Virtex is thrilled to announce its first live event, which will feature Echo Arena, a VR esports game from Ready At Dawn, at Virtex Stadium, an immersive entertainment platform that allows fans to experience esports competitions in 3D live with other fans.
Unlike anything we’ve seen before, Virtex is designed to place spectators in the stadium so they can hang out with friends in an environment designed for social interaction, watch matches together, and float alongside fans. players throughout the competition. It would be like going to a soccer game with your friends in physical reality and jumping onto the pitch to see the action from the players’ perspective.
Except better because you can do it from the comfort of your own home, but still feel like you’re in the stadium with friends thanks to the magic of immersive reality presence.
“As a fan, even if you’re not playing the game itself, you’re just as excited, excited, and passionate about the big moments as the gamers themselves are,” said Tim McGuinness, CEO and co-founder of Virtex. “We want to bring fans closer to the action and remove the limitations of 2D screens.”
The concept isn’t entirely new as players could previously get together and watch matches in Horizon Venues, for example. However, they were still doing just that – watching the action on a 2D screen, even if it was in a 3D environment. This is no longer the case with Virtex.
echo arena Also has a spectator mode which allows players to watch a match in the 3D arena environment, but it is designed as a real spectator mode so you cannot interact with others. It’s perfect for casting or streaming, but not for interacting with your friends.
The Virtex Stadium was created by McGuinness and Christoph Ortlepp after they met in a VR League Finals in 2019. McGuinness, a former Team Gravity Echo VR player, attended the event and shared an early prototype of the Virtex stadium with Ortlepp, a technology entrepreneur. recognized the potential. This led to the creation of Virtex in 2020.
In addition to the funding round that took place earlier this year, the company recently welcomed investors Anorak.vcwho were also early investors in Oculus and Check-in roomas good as FOV.venturesa new gaming & XR oriented fund that has invested, among other things, ReadyPlayerMe.
Virtex Stadium’s first live event will take place on December 17-18 in partnership with National Association of Sports Professionals (NEPA) as they host a dedicated Echo VR event where some of the best Echo VR esports teams will compete and showcase the full Virtex Stadium experience for the first time.
This will be a milestone for esports – not just VR esports, but esports in general. Even if you’re unfamiliar with Echo VR, this event is just the first step as it lays the foundation for Virtex’s ambition to become home to the most memorable and unique events in gaming.
The Virtex Stadium experience is currently available in closed beta through Oculus PCVR with compatible VR headsets. Since partnering with Meta and Ready at Dawn in February 2022, rigorous testing for Echo VR at Virtex Stadium has taken place and the team is working to welcome even more players for this wonderful sports experience.