VRstudios and Stampede Sign First-of-Its-Kind North American Distribution Agreement
Largest ProAV Industry Distributor Brings VRstudios’ Virtual Reality Platform and Products to Its Network of 12,000 End-to-End Value-Added Resellers
Agreement Creates New Business-Critical Product Category for Stampede Resellers to Offer Customers
AMHERST, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Virtual Reality (VR) is coming to North America in a huge way, thanks to a new North American distribution agreement between Seattle’s VRstudios (www.vrstudios.com) and Stampede, North America’s largest distributor of professional audio-visual (ProAV) solutions.
The two companies announced today that Stampede will serve as the premier North American ProAV distributor for VRstudios’ virtual reality platform and products. The agreement will introduce an exciting new product category to the ProAV industry and will further accelerate the sales and distribution of VRstudios’ VR business solutions to a broad range of enterprise companies across the United States and Canada.
“VRstudios is the emerging leader in the global delivery of wireless, full-motion, and multi-user virtual reality (VR) experiences for entertainment and commercial enterprise customers,” Stampede President & COO Kevin Kelly said today. “We believe that virtual reality is going to have a profound impact on the ProAV industry. The platform and products developed by VRstudios are going to make it possible for our 12,000 resellers to help end-user customers across all of our vertical markets to make virtual reality an integral part of their enterprise.”
According to Kelly, the VRstudios agreement marks the first time that enterprise companies across North America can access VRstudios’ unique VR capabilities and products through major ProAV resellers. It’s also the first time that they can receive installation, training and support programs from a single source. “Just as we have pioneered the development of unified communities, IoT, drones, and drone video systems into dynamic new business categories for ProAV resellers, we will do the same with virtual reality solutions for enterprise customers,” Kelly said.
VRstudios is bringing real business solutions to and transforming numerous industries, such as entertainment, architecture, design, construction, aerospace and health care, among many others. According to the company, its relationship with Stampede will help ensure that more enterprise organizations have increased access to VR and related support and integration programs.
“VRstudios has significant growing demand for our products and it really helps to have access to powerful reseller networks like the one offered by Stampede,” said Charles Herrick, Chief Executive Officer of VRstudios. “The potential for ROI on VR in the industrial sector is enormous and often instantaneous. However, it requires resellers who already know their clients’ needs and have an established track record of support. Stampede is also moving very quickly to build the necessary infrastructure required throughout North America and elsewhere. It’s exactly the level of commitment and professionalism we were looking for.”
VRstudios’ systems, content and experiences are gaining global recognition. The company has recently announced worldwide agreements with prominent amusement theme park and arcade companies, such as Meraas’ Hub Zero in Dubai, Simuline of Korea, and Denmark’s Smartlaunch, all of which operate globally.
“VR is moving from being an interesting application to a business necessity. Companies who adopt VR now will be the innovators and formidable competitors in their industries,” added Herrick.
The Pro AV/IT Industry is projected to be a $114 billion industry, according to InfoComm.
The VRstudios platform and line of VR products will be showcased at InfoComm 2016 in the Stampede booth (C-6836).
VRstudios (www.vrstudios.com) is the industry’s premier global VR company offering unique VR content, experiences and solutions to the entertainment and commercial enterprise industries, through its unprecedented patent-pending platform and turn-key systems. VRstudios is the only VR company offering a wireless head-mounted display and a collection of capabilities that includes full motion, simultaneous multiple users in the same physical and virtual space and 1:1 tracking – all to provide a fully immersive and interactive VR experience. The company launched in 2014 and is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington.
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Headquartered in Amherst, New York, Stampede (www.stampedeglobal.com) is North and Latin America’s leading distributor of integrated, custom designed AV/IT technology solutions that help resellers and integrators meet the growing and expanding technology needs of customers in a wide range of vertical markets that include corporate, education, emergency responders, government, hospitality, house of worship, law enforcement, and security, among others. Stampede is the one forward-looking value-added distributor strategically positioned to offer traditional ProAV solutions from more than 150 manufacturers and ground-breaking new product categories such as drones, unified communications, and low cost video conferencing that create major new revenue centers for its more than 12,000 resellers. Stampede annually produces the “Big Book of AV,” a 1,100+ page catalog and companion website (www.BigBookofAV.com) providing hundreds of sales, installation and spec tips for Stampede’s dealers in addition to product details on more than 8,000 SKUs. For more information on Stampede, log onto www.stampedeglobal.com.