Mozilla Hubs and Sketchfab Announce a Design Challenge: Create Your Own Clubhouse!

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Sketchfab and Mozilla Hubs are teaming up for a contest: design your own clubhouse! (Apparently, this is a trend in virtual world contests…)

Welcome to our new community contest! Once again we’ve joined up with the Mozilla crew to build virtual worlds. This time we’re exploring their new Hubs platform and populating it with new spaces and props.

The theme is ‘Clubhouse’ – this can be anything from a treehouse to a speakeasy, a space station to a super-secret gathering space at the bottom of the ocean. You’ll be challenged to design both the space as well as props for it so that other people can use them on Mozilla Hubs.

About Mozilla Hubs

Hubs is Mozilla’s new social 3D platform. It lets you meet friends, ‘voice talk’ to them, and decorate the space with any kind of content, including YouTube videos, images and, of course, Sketchfab models – just by visiting a link.

Give it a try now! Visit this room on Hubs, open a second window with downloadable Sketchfab models and just copy and paste the page URL for in any downloadable Sketchfab model to add it to your space.

The prizes are pretty sweet, too:

1st Place

  • $1,000 Amazon Gift Card
  • Oculus Go – If Amazon supports shipping in country ($200 gift card if not)
  • 1 year of Sketchfab PRO

2nd Place

  • $750 Amazon Gift Card
  • Oculus Go – If Amazon supports shipping in country ($200 gift card if not)
  • 6 months of Sketchfab PRO

3rd Place

  • $350 Amazon Gift Card
  • Oculus Go – If Amazon supports shipping in country ($200 gift card if not)
  • 3 months of Sketchfab PRO

10 Honorable Mentions

  • $50 Amazon Gift Card
  • 1 month of Sketchfab PRO

The contest deadline is Tuesday, November 27th, 2018. The complete list of contest details and rules can be found here.

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Sansar and the Scary Game Squad Are Having a Scary World Contest for Halloween!

Someone posted the following YouTube video to the Sansar section of the new VirtualVerse.one forums (formerly known as SLUniverse):

The video description states:

This Halloween you get to scare us! We’re teaming up with Project Sansar to showcase awesome user generated content that is in the VR horror world. Built in the spirit of social VR worlds like Second Life (?) and VRChat, here you can construct your very own land of terror. Winners will be on the ground floor of the hotel and we’ll be playing them! Now it says VR, but don’t worry, you don’t need VR in order to do any of this. Download Sansar for free, join the Scary Game Squad hub, and get to creating!

Now, I do not consider Second Life “social VR” (since you can’t experience it in a VR headset), but that’s a minor quibble with the announcement.

The contest runs between now and Oct. 31st. The 10 winners will get 1,000 Sansar dollars and will have their experiences directly linked to this scary hotel experience. You must include the hashtag #SGS in the Sansar experience title, so that the Scary Game Squad knows it’s a contest entry.

The Scary Game Squad (founded by gamer and comedian Jesse Cox, who has almost a million YouTube subscribers to his videos) is a group that exists to play scary games. It makes perfect sense for them to team up with Sansar to promote a scary experience contest! Hopefully, we will get a lot of creative—and scary!—entries.

Sansar Pick of the Day: Greenwall VR, and the Sansar Lounge Contest

I’ll be honest. I’m not a big fan of computer games (except for the mind-bending, puzzle-solving kind like Myst and Obduction). That’s why I am rather mystified by the whole esports craze. I don’t get the appeal of watching other people competitively playing videogames. But I can confirm that esports viewing is a bandwagon that Linden Lab wants to get on, and a growing market of which it wants to be a part.

Linden Lab recently teamed up with OpTic Gaming (a professional esports gaming organization) and Greenwall (OpTic’s fanbase) to create an esports viewing lounge, called Greenwall VR:

Explore the Greenwall VR experience from OpTic Gaming.

Stream matches, hang out with other fans, and play games while you wait – shuffleboard, throw pong, and more!

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And, in order to promote the creation of even more Twitch, YouTube, and Vimeo livestream viewing lounges, Linden Lab has announced a new contest. The Sansar Lounge Contest runs until September 30th, and three prizes of 5,000 Sansar dollars (approximately US$50) plus an Oculus Rift VR headset with Touch controllers (estimated value US$399) will be awarded to the best Sansar lounge experience featuring streaming media in each of the following three categories:

  • Sports
  • Anime-Inspired
  • Pets

Here’s the official contest rules and conditions in all their glorious legalese.

Sansar Labyrinth Contest Winners

Sansar has announced the winners of its Labyrinth Contest!

First place, and a grand prize of US$5,000, went to The Secret of Mount Shasta, by Abramelin Wolfe:

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Second prize, a one year’s subscription to either Maya or Zbrush, went to Ebucezam, by Tron. Third place, with a prize of an Oculus Rift headset and Touch controllers, went to Horizon Maze, by Ecne.

I do have a bone to pick with Linden Lab; they still haven’t published an official list of contest entries so we can go explore them all! The following list is courtesy of Gindipple:

Win a Penthouse Apartment in Virtual Universe!

FULL DISCLOSURE: I am choosing to participate in the Virtual Universe (VU) Initial Coin Offering Partner Program. Why? Two reasons:

  1. After my recent guided tour of VU, I feel very strongly that this is going to be a successful and popular virtual world/MMO hybrid platform, and I want to be a part of it when VU launches their beta this summer. This is the very first blockchain-based virtual world that I actually feel excited about!
  2. As a Canadian citizen, I reside in one of the three countries where I am currently legally forbidden from purchasing VU tokens (the other two are the United States and China). This means that the only way I can legitimately earn VU tokens to use in this social VR space before the beta launch is via the VU ICO Partner Program.

I want you to know this up front: this blogpost is a promotion for VU, in exchange for VU tokens.  You can follow on this webpage to see how many VU tokens I have earned by completing tasks in this Partner Program if you wish (right now, I am at number two on the VU Token Leaderboard). There’s nothing stopping you from participating in this Partner Program yourself, and earning some VU tokens!

IMPORTANT: VU Tokens are not a real currency. They are ERC-20 based blockchain tokens intended to permit players of Virtual Universe exclusive access to digital assets within a VR game known as Virtual Universe (VU). They are a form of in-game virtual currency.  Virtual value attributed to the VU Token will be as a result of in-game efforts by players, and no future value is represented or guaranteed.


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Virtual Universe, the new social VR space/MMO hybrid platform to be launched this summer, is holding a contest. The grand prize is your own penthouse apartment in the city of Uruk in Virtual Universe:

Enter to Win a Virtual Penthouse Worth $4,999!

This exclusive top floor apartment will feature the best views of the city and will come fully stocked with all the amenities a player will need to enjoy a lifestyle of luxury in Uruk.

To enter this contest on the Pryze website, you need to have a private Ethereum wallet set up. If you don’t have one, you can easily create a wallet using MetaMask, using these instructions. Be sure to enter your Ethereum wallet address into the contest entry form!

Good luck!

Linden Lab Announces a New Sansar Contest: Build a Maze or Labyrinth and Win a Prize!

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Eliot, the Community Manager of Sansar, has announced that Linden Lab is holding another contest for Sansar experience creators!

According to the official announcement:

For this contest, we are challenging you to build a labyrinth experience in Sansar.

This does not have to be a maze or labyrinth in the very literal sense where they are bound by their real-world distinctions (i.e. a labyrinth being a continuous path, a maze being made up of branching paths with many dead-ends). You can be creative and adventurous in the path you put before these wayward avatars. Interactivity and mind-bending brain teasers will be prized highly.

However these experiences do have to meet certain criteria to qualify for this contest:

  • The goal of the experience should be for a user’s avatar to get from Point A to Point B
  • The user must complete some form of “challenge” or puzzle in order to reach Point B
    • This challenge can be a maze, a nebulous branching pathway, a series of puzzles etc.
  • It should be clear when a user has successfully reached Point B, after having completed the “challenge”.

For a good Labyrinth experience we recommend the following:

  • A sense of wonder and exploration
  • That “A-ha!” moment for beating a good “brain-teaser”, when the “challenge” is complete
  • A creative use of Sansar that pushes the boundaries of what the platform can do
  • The subversion of a user’s expectations

The experiences submitted to this contest will be judged on complexity, creativity, interactivity, and enjoyment by a panel of Sansar staff.

We want to see experiences that are recognizably a maze or labyrinth to the average person, but that get creative with the “challenge” portion of the experience. We especially want to see experiences that amaze and delight users, without being too easy.

There will be one Grand Prize winner, followed by 2nd & 3rd place:

  • Grand Prize – $5,000
  • 2nd Place – 1 year subscription to a 3D modeling tool: Maya or Zbrush, winner’s choice!
  • 3rd Place – A VR headset (Oculus Rift and Oculus Touch)

The deadline to submit your experience by 5:00pm PDT on Sunday 17th June 2018.

Here’s the form to submit your labyrinth for consideration.

REMINDER: The Voices of Sansar Talent Competition Starts Today!

An update to my earlier blogpost about the Voices of Sansar talent competition, to be held at Alfy’s Arena Live Music Stage in Sansar. He had to push back the start date, and the first round of judging of the musical artists will take place today, Saturday, May 12th.

Here’s a link to the event in the Sansar Events listings. See you there, right after Atlas Hopping!

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