MSI will announce the winners of its “Leading VR Experience” competition tomorrow. The overall winner will take home the lion’s share of an $80,000 prize pool as well as several other electronics and accolades.
According to the company they received over 600 applications for the MSI VR Jam and those entries have now been whittled down to a top 20. The champion of these will be announced on December 28 and that team will win $30,000. The second and third place teams will take home $25,000 and $15,000 respectively. In addition to the cash, winners will be awarded, “high-end hardware products such as the newest MSI GP62M VR gaming laptop, Aegis gaming desktop, Intel X99 motherboard, and GeForce GTX 1070 ARMOR 8G OC graphics card, as well as software license of Unity Plus as sponsored by Unity.”
The competition is being judged by MSI’s global marketing director Sam Chern, Futuretown founder and CEO, Johan Yang, Unity’s Kevin Lo and WEARVR’s COO, Andrew Douthwaite. MSI contest winners will also be flown to Taipei in January for an official awards ceremony and to participate in the VR Forum Summit.
The criteria the judges will use is as follows:
Overall VR Entertainment & Experience (40%)
Fun factor, interaction, engagement and immersion.
Innovation in VR Mechanics (30%)
Creative uses of VR mechanics.
VR HMD: Oculus Rift or HTC Vive compatibility is a must.3
Optimization for MSI VR-Ready products. (20%)
Recommended PC SPEC for minimum performance testing:
- MB: B150/Z170/X99 MSI Gaming Series MB
- GPU: NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 970 / AMD Radeon™ R9 290 equivalent or greater
- CPU: Intel i5-6500 equivalent or greater
- RAM: 4GB+
- Video Output: HDMI 1.4 or Display Port 1.2 or newer
- USB Port: 1x USB 2.0 or greater port
- Operating System: Windows 7 SP1 or newer
The Completeness of Submission Schedule (5%)
To submit before deadline during every submission stage and get good completeness.
MSI Logo/ Pattern placement in VR GAME. (5%)
Interpret your VR GAME by utilizing MSI Logo or Pattern.
MSI is a longtime collaborator for the VR industry beginning in 2015 when MSI established its own VR lab and dedicated and entire team to researching and developing this technology.
Update: The winners have been announced! You can see them listed here.