Upload VR and Greenlight VR has ranked companies by venture capital investment, and Magic Leap was in the lead with nearly $600 million of total investment. The ranking was based on a Greenlight VR report released in late July.
In the past five years — not including acquisitions such as the $2 billion purchase of Oculus Rift by Facebook — there has been over $765 million invested in the virtual reality field by over 166 investors, and the trend is accelerating.
Largest virtual reality investments
- Magic Leap: $542 million led by Google in October 2014, following $50 million in February 2014.
- Matterport: $30 million raised in June 2015, $56 million to date.
- Razer: $50m in 2011, “undisclosed figure” from Intel Capital.
- Jaunt: $35m over three rounds, including a $27.5M series B in 2014.
- Improbable: $20 million added in March 2015 by the same people that helped Oculus.
- WEVR: Vive-maker HTC is buying a 15 percent stake for $10 million, bringing the total to $18.6 million over seven rounds.
- High Fidelity: $17.5 million over four rounds, $11 million raised in series B in February.
- Nod: $16 million in total, $13.5 million series A in June.
- Altspace: $15.7 million over three rounds, $10.3 million series A in July.
- Virtuix: $7.5 million over four rounds, with $1.1 million in Kickstarter backing.
- NextVR: $5 million raised in July 2014.
- Merge VR: $2.5M over three rounds.
- Reload Studios: $2 million raised in June 2015.
- WorldViz: “Multi-million” dollar investment from Intel in April 2015 as well as a $1 million seed round in 2014.
- VRideo: $1.8 million, seed round on March 25, 2015