Investment in virtual reality grows 85% in 2016 over total funding last year
With the year only half way through, the investment in VR/AR in 2016 has grown to $1.3 billion through over 76 deals.
The popularity of virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) has taken off and so has the investment. The investment in VR/AR has grown by as much as 85% in the first half of 2016 over the total of previous year's funding, according to a CB Insights report.
With the year only half way through, the investment in VR/AR in 2016 has grown to $1.3 billion through over 76 deals. At this current growth rate, the deal volume is expected to grow by 11% over last year's total, said the report. Investment in 2016 is expected to grow to $2.6 billion with a total of 152 deals.
Source: CB Insights
This is a huge growth in investment in VR/AR from $703 million in 2015 and $787 million investment in 2014.
One of the largest investments in AR/VR came through Magic Leap's Series C fund-raising in February, through which it brought in a massive $793 million. Another deal was the stealth AR headset developer which raised $1.4 billion in total funding.
The first quarter of 2016 saw some other large deals which included MindMaze's $100 million, mobile-based AR app Blippar which raised $54 million through Series D funding, and VR headset maker Baofeng Mojing raising $34 million in Series B round.