With the popularity of VR on the rise, companies like Oculus, Razer, and most recently, Valve, are looking for VR developers to flood these new devices with tons of content to keep investors and consumers interested in the product. With the Oculus Rift looming large over the market, the company is now focusing on gaining developers and content for mobile, specifically the Samsung Gear VR, by hosting the Mobile VR Jam in April.
The competition runs for a few weeks, from April 13 to May 11, with the company offering a prize pool of $1 million. The money is split between the two sections, or "tracks," of the competition – games, and what Oculus calls "VR experiences and apps." The four-week competition includes four milestones for each team. They must submit updates to the company every week, such as a description of the project, as well as screenshots, a video of the current build, and of course, the finished project.
After the development phase, there will be two rounds of judging wherein the company looks at videos, screenshots and descriptions to find unique and fun ideas. The top 20 percent from each track, with a minimum of 30 games and 20 apps or experiences, moves on to the second round, where a panel of judges will then test each game or app and give it a rating.
The winning development team of the game track will receive $200,000, while the winning "app or experience" developers will receive $100,000. The rest of the money is split between numerous teams in second, third and fourth place.
At press time, there are already 50 people registered for the competition, and with a little less than two months until it starts, it's safe to say that the list of competitors is only going to climb.