GDC 2019: Apex Construct, More Win Big In Third Annual Viveport Developer Awards
Fast Travel Games’ Apex Construct was one of the big winners in HTC’s third annual Viveport Developer Awards.
This year’s winners were announced at GDC 2019 today. As the name suggests, the awards recognize developers that have published apps on HTC’s VR storefront in the past year. Winners will net goodies from a $50,000 prize pool. That includes new Vive hardware, tickets to GDC itself and future marketing support. Crucially the awards don’t just focus on games but also try to recognize other areas of VR content development like education and arts.
Apex Construct took home the prize in the PC Entertainment section. Fast Travel’s 2018 adventure offered a full VR experience and is a pretty deserving winner in our book. VictoryVR’s gruesome VR Frog Dissection took home the award for PC Education while the Vive Arts-backed The Water Lily Obsession won in the PC Arts & Culture section. Finally, nDreams’ Shooty Fruity Arcade scored a win for PC Arcade titles.
There were also awards for developers on HTC’s mobile platform, Vive Wave. Resolution Games’ Bait! won Entertainment, Star Chart scored Education and Paint VR won Arts & Culture.
As HTC points out, each of these apps will be included in Viveport Infinity when it launches next month. It’s basically Netflix for VR; $12.99 a month gets you access to over 600 VR apps for unlimited use.
We’ll be looking forward to seeing how HTC’s upcoming launches change next year’s awards. The company is soon to launch its Vive Cosmos headset and a new platform named Vive Reality System alongside it.