- Celebrating the very best VR (Virtual Reality) had to offer in 2022, with Vertigo Games, Pico, Sensorium, Accenture, Andromeda Entertainment, and Boom Chicago.
- VR Game of the Year was awarded to Moss: Book II, Pico took home VR Hardware of the Year, and Immerse won Innovative VR Company and VR Education and Training of the Year.
- Pep Rosenfeld took VR Award audiences through a spectacular ceremony live on stage at Rotterdam’s de Doelen and Ashley “ashleyriott” Blake led the pre-show panel Livestream and delved into the minds of the very best in the immersive business.
- This is the first VR Awards live ceremony in Rotterdam, supported by Immersive Tech Week.
- View the complete winner’s list at: https://vrawards.aixr.org/winners-and-finalists-2022/
Rotterdam, Netherlands – 1st December 2022 – The Academy of International Extended Reality (AIXR) has announced its 6th International VR Awards winners following the first in-person ceremony since 2019. Ceremony host and Comedian, Pep Rosenfeld, announced the winners live at de Doelen last Thursday night. The ceremony gathered hundreds of attendees, guests, award finalists, and press representatives inside the grand Jurriaanse Zaal theatre.
The evening opened with the VR Awards red carpet walk where VR Awards finalists and special guests graced the luxurious red carpet for the cameras and press and were met with an elegant drinks reception courtesy of Sensorium in the Grote Zaal Foyer LHS bar. All 270 guests were then welcomed into the luxury 3-course dinner situated in the Grote Zaal Foyer and then ushered into the grand VR Awards Ceremony for the main show.
All guests and the thousands of viewers from home watched as the evening evolved into a spectacular celebration of all things VR, including a phenomenal acrobatic performance by Andromeda’s very own CEO, John McClellan, and partner Bri Basco, who immersed the audience into their beautiful display of human strength and connectivity in immersive environments.
The 6th International VR Awards saw a total of 14 awards handed out to the very best of the VR industry including the VR pioneer, Dr Jacquelyn Ford Morie, who was recognized with Accenture’s VR Lifetime Achievement award.
POLYARC Games and their action-adventure VR game Moss: Book II was crowned VR Game of the Year and despite not having been able to make the ceremony, Content Creators, Cas and Chary represented the studio along with a special appearance from Quill herself to accept the prestigious award.
Pico astounded the Academy Jury with their Pico Neo3 Link and brought home VR Hardware of the Year, judges noted the award-winning headset as a high-caliber hardware in the consumer realm.
The MetaMovie Presents: Alien Rescue winning VR Experience of the Year was a resounding fan favorite as crowds and online audiences praised the unique format and immersive story-telling experience as 2022’s very best.
Other notable winners include:
- Osso VR once again was recognized as VR Healthcare of the Year for its cutting-edge surgical training platform.
- Habie147 for the first time was crowned as VR Content Creator of the Year, taking the mantle from ThrillSeeker who has won the title 2 years in a row. The Content Creator accepted the award virtually.
- Immerse wins double with Innovative VR Company of the Year and VR Education and Training of the Year for their Leading Education Metaverse Platform
- Upstream, Yazda and Surround Vision took home VR Social Impact of the Year for their project: Nobody’s Listening.
Daniel Colaianni, AIXR, Chief Executive commented: “It has been an absolute pleasure to bring the 6th International VR Awards back in person once again, and for the first time in history we’ve taken the awards to Rotterdam, Netherlands. Since 2017 and the fruition of the 1st International VR Awards we have seen a lot of changes within the industry, both big and small, and I am pleased to see how far we’ve come with the VR Awards and as an industry as a whole. I want to thank our Academy members who play a fundamental role in helping AIXR make events like these happen all year round.”
“To recognize the success of VR pioneers, innovators, and creators alike is the Academy’s first and foremost priority, to elevate the incredible work from within the industry and pave the way for breakthroughs for many decades to come. With the industry continuing to grow and evolve, the awards will certainly help to promote and support the continued development of the immersive world.”
The livestream is still available to rewatch here: https://vrawards.aixr.org/watch-live
For event highlights, backstage interviews with all the winners, clips of the nominated projects, and all the latest images from the night’s events will be available at https://vrawards.aixr.org/
The full list of 2022 winners detailed below:
VR Film of the Year:
Baobab Studios – Namoo
VR Content Creator of the Year:
VR Hardware of the Year:
Pico – Pico Neo3 Link
VR Game of the Year:
POLYARC GAMES – Moss: Book II
VR Experience of the Year:
The MetaMovie – The MetaMovie Presents: Alien Rescue
VR Marketing Campaign of the Year:
NEKONATA XR TECHNOLOGIES GMBH – XQ Avatar for Porsche
Rising VR Company of the Year:
Innovative VR Company of the Year:
VR Education and Training of the Year:
Immerse – The Leading Education Metaverse Platform
VR Healthcare of the Year:
Osso – Osso VR: Virtual Reality Training for Surgical Teams
VR Location-based Entertainment of the Year:
Emissive / Orange – Eternal Notre Dame
VR Social Impact Award:
Upstream / Yazda / Surround Vision – Nobody’s Listening
VR Enterprise Solution of the Year:
SEAT S.A. (SEAT & CUPRA) – Immersive Design Check (IMDCH)
Accenture VR Lifetime Achievement Award:
Dr. Jacquelyn Ford Morie, Founder and Chief Scientist of All These Worlds, LLC.
About VR Awards:
The VR Awards is at the center of recognition and celebration of outstanding achievements in VR. Combined with year-round international initiatives, the VR Awards brings together an evening of recognising VR excellence through premium red-carpet moments to the gathering of the world’s most influential names in immersive technology. All to commemorate the greatest VR achievements for the year. The VR Awards is an unmissable awards ceremony for all professionals from various industries across the world. The VR Awards are overseen by AIXR’s independent Steering Board.
Internationally, AIXR identifies, celebrates, and exemplifies the very best in immersive technology. By connecting people, projects, and knowledge AIXR enables growth, nurtures talent, and develops standards, bringing wider public awareness and understanding to virtual and augmented reality industries. Officially founded in 2019, AIXR now boasts over 125 company members, supports a growing network of over 12,000 people internationally, and works across North America, Europe and Asia.
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