HTC’s Viveport Developer Awards rounded out for the second time last week at GDC, with some of VR’s best experiences winning a heap of cash.
First place winners in each of the award’s five categories were given $50,000, while second place in each was awarded $20,000. To be in with a shot of winning, all developers had to have done was release their VR experience on Viveport in the past 12 months.
It was Cloudhead Games’ The Gallery Episode 2: Heart of the Emberstone that took home the main prize in the Entertainment category, followed by Carbon Studios’ The Wizards. Overview won first place in Education with Bartender VR Simulator running up. The Kremer Collection headlined the Arts & Culture category with Galactic Gallery coming second. Over in the Enterprise category 3D creation app Gravity Sketch VR was first with Primitive coming second. Finally, Regenesis Arcade Deluxe took home the grand prize in the Arcade category followed by Battlesky VR.
An entirely different set of winners were recognized over in China, though. Awards were split into two groups: one set for Vive and another for the new Vive Wave platform that runs on its Focus standalone headset. For Vive, handsome VR shooter, Reboant, was the Best Game (western release date still TBA), A.D. 2047 was the Best Immersive Experience, and SpaceCode won Best Industry Application. Spark of Light, YoukuVR and Vive Auto won in those respective categories on Focus.
Last week was a big one for HTC, announcing the release date and price of its Vive Pro headset and a western release of the Focus.