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VR Platform Remio Raises $4.5 Million Seed Round to Expand its Metaverse Solution for the Enterprise Market

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Photo credits: Remio - Remio founders from left to righ, Jos van der Westhuizen and Derrick van Schalkwyk

 

Interactive engagement platform transforms workspaces for leading enterprise businesses including Google, Netflix, Hubspot, Fidelity, Twilio, Trello, Nextdoor and more

Remio, a virtual reality (“VR”) platform for remote team building and collaboration for global enterprise customers, today announced a $4.5 million Series Seed round of funding led by Khosla Ventures along with Version One Ventures, The Venture Reality Fund, and Moai Capital.

Founded in 2020 by Jos van der Westhuizen and Derrick van Schalkwyk, the San Francisco-based startup provides an all-in-one solution for remote team building in VR. With the rise of hybrid work environments and integration of VR technology in workspaces, the company has seen strong organic growth and adoption with several marquee customers including Google, Netflix, Hubspot, Fidelity, Twilio, Trello, and Nextdoor. Remio has established a unique position by merging game-like features with collaboration tools in one platform, and estimates the corporate team building market to be $31 billion currently. The new round of funding will finance extending the core platform for enterprise customers to create their own magical spaces, games, experiences, and other fun activities in a secure environment.

Van der Westhuizen said: “We’re excited and grateful for the investor support, and appreciative that Sandhya Venkatachalam of Khosla is joining our board. Their support is a testament to the value we bring to our customers as well as Remio’s untapped market potential. Interactive workplaces with distributed teams is a growing, massive market opportunity, and I believe that Remio will provide the competitive edge for human capital development to our customers.”

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Venkatachalam said: “There’s tremendous demand in the market for creative, interactive workspaces that lead to greater employee engagement and productivity. Remio is well-positioned to build upon its success in the enterprise by providing a superior metaverse experience for people and companies, and I’m looking forward to working with the team on this journey as a trusted advisor.”

Tipatat Chennavasin, General Partner and co-founder of The Venture Reality Fund, said: “We are excited to be investors in Remio as they continue to build the most compelling immersive team building and collaboration platform for the enterprise metaverse.”

Remio offers multiple team bonding activities such as Spaceship Escape Rooms, BarVR, and Paintball, in addition to all of the standard VR collaboration tools available in a company’s HQ, such as whiteboards, breakout rooms, and magical presentation rooms. The platform has already innovated systems that allow highly interactive sessions for over 150 people in a single VR scene and have hosted multiple enterprise events with up to 300 people simultaneously socializing, playing games, and exploring their company’s metaverse. It’s an immersive social app with a keen focus on getting remote teams to do things together through active engagement, education, and collaboration, and can be experienced in both self-serve and facilitator-hosted format.

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The Japanese Indie Shooter One-Two Punch Combo!

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Strictly Limited Games welcomes two new Shoot ‘em up titles in one ‘hot’ combo physical releases for the Nintendo Switch to their store. In collaboration with Hanaji Games, this is the only physical version of these two gems available.

Two Different Styled Shooters, One Great Collection

Mecha Ritz: Steel Rondo is a vertically scrolling ‘score’ focused shooter set in an apocalyptic mechanised world. With seven different ships to choose from, each with different attack and movement properties, this frantic paced shooter delivers deep and satisfying combat. Exciting unlockables – 14 playable mechas, branching paths, multiple endings, and much more will be unveiled as you delve deeper into the game. Quickly clearing enemies and raising your rank is key to unlocking the final stage and is just one ongoing task to complete.

In Mecha Ritz: Steel Rondo, not only does the score hunt and challenging gameplay provide plenty of replay value, but also the branching stage paths will influence the ending. Paired with the quirky story and popping graphics, you sure won’t get bored playing this one.

Dezatopia is a classic arcade styled horizontal shooter with a huge assortment of content, which offers both value and an amazing experience. 24 different stages with 21 bosses arranged in 21 routes, with intuitive and simple controls that will please both experienced and novice gamers. Unique enemies, bosses, weapons galore and interactive components are supplemented with great art and visual backdrops.

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Strange and unusual creatures inhabited Earth’s underground. These unknown to humankind until Momoko, a fashion-obsessed high school girl, accidentally discovered them; but now she plans to create a new world: Dezatopia. Akane and Aoba, Momoko’s schoolmates, are hired to help achieve her directive but things don’t go to plan. The backdrop story could soon become a distant memory, as the all out colourful and non stop, over the top, but compelling, fire and hail explosive onscreen action ramps up!

The craft you control has four unique, intuitive weapons which can each be fired in one direction to halt the enemy onslaught. Upgrades and items can also be purchased from a mid-flight shop, but these advantages are countered by a dynamic difficulty system that automatically adjusts to match the player’s skill level to ensure their experience, strategy, technique and luck are always tested.

Both Mecha Ritz: Steel Rondo and Dezatopia present great and amusing backdrop stories which set the scene for the action and challenges that gamers will encounter once they are ready to face the enemy forces, along with some awesome Bosses and cast that will materialise!

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Upcoming Closed Beta Test Announced for VR Multiplayer First Person Hero Shooter ‘X8’

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Thirdverse, Inc. announced that its upcoming title, X8, is looking for fans of multiplayer tactical first person hero shooters to test their skills in VR. Later in December, Thirdverse will run the X8 closed beta test that allows teams of 5v5 to adopt interactive heroic abilities, acquire a variety of weapons and head into battle across competitive maps. Closed beta players will also be mentioned in the game credits and receive a game key.

Space is very limited and players can apply for a chance to win access to the closed beta by leaving a comment in the #beta-apply page here: https://discord.gg/VZbfMX4wc4

Check out the preview trailer for X8 here:

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Masaru Ohnogi, Thirdverse CBO and Executive Producer on X8, said: “Our approach has always been to involve the community and gather valuable feedback in playtests. The upcoming closed beta test for X8 will focus on the user onboarding experience, and will also be a lot of fun as there are multiple maps, weapons and heroes for our playtesters to explore. It’s incredibly important to hear player feedback and we’re really looking forward to what we can learn in the upcoming session.”

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Bring Thee Hottieverse Home: AmazeVR Launches At-Home VR Concerts In Meta Quest

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AmazeVR blew away Megan Thee Stallion fans this year with the Enter Thee Hottieverse VR Concert Tour, reaching 15 major cities across the US. Now, Thee Hottieverse is available on the Meta Quest App Lab, where fans can access the full VR concert complete with new interactive elements, and other fandom essentials.

Fans can now find AmazeVR’s app and preview a song from the VR Concert for free. Additional in-app purchases, including the full experience, are available for $6.99 for a limited time. With purchase, fans can relive each performance, and share their headset with friends and family so they can experience the Hottieverse, too.

Find AmazeVR and Megan Thee Stallion in the Meta Quest App Lab by searching “AmazeVR Megan Thee Stallion VR Concert.

“The Enter Thee Hottieverse VR Concert Tour gave fans the chance to connect with Megan Thee Stallion in a new way. Now, our at-home VR concert is the next step in sharing this experience with those who weren’t able to join us on tour,” says Steve Lee, Co-CEO and Co-Founder of AmazeVR.

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As the first-ever virtual reality tour of its kind, AmazeVR and Megan Thee Stallion made history as AMC Theatres were converted to host fans as they experienced Thee Hottieverse. This isn’t your artist look-alike avatar giving a performance, it’s really Megan Thee Stallion. Fans are transported to their front-row seat at the center of an interactive and futuristic stage, where Megan Thee Stallion and her crew of backup dancers perform right to her fans like never before. Check out concert reactions on AmazeVR’s TikTok.

“This is insane!!! It felt like Megan was dancing in front of me in real life,” One user said in their review. “I could feel her energy run through my veins!! I had originally planned on watching the concert on my couch, but I ended up dancing with her throughout the entire concert. I loved the realistic special effects and the futuristic set designs, as well as the interactive movements I could make with my hands. I’m soooooo excited to see more concerts using this app, and I hope more and more artists will collaborate with the app developer! This was a 7 star experience!!”

VR has become a new avenue for artists to add to their repertoire, giving more opportunities to connect with fans and deliver unique experiences. “We’re excited to reach more fans through the Meta Quest App, and plan to launch more concerts in 2023 through our JV partnership with K-pop giant SM Entertainment,” adds Lee.

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