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Oculus Launches Gear VR Game Jam With $1,000,000 in Prizes

Videogame development jams have proven to be an effective way of discovering unique, compelling experiences in the past. Virtual reality (VR) videogames are no stranger to the concept, with Leap Motion recently hosting its own competition to support VR compatible titles. This week sees Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) creator Oculus VR announce a brand new competition in the Mobile VR Jam 2015. The contest is aims to support new projects for the Gear VR, a smartphone-based HMD created by Samsung in partnership with Oculus VR.

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The contest will feature a prize pool of $1,000,000 USD spilt across two different tracks. One will be specifically for VR videogames, the other for VR experiences and apps. Software must be developed for the Innovator’s Edition of Gear VR. The winner of the ‘Platinum’ award in the videogame category will secure some $200,000, while ‘Gold’ videogame winners will earn $100,000. The ‘Silver’ prize for videogames is worth $50,000, while ‘Bronze’ offers $10,000. For apps, ‘Platinum’ gets $100,000, ‘Gold’ earns $50,000, ‘Silver’ is worth $30,000 and ‘Bronze’ earns $10,000.

Submissions for the jam open on 13th April 2015 at 12:00 PDT. Entrants must then submit the pitch for their title by 20th April, followed by screenshots to show its progress on 27th April. A video of the project is due on 4th May before the final build must be submitted on 11th May. Judges, who are yet to be announced, will look at the submitted materials to select fund and innovative ideas, with the top 20% of each track going through to the next round. The winners will be announced on 3rd June at 10:00.

To work on Gear VR developers will need Oculus VR’s Mobile software development kit (SDK), which can be downloaded from the company’s website. VRFocus will continue to follow the Oculus Mobile VR Jam, reporting back with any further updates on the competition.