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Oculus Venues To Broadcast VRML Tournaments For Echo Arena, Onward




VR esports tournament organizers VRML (VR Master League) announced the prize pools for the next seasons of their Onward, Echo Arena and Pavlov leagues, with prizes valued up to $12,000 USD across the three titles. Plus, select matches will be broadcast live in Oculus Venues each weekend.

VRML has consistently organized tournament seasons for some of VR’s biggest competitive games, but this latest prize pool is the biggest cumulative pool yet. VRML says that the increase is thanks to more sponsors and partners, however it’s important to note that the pool is only valued at $12,000 — not all of that is cash prizes. However, VRML wants to ensure that opportunities for competitors to win cold hard cash remain available where possible, and so will be contributing to a cash pool themselves for Onward and Echo Arena.

The prize pool distribution is split as follows:

  • Onward: $5,520 USD (including $1500 USD in cash, contributed by VRML and Downpour Interactive)
  • Echo Arena: $3545 USD (including $1400 USD in cash contributed by VRML)
  • Pavlov: $3,060 USD (no cash prize included)

For Onward, this tournament season is the tenth organized by VRML. Pavlov, on the other hand, is in its seventh season with VRML, and Echo Arena its second, resuming after a hiatus.

onward oculus venues

Perhaps even more exciting is the announcement that select Onward and Echo Arena matches will be broadcast in Oculus Venues each weekend, allowing spectators to watch VR esports action in VR itself. The Echo Arena matches will continue to be broadcast in Venues each Saturday, having already begun on July 19. Onward matches will be viewable in Venues on Sunday, starting from a TBA date in August.

It’s an exciting development for the VR esports scene — will you be tuning in to catch any of the matches? Let us know in the comments. On the other hand, if you’re interested in competing instead, you can read more and sign up on the VRML website.



The VR Job Hub: Asobo Studio, ARVI & Fun Train




Every weekend VRFocus gathers together vacancies from across the virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) industry, in locations around the globe to help make finding that ideal job easier. Below is a selection of roles that are currently accepting applications across a number of disciplines, all within departments and companies that focus on immersive entertainment.

Location Company Role Link
Bordeaux, France Asobo Studio Gameplay Animator Click Here to Apply
Bordeaux, France Asobo Studio Tools Programmer/MFS Click Here to Apply
Bordeaux, France Asobo Studio 3D Outsourcing Manager/MFS Click Here to Apply
Bordeaux, France Asobo Studio Associate Producer/MFS Click Here to Apply
Bordeaux, France Asobo Studio Producer/MFS Click Here to Apply
Bordeaux, France Asobo Studio Senior Gameplay Programmer Click Here to Apply
Bordeaux, France Asobo Studio Associate Producer Click Here to Apply
Bordeaux, France Asobo Studio UI Programmer HTML/MFS Click Here to Apply
Kyiv, Ukraine ARVI QA Tester Click Here to Apply
Kyiv, Ukraine ARVI Senior PM Click Here to Apply
Kyiv, Ukraine ARVI Senior Front End Developer Click Here to Apply
Kyiv, Ukraine ARVI UI/UX Design Click Here to Apply
Kyiv, Ukraine ARVI Senior Game Designer Click Here to Apply
Los Angeles, CA Fun Train PlayStation Developer Click Here to Apply
Los Angeles, CA Fun Train Capture Artist & Trailer Creator Click Here to Apply
Los Angeles, CA Fun Train Social Media & Advertising Manager Click Here to Apply

Don’t forget, if there wasn’t anything that took your fancy this week there’s always last week’s listings on The VR Job Hub to check as well.

If you are an employer looking for someone to fill an immersive technology related role – regardless of the industry – don’t forget you can send us the lowdown on the position and we’ll be sure to feature it in that following week’s feature. Details should be sent to Peter Graham (

We’ll see you next week on VRFocus at the usual time of 3PM (UK) for another selection of jobs from around the world.


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Virtual Reality: The Solution for the Present and Future of Events — Simlab IT




Simlab IT

Simlab IT

1. How to use subtle AR filters to survive your Zoom meetings?

2. The First No-Headset Virtual Monitor

3. Augmented reality (AR) is the future of Restaurant Menu?

4. Creating remote MR productions

– For product or service demonstrations at trade shows and conferences.

– To generate greater engagement through gamification.

– For a post-event.

– In a street marketing action.


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VR Escape Room Specialist ARVI Partners With HTC Vive to Expand Global Deployment




In the last couple of months, there’s been a concentrated effort to restart the virtual reality (VR) side of the location-based entertainment (LBE) industry. The latest comes from HTC Vive and ARVI VR, who have partnered up in an effort to bring the latter’s escape room experiences to a wider audience.

ARVI Mission Sigma

The collaboration will see the pair introduce VR escape rooms like Sanctum, Christmas, Mission Sigma and Cyberpunk to locations in China, India and Taiwan to begin with. Those locations will then be followed by Egypt, Hong-Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, Vietnam, and Kuwait at a later date.

Over the next three years, hundreds of VR arcade locations will receive ARVI VR’s content which is already used in HTC’s flagship VR park, Viveland. Kevin Williams, who covers LBE for VRFocus in The Virtual Arena has also learnt: “ARVI VR content currently targets the HTC Vive Pro platform and is expected to be converted to work on the successor hardware (the HTC Vive Cosmos).”

“Since 2019, HTC Vive has worked closely with ARVI VR to implement their popular escape room content for our customers at Viveland,” said Plutarch Lee, Associate Vice President, VR Enterprise Solutions at HTC Vive in a statement. “We’re excited to leverage their escape room content in even more arcades globally and look forward to adding more great multiplayer content later this year.”

ARVI Jungle Quest

“We’re thrilled to work with HTC Vive to bring our exciting and adventurous content to new audiences around the world,” said Michael Dementii, CEO of ARVI VR. “At present, we view this as a long-term and fruitful partnership with the possibility of broadening cooperation opportunities in the LBE industry.”

ARVI VR has been creating VR escape room games since 2016, partnering with numerous companies and deploying its tech across 250+ locations worldwide. Its latest title is Chernobyl which launches this month, where up to six players travel back in time to that fateful day.

As the LBE industry gets back on its feet and more content is announced, VRFocus will keep you updated.


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