MassVR in Chicago Offers First-Of-Its-Kind Technology; Merges Physical And Virtual Realities

Just 20 minutes outside of Chicago sits MassVR, the first-of-its-kind virtual reality Esports arena. Unlike any other VR in the world, MassVR offers a next-generation Esports game where players are not only competing and socializing, they’re also being active by continuously walking, running, and jumping while playing the game. This is changing the virtual reality narrative from a sedentary activity to an active experience.

MassVR has developed the first player-vs-player virtual reality experience where participants can interact and immerse themselves in 32,000 square feet of free roam, unrestricted movement playing space – four arenas each hosting 8,000 square feet. This VR gaming platform brings the fun of video gaming to life as it turns real space into a large-scale, playable arena that feels as close to reality as one can get. The location also hosts spacious banquet rooms available for parties and corporate events. They have even hosted events for A-list celebrities, such as Chance the Rapper.

Players gear up with a VR headset, a backpack, and a game controller – which was developed by MassVR – and are then transported into the virtual realm, where up to eight players can engage in a team-vs-team battle called VR Champions. This is a first-person shooter game that immerses players in a massive virtual map where they team up to destroy the enemy team’s power core. Powered by Epic’s Unreal Engine, MassVR has developed a proprietary “1:n” playspace giving the players thousands of square feet of physical playspace while expanding that into a larger virtual world. In-game elements – including ziplining, teleporting, and use of jetpacks – enable players to go beyond the limitations of the physical world.

MassVR players with Founder Chris Lai (center) during a segment on The Jam with Jon Hansen (far right)

“We have developed cutting-edge technology right here in Chicago,” says MassVR Founder and CEO, Chris Lai. “Large-scale, team competitive, immersive gaming. Whether you’re a hardcore gamer or looking for a new and engaging team-building activity, this is something anyone can enjoy.”

Currently operating as a pop-up through December 2019, MassVR is located at 4847 Old Orchard Shopping Center, Skokie, Illinois 60077, just 20 minutes outside of Chicago. The game is available to players ages 12 and up and is $27 per person. Games are live-streamed on Twitch and include live sports commentators. MassVR has been featured on WGN News, NBC Chicago, The Mancow Show, and TEDx.

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