HTC Viveport President: Subscription Service Needs Its Own Game Of Thrones

by Jamie Feltham • October 3rd, 2018

HTC says its Viveport Subscription service is still looking for its very own Game of Thrones.

In a recent interview with Game Daily, Viveport President Rikard Steiber explained that the company is on the hunt for apps to launch first on its service that will help draw in new audiences.

“I do think what we’re trying to do is, we’re of course looking for our Game of Thrones” Steiber said. “So we want to have something that we launch first with, so more people discover our subscription service. I think going forward you’re going to see more of those things that are launching first in subscription as well. So we will make some sort of arrangement with the developer, and we have our own studio as well. I think that’s something we’re looking to do more.”

Currently, Viveport Subscription allows users to download up to five titles per months for $8.99. At the start of the following month, you can swap out games and get another five titles, keep playing what you have, or mix and match. For the rest of the year, HTC is hoping to entice developers to the platform by offering a 100% revenue share.

Steiber reasoned that the service is currently a “great complement” for users that perhaps buy big VR games like Skyrim or Fallout, though it sounds like HTC is hoping to have a game of that caliber to call its own. The question is, where does it come from?  Vive does work on developing and publishing titles with partners under its Studios label, but so far this hasn’t produced anything near the level of a Game of Thrones-caliber experience.

“I definitely think that this [subscription model] is the future, and I think we’re looking to do some pilots in this area,” Steiber added. “And our studios have been producing great titles. Most recently we had Ready Player One, which was probably one of the most downloaded ones. It’s been a free app, but we’re looking to launch premium versions of that in the not too distant future as well.”

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