@RealityCheckVR wrote: This is something HUGE!) I've never heard of it before this post but WOW how exciting! When I would buy games as a kid I would slowly read through each instruction booklet looking for any extra art. Being able to design a Vive Home area inspired by the art of the game and potential interacting with in-game objects before launching the actual game is a GAME CHANGER!)
:-D. We are excited too!
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@RealityCheckVR wrote: This is a good thing!) I really like that I can host a game in multiple spaces without the need for exclusive contracts. Thanks again!)
Doing our best to please ;). We belive in supporting the VR industry so we don't require exclusivity. However at this time, games are only being distributed on Viveport China. Our partner, Steam, will do global distribution for your game if you choose to also distribute there. All other non-gaming apps will be distributed worldwide on viveport.
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Shen says that all current expereinces/games already up also take part, but your current rules are " Eligibility is determined by two factors. First, the date of publication of the app on the Viveport store must fall between August 25, 2016 and November 30, 2016." Can this be fixed please? Don't want to frustrate us early devs! Should be anyone on the store currently as well.
Hey Katie, We love our early developers! Regarding your question on the time period, as long as your app is available on the Viveport store between Aug 25th to Nov 30th 2016 your content may be considered. Your app can be published before that window, so long as it is available and in good standing during that time. Thank you for pointing this out and we will clarify our communication.
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What are the Viveport Developer Awards?
The Viveport Developer Awards showcase, celebrate, and reward developers for their VR creations. In 2016, the first exhibition of the VDAs consists of a pool of $500,000 in cash and prizes which will be awarded early next year for apps published on Viveport. The Awards will span across Viveport’s pillars of Explore, Create, Connect and Experience.
How do I enter the contest?
Once you publish your app on Viveport, you can at any time after September 12th opt in to the contest through the developer console, after signing in with your HTC account. Developers must elect to opt in to the contest and review the Official Rules. Developers must meet the eligibility requirements as outlined in the Official Rules.
What are the eligibility requirements?
Eligibility is determined by two factors. First, the app must be available on the Viveport store between August 25, 2016 and November 30, 2016. Developers may submit their title at any time and it will be reviewed and approved for publication per the standard terms of the Viveport Distribution Agreement. Thus for apps approved and published prior to this window, so long as the content is available during this timeframe, they will be considerd.
Second, eligible apps must come from developers who are legally incorporated or whose legal residency is from one of the approved contest territories as detailed in the Official Rules. Territories include the United States, Canada (excluding Quebec), United Kingdom, Germany, France, Sweden, Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Switzerland, Norway, Poland, Austria, Belgium, Russia, Thailand, Singapore, India, Mexico and Japan. We plan on adding more countries for future contests.
What are the Award categories?
The Award categories are based on Viveport’s content pillars of Explore, Create, Connect and Experience .
Explore: Titles that transport and transcend, taking us to places and times in ways never imagined before VR. Lifestyle and educational titles that enlighten and empower people to gain insight into the world or themselves.
Create: Titles that embrace creativity as well as tools for design and utility that transform our daily lives; inspire new forms of art or music, enable storytelling, and encourage productivity.
Connect: Titles that enable and appeal to the social side of VR life; helping people share experiences, communicate, network, keep informed, or ease collaboration.
Experience: Titles that are innovations on storytelling or sharing 360-video and 2D video experiences; scripted or unscripted narratives, news to sports, animation to documentary, and virtual theaters for aggregators.
Do I need to select an award category when I enter the contest?
No. The Viveport team will review all eligible apps and assign Award categories during the evaluation process. Developers will not be asked to self-submit for VDA categories. The only categorization developers need to do is select from the available categories and genres offered in the developer console during the regular app submission process. Award categories will not appear in the developer console during the contest entry or as part of the standard app submission process.
How are nominees and winners determined?
Five nominees will be chosen for each of the award categories– Explore, Create, Connect and Experience –for a total of 20 nominees. Nominees will be determined based on engagement metrics and overall experience. Awards will be presented to each of the five nominees per category based on an average ranking determined by a jury.
Does my app have to be exclusive to Viveport to be eligible? Does it matter if it’s free or paid?
No. You are welcome to distribute your app on as many platforms as you deem applicable. Any consumer engagement with your titles on other platforms will not be factored into the selection process. All monetization models are accepted.
If my app is distributed on Steam, is it eligible?
Your app may absolutely be distributed on Steam, but it does not make you eligible. You must publish your app on Viveport to be considered for the contest pending eligibility.
When will nominees be announced? Winners?
Viveport is all about supporting and promoting developer experiences and plans on revealing nominees on a regular interval between Viveport’s commercial launch through the end of November. Winners will be determined in December 2016 and the announcement will be shared via the media and/or at a Vive-hosted event in January 2017. To stay on top of the all the latest VDA news, please check the Viveport Community Forum. All nominees and winner will be notified in advance.
When should I release my title?
You should always submit your title when you determine it is ready to be published or fits your strategy. Viveport will always be excited to share your content with the world and support it with marketing and promotion. However, should your title be ready to submit during the contest window, we recommend submitting earlier than later to benefit from the time to promote and drive engagement.
Can I promote my title?
Yes. You can and should promote your title. Driving traffic to your content on Viveport will help drive your sales. Viveport will promote the nominees and the winners, but when developers sign the general distribution agreement, it grants us the right to globally promote your title regardless if you’re eligible for the VDAs or not, as that is a benefit of the platform in general. As we consider the many engagement factors for the VDAs specifically, there are no constraints for you to build excitement for your title on Viveport.
Will I need to pay taxes on my prize?
Yes. Developers are responsible for any taxes due on prizes as required by law. Viveport will provide all necessary forms.
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Yes, DRM is included in the SDK which developers can be provided upon request. Alternatively, developers have the option to enable rights management by opting in to the DRM Wrapper during the submission process.
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