Teleporter: A Brief Introduction

Teleporter is a social VR platform for gamers by an Istanbul-based company. WIRED reports:

Founded by Aslan Yerdelen and Dilara Kececi in 2016, Teleporter uses virtual and augmented reality to make eSports events more interactive. Their app can be installed in VR headsets, providing players with a data dashboard about a player’s performance in real time. Teleporter places viewers in a VR arena where they can watch eSport matches alongside other virtual spectators.

So basically, Teleporter is a VR version of Twitch. I decided to download Teleporter from Steam and try it out (it’s available for free under their Early Access program).

The first time I signed in, I landed in a virtual environment where I saw a prominent sign that informed me that Teleporter was currently closed, but that it would reopen on Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. It turns out that there is a regular event schedule:

  • Every Saturday at 8:00 p.m Eastern Standard Time
  • Every Sunday 8:00 p.m. Central European Time (3:00 p.m. EST)

So, (at least right now), it’s not a 24/7 kind of thing like Twitch, where you can sign in at any ungodly hour to watch gamers who are livestreaming from around the world.

To be honest, I keep meaning to revisit Teleporter to write up something about it, and I just keep missing my windows of opportunity. I did try to sign in one Saturday evening after 8:00 p.m. EST, only to find exactly the same sign saying “We’re closed”. And frankly, building an open VR space and then restricting access to it to only twice a week is annoying as hell. Perhaps you’ll have better luck getting in than I did.

If you want to follow Teleporter’s progress, you can join their subReddit, Facebook, or Twitter. They also have a Discord server. but I cannot seem to generate an invite link.

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