Agora, Inc. (NASDAQ: API), a pioneer and leading platform for real-time engagement APIs, today announced a partnership with HTC as part of the HTC VIVEⓇ Independent Software Vendors (ISV) Program to accelerate the adoption of VR innovation in real-time engagement (RTE) applications. HTC VIVE is the premier virtual reality (VR) platform and ecosystem creating true-to-life VR experiences for businesses and consumers. The ISV program enables developers to create applications and platforms within HTC VIVE’s VR and extended reality (XR) ecosystem to seamlessly integrate Agora’s voice, video, messaging, and interactive live streaming technology.
“As a company by and for global developers, Agora couldn’t be more excited to join the HTC VIVE ISV Partner Program,” said Tony Zhao Founder & CEO of Agora. “By pairing our best-in-class RTE technology with HTC’s expertise in VR and XR, we are enabling developers to create virtual environments and experiences that we have never seen before. We especially look forward to working with HTC VIVE developers who are experimenting with enterprise applications to drive employee productivity. Through the pandemic, we have seen a massive uptick in innovation within the space and feel strongly that AR and XR coupled with RTE will drive the next generation of workplace collaboration.”
As the market continues to demand innovation in VR and XR across both the consumer and enterprise verticals, this partnership marks a pivotal moment to marry cutting-edge metaverse use cases with the collaborative power of RTE. With consumers and businesses alike continuing to see the value of dynamic virtual environments during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, innovation within the space poses greenfield opportunities for everything from workplace collaboration, social networking, employee training, workshops, and record streaming.
“Tapping Agora’s expertise in RTE brings that vital human element into spaces powered by AR and XR,” said Cher Wang CEO of HTC. “By bringing this champion of RTE into the HTC VIVE ISV Partner Program, we are providing developers with a crucial piece of the innovation puzzle — human connection. As we look toward a future defined by VR and XR, we feel confident that with Agora beside us, we will continue to make our combined offerings increasingly accessible to all developers.”