Virtual reality (VR) has been steadily gaining recognition from the mainstream entertainment industry, but very few forms of recognition are more prestigious than the Emmy Awards. The 69th Emmy Awards nominations have been released, and the list includes six VR experiences.
While the Emmy’s have not gone so far as to have a separate VR category, but two categories have VR included in the nominations list, ‘Outstanding Original Interactive Program’ and ‘Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media Within a Scripted Program’.
Outstanding Original Interactive Program:
- Dear Angelica – Oculus Story Studios – Oculus
- Mission: ISS – Oculus – Magnopus / Oculus
- The People’s House – Inside The White House With Barack And Michelle Obama – Samsung / Oculus – Felix & Paul Studios and Oculus
Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media Within a Scripted Program:
- The Mr. Robot Virtual Reality Experience – USA Universal Cable Productions, Here Be Dragons, Esmail Corp. and Anonymous Content
- Stranger Things VR Experience – Netflix – Netflix and CBS Digital
- The Simpsons – Planet Of The Couches – play.google.com – Gracie Films in association with 20th Century Fox Television and Google Spotlight Stories
Several of the nominated titles, Dear Angelica, Mission: ISS and The People’s House were produced by Oculus Story Studio, which was recently closed, though Facebook says funding for non-gaming content it set to continue to allow for the continued growth of the market, with $50 million (USD) of its VR investment heading towards that goal.