HTC Vive has announced the second wave of companies to join its global accelerator program, Vive X. Over 30 new companies will receive funding and support to help grow the VR and AR ecosystems even further, spanning businesses across San Francisco, Beijing, Shenzhen and Taipei.
The Vive X program, which only launched last year, has now invested in over 60 companies worldwide, making it one of the leading VR investors in the world. It’s also looking to open Vive X in Israel, and is currently looking for applications in that market.
Developers in this second wave include Forbidden Mechanism, a studio created by the founders of Phosphor Games, who was responsible for The Brookhaven Experiment title. This new studio is now aiming to create a competitive online multiplayer shooter for VR. Likewise, the Beijing-based Red Accent is currently working on sports and adventure games out of its Shanghai and San Francisco offices, while Taipei-based Appnori Inc is developing sports VR titles based on baseball and table tennis.
Other companies cover AR tech for industrial and medical fields, 360-degree cameras, VR tools for business, VR football training, VR training for vocational education, cloud-based VR publishing, native VR and AR advertising, 3D spatial analytics and user feedback tools.
Vive X works with the most promising VR/AR companies to advance innovation and move the whole industry forward,” said Marc Metis, global head of Vive X.
We’re continuing to invest in and support the development of foundational platform services and hardware advancements, as well as expanding areas like enterprise, commerce, education, health, social, and eSports.”