The Virtual Arena: Growth of Out-of-Home VR Entertainment

In this first column of our monthly feature on Virtual Reality (VR) in the Digital Out-of-Home Entertainment (DOE) sector, it would be good to accurately define the market, and chart the different categories that are shaping a growing sector that has been under-reported, in comparison to the explosion of interest in the consumer application of the technology.

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Out-of-Home Entertainment Specialist Joins VRFocus.com Line-up

London, UK, August 19, 2016 – Well known industry specialist Kevin Williams has joined the VRFocus.com team as a special feature correspondent, writing a monthly feature on the developments concerning VR and its application beyond the consumer entertainment scene.

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Consulting directly in the international Digital Out-of-Home Entertainment (DOE) sector, and a veteran commentator and presenter on developments in the industry; Williams has been invited to pen a regular column entitled “The Virtual Arena” that will chart Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality trends and developments shaping the public-space entertainment scene.

Commenting on Williams joining the VRFocus.com line-up, it’s Editor and VRFocus Ltd. CEO Kevin Joyce said, “With a wealth of experience and being someone who is at the sharp end of helping shape VR’s push into wider forms of entertainment it is great to have Kevin join us. We look forward to sharing his news and views as part of VRFocus.com’s growing array of feature content.

On taking on a new monthly column, Williams commented, “I would like to thank the team at VRFocus for offering this great opportunity to write about an aspect of the business I am incredibly passionate about. With recent announcements in out-of-home entertainment employing VR, I think this is a perfect time to dial down into the detail behind many of these developments, and the impacts they will have on our community.

For further information, or to supply announcements relevant to the column – contact:

-Kevin Williams, Director at KWP:      kwp@thestingerreport.com
-Kevin Joyce, CEO at VRFocus:            kjoyce@vrfocus.com

About VRFocus Ltd.
VRFocus was established in 2013 with a singular goal: to offer consumers a location for all the latest virtual reality (VR) news. Launched in 2014, vrfocus.com has quickly become one of the most popular VR specialist media outlets. Continued popularity and enormous growth leading VRFocus Ltd., to become one of the most widely respected VR media companies worldwide: www.vrfocus.com

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At VRLA, one possible solution stood out: movie theaters.

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