Train2Game News nDreams investment

nDreams Ltd., the UK’s largest independent developer/publisher solely focused on virtual reality (VR) entertainment software, today announced that it has received an investment of £2.0 million, the first of a two-stage round. 
Mercia Technologies PLC, the technology-focused investment business who has invested £4.1 million into nDreams previously, funded £1.0 million of the latest round. The rest of the investment comes from a group of angel investors.

The nDreams investment follows the recent launch of the award-winning The Assembly (view trailer) on Sony’s PlayStation®VR, coming after its number one debut on Oculus Rift and successful release on HTC Vive. nDreams also recently released Danger Goat (view trailer), its first title for the Daydream, Google’s new high-quality mobile VR platform that launched on 10 November 2016.

Patrick O’Luanaigh, nDreams’ CEO and Founder, said:

“We’re delighted that Mercia are continuing to support our growth by taking part in this investment, which is the first of a two-stage round. We’re also very pleased to welcome a number of private investors, all of whom have hugely successful business backgrounds and a wealth of knowledge and experience. I’m so proud of the team that we have assembled here at nDreams. This investment allows us to continue building on the momentum we have achieved, and to develop VR games and experiences of the very highest quality.”

Mike Hayes, Mercia’s Investment Director, Digital & Digital Entertainment:

“The continued progress of nDreams is an example of Mercia’s success in investing and mentoring UK technology businesses. We congratulate the nDreams team and believe that the Company has an exceptionally exciting future ahead, operating at the forefront of the VR content development.”

nDreams was one of the first game studios in the world to focus on VR software, and has been working on virtual reality since 2013. The company has also launched Gunner and Perfect Beach on the Samsung Gear VR and has several VR games and experiences in development.

Train2Game News VR Game creating contest

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VRTGO launches competition for new & innovative VR titles, sponsored by nDreams and supported by SCEE & Ukie

The organisers of VRTGO Conference and Expo; Secret Sauce are teaming up with nDreams to create a VR contest for students and start-ups in the VR space.  The competition aims to showcase up and coming VR talent through innovative content and technology for games.

The competition winner will get the chance to exhibit their prototype at VRTGO event on 12th November, as well as receiving mentoring by nDreams and spend time with the Sony Computer Entertainment Europe VR team. The winner will also be named in competition press and they will receive a free affiliation to VRTGO Labs. Runners-up will be able to demo their prototypes at the VRTGO after party. 

nDreams, the UK’s largest videogames developer solely focused on creating virtual reality videogames and experiences, are sponsoring the competition. Patrick O’Luanaigh, CEO of nDreams, said, “We’re thrilled to be sponsoring the VRTGO competition and can’t wait to see what fresh ideas and original concepts the VR enthusiast community put forward. Being able to offer mentoring to those behind the winning entry is an incredibly exciting prospect; we’re eager to share our skills and experience from the forefront of the fast-moving world of VR development.”

Ukie, the trade body for the UK’s games and wider interactive entertainment industry is supporting the competition.  Dr Jo Twist, CEO of Ukie, said, “VR technology has huge potential in both games and wider entertainment, and opportunities like this give students and start-ups a fantastic chance to get their innovative and exciting ideas seen. We’re looking forward to seeing entries from the next generation of VR talent and the new concepts that they’re working on.”

Carri Cunliffe from Secret Sauce said, “We are seeing some interesting VR concepts from small companies and students and we thought VRTGO could give them a platform to showcase some of their work.  We are purposely leaving the contest brief very wide, so as to encourage a diverse range of entertainment and serious entries.”

The contest is also supported by SCEE and nVidia, who will be taking part as judges and offering feedback to contestants.

For details on how to enter the competition, plus further information, please follow this link: https://vrtgovrcontest.eventbrite.co.uk. For any queries about the contest, please e-mail Elspeth@secret-sauce.co.uk .