Meta’s Horizon Worlds platform might only be available to US and Canadian Quest owners at the moment but to truly get the social world off the ground and out to more people it needs more content. To aid in that endeavour Meta is looking towards virtual reality (VR) developers within the Oculus Start and Launch Pad programmes, offering incentives to build within Horizon Worlds.
If you’re already part of Oculus Start or Oculus Launch Pad then you can apply for the new Horizon Worlds Builder Tracks today. Why would you want to? Well, Meta will give you all the following goodies:
- Training on tools through a Horizon Worlds boot camp
- Support from Meta experts
- Access to top VR developers building in Horizon
- Opportunities to share feedback that will inform future roadmaps
- A chance to earn funding or cash prizes through an exclusive competition
- Swag (always important)
When it comes to those cash prizes, Meta is putting aside over $500,000 USD for developers to win by creating innovative Horizon Worlds. As mentioned, you need to be a part of these programmes to apply. If not, you can still apply to join them first before going down the builder track route.
Oculus Start provides developers who qualify with hardware, software related savings, technical support, and more. While Oculus Launch Pad is all about supporting creators interested in VR from diverse backgrounds, providing expertise, hardware and software, and eventually getting the chance to apply for the Launch Pad Scholarship programme.
The Builder Track initiative follows on from Meta’s $10 million funding announcement last year, to build a creator community for Horizon Worlds. Meta has yet to reveal when the platform will expand beyond North America to a worldwide audience. For further updates, keep reading gmw3.
- March 23, 2022