As many events have had to do this year, the annual VR Awards by the Academy of International Extended Reality (AIXR) will be online only. Today, the AIXR has announced a partnership with VRChat to host the event.
One of the longest-running virtual reality (VR) social platforms, VRChat has built a solid community thanks to customisable features. You can hop in and simply explore what’s been made, playing games or chatting with other users. Or for those who know how to use Unity, the VRChat SDK opens up a world of possibilities for the creation of avatars or new environments.
Hence why AIXR has partnered with the app to bring the 2020 VR Awards to life digitally. To help in this endeavour, the AIXR is seeking Unity creators from the VRChat and VR Awards community, whether they’re good at 3D animation, modelling, world-building and more.
If you’d like to get involved in an event celebrating the XR industry then fill out this form. Or if you just want to attend then you’ll need to download VRChat (which is free) for headsets like Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Valve Index. The awards are scheduled to take place on 27th October 2020.
“Our primary goal for this VR Awards was to create the most impressive VR event experience to date – We are proud to be joined on this journey by our industry partners as well as talented creators and VR fans from across the world,” says Daniel Colaianni, Chief Executive, AIXR, in a statement.
The VR Awards will be celebrating virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) content across 13 categories including VR Hardware of the Year, Rising VR Company of the Year, VR Education & Training of the Year and the Accenture Lifetime Achievement Award – which John Carmack won last year.
Nominations were originally supposed to close in May but due to the current pandemic, the AIXR extended the window until 11:30 PM BST / 3.30 PM PDT on 11th June 2020. And for this year’s event, there will be a new public voting portal although no further details have been revealed regarding how this will operate. Traditionally, all the VR Awards are selected by a panel of judges from the XR industry.