With the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) yet to date or even reveal a consumer version, developers working with the device need to take every possible chance to gain some exposure. Now TIGA, a UK-based non-profit trade association representing the videogame industry, is giving one VR developer the chance to showcase its work at a major exhibition set to take place in a few months’ time in Newcastle. Crucially, the competition is free for any VR developer to enter.
TIGA has teamed up with arts and learning organisation the Barbican to offer five UK indie developers the chance to showcase their titles at the Game On 2.0 event, which is set to run at the Centre for Life in Newcastle, between May and November, 2015. The exhibition will cover the evolution of videogames from 1962 onwards, with a spot for five competition winners to showcase their work. One winner will be picked from each of a total of five different categories, which includes ‘Best Oculus Rift experience’ among them.
To enter, hopeful developers need prepare a copy of their title along with 250 words on why it should have a spot at the exhibition and a video of two minutes maximum of footage. They must send these off to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on 28th February 2015. Questions about the competiton can be sent to the same address. Entries will be judged by a panel of six that includes Chair of the BAFTA Games Committee Harvey Elliott and Barbican International Enterprise’s Exhibition Manager Patrick Moran.
Other categories in the competition include best multiplayer, educational, PC and mobile/tablet experiences. VRFocus will continue to follow the competition’s progress closely, reporting back with any further updates on it.