Those that have been following VRFocus over the course of the past month will be well aware that Oculus VR is currently hosting a Mobile VR Jam, seeking new virtual reality (VR) experiences for its smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD), Gear VR, which is made in partnership with Samsung. The company is currently offering over $1,000,000 USD to be split across a number of developers working on new VR videogames, apps and experiences. Part of that prize money is for two community-voted awards. This week sees Oculus VR officially open that voting.
VR fans are now able to head to the Challenge Post submissions page that holds each hopeful entrant for the VR Jam. With an account set up, users should be able to click on individual projects and find a ‘Vote for this submission’ button on the page. Now that the VR Jam has passed its fourth milestone, in which entrants had to submit their finals builds, Gear VR owners themselves can sample this content, with download links featuring on each page. Fans can vote across two categories: one for videogames and the other for apps and experiences, covering titles such as Technolust: Thought Crimes and niVRana.
The winners in each category will be awarded with $10,000. As for the competition itself, submissions are currently being judged by a panel that includes the likes of Oculus VR’s Palmer Luckey and John Carmack as well as representatives of other developers such as Telltale Games. Winners and runner-ups in the videogame track will secure $200,000, $100,000, $50,000, and $10,000 respectively while app or experiences winners will get $100,000, $50,000, $30,000 or $10,000. Winners are set to be announced in early June 2015.
VRFocus will continue to follow the VR Jam closely, reporting back with any further updates on it.