VR Awards 2019 Round-Up: Quest, Carmack And Vader Win Big

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The third annual VR Awards ceremony was held in central London on Monday night, with some of the biggest names in the industry gathering to celebrate and recognize a massive year for virtual reality.

Jamie and Zeena were in attendance on the night, and will bring you a special look at the ceremony in an upcoming episode of The VR Culture Show.

In the meantime, we’ve summed up the VR Awards winners for each of the categories presented on the night.

It’s no huge surprise that the Oculus Quest and Vader Immortal were winners in their VR Awards categories, but there’s a few interesting winners in the more obscure categories, too.

The winners for each VR Awards category are highlighted in bold, accompanied by any relevant further reading at the bottom of each category.


Accenture VR Lifetime Achievement Award

John Carmack – CTO of Oculus VR

More info: This award was not a category announced ahead of time with finalists, but a special award given to Carmack to recognize his lifetime achievements in the field of VR. 

Carmack was not at the ceremony to accept the award in-person, but gave a video acceptance speech which you can watch here.


VR Hardware of the Year:

Oculus – Quest

VRgineers – XTAL 5K HMD

Oculus – Rift S

HTC – Vive Pro Eye

VR Electronics – Teslasuit

HP – Reverb VR Headset

More info: It’s been a breakout year for Oculus’ standalone VR headset, so it’s no surprise it took home the Hardware of the Year award. You can read our full review of the Quest here, along with our 25 best Quest games and experiences.


VR Game of the Year:

SIEE & ASOBI Team – ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission

Ninja Theory – Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice VR Edition

Coatsink – Shadow Point

Sony London Studio – Blood & Truth

Owlchemy Labs – Vacation Simulator

Outerloop Games – Falcon Age

Secret Location – Transpose

First Contact Entertainment – Firewall Zero Hour

Survios – CREED: Rise to Glory™

Archiact – FREEDIVER: Triton Down

Resolution Games – Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs

Innerspace VR & ARTE France – A Fisherman’s Tale

SignSine – PROZE: Enlightenment

More info: You can read our review of A Fisherman’s Tale here.


VR Experience of the Year:

ILMxLAB & Oculus Studios – Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series – Episode I

NBC Universal & Digital Domain – Eleven Eleven

Start VR – Awake

REWIND & SkyVR – Curfew: Join The Race

Lucas Rizzotto – Where Thoughts Go

Cinétévé Experience & Backlight Studio – The Scream VR

More info: We were big fans of Episode I of Vader Immortal. Episode II wasn’t quite as successful, but we’re looking forward to the trilogy being rounded out by Episode III later this month


VR Film of the Year:

Fable Studio, Third Rail Projects & Oculus Story Studio – Wolves in the Walls: It’s All Over

Axis Studios – the bOnd

Baobab Studios – Crow: The Legend

Walt Disney Animation Studios – Cycles

Secret Location & Electric Shepherd Productions – The Great C

Breaking Fourth Limited – Lucid

Felix & Paul Studios – Traveling While Black

Simpals Studio – Aripi

Parable, Channel 4 & 59 Productions – Grenfell: Our Home

More info: You can check out David’s review of Wolves in the Walls: It’s All Over here. While you’re at it, check out his thoughts on the recently-released third and final chapter as well.


VR Marketing of the Year:

Backlight, Orangina Suntory & Marcel – Oasis Pocket Adventure: The Infrunite Slide

UDG Ludwigsburg, Nerdindustries & Porsche – Porsche “Hall of Legends” VR Experience

Qualcomm Technologies – Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit 2018 Invitations

NUMENA & BMW – S 1000 RR VR

Proektmarketing +1 & Ledvizor – Ledvizor VR-presentation space

LR Studio & Cartier – VR experience for Santos de Cartier launch

Ready At Dawn – Lone Echo II: Trailer Experience

Happy Finish, H+K Strategies & Ford – Ford ‘WheelSwap’ VR


Rising VR Company of the Year:

KageNova

Immotion

HOLOGATE

Maze Theory

Fable Studio

PeriscapeVR

Lume

Enduvo

AtlasV


Innovative VR Company of the Year:

Make Real

Fundamental Surgery

Amaze VR

BackLight

Spinview UK

Emblematic group

Ballast Technologies

Avantis Systems


VR Education & Training of the Year:

Filament Games – Breaking Boundaries in Science

Vodafone & Make Real – Working at Height

Isbank – IsReality (Isbank)

Orka Informatics – Virtual Training Ship Simulation (VTS)

Nanopixel & Eandis – Training: Replace low voltage fuses without life-threatening risks

Somewhere Else – BODYSWAPS®

Avantis Systems – ClassVR

Immerse & DHL – DHL: Gamification of the Cargo Loading VR Training Process

Engine House VFX – Exoplanet Explorers 2

MOYOSA Media – Mighty Masters


VR Healthcare of the Year:

Immerse – GE Healthcare: Increasing training opportunities for radiographers through VR

Oxford Medical Simulation – Oxford Medical Simulation

Fundamental Surgery – Fundamental Surgery (FS)

Precision OS Technology – Augmented Baseplate Shoulder Simulation & Patient Specific Planning

Oxford VR – Fear of Heights (clinical acrophobia).

Virtualware & King’s College London – VR for Psychosis Research and Treatment

More info: We wrote a bit about Fundamental Surgery last month, and also got to try it out earlier this year too.


Out of Home VR Entertainment of the Year:

ILMxLAB & The VOID – Ralph Breaks VR

Ballast Technologies & Wiegand.Maelzer – VRSlide

DIVR – Golem VR

MWM Immersive – Chained: A Victorian Nightmare

Dreamscape Immersive – Curse of the Lost Pearl: A Magic Projector Adventure

Holocafe – FaBIOS Fantastic Fun Factory

Zero Latency – Sol Raiders

Vertigo Games & Jaywalkers Interactive – Arizona Sunshine LBVR

Ymagis & Backlight Studio – TOYLAND : CRAZY MONKEY

Ubisoft Blue Byte – Beyond Medusa’s Gate

EXIT Adventures – HUXLEY 2 – THE ADVENTURE BEGINS

MWM Immersive & Flight School Studio – War Remains


VR Social Impact Award:

BBDO DUBLIN – RSA CONSEQUENCES

Vulcan Productions – X-Ray Fashion

Force Field Entertainment – Anne Frank House VR

Galactig – Dementia Yn Fy Nwylo I / First Hand

VILD Studio – CHILDREN DO NOT PLAY WAR

Springbok Entertainment – The 100% – Maggie’s Story

Vulcan Productions – Ghost Fleet VR

East City Films – Common Ground

Artie – Mercy

Visualise, Don’t Panic & ICRC – The Right Choice – ICRC


VR Enterprise Solution of the Year:

Make Real & Lloyds Banking Group – Lloyds Resilience & Vitality

VBlueprint Reality – MixCast VR Marketing System

Autodesk – Autodesk VRED – VR Collaboration

Goodpatch – Athena

Virtualware – VIROO: Virtualware Immersive Room

Elara Systems – VR Command Center


Stay tuned for a closer look at this year’s VR Awards in an upcoming episode of The VR Culture Show.



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