Ever week VRFocus brings you a number of sports and eSports related virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) stories as part of This Week In VR Sport. This week, New England took the winning place in the Home Run Derby VR championship tournament. Infinite eSports & Entertainment and OpTic Gaming are releasing Greenwall VR on the social VR platform, Sansar and NextVR are broadcasting not one but two live events this weekend featuring kickboxing and WWE.
New England Beats Japan To Win First-Ever Little League Baseball World Series
The 2018 Little League Baseball World Series featuring a special Home Run Derby VR championship tournament has come to an end. The tournament was hosted by Major League Baseball in partnership with Little League International and ESPN. 12-year-old Aiden Wilkins took home the tournament title while representing the New England region from Coventry, RI, after defeating Japan’s Yuta Shimizu in an exciting back-and-fourth final round.
The tournament features 16 teams from the United States and from around the world including South Korea, Spain, Australia, Canada and Japan. The players all competed in a four-round bracket-style tournament, using an All-Star multiplayer edition of the popular and award-winning VR videogame which was set in a high resolution recreation of Nationals Park.
Those looking to catch up on the tournament action will be able to do so thanks to a 30-minute special highlight recap show which will be airing on ESPN and the ESPN app on Sunday, August 19th, at 4:30pm (ET).
NextVR To Broadcast Two Live Events This Weekend For Kickboxing And WWE Fans
NextVR have announced that this Sunday, August 19th, they will be broadcasting two live events in VR that marks a first for the company. Entitled Knock Out Live From Tokyo, the event is a premier kickboxing even that spans from flyweight to super-lightweight and they are NextVR’s first broadcast from Asia. Viewers will be able to put on their headset and catch the event live and hours later enjoy the first WWE VR broadcast on the platform as well. This year NextVR have produced VR highlights from WrestleMania and Fastlane. With the Summer Slam Kickoff, it will be the first live broadcast for the platform.
Both of these NextVR broadcasts will also be simulcast in Oculus Venues where friends can interact in the arena in real time with each other as they watch the events. The Knock Out Live From Tokyo will be taking place on Sunday, August 19th, 12am (PT) with the WWE Summer Slam Kickoff happening the same day at 2pm (PT).
Greenwall VR Releases Onto Sansar Platform
Earlier this week it was revealed that Infinite eSports & Entertainment and OpTic Gaming are releasing Greenwall VR on the social VR platform, Sansar. Greenwall VR gives members of OpTic Gaming’s fanbase access to watch games together, communicate with other fans, submit fanart, purchase team merchandise, engage with staff and pro players, and even participate in special events.
“With fans and teams based all over the world, we wanted to create a truly immersive way for our community to come together as the Greenwall and feel like they’re a part of something bigger,” said Oslo Green, VP of VR at OpTic Gaming in a statement. “By introducing virtual reality to eSports spectatorship, we’re taking the first steps into creating a grander, more immersive, and more modern approach to traditional sports fandom, community and interaction.”
The Greenwall VR experience is available now on Sansar for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive users.