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{ VR Awards }

GDWC has partnered with the awesome VR specialists at VRKiwi to bring you all VR Awards, a turbocharged version of the GDWC 2021 Best VR Game category!

In addition to rewarding the Best VR Game of 2021, we'll also reward the best VR Prototype of 2021! Rewards include publishing deals, funding support, and hardware prizes!

Whether you have a ready-to-launch VR Game or awesome VR Prototype, sign up to the GDWC 2021 VR Awards! Submissions are open until midnight Finnish time, December 31st 2021.

Best VR Game

Submit your VR Game that is about to be published during 2021-2022 to win a publishing deal from VRKiwi!

Winner also gets awesome VR development hardware: Oculus Quest and Neo Pico 3!
2nd place Finalist will also be rewarded with Oculus Quest!

Additional prizes:
- One-Year Houdini Core License for the Winning team
- One Year Arcweave Pro subscription for the Winning Team
- 50% Discount Coupon to any new Arcweave subscription for the four Finalists
- One-year Free Subscription to Ludo.ai for the Winning team
- 1-month Free trial and 20% discount to Ludo.ai for all GDWC 2021 Competitors
- 6 Months of 1Password Family Subscription for new 1Password subscribers to the Winner and the Four Finalists

Best VR Prototype

Submit your VR game prototype that demonstrates a good potential to be a successful commercial VR game and win hardware prizes, mentoring, investor connections, and a publishing deal!

Winner hardware prize is Oculus Quest to help with the development of the Prototype and future projects!

Additional prizes:
- One-Year Houdini Core License for the Winning team
- One Year Arcweave Pro subscription for the Winning Team
- 50% Discount Coupon to any new Arcweave subscription for the four Finalists
- One-year Free Subscription to Ludo.ai for the Winning team
- 1-month Free trial and 20% discount to Ludo.ai for all GDWC 2021 Competitors
- 6 Months of 1Password Family Subscription for new 1Password subscribers to the Winner and the Four Finalists

about

{ VRKiwi }

VRKiwi is an Indie VR Studio & VR Game Publisher by MeKiwi, founded in 2014 with the vision of making & publishing premium VR games made by gamers, for gamers.

Our job is to save you busy developers from the struggles of publishing, making your game meet the right audience, supporting you with efficient influencer marketing campaigns and porting your awesome game to as many platforms as possible.

We have one of the biggest teams in Finland, dedicated to VR development and marketing. Our multicultural work environment gives us different perspectives and many fantastic ideas to help your game reach its full potential. Whether it be trailer / teaser production, banners or press releases for the game journalists, we are here to provide our consultancy and quality materials that make your indie game stand out and sell.

Our studio is capable of developing and porting VR games from one single branch to every possible platform you can think of; such as Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest, PlayStation VR, Steam, Nintendo Switch, Xbox, Pico Neo 2, NOLO VR, Viveport and many more. We are proud to have strategic partners with worldwide Virtual Reality technology providers to benefit from the latest headsets and follow the game industry trends that can make your title a rockstar.

Submit your game to the competition and have a chance of winning awesome prizes and a publishing deal!


meet the

{ VR Awards Jury }

Jaakko Asikainen


A gamer since the 80’s, Jaakko is practising what he preaches. The Development Lead at VRKiwi, he is making his dreams come true directing the biggest VR game production in Finland: Cave Digger 2.

Begüm Doğan


Marketing Lead of VRKiwi, a.k.a Mother of Kiwis. She has been spreading her marketing magic for nearly 10 years, and in the last 4 years she is using her powers to make all VRKiwi games shine!

Jani Kaipainen


Virtual Reality visionary, producer and entrepreneur. Jani has been working with VR games for quite many years and is well connected with the VR/XR ecosystem.

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bonus stage

{ Game Jam }

What is this bonus stage?

Bonus stages are additional challenges for game developers, giving them a chance to win prizes that are not part of the two main categories. For the Game Jam category, this means participating with games made during game jams.

How do I participate in this bonus stage?

Register for the Game Development World Championship normally. Find out a Game Jam you want to participate in, and develop your game during that game jam according to their rules, if any. Afterwards, submit your game into the GDWC as you would any other game.

Prizes

  • Visibility on the GDWC website
  • GDWC Finland-themed "care package"
  • Valco ANC Headphones to Winning Team (2 pairs)
  • Houdini Indie one year license to each of the top 3 teams!
  • More to come...

Rules

All the rules of the GDWC competition apply. In addition, the following apply for section 4. Judgement criteria:
  • The game for the submission must have been done entirely during a game jam, which must be specified while submitting the game.
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bonus stage

{ Fan Favorite }

What is this bonus stage?

Bonus stages are additional challenges for game developers, giving them a chance to win prizes that are not part of the two main categories. For the Fan Favorite category, there are no additional limits, it's simply a bonus!

How do I participate in this bonus stage?

Register for the Game Development World Championship normally. We will pick awesome games from those submitted into the competition weekly. During this week, our audience can vote for their favorite game of the week, which will then be a nominee in the final Fan Favorite vote.

Prizes

  • Visibility on the GDWC website
  • GDWC Finland-themed "care package"
  • Valco ANC Headphones to Winning Team (2 pairs)
  • Houdini Indie one year license to each of the top 3 teams!
  • More to come...

Rules

All the rules of the GDWC competition apply. In addition, the following apply for section 4. Judgement criteria:
  • Instead of the GDWC judges, the winner will be chosen by an open vote. Schedule to be determined later.
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