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VR Awards Opens 5th Year of Nominations and Celebrating 5 Years of Awarding Global VR Excellence

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Press Team

25 Mar 2021 | 3 min read

Nominations now open until May 20th!

London, UK – 25/03/2021 – Following the first-ever virtual rendition of the VR Awards and one of the most successful ceremonies to date. AIXR, the independent not-for-profit trade body for immersive industries, is proud to announce the official opening of nominations for The 5th International VR Awards.

2020 saw the world standstill as a global pandemic halted all industry events. AIXR, undeterred, took advantage of the virtual space and produced the first virtual award ceremony of its kind.

Over 3,000 people tuned in on the night of the ceremony and many big industry names were also in attendance, including; Oculus, HTC, Valve, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Cloudhead Games, HIKKY, Marvel, ILMxLAB, Qualcomm, Schell Games, and many more.

Following the success of last year’s virtual ceremony, created out of need during modern hard-ships, this year AIXR is proud to unveil the 5th Anniversary edition of the VR Awards on the virtual platform once again. And like its predecessor, the ceremony will be experienced through the virtual world, allowing millions the opportunity to join the special 5th International VR Awards ceremony from a browser, phone or VR headset.

400+ pre-registered interests have already been received, setting the stage for another incredible lineup of award-worthy nominees.

“Last year brought about an extraordinary virtual celebration of the advances made in virtual reality across what was a highly unusual twelve months. Despite the constraints that COVID-19 presented, it is evident that innovation and progress in delivering virtual reality to all have not been hindered and we are looking forward to continuing to produce another ground-breaking award show to elevate VR experiences as the new normal.” – Daniel Colaianni, Chief Executive of AIXR.

VR Awards 2021 Categories

The VR Awards features 12 overarching categories, including:

  • VR Hardware of the Year
  • VR Game of the Year
  • VR Experience of the Year
  • VR Film of the Year
  • VR Marketing of the Year
  • Rising VR Company of the Year
  • Innovative VR Company of the Year
  • VR Social Impact Award
  • VR Enterprise Solution of the Year
  • VR Education & Training of the Year
  • VR Healthcare of the Year
  • Out-of-Home VR Entertainment of the Year

The Nomination Process

Nominations are open between March 25th and May 20th 2021
Companies and individuals, big or small, can nominate by visiting

Over 70 expert judges will deliberate over the shortlisted nominees in preparation for the virtual awards show where over 300 delegates from the most influential backgrounds of VR will be in attendance.

Nominations Briefing Webinars

Two webinars will be hosted for nominees to understand the VR Awards landscape and ask questions. These webinars will be chaired by previous award winners and current judges who will give you unique insights into the VR Awards and the processes of submitting and judging. The Webinars will take place on:

April 7th 8.00am PDT (4.00pm BST) RSVP here.
May 5th 8.00am PDT (4.00pm BST) RSVP here.


For any press and media enquiries, please contact:
Lisa Mach
[email protected] | +44 (0)1206 598 016

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About AIXR

Internationally, AIXR identifies, celebrates, and exemplifies the very best in immersive technology. By connecting people, projects, and knowledge together 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’s not-for-profit, the full-time team now boasts over 100 company members, supports a growing network of over 12,000 people internationally and works across North America, Europe and Asia. Learn more at

About VR Awards

The VR Awards is at the centre of recognition and celebration of outstanding achievement in VR. Combined with year-round international initiatives, the VR Awards brings together a night of red-carpet highlights, the celebration of excellence and unique access to the world’s most influential names in immersive technology.

The VR Awards is an unmissable awards ceremony for a wide range of decision-making professionals from various industries across the world. The VR Awards are overseen by AIXR’s independent Steering Board.

About the author:

AIXR is an independent, community first, not for profit organisation that exists to support individuals and companies of all sizes as the International trade body for immersive technology industries. AIXR or, The Academy of International Extended Reality, hosts the VR Awards annually. AIXR’s mission is to support individuals and companies in the immersive industry by endorsing, inspiring, and enabling innovators through removing barriers to entry and connecting a diverse collection of trades together.