Report: Magic Leap leads in VR investment

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.

(Image courtesy Magic Leap.)
(Image courtesy Magic Leap.)


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

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Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov is a science fiction writer who covers cybersecurity, AI and extended reality as a tech journalist at her day job.
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