Virtual athletes who want to make moves to be the next VR Esports champion will want to put those controllers down and find the nearest Virtuix Omni VR treadmill. Today, Virtuix announced that they’ll be partnering up with HTC and HP for their global 2019 Omniverse ESPORTS tournament round.

Gamers to VR Esport Athletes

Credit to: Virtuix Omni

If you’re new to the Virtuix Omni, it’s a VR treadmill with a concave plate that players walk and run on in real life to do the same in VR. Players with multiplayer FPS skills from PC games like Call of Duty and Overwatch or VR games like Onward and Firewall Zero Hour got to see what it’s like to jump into a competitive game in VR with an Omni.

“We are thrilled that HTC and HP will partner with our esports series,” says Jan Goetgeluk, founder and CEO of Virtuix. “Their collaboration is a great endorsement of our platform. VR esports are the latest rage, especially for location-based entertainment. The Omni provides the only way to physically run around in competitive video games, adding an extra layer of excitement for both players and spectators.”

The competitions are run as two-player teams where each team has to face off against other teams in a “four-day contests each month” says Viirtuix. The battle will take place in a VR ARENA that’s specially designed by Virtuix and holds all 4 players as the center of the action.

Teams will play in the Omni Arena and compete in “Coliseum” at the tournament from January 24 to 27th, VRFZ: Torment from February 21st to 24th, and “Metropolis” from March 21st to the 24th.

Players that rank high on the global scoreboard will be awarded cash prizes in weekly contests from January through March. Each week, top 10 athletes will get a chance at taking home a portion of the $50,000 annual pool while the best team from each month will get to flex with a “complete HTC Vive VR system”.

Active VR Esports

The Virtuix Omni is a physically active gaming experience that will make your body forget the game isn’t real, especially when you’re reacting and shooting at opponents. If you think Overwatch and Onward get intense, try jogging and dodging in the VR ARENA without a space limit.

“We are excited to participate in the Omniverse SPORTS TM contest series,” says Joanna Popper, Global Head of Virtual Reality for Location Based Entertainment at HP. “Virtuix has built a competitive gaming experience that requires both video gaming skills and physical fitness.”

“Such active esports offer a unique way for entertainment venues to reach a new audience of gamers, build a community of frequent players, and showcase the groundbreaking technology that HP is known for.”

Players like Jared Engle and Lachlan Davis are Esport athletes that have practiced together, came out $2000 richer for ranking first in a tournament, but also have one of the highest scores in the nation. Competition is fierce out there in the Omniverse. “Before the tournament, Jared and I practiced once a week for several weeks,” said Davis.

There’s no joystick to rely on, just your feet don’t fail me now attitude and aim control. Players that make it into the top spots will get invited to the world championship. Sound fun? Sign up on their website!