey Out Of The Box (Tom Graczyk)
- 5th place – QUBE 2 (Toxic Games)
- Special Mention – SwingStar (ComputerLunch) & S.P.Y. Robot (CEO's Pet Software)
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