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.
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!
VR Healthcare of the Year
Born Studios Limited – The Forest of ResilienceFresenius Medical Care – stay.safe MyTraining VRFundamentalVR – Versius in VR: A FundamentalVR and CMR collaborationGhost Productions – Ghost VRSE II Surgical Simulation for Spineology’s Optimesh MIS Spinal ImplantOsso VR – Virtual Reality Training for Surgical TeamsPrecisionOS Technology – Virtual Reality Training for Doctors Doing Orthopedic Surgery in Low-resource CountriesSimX – Emergency Medicine Services (EMS) VR Simulation TrainingRendever – RendeverFitVR Medical – VR Medical
VR Education and Training of the Year
Avantis Systems – Avantis WorldDigitalnauts – VBEE (Virtual Building Element Environment)Fectar – Fectar MeetUp – work together in VR and AR – multi-user/multi-deviceFlint Systems – Forklift VR training simulatorImmerse – ImmerseLudus – LUDUS GLOBAL: TO INDUSTRY AND BEYONDMake Real – Make Real Ltd / 55E5 / St James’ Place Wealth Management – Immersive Role PlayMEDIASQUAD GmbH – BRP-Rotax VR Safety TrainingNexefy Pty Ltd – The KiwiRail Infrastructure ProgrammeNextWave Safety Solutions, Inc. – Ladder Safety VRRefense AG – Refense Advanced Tactical Training Simulator (ATTS)Rezzil – Rezzil Index 2.0
VR Enterprise Solution of the Year
Accenture – Orchestra 1 – Supply Chain Control Tower of the Future in the MetaverseAccenture GmbH (together with E.ON SE) – The Republic – The Community for SustainabilityContact CI – Contact CI Haptic Integration: Lightweight VR Training Simulators Enabling High-Fidelity, Physics-Based Effects Within the Training SimulatorDynepic – MOTAR (Member-Operations-Training-Analysis-Reports)Immerse – Immerse MarketplaceImmersionn – ImmersionnMake Real – Make Real Ltd / Tunnelskills / CITB – VR Induction SuiteSEAT S.A. (SEAT & CUPRA) – Immersive Design Check (IMDCH)Spinview – Spinview’s Vision OS for Global Media & EntertainmentSpinview – Spinview’s Vision OS for Transport for LondonWaveFunction, Lda – Metaverse Car Showroom
VR Social Impact Award
Big Rock Creative and Microsoft – Microsoft Pride: Pride has no bordersCooperative Innovations Ltd – Museum of Plastics 2121DiVRse Technologies Ltd – LGBTQ+ VR MuseumEdstutia – Barnga: Social Impact in Virtual RealityFound Object Media – The Future of EnergyHope for Haiti – Inspiring HopeLucid Reality Labs – Seeing the ProblemMagika VRx – Hospice Savannah – SCAD – VR for Good: Transforming End-of-Life and Palliative Care with VRNaima Karim – The Anticipation of RainUpstream – Nobody’s ListeningVirti – VR to tackle discrimination and inequality in mental health care
Rising VR Company of the Year
Innovative VR Company of the Year
VR Location-Based Entertainment of the Year
BackLight – AscendersDivr Labs – The Lost LabEmissive / Orange – Eternal Notre DameINFINITY Experiences – THE INFINITEMuseum of Future Experiences – GnosisRed Bull – Red Bull The Edge Matterhorn VRRed Raion – The Ecosystem Exploration Craft & Observatory (EECO) VoyagerSPREE Interactive – Battery Powered VR Bumper CarsUniversal Studios Japan, Osaka – Monster Hunter World: Iceborne XR WalkVIRTUAL ZONE NEXUS SL – Dead MansionVIRTUAL ZONE NEXUS SL – INVASIONXR Immersive Tech – UNCONTAINED Hyper-Immersive VR
VR Marketing Campaign of the Year
VR Film of the Year
Alchemy Immersive – David Attenborough’s First LifeAlchemy Immersive – Kingdom of Plants with David AttenboroughAtlas V, Arte France, BBC, Serendipity, PTS Taiwan, Wild Fang Films, GIIOI – Missing PicturesBaobab Studios – NamooCityLights – Experience YosemiteFluffy Cactus – DiagnosiaInfinite Frame Media – The ChoiceNew Canvus – LustrationTARGO – Surviving 9/11Virtual and Physical Media Integration Association of Taiwan – Samsara
VR Experience of the Year
Fast Travel Games AB – VirtuosoFilm Addict – Le Bal de Paris de Blanca LiHakawati Studio – Wamdah | Journey to the futureInteractive Media Foundation – MYRIAD. Where we connect. | VR ExperienceMeta Platforms Inc. – Post Malone’s Twelve Carat Toothache: A VR ExperienceMeta, ARTE France, BFI; Archer’s Mark, Atlas V – On The Morning You Wake (To the End of the World)Schell Games – Lost RecipesSENSORIUM – Out-of-This-World ExperiencesThe MetaMovie – The MetaMovie Presents: Alien RescueYORD – LifeboardVR | YORD
VR Hardware of the Year
VR Game of the Year
AEXLAB – VAIL VRVertigo Games – After the FallAMATA K.K. – The Tale of OnogoroFast Travel Games AB – Cities: VRILMxLAB – Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge – Last CallMeta / Capcom / Armature Studios – Resident Evil 4Mighty Eyes – WandererMiru Studio – Finger GunNeat Corp – Garden of the SeaPOLYARC GAMES – Moss: Book IIRamen VR – Zenith: The Last CityReady at Dawn / Meta – Lone Echo IISchell Games – I Expect You To Die 2: The Spy And The Liar
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