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Independent VR platform Transport raises $25m in funding

Distribution network aims to offer a single route to market for all of the major virtual reality headsets
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VR start-up Wevr’s vision of a distribution platform that supports all of the major headsets has been backed by investment from firms including HTC and Samsung.

Transport is billed as an independent ‘content network’ that will host experiences for devices including Google Cardboard, Samsung's own Gear VR, HTC's Vive and the Oculus Rift.

The Transport app will be made available on each of the respective headset’s native stores, such as Google Play, and will allow creators to publish across multiple VR platforms more efficiently, its creators said.

More than $25 million has been raised in a round of funding for the service from backers including HTC, Samsung Ventures (the investment arm of the mobile maker), Evolution Media Partners, Madison Wells Media, Orange Digital Ventures, Digital Garage, AME Cloud Ventures, Boldstart Ventures, Scott McNealy and Ross Levinsohn.

Transport is currently in a private beta release, with free VR experiences eventually paving the way to monetised content.

Wevr itself previously released virtual reality title TheBlu Encounter, as well as working with Samsung and Skybound Entertainment on VR drama Gone.

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