Six More Universities Join Crytek’s VR First Initiative

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Six More Universities Join Crytek’s VR First Initiative

Crytek’s academic program has helped to establish VR Labs on 14 university campuses since launching earlier this year

Frankfurt am Main (Germany) May 12, 2016 – Crytek today announced that six more universities have joined their VR First academic initiative, bringing the total number of participating schools worldwide to 14.

VR First launched in January this year, and supports grassroots VR development by establishing dedicated VR Labs on university campuses. Each VR lab offers students easy access to Crytek’s CRYENGINE software and state-of-the art VR hardware from leading technology partners.

The latest wave of universities to sign up for VR First spans three continents and gives the initiative a presence in four new countries. The new academic partners are:

The University of Canterbury (New Zealand), Kajaani University of Applied Sciences (Finland), University College London (UK), Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), Oklahoma University (USA), and Tallinn Technical University (Estonia).

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About VR First
VR First is an academic initiative designed to provide state-of-the-art facilities to anyone interested in exploring the power and potential of virtual reality development. The program encourages educational institutions around the world to establish dedicated VR labs on their campuses by partnering with Crytek and leading VR hardware innovators. VR First participants have full access to Crytek’s CRYENGINE software alongside the latest technology required for VR development. The overarching goal of VR First is to nurture new talent in VR development and create a global community equipped to embrace this exciting field of technology.

About Crytek

Crytek is an independent videogame developer, publisher, and technology provider with headquarters in Frankfurt am Main (Germany) and six other studios around the world. Established in 1999, Crytek has created multiple award-winning titles, including the original Far Cry, the Crysis series, Ryse: Son of Rome, and Warface. All of Crytek’s games are developed using CRYENGINE, the company’s cutting-edge 3D game technology, which is also the first choice of other leading developers and licensees when creating games for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation®4, and Android. Crytek’s ongoing growth in the games-as-a-service market has extended the company’s reach as they continue to deliver top quality interactive experiences to players through self-publishing platforms online.

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