Franklin-based Harena Data is partnering with Phenomena VR in Canada to launch a number of competitive virtual reality sports leagues. Harena Data, which bills itself as an esports community aggregator, says it will “league-verify” and manage tournaments and competitions in Phenomena’s VR esport Arena.
Phenomena says the arena is the first free VR arena ever, allowing players to move around an open area without the need for a cable management system or supported backpack.
CEO Awane Jones says the company has spent the past two years on research and development to bring the arena up to 10,000 square feet, enabling it to be used in more than 100 arenas worldwide.
“Phenomena VR is one of the most technologically innovative companies in the mixed reality field,” said Bill Dever, Chief Strategy Officer at Harena Data. “Their 360-degree immersive technology and VR arenas can create highly competitive environments that are perfect for e-sports leagues. We believe this is the next generation of entertainment and competition.”
Harena Data says the VR esports tournaments start with three games, including a VR laser tag game, a cooperative shooter and a VR dance rhythm game.
The partners did not provide a timeline for the first tournaments to be held.