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AR/VR Weekly | Oct. 23, 2019

A hundred grand may seem small for an esports tournament. But it's pretty big in the world of VR comp
AR/VR Weekly
A hundred grand may seem small for an esports tournament. But it’s pretty big in the world of VR competitive gaming. And it could be a stepping stone to large prizes in the future.
HP and Virtuix are teaming up, putting on a $100,000 esports tournament that uses Virtuix’s Omni Arena. These are VR setups that use four of the company’s VR platforms – to play, you move around. It’s an evolution of its old treadmill from a few years ago.
It’s a cool idea, but I’m not sure people want to watch folks moving around with VR gear and also see the video game portion of the event. It’s weird.
But it may not be about viewership, at least at first. Virtuix already has people competing in events, and adding more money could entice more to try VR competitive gaming..
I hope it succeeds … and grows.
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–Jason Wilson, GamesBeat managing editor

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