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The VR Awards Announce 2022 Finalists

The prestigious VR ceremony returns with a live in-person event in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

For the past six years, the Academy of International Extended Reality (AIXR) has been recognizing incredible ground-breaking milestones in the VR industry with its annual VR Awards. Past winners have included hardware such as the Meta Quest 2 headset, social media influencers like Thrillseeker, and VR experiences including ILMxLAB’s Secrets of the Empire and Wolves in the Walls from Fable Studio.

This year’s awards promise to be even bigger. Schell Games’ I Expect You To Die 2: The Spy And The Liar’, Armature Studio’s critically-acclaimed Resident Evil 4 VR, and Ramen VR’s Zenith: The Last City are just a few of the finalists looking to walk away with the top spot. Meanwhile, the Pico Neo3 Link, Varjo Aero, and VIVE Flow will be duking it out for the title of VR Hardware of the Year 2022 along with non-headset nominees like the Maestro DK3.

Credit: AIXR

This year, the VR Awards returns as a live in-person event in collaboration with Immersive Tech Week (ITW) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands at the de Doelen concert hall on December 1st. This partnership will allow both ITW and The VR Awards the unique opportunity to expand their reach in the global immersive community.

With that said, let’s just dive into this year’s finalists!

Credit: FundamentalVR

VR Healthcare of the Year

  • Born Studios Limited – The Forest of Resilience
  • Fresenius Medical Care – MyTraining VR
  • FundamentalVR – Versius in VR: A FundamentalVR and CMR collaboration
  • Ghost Productions – Ghost VRSE II Surgical Simulation for Spineology’s Optimesh MIS Spinal Implant
  • Osso VR – Virtual Reality Training for Surgical Teams
  • PrecisionOS Technology – Virtual Reality Training for Doctors Doing Orthopedic Surgery in Low-resource Countries
  • SimX – Emergency Medicine Services (EMS) VR Simulation Training
  • Rendever – RendeverFit™
  • VR Medical – VR Medical

VR Education and Training of the Year

  • Avantis Systems – Avantis World
  • Digitalnauts – VBEE (Virtual Building Element Environment)
  • Fectar – Fectar MeetUp – work together in VR and AR – multi-user/multi-device
  • Flint Systems – Forklift VR training simulator
  • Immerse – Immerse
  • Make Real – Make Real Ltd / 55E5 / St James’ Place Wealth Management – Immersive Role Play
  • MEDIASQUAD GmbH – BRP-Rotax VR Safety Training
  • Nexefy Pty Ltd – The KiwiRail Infrastructure Programme
  • NextWave Safety Solutions, Inc. – Ladder Safety VR
  • Refense AG – Refense Advanced Tactical Training Simulator (ATTS)
  • Rezzil – Rezzil Index 2.0

Credit: WaveFunction, Lda

VR Enterprise Solution of the Year

  • Accenture – Orchestra 1 – Supply Chain Control Tower of the Future in the Metaverse
  • Accenture GmbH (together with E.ON SE) – The Republic – The Community for Sustainability
  • Contact CI – Contact CI Haptic Integration: Lightweight VR Training Simulators Enabling High-Fidelity, Physics-Based Effects Within the Training Simulator
  • Dynepic – MOTAR (Member-Operations-Training-Analysis-Reports)
  • Immerse – Immerse Marketplace
  • Immersionn – Immersionn
  • Make Real – Make Real Ltd / Tunnelskills / CITB – VR Induction Suite
  • SEAT S.A. (SEAT & CUPRA) – Immersive Design Check (IMDCH)
  • Spinview – Spinview’s Vision OS for Global Media & Entertainment
  • Spinview – Spinview’s Vision OS for Transport for London
  • WaveFunction, Lda – Metaverse Car Showroom

VR Social Impact Award

  • Big Rock Creative and Microsoft – Microsoft Pride: Pride has no borders
  • Cooperative Innovations Ltd – Museum of Plastics 2121
  • DiVRse Technologies Ltd – LGBTQ+ VR Museum
  • Edstutia – Barnga: Social Impact in Virtual Reality
  • Found Object Media – The Future of Energy
  • Hope for Haiti – Inspiring Hope
  • Lucid Reality Labs – Seeing the Problem
  • Magika VRx – Hospice Savannah – SCAD – VR for Good: Transforming End-of-Life and Palliative Care with VR
  • Naima Karim – The Anticipation of Rain
  • Upstream – Nobody’s Listening
  • Virti – VR to tackle discrimination and inequality in mental health care

Credit: GeniusX

Rising VR Company of the Year

  • Anotherway
  • Born Studios Limited
  • GeniusX Inc.
  • Shattered Lands
  • VR Future

Innovative VR Company of the Year

  • Andromeda Entertainment
  • ARuVR Ltd
  • Emerge
  • FundamentalVR
  • Future House Studios
  • Immerse
  • Magos
  • nDreams
  • NXRT
  • Owlchemy Labs
  • Rezzil
  • Sensorium
  • The Edge VR

VR Location-Based Entertainment of the Year

  • BackLight – Ascenders
  • Divr Labs – The Lost Lab
  • Emissive / Orange – Eternal Notre Dame
  • Museum of Future Experiences – Gnosis
  • Red Bull – Red Bull The Edge Matterhorn VR
  • Red Raion – The Ecosystem Exploration Craft & Observatory (EECO) Voyager
  • SPREE Interactive – Battery Powered VR Bumper Cars
  • Universal Studios Japan, Osaka – Monster Hunter World: Iceborne XR Walk
  • VIRTUAL ZONE NEXUS SL – Dead Mansion
  • XR Immersive Tech – UNCONTAINED Hyper-Immersive VR™

Credit: MyDearest

VR Marketing Campaign of the Year

  • canVERSE – Arksen 85 Digital Twin
  • INVIDAR – Milwaukee HUB
  • MyDearest, Inc. – Project: Gathering
  • Philips – The Wonder of You

VR Film of the Year

  • Alchemy Immersive – David Attenborough’s First Life
  • Alchemy Immersive – Kingdom of Plants with David Attenborough
  • Atlas V, Arte France, BBC, Serendipity, PTS Taiwan, Wild Fang Films, GIIOI – Missing Pictures
  • Baobab Studios – Namoo
  • CityLights – Experience Yosemite
  • Fluffy Cactus – Diagnosia
  • Infinite Frame Media – The Choice
  • New Canvus – Lustration
  • TARGO – Surviving 9/11
  • Virtual and Physical Media Integration Association of Taiwan – Samsara

VR Experience of the Year

  • Fast Travel Games AB – Virtuoso
  • Film Addict – Le Bal de Paris de Blanca Li
  • Hakawati Studio – Wamdah | Journey to the future
  • Interactive Media Foundation – MYRIAD. Where we connect. | VR Experience
  • Meta Platforms Inc. – Post Malone’s Twelve Carat Toothache: A VR Experience
  • Meta, ARTE France, BFI; Archer’s Mark, Atlas V – On The Morning You Wake (To the End of the World)
  • Schell Games – Lost Recipes
  • SENSORIUM – Out-of-This-World Experiences
  • The MetaMovie – The MetaMovie Presents: Alien Rescue
  • YORD – LifeboardVR | YORD

Credit: HTC

VR Hardware of the Year

  • Contact CI – Maestro DK3
  • Emerge Inc – Emerge Wave-1
  • Pico – Pico Neo3 Link
  • Varjo – Varjo Aero
  • Vive – VIVE Flow
  • Vrgineers Inc. – XTAL™ 3 Mixed Reality

VR Game of the Year

  • Vertigo Games – After the Fall
  • AMATA K.K. – The Tale of Onogoro
  • Fast Travel Games AB – Cities: VR
  • ILMxLAB – Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge – Last Call
  • Meta / Capcom / Armature Studios – Resident Evil 4
  • Mighty Eyes – Wanderer
  • Miru Studio – Finger Gun
  • Neat Corp – Garden of the Sea
  • POLYARC GAMES – Moss: Book II
  • Ramen VR – Zenith: The Last City
  • Ready at Dawn / Meta – Lone Echo II
  • Schell Games – I Expect You To Die 2: The Spy And The Liar

Credit: AIXR

You can also find the list of finalists on the VR Awards website

If you want to join the VR Award’s 2022 ceremony to celebrate all things VR excellence then please book your tickets here

Feature Image Credit: Dom Martin


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