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!
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:
Here’s the official contest rules and conditions in all their glorious legalese.
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:
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:
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- 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!
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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!
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.
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!
Alfy, who has been busy bringing in musical artists to perform at his Arena Live Music Stage in Sansar, has announced a new competition called the Voices of Sansar! The contest seems to be directed towards Second Life performers, but really it’s open to anybody who wants to compete.
The grand prize, according to Alfy, is L$50,000 (although why the prize would be awarded in Linden dollars when the contest is in Sansar is bit of a mystery to me. Maybe because right now it’s easier to pay avatars in Second Life than in Sansar? That must be it. Anyways, it works out to US$200, which is a nice prize.
If you wish to enter the competition, you can sign up on Alfy’s Arena Live Music Stage FaceBook page between April 10th and 18th, by leaving your name and a link to your web page so people can listen to your music. (If you haven’t already, you will need to sign up for a Sansar account since, obviously, you will be appearing in-world to perform.)
On April 19th, Facebook users vote on who gets to enter the Voices of Sansar competition, and the top twelve performers get entered into the contest.
Over the next three weeks, the chosen artists will perform and the judges will vote.
1st week: On April 21st at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time/Sansar Time, 12 performers will sing and 6 will be chosen to continue.
2nd week: On April 28th at 1:00 p.m., 6 performers will sing and 3 will be chosen to continue.
3rd weeK: On May 5th at 1:00 p.m., the last 3 performers will sing and a winner will be chosen!