HTC’s First Viveport Developer Awards Winners Revealed

by Jamie Feltham • February 23rd, 2017

Back in August we reported that HTC was holding its first very Viveport Developer Awards to recognize VR content on its own digital storefront. Six months on, we finally have the first batch of winners.

A total of five categories featured in the awards. They’re mostly named after the types of experiences their nominees offer, including Explore, Create, Connect, and Experience, along with a user-voted Community Choice Award. The first four categories each offer a grand prize of $50,000 and an HTC Vive, while second and third places get $30,000 and $15,000 and a Vive respectively. Two runners up in each also get a Vive, and the Community Choice Award is granted $10,000. Awards were selected by an unannounced jury.

The Explore category features apps that took us to amazing places. First place went to Immersive VR Education’s Apollo 11 VR, which depicts man’s historic trip to the moon, while Realities and The Body VR won second and third respectively. Runner ups were A Chair in a Room: Greenwater, and Mars Odyssey.

Create is a category focused on apps that let users make things, be they objects, music, or something else entirely. Northway Games’ excellent puzzle game, Fantastic Contraption [Review: 8/10] walked away with first place, while Soundstage and Paintlab followed in that order. Kodon and Arcade Artist scored runner up positions.

Connect includes social VR apps, be they multiplayer modes in games or hangout spaces. Cloudlands: VR Minigolf from Futuretown was the first prize winner here, and AltspaceVR and Engage followed on. World of Diving and Surreal VR were the runner ups.

Experience is a broad term, but based on the winners, offered us fantastical and emotional entertainment. Allumette, the brilliant VR short from Penrose Studios, was the winner here, while Pearl and Firebird – La Peri were in second and third. TheBlu and The Night Cafe scored the runner up prizes.

Finally there’s the Community Choice Award, which went to Wolf & Wood’s chilling psychological horror, A Chair in a Room: Greenwater [Review: 8/10].

It’s definitely refreshing to see a list of VR apps that don’t feature the usual suspects like Batman: Arkham VR or Rez Infinite. These aren’t the only awards being dish out today, though; the 2017 DICE Awards will also be announced later this evening.

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  • NooYawker

    Does anyone actually use viveport software? I tried using it for the phone notification but it never notified me of text messages and answering the phone with it always cut off. I ended up uninstalling it, there’s really no use for it.

    • Bundy

      What is viveport? Is it the HTC version of Oculus Home?

      • NooYawker

        It’s HTC’s software to navigate and buy software. They have a feature that can alert you while your playing a game about texts and calls to your phone. You link it to your headset via bluetooth, but I never got it to work properly. You still need Steam VR however.

  • Pedro Marinho

    The apps always fail to launch there for me. That’s why I don’t use it.

    • Robert Cole

      Yes its a very poor launch platform compared to Steam. I often have to abandon attempts in Vive home (virtual platform – beautifully rendered with the stars and clouds below) and switch to Steam. I’ve had the constant disappointment of downloading titles in Vive and them failing to ever launch. This needs sorting out.