FAQ - Viveport Developer Awards (Global)

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FAQ - Viveport Developer Awards (Global)


Got questions about the Viveport Developer Awards? We answer the most asked below. If you have a question that is not answered, leave a comment.


What are the Viveport Developer Awards?


The second annual Viveport Developer Awards is an open contest for VR developers who have been, or will be, published on Viveport. The Viveport Developer Awards will showcase, celebrate and reward VR developers and their VR experiences.


What prizes can be won in the Viveport Developer Awards?


Each category of the Viveport Developer Awards will have a first-place winner and a second-place winner:


  • The first-place winner will receive: $50,000 USD, a studio profile video produced by Vive, priority access to new developer hardware and a physical trophy commemorating the award.
  •  The second-place winner will receive: $20,000 USD, a studio profile video produced by Vive, priority access to new developer hardware and a physical trophy commemorating the award.


In addition, nominated and winning titles can expect increased marketing support with increased placements on the Viveport store home page, social media, PR, and more.


What are the content categories?


There are five categories in the Viveport Developer Awards. For each title submitted, developers must select one category for their title to be judged in. The five categories are:


  • Entertainment: Captivates the player in an engaging world and story. Features interactivity that is satisfying and rewarding. Leaves a lasting impression. Encourages the player to revisit the title again and again. Games and narrative-driven experiences.


  • Education: Offers immersive and interactive learning experiences for the classroom or outside of it. Sparks curiosity, imagination and passion for intriguing subject matter.


  •  Arts & Culture: Enables, preserves, and democratizes creation in the arts. Addresses a diverse, global audience and contributes to the knowledge and enjoyment of cultural heritage.


  •  Enterprise: Transforms businesses with digital innovation. Accelerates the way teams create, cooperate and execute. Impacts key areas such as visualization, design, collaboration, marketing/sales and simulation/training.


  • Arcade: Delights customers new to virtual reality. Designed for location-based entertainment considering ease of learning and playtime. A great choice for venues and businesses offering virtual reality experiences.

How are titles entered for consideration in the Viveport Developer Awards?


Developers submit their titles in the Viveport Developer Console. Content can enter if it is selected for the “Home” business model and targets the “PC” platform. Please note Arcade content is also submitted to the “Home” business model at this time. Under the “Submission” section, you will find the Viveport Developer Awards opt-in under “Program Opt-ins”. Check the appropriate box and category and finish the rest of your content submission. Officially submit your title by selecting “Create production release” under “Submit”.


When does the Viveport Developer Awards start and end?


The contest runs from 12:00:00 AM Pacific Time on December 13, 2017. The submission window for content closes on February 9, 2018 at 11:59:59 PM Pacific Time. The Viveport Developer Awards officially ends on March 19, 2018 with the announcement of the winners.


Am I eligible to enter the Viveport Developer Awards? What countries can participate?


Viveport developers must be registered on the Viveport Developer Console to participate. Developers living in these countries are eligible to enter: United States, Canada (excluding Quebec), United Kingdom, Germany, France, Sweden, Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, South Korea, Switzerland, Norway, Poland, Austria, Belgium, Russia, Thailand, Singapore, India, Argentina, Brazil, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burma, Cambodia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Malaysia, Peru, Philippines, Slovakia, Slovenia, Uruguay, Vietnam, Mexico and Japan. For additional eligibility rules, please see Page 2 of the Terms & Conditions.


Is my title eligible to enter the Viveport Developer Awards?


Most likely, yes. Titles not eligible to enter include 1) titles that were nominated and/or won previous Viveport Developer Awards 2) titles that have been funded through Vive initiatives including but not limited to Vive Studios, Vive X or VR for Impact. Each title entered must select one of the five categories to be judged against. Existing titles on the Viveport store can enter as well as new titles. Titles need to be uploaded and submitted on the Viveport Developer Console by the deadline with the Viveport Developer Awards program opt-in selected.


What are the Terms & Conditions?


The Terms & Conditions for the contest can be found here.


Is China included in the Viveport Developer Awards - Global?


No. If you are a developer based in China, you are ineligible for Viveport Developer Awards – Global. Instead, Chinese developers can enter Viveport Developer Awards – China which has separate categories, prizes and rules. Global developers can participate in Viveport Developer Awards – China by submitting VIVE WAVE titles. To get started, select the “Home” business model and target the “Mobile” platform. Under the “Submission” section, you will find the “Viveport Developer Awards 2 China” opt-in under “Program Opt-ins”.


Will my title be published to the Viveport store?


Yes. If your title passes our review and submission process, the title will be published to Viveport. In order to enter your title for the Viveport Developer Awards, you must submit your title for publishing to the Viveport store. There is one exception: for titles considering the Arcade category, they may opt-in to only publishing on the Viveport Arcade program and not to the Viveport home store.


Does it matter if my title is an app or a game?


Apps or games can be submitted for the Viveport Developer Awards. We expect most games to submit to the Entertainment or Arcade categories while apps will appear in all five categories.


Can I enter more than one title in the Viveport Developer Awards?


Yes. We recognize developers often create multiple titles. Each eligible title can be entered. Entrants may win a maximum of two prizes.


How do I win?


All eligible entries are first reviewed and evaluated by a panel of Vive employees. Evaluation is based on 1) overall virtual reality experience including, but not limited to, how fun, useful and engaging the title is 2) engagement metrics including, but not limited to, total downloads, total user sessions and overall time played. Final winning titles will be determined after being scored by a panel of judges.


How do I receive my prize?


The monetary prize will be delivered to winning developers through the payment information submitted to the Viveport Developer console. To ensure swift payment, please setup payout method in the “Payout Report” area. The Viveport team will work directly with winning developers for scheduling the studio profile video, providing priority access to new developer hardware and delivering a physical trophy commemorating the award.