The annual VRCORE Awards took place in Shanghai, China today, celebrating the best of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) from around the world. With 15 categories, these cover a broad range of immersive content including videogames, film, education, medicine, real estate and many more. Now all the winners have been announced.
China’s VRCORE Awards aren’t just about winning a prestigious honour, winners are also provided with opportunities to enter the lucrative Chinese market. Winners are able to establish cooperative relationships with Chinese partners, one of the best and only ways to do so.
The 2019 VRCORE Awards winners are as follows:
- VRCORE Award – Focus on You – Smilegate Entertainment
- Best Game – Fujii – Funktronic labs
- Best Movie – Black Bag – VRTimes
- Best Industry Content – Virtual Simulation Security Training Platform – MR.ART
- Best Creative – Mandala – Sandman Studios
- Most Business Potential – Christmas Eve – iQIYI VR
- Best Art (PC/Console) – Rogan: Thief in the Castle – Smilegate Entertainment
- Best Audio (PC/Console) – Mercenary 2: Silicon Rising – KUKRGAME
- Best Interactive (PC/Console) – A Township Tale – AltaVR
- Best Narrative (PC/Console) – Black Bag – VRTimes
- Best LBE – Levy’s Grimoire-Blade & Magic – Metal Cat
- Best Mobile Game – Fire Escape: An Interactive VR Series – iNK Stories
- Best Mobile Industry Content – MeshInstruct – Meshicon Software
- Best AR Content – Ello AR – Pinta Studios
- Best Mobile Interactive – Barren War – Water Bear Studio
Some of these should be very familiar to western audiences like Funktonic Labs’ Fujii. The title arrived for multiple headsets back in July, offering a relaxing, puzzle-based, musical plant adventure. Rogan: Thief in the Castle was another summer release for PC VR devices, pitting players as a thief inside a medieval castle, evading guards whilst trying to steal valuables.
Having originally began in 2016, previous winners including Polyarc’s puzzle adventure Moss gaining the highly coveted VRCORE Award, while Nostos from Netease Games achieved Best Game, both in 2018.
The awards are just one part of VRCORE, a VR developer community in China which acts as a hub for developers and partners at home and abroad to communicate and cooperate with China’s hardware manufacturers, distribution platforms and capital. VRFocus will continue its coverage of the VRCORE Awards, reporting back with all the latest announcements.