Virtex is excited to announce its first live event, which will feature Echo Arena, a VR esports game from Ready At Dawn, at Virtex Stadium, an immersive entertainment platform that enables fans to experience in esports competitions in live 3D with other fans.
Unlike anything we’ve seen before, Virtex is designed to put spectators in the stadium so they can join friends in an environment designed for social interaction, watch games together, and float with the players throughout the competition. It’s like going to a football game with your friends in physical reality and jumping onto the field to see the action from the players’ point of view.
Except it’s better because you can do it from the comfort of your own home, but still feel like you’re at the stadium with friends thanks to the magic of the presence of immersive reality.
“As a fan, even if you don’t play the game itself, you’re just as excited, excited and eager for the big moments as the players themselves,” said Tim McGuinness, CEO & Co-Founder of Virtex. “We want to bring fans as close to the action as possible and by removing the limitations of 2D screens.”
The concept isn’t exactly new as players have previously been able to gather and watch games at Horizon Venues, for example. However, they still do that – watching the action on a 2D screen, even if it’s inside a 3D environment. That is no longer the case with Virtex.
Echo Arena also has a spectator mode that allows players to watch a match around the 3D arena, but it’s designed as a real spectator mode so you don’t interact with others. . It’s perfect for casting or streaming, but not for hanging out with your friends.
Virtex Stadium was born by McGuinness and Christoph Ortlepp after they met at a VR League finals event in 2019. McGuinness, a former Team Gravity Echo VR player, cast for the event and shared an early prototype of Virtex Stadium with Ortlepp, a tech entrepreneur recognized the potential. This is why Virtex was founded in 2020.
In addition to the seed round that took place earlier this year, the company recently welcomed investors Anorak.vc, which also previously invested in Oculus and RecRoom, as well as FOV.ventures, a new game and XR-oriented funds invested in, among others, ReadyPlayerMe.
The first live event for Virtex Stadium is set to take place on December 17 and 18 in partnership with the National Esports Professional Association (NEPA) as they host a dedicated Echo VR event where some of the best Echo VR esports teams will compete against each other and showcase the entire Virtex Stadium experience for the first time.
This will be a milestone for esports – not just VR esports, but esports in general. Even if you’re not familiar with Echo VR, this event is just the first step as it sets the foundation for Virtex’s ambition to be home to the most memorable and unique gaming events.
The Virtex Stadium experience is currently in closed beta via Oculus PCVR with compatible VR headsets. Since partnering with Meta and Ready at Dawn in February 2022, rigorous testing for Echo VR at Virtex Stadium has taken place and the team is working to accommodate more players for this unique gaming experience.
Check out the Virtex Stadium website or join the Virtex Discord server for more information.