“I’m excited about an open, ubiquitous social metaverse. Getting there means solving a whole lot of interesting problems through long-term cooperative efforts. I’m delighted to help an organization like The ITA that’s focused not on a single company’s success, but on the success of the entire industry and ecosystem.” – Dr. Michael Capps
Now THIS is a welcome vote of confidence. For those unfamiliar, Dr. Michael Capps was President of Epic Games for ten years, and was leading the charge when they released some of their most reputable IP including Gears of War, Unreal, and Infinity Blade. To top it off, he has a Ph.D. in Virtual Reality, and has been a lead game designer and writer, a comic author, and currently features in Discovery and Science Channel series NASA’s Unexplained Files, What on Earth, and Combat Countdown.
MTBS is pleased to welcome guest writer Kevin Williams, Founder of KWP Ltd. Kevin Williams has an extensive background in the development and sales of the latest amusement and attraction applications and technologies. The UK born specialist in the pay-to-play scene is well-known through his consultancy KWP. He’s also a prolific writer and presenter that also runs his own news service called The Stinger Report. Covering the emergence of this new entertainment market, Kevin has also co-authored a book covering the sector called ‘The Out-of-Home Interactive Entertainment Frontier’. He is also the Founding Chairman of DNA Association, which focuses on the digital Out-of Home interactive entertainment sector.
With all the excitement behind technologies like the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, ImmersiON-VRelia GO, and more (and more to come), Kevin reminds us of all the fun stuff happening in the professional markets. Very interesting!
This all started when I was invited for an analyst call and the service wanted my opinions on VR and immersive tech and where things would ultimately go. There have been all kinds of promoted studies predicting that VR would sell in the millions of units as early as a year from now, and the industry would quickly grow to be valued in the tens of billions of dollars by 2020. In all cases, none of the studies demonstrated measurable fundamentals; at least none that I could see. With so much on the line for so many people, I knew I had to do better.