Those following VRFocus over the past week will have seen a number of new virtual reality (VR) videogames and apps announced for the Gear VR smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD). It isn’t a simple coincidence that developers are revealing new projects in the same week; it’s all part of Oculus VR’s ongoing Mobile VR Jam, a competition that’s seeking brand new content for the device with a prize pool of $1,000,000 USD to be split across a range of winners. Oculus VR has already announced that it has seen over 500 submissions to the Jam, but recently revealed more details about these entrants.
Mobile VR Jam organiser and Reddit user Erisana offered some more information on the total number of submissions over on this week’s Mobile VR Jam Live Q&A. When asked about the entrants for each category, Erisana revealed that a total of 342 videogames have been submitted and 238 apps.
That brings the number of entrants to an impressive 580 overall. That said, Erisana notes that this number isn’t final; all of these projects will have to fully qualify to progress further with the jam. “Once we’ve determined the submissions that fully qualify (i.e. all submitted materials match the requirements and all team members signed the Terms and Conditions), we’ll announce the final count of entrants per category,” the organiser noted.
It’s not surprising to see that there are over 100 more videogame entries into the Jam over apps. Many of the projects that VRFocus has reported on over the course of the past week have belonged in the former category, although there have been equally impressive submissions to both sides. Next Monday, 27th April will see the Jam reach its next milestone in which successful applicants will have to submit screenshots of their project. The week after on 4th May will require footage and final submissions are to be made on 11th May.
The winner of the ‘Platinum’ award in the VR Jam’s 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.
VRFocus will continue to follow the Mobile VR Jam closely, reporting back with any further updates on it.