Samsung supports small virtual reality studios with launch of Gear VR indie channel

Samsung is seeking to nurture a vibrant creative community on its Gear VR headset by launching an indie channel offering a window for smaller virtual reality studios to showcase their work.

Dedicated solely to independent features created by small production houses the channel is being launched with ten short films initially, with further content set to be added on a weekly basis, although there will be no monetary reward for hosting content.

Speaking to Mashable Matt Apfel, vice president of strategy and creative content at Samsung Media Solutions Center America, said: “Content creators are not paid directly by Samsung. But they do have the opportunity to participate in upcoming VR challenges which will be tied to rewards — either monetary or equipment-based, or both."

The new content forms part of Samsung’s Milk VR app with initial experiences including a time-lapse tour of the Mojave desert and a 360 degree reveal of the Indonesian island of Bali.

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