Google’s GV backs SideQuest, an unofficial Meta Quest app store



Google’s venture arm GV has led a $12 million Series A investment in SideQuest, makers of an alternative app store for the Meta Quest VR headset. The startup allows developers to ship and market experimental games that may not initially meet Meta’s stringent store approval processes. Several titles from SideQuest’s experimental arms have already made their way to the official app store. “As much as we’re thankful for the investment that Facebook has made, we still want choice,” said SideQuest co-founder Shane Harris.


GoogleのVenture Arm GVは、Meta Quest VRヘッドセットの代替App Storeのメーカーであるサイドクエストへの1,200万ドルのシリーズA投資をリードしました。スタートアップにより、開発者は最初にメタの厳しい店舗承認プロセスを満たさない可能性のある実験ゲームを出荷および販売することができます。SideQuestの実験的な武器からのいくつかのタイトルは、すでに公式のApp Storeに進出しています。「Facebookが行った投資に感謝している限り、私たちはまだ選択を望んでいます」とSideQuestの共同設立者であるShane Harrisは述べています。


cameraImage Credits: Joan Cros/NurPhoto / Getty Images While the broader virtual reality industry earnestly waits for Meta’s next announcements around new VR products at its Connect event next week, Google’s venture arm GV is placing an interesting bet in a startup building up an ecosystem around some of Meta’s hardware.

カメライメージクレジット:Joan Cros / Nurphoto / Getty Images来週のVirtual Reality Industryが来週のConnectイベントでメタの新しいVR製品に関する次の発表を真剣に待っている間、GoogleのベンチャーアームGVは、スタートアップの興味深い賭けをしています。メタのハードウェアの一部。

GV has led a $12 million Series A investment in SideQuest, the makers of an alternative app store for the Meta Quest VR headset, which allows developers to ship and market experimental games that may not initially meet Meta’s stringent store approval processes.

GVは、Meta Quest VRヘッドセットの代替アプリストアのメーカーであるSideQuestへの1,200万ドルのシリーズA投資をリードしました。

Since launching their app in early 2019 after the Oculus Quest first launched, SideQuest’s married founders Shane and Orla Harris have been streamlining the app’s user experience while building out a more mature jumping off point for VR game developers to reach communities of early users and get feedback before graduating to the official store.

Oculus Questが最初に発売された後、2019年初頭にアプリを開始して以来、SideQuestの結婚した創設者であるShaneとOrla Harrisは、VRゲーム開発者が初期のユーザーのコミュニティにリーチし、フィードバックを得るためのより成熟したジャンプポイントを構築しながら、アプリのユーザーエクスペリエンスを合理化しています。公式店に卒業する前。

A handful of titles have already made that leap from SideQuest’s experimental arms, including VR basketball app Gym Class, which banked funding from Andreessen Horowitz and Y Combinator earlier this year.

今年初めにAndreessen HorowitzとY Combinatorからの資金をバンクしたVRバスケットボールアプリジムクラスを含む、サイドクエストの実験的な武器からの飛躍がすでに行われています。

YC and a16z back virtual reality basketball app Gym Class SideQuest’s founders have long been looking for ways to support VR game development.


An early investment from Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey gave the couple runway to explore how they could turn their experiment into a company.

Oculus VRの創設者であるPalmer Luckeyからの早期投資は、カップルの滑走路に、実験を会社に変える方法を探求しました。

While the Harrises have plenty of kind words to say about Meta’s VR investment, they are worried by the lack of platform diversity in the virtual reality industry, and hope that more open source projects like theirs can help.


“As much as we’re all pretty thankful for the investment that Facebook has made, we still want choice,” SideQuest co-founder Shane Harris tells TechCrunch.

「Facebookが行った投資に私たち全員がかなり感謝している限り、私たちはまだ選択を望んでいます」とSideQuestの共同設立者であるShane HarrisはTechCrunchに語ります。

The Oculus Quest’s unofficial app store gets backing from Oculus founder Palmer Luckey SideQuest’s founders have so far managed to build an awful lot of functionality into their platform without too much pushback from Meta.

Oculus Questの非公式のApp Storeは、Oculusの創設者であるPalmer Luckey Sidequestの創設者から、メタからのプッシュバックなしにプラットフォームに非常に多くの機能を構築することができました。

SideQuest’s lack of store monetization (aside from in-store advertising) and an increasingly heated regulatory environment surrounding Meta’s VR investments are likely doing the startup some favors.


“Our relationship with Meta has been interesting; we’ve generally stayed out of each others’ way,” Shane Harris says.


“SideQuest has a huge amount of value to their headset… but we have no plans to monetize on the Quest platform, in order not to compete with them.” The company is looking at different paths toward monetizing its network of VR developers, including building more developer tools and potentially rolling out a publishing fund to back titles on their store that show traction.


SideQuest’s sell for its unofficial storefront has been muddied a bit by Meta’s introduction last year of an official “App Lab” for developers to ship experiences that weren’t quite ready for primetime, though SideQuest’s founders say they actually lobbied Meta to launch this.


“We advocated for App Lab because side-loading was so cumbersome; [Meta] worked with us for a year,” SideQuest co-founder Orla Harris tells us.

「サイドロードは非常に面倒だったため、App Labを提唱しました。[Meta]は1年間私たちと一緒に働いていました」と、SideQuestの共同設立者Orla Harrisは語ります。

“There was a risk that App Lab might replace us, but it’s just been another stepping stone in getting people to the store.” The VR startup has big plans to aggressively expand and make the most of a quiet period for the VR market, which they hope won’t last long with new and upcoming hardware announcements from Meta and ByteDance’s Pico.

「App Labが私たちに取って代わるリスクがありましたが、それは人々を店に連れて行くための別の足がかりでした。」VRスタートアップには、VR市場の静かな期間を積極的に拡大し、最大限に活用する大きな計画があります。これは、メタとバイテダンスのPICOからの新しいハードウェアの発表で長続きしないことを望んでいます。

The founders say they aim to “double or triple the team” with this funding.


As part of the deal, GV’s M.G.


Siegler will be joining the company’s board.


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