As we reported earlier this month, the unofficial Oculus Quest app store, Sidequest, received $650,000 in funding from Oculus founder Palmer Lucky and start up investment firm Boost VC. After this major investment, the founders of Sidequest announced their plans for the future on Reddit.
The team behind Sidequest is made up of just two people, Shane and Orla Harris. The husband and wife duo created and ran the site by themselves. This is about to change, in the post they announced, “We have begun to grow the team on SideQuest, we have hand-picked some of the top talent from our community because we wanted some of the finest talent as well as people who are super passionate about community on SideQuest.”
They announced a new Discord server for developers. “We have a new developer focused discord launching soon. This will have dedicated developer only resources where SideQuest developers who have approved apps can chat, share resources and get the latest SideQuest developer information.”
Sidequest has also announced a new promotion system for developers looking to advertise their games on the app store. It is now out of beta and it will allow developers who have apps or games on the Sidequest store to advertise directly without going through Google Ad Services. They have made it clear that they will be screen advertisers and wrote, “We will only accept VR related submissions that make sense for our community.”
Finally, as a celebration of their funding, they are giving away a Quest 2. They announced that the competition is running for one week in their public Discord server and will be awarded to the winner after the Quest 2 is released this October 13th.
These are major moves from a company that is subject to the whims of Facebook, at any time Facebook could decide to deny the app store access to the Oculus developer features, this would end the site. The plans set Sidequest up as a platform that offers many features that the official Oculus store just doesn’t have. The focus on developers will set them apart from the competition and give them a solid foundation for the future.