Oculus Rift and Indie Cade to Hold a Month Long VR Jam
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The Oculus Rift is making a splash in the way of virtual reality. It is because of this increased popularity of Oculus and its future plans that more developers are looking to make games for the Rift VR platform.
Oculus has decided to join with IndieCade to host a month-long jam to allow developers to show what they have to offer and what they can create for a virtual reality system. Contests like these are important for the indie community and showing the capabilities of indie developers is a good way of bringing attention to the community and seeing what innovative ideas are in the future of gaming.
The VR Jam 2013 Event
The VR Jam 2013 event was thought of to entice indie game developers to explore the options available with the Oculus Rift. The challenge for this event is to build a game that is unique and innovative specifically for the Rift. The winner will be awarded a prize of $10,000 and the chance to demo their game at IndieCade. Prizes will also be awarded to second and third place contestants. The contest is open to everyone who is interested and will be divided between open call developers, and a selected group of hand chosen previous IndieCade developers. Gamers will be judged on their innovation and design and will have 3 weeks to develop their game for the contest. The game must also specifically be developed for the competition. If a developer doesn’t have access to a developer’s kit, there are special playtest hubs available in select cities. A jury from the community will select 10 finalists from the competitors and from there, 6 winners will be selected for various prizes. The event takes place on August 2 and ends August 25.
Getting Indie Developer Support
The VR Jam is a great opportunity for indie developers to show their skills and what they are capable of designing for the Rift. Working with the newest technology and showing said skills is important to making a name for an indie studio in a Triple A (AAA) dominated industry. Indie titles are starting to become more popular and a contest featuring what indie developers can do for the future will ensure that the indie community will thrive and continue to put out new and innovative games for the public.