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NVIDIA DXR Spotlight Contest – Round 2

Epic Games’ Unreal Engine (UE) 4.25  moves to production ready today, which means real-time ray tracing support in UE 4.25 moves out of beta. In celebration, NVIDIA is kicking off round two of our NVIDIA DXR Spotlight Contest. 

The goal of the contest is to encourage indie developers to experiment with Microsoft DirectX Ray Tracing (DXR). The DXR Spotlight contest asks content creators and indie game developers to use DXR and Unreal Engine 4.24 (or greater) to create tech demos showcasing real-time ray tracing.

The contest, which is sponsored by ASUS, Epic Games, Microsoft, MSI and Razer, encourages the continued development of content with real-time ray tracing. It is open to content creators and indie game developers over the age of 18. NVIDIA will choose the winners based on originality, creativity, and technical merit.

The Indie Impact on Ray Tracing

DXR support is not just for the big studios. We have seen great things from indie game developers using ray tracing, such as Stay in the LightBright Memory and Deliver Us The Moon. It is a great way for them to set their games apart.

Related Links

DXR Spotlight contest details on the NVIDIA Developer News Center:

https://news.developer.nvidia.com/DXR-spotlight-contest-2020/

DXR Spotlight contest details on the NVIDIA Developer website:

https://developer.nvidia.com/DXR-spotlight

Last year’s winners in the NVIDIA Developer blog:

https://developer.nvidia.com/dxr-spotlight-winners

Past winners:

Here is a quick update on last year’s winners:

  • Christian Hecht, Attack from Outer Space, continues to develop in Unreal Engine, currently focused on creating lifelike digital humans. 
  • Alden Filion, Diode, is still developing Diode and is planning to release the game sometime in 2021.  
  • Opus Visual, LP Trailer, continues to develop high end visuals for clients in the gas and oil industry.