Virtual reality games app store raises $1.5M

Virtual reality games app store raises $1.5M

09 APR 2015

WearVR, an app store specifically for virtual reality games, completed a $1.5 million fundraising round to “improve the site and grow its user base”.

Launched in July last year, the store saw 100,000 downloads in its first five months, the company said, and by March 2015 it had 200,000 downloads to its name. It features 900 unique virtual reality apps, despite the limited range of commercially available VR devices.

As many are set to hit the market soon, WearVR wants to be ahead of the game when they do come along.

HTC’s Vive and a headset by Oculus Rift are expected by the end of the year, while Sony’s Morpheus will probably hit the market in the first half of 2016.

WearVR is investing in 360-degree videos and wants to launch an app that helps people discover VR software on their mobile devices, a recommendation engine and user-curated game lists, VentureBeat reported.

The company does not want to limit itself to one particular platform, according to co-founder Nic Mitham, who said that “with new devices being announced on an almost-weekly basis, virtual reality is about more than Oculus Rift. We want fans to know that they can download and access games from WearVR for whatever device they’re using.”


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