US team wins AED 500,000 in Dubai VR competition
‘VR & Beyond’ competition hosted by Dubai Future Accelerators, Burj Khalifa and HTC Vive
A US team has won the top prize at this year’s ‘VR & Beyond’ competition, sponsored by Burj Khalifa together with HTC Vive and Dubai Future Accelerators.
Game Cooks virtual reality (VR) creation titled “Dubai – A Rising Falcon” came out tops, taking home a cash prize of AED500,000 while also getting the VR experience uploaded onto VIVEPORT - the VR gaming store owned by HTC Vive.
In the experience—which will be open to visitors to At The Top—participants start off on a helicopter ride from the to-be-built Dubai Creek Tower going to the Burj Khalifa. They then get transformed into a virtual falcon diving off the top of the Burj Khalifa and can “fly” around the tower, with a special 4D element of the game in which wind blows on the participant in tandem with the speed of their flight.
The second-place prize went to the team at EStudioFuture from Spain for their title “Dubai's Jewels”. It is also going to be retailed on VIVEPORT as well as featured in VR Park Dubai—a VR theme park based at Dubai Mall.
Saeed Al Falasi, Executive Director at the Dubai Future Foundation, the body behind Dubai Future Accelerators said, “In line with our ongoing efforts at the Dubai Future Foundation to support, encourage and welcome innovators and creative thinkers, we are pleased to have hosted such global challenge, in collaboration with HTC Vive and Burj Khalifa, that have intrigued the creative minds of developers and pushed them to showcase their best in producing cutting-edge VR experiences.”
All participants in the competition gained access to Burj Khalifa premises and high-definition footage of the building itself. Dubai Future Accelerators also offered access to an incubator centre and fully set-up VR hub situated at Area 2071, as well as office workspaces, throughout the project. HTC Vive was the VR partner for the program, and its latest premium VR system—the Vive Pro—was the official VR device for the competition.