International Beat Saber Tournament Poised to Make History as Largest VR Arcade Event EVER
The International Beat Saber Tournament scheduled for next weekend, Aug 17, is poised to make history as the largest VR arcade event ever, according to Ryan Burningham, CEO of the Virtual Athletics League, with over 120 arcades already signed up.
Organizers have been promoting the event for a couple of weeks, testing the waters to see which arcades were interested and what kind of sponsorship they could obtain. Not wanting to miss out on the exciting event, arcades around the globe have signed up to participate in the tournament.
- The Top 5 Players after all the scores have been processed will each receive $100 in prizes.
- In addition to the above, the top player after all the scores have been processed will win the Grand Prize: an HTC Vive. HTC is officially sponsoring the tournament through their influencer program so one fast saber-swinging player will win a terrific VR headset.
- During our stream, there will also be an HTC Vive giveaway courtesy of Tribe XR. (Tribe makes training software for DJ’s that is conducted in VR. It’s some cool stuff!.)
In addition, many VR arcades will have their own special prizes for those who show up to this event.
The International Beat Saber Tournament is being hosted by the Virtual Athletics League, LIV and SpringboardVR. The Virtual Athletics League has been hosting VR tournaments for several years. SpringboardVR is providing sponsorship and commercial licensing for Beat Saber.
LIV will be working with VR arcades to provide mixed reality broadcasting for the tournament. The featured image for this article was taken from the immensely popular video they created to promote Beat Saber. You can watch Swan (SwanVRart, aka Shuang van Reizen) in the full video here.
Although Beat Saber was only released on May 1, 2018, it quickly became the number one selling app in the home market. SpringboardVR worked with the development company to bring the game to VR arcades around the world. The Virtual Athletics League, LIV and SpringboardVR wanted to host a tournament to celebrate the release of Beat Saber to VR arcades, not realizing it would become the largest VR arcade tournament in history. Be sure to visit your local VR arcade (check the map) on August 17 to be a part of this amazing event!