CES 2019: HTC Vive, HP Sponsor $50,000 Virtuix VR Esports Tournaments In 2019

by Jamie Feltham • January 9th, 2019

Virtuix is offering big cash prizes for its 2019 Omniverse VR Esports tournaments.

The company announced today that HTC Vive and HP are sponsoring this year’s contests, which run monthly. A $50,000 annual pool will be split into cash prizes for those that top leaderboards in VR arcades across the world. Games are played on Virtuix’ Omni VR treadmill, which straps you in place with a harness and allows you to run on the spot using special shoes. Virtuix originally wanted to get Omni in people’s homes but repositioned it as a location-based product in 2017.

Each contest will consist of two teams battling it out over four days. Across January to March featured games include VRZ: Torment and Virtuix’s own Omni Arena shooter. The top 10 teams will win prizes every month, including Vive headsets for the winners. There will also be weekly contests within Omni Arena for teams of four players. At the end of the year Virtuix will gather top-scoring teams to compete in its own Omni World Championship. The intitial schedule looks like this:

·        January 24-27: Omni Arena – “Coliseum” level

·        February 21-24: VRZ: Torment

·        March 21-24:  Omni Arena – “Metropolis” level

You can sign up to take part over on the company’s website. Virtuix isn’t revealing the games for later months in the year just yet but you can bet Omni Arena will feature a few more times.

Back in November, Virtuix announced a partnership with Funovation to build its own location-based VR attractions. These Virtuix Arenas look like futuristic arcade booths that house the company’s treadmills. You can see it in action in the video above.

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