A player-vs-player VR ‘esports experience’ is heading to Nottingham’s meetspaceVR venue.
Zero Latency opened the venue in the Intu Victoria Center last October, now it’s launching competitive shooter Sol Raiders there this July.
In Sol Raiders, two teams of up to four players pit their skills against each other across three maps. Equipped with VR headsets, headphones, military-styled backpacks and a gun, players move freely in an empty warehouse, but see virtually generated worlds in which the games take place.
Press and industry professionals were invited to a launch event last week to try out Sol Raiders, as well as games made by game design students from across the East Midlands in meetspaceVR’s new esports lounge. The event was a part of UK games industry trade body Ukie’s Must Play May campaign.
“The large open spaces in our VR and esports arenas gives us more flexibility to develop social experiences for groups. Players at meetspaceVR are not ‘battery farmed’ into tight spaces, booths or cubicles.”
John Lilley, meetspaceVR
During July, meetspaceVR will be hosting what it says is ‘the UK’s first team vs team, free-roam VR esports tournament’, with more than 50 teams set to compete.
“With more than 20,000 players having already played our free-roam VR games in Nottingham, and the growing popularity of esports, we’ve seen a huge demand from players who want to compete against each other in head to head action,” said John Lilley, CEO of meetspaceVR. “With our new esports lounge and Sol Raiders now you can.
“The large open spaces in our VR and esports arenas gives us more flexibility to develop social experiences for groups. Players at meetspaceVR are not ‘battery farmed’ into tight spaces, booths or cubicles. We have designed our entire venue to be sociable, open and inclusive.
“This concept is so exhilarating. Communications, speed of thought and hand eye co-ordination add up to winning the prize or looking back and working out how to get better next time. Esports now has a calorie count! It gets the heart pounding and muscles working.”
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
A keen League of Legends and World of Warcraft player, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He works as full-time content director for the British Esports Association and runs ENUK in his spare time.