VR Jam 2013 Announced!

We look at almost every Oculus-ready game, demo, and experience that the community shares. It's awesome to see all of the made-for-VR content that has begun defining the platform.

That said, many developers have focused on experimenting with VR ports of pre-existing games. Now that we've shipped over 15,000 development kits worldwide, we wanted to create an opportunity for the community to come together to jam on ideas for new, made-for-VR games that can only be built with the Rift.

With that in mind, we’re thrilled to announce "VR Jam", a long-format, worldwide game jam presented by Oculus and IndieCade with over $50,000 in prizes!




 

Participants will be challenged to build new, innovative virtual reality games and experiences designed specifically for the Oculus Rift. The team that develops the best new VR game will win a $10,000 cash prize, a trip to demo its game at IndieCade Festival 2013 to showcase its work, and an invitation to visit Oculus HQ to meet the Oculus team.

If you’re interested, you can head over to http://www.oculus.com/vrjam for all the details and sign-up. VR Jam begins August 2nd, 2013 at 9:00am PT, but you can sign up your team starting today!

Prizes

In case you're curious about the actual prizes we'll be awarding to the winners, we've included the details below.





 

Grand prize winners will receive:

  • $10,000 cash prize.
  • Oculus will pay for travel and lodging for 1 member of the winning team to attend IndieCade and exhibit at event (up to $2,000).
  • An invitation to visit Oculus HQ to meet the Oculus team.
  • Oculus will promote the content through social channels.
  • Opportunity to exhibit winning content at IndieCade 2013.
  • Coupon for submission to IndieCade 2014.
  • A limited edition Oculus + IndieCade VR Jam 2013 t-shirt.

2nd place winners will receive:

  • $5,000 cash prize.
  • Oculus will promote the content through social channels.
  • Opportunity to exhibit winning content at IndieCade 2013.
  • Coupon for submission to IndieCade 2014.
  • A limited edition Oculus + IndieCade VR Jam 2013 t-shirt.

3rd place winners will receive:

  • $3,000 cash prize.
  • Oculus will promote the content through social channels.
  • Opportunity to exhibit winning content at IndieCade 2013.
  • Coupon for submission to IndieCade 2014.
  • A limited edition Oculus + IndieCade VR Jam 2013 t-shirt.

Each finalist will receive:

  • $500 cash prize.
  • Oculus will promote the content through social channels.
  • Coupon for submission (any game) to IndieCade 2014.
  • A limited edition Oculus + IndieCade VR Jam 2013 t-shirt.

We'll be handling the judging in tandem with the IndieCade team, so we're looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

If you have any questions in the meantime, don't hesitate to email us at jam@indiecade.com.

We’ll see you in the game (jam)!

–Palmer and the Oculus team

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