Top 10 Virtual Reality Influencers 2017

With the rise of VR, AR and mixed reality comes the inevitable surge of virtual reality influencers making a name for themselves in this new world. So we’re going to give you a full rundown of the top ten influential VR masters you should be following closely in 2017.

You’ll see we’ve included the Twitter profile links for these virtual reality influencers, so you can get following and soak up their insight to keep in the loop. Enjoy!

1. Sanem Avcil

Sanem Acvil | Top 10 Virtual Reality Influencers 2017San Jose-based Avcil is the founder of Coolo Games, CEO of Politehelp and Imprezscion Yazilim Ve Elektronik. She is a leading tech entrepreneur (appreneur) who started her career when she was just 17. Avcil describes herself as a ‘developer, thinker, maker and Mooc addict’.

Twitter followers: 54.1k

Tweet frequency: A few times a month


2. Palmer Luckey

Palmer Luckey | Top 10 Virtual Reality Influencers 2017Palmer Luckey | Top 10 Virtual Reality Influencers 2017The Founder of Oculus Rift, Palmer Luckey is perhaps the most well-known voice in VR. He began his Oculus odyssey with a Kickstarter campaign, raising $250,000 in less than two hours – within a month, this figure was a whopping $2.4 million. He sold Oculus to Facebook in 2014 for $2 billion. Luckey hit the headlines in 2016 for his controversial work funding trolls on the Trump presidential campaign, but remains one of the top virtual reality influencers in the world.

 

Twitter followers: 51.4k

Tweet frequency: Rare


3. Chris Milk

Chris Milk | Top 10 Virtual Reality Influencers 2017Legendary music video director, Chris Milk is one of the finest creative video storytellers of our time. He founded Within (formerly VRSE), focusing on innovative human experiences in VR, and production company Here Be Dragons, where he is also Creative Director.

Twitter followers: 23k

Tweet frequency: Several times a month



4. Alex Kipman

Alex Kipman | Top 10 Virtual Reality Influencers 2017A key player in the launch of Microsoft Hololens, Kipman is the creator of the Microsoft Kinect motion controller, the fastest selling consumer device of all time since its launch in 2010. In 2011, TIME named Kipman one of the Top 25 Nerds of the Year, whilst Fast Company rated him one of the most creative people in business that year. He’s also taken home a tonne of awards from XBox, including Outstanding Technical Achievement and Outstanding Technical Leadership.

 

Twitter followers: 14.3k

Tweet frequency: Up to several times a week


5. Philip Rosedale

Philip Rosedale | Top 10 Virtual Reality Influencers 2017Founder of 2000s MMO experience, Second Life, Rosedale is perhaps the most enthusiastic person about VR in the world. Since he was a teenager, his dream has been to create an immersive virtual universe. And he’s now well on his way, with his launch of High Fidelity, which he envisages as being “As big as Earth and beyond”. He predicts that “We are about to leave the real world behind”.

Twitter followers: 14.3k

Tweet frequency: Up to several times a week


6. Tony Parisi

Tony Parisi | Top 10 Virtual Reality Influencers 2017Parisi is one of the earliest pioneers of virtual reality: among the true old-skool virtual reality influencers. He is now Head of AR and VR Strategy at Unity, having begun his VR career co-founding VRML in 1994 with Mark Pesce. VRML was an early tool for creating online VR environments. His aim with Unity is for developers to make ‘all their AR and VR products with Unity’. He occasionally shares his ruminations via his WordPress blog.

Twitter followers: 6,595

Tweet frequency: Several times a day


7. Kent Bye

Kent Bye | Top 10 Virtual Reality Influencers 2017Bye is the host of leading VR podcast, Voices of VR and, interestingly, (the slightly weird) Esoteric Voices. His book, The Ultimate Potential of VR, is due to come out this year. Voices of VR is a daily podcast covering the latest breakthroughs and news in the VR world. He’s also planning to start a Voices of AI podcast, which should be very interesting, too.

Twitter followers: 13.5k

Tweet frequency: Several times a day


8. Clay Bavor

Clay Bavor | Top 10 Virtual Reality Influencers 2017Vice President of Virtual Reality at Google, Clay Bavor started out at prestigious Princeton University studying Computer Science. As part of his role at Google, his aim is to make Android the primary operating system for VR, with Daydream-compatible phones and headsets facilitating Google’s domination of the VR market. In the face of seriously tough competition, notably from Facebook’s Oculus Rift, Bevor remains grounded, recognising that “We’re in such early days of VR — 99.9 percent of things in VR have yet to be discovered.”

 

Twitter followers: 15.5k

Tweet frequency: Several times a week


9. Rob Crasco

Rob Crasco | Top 10 Virtual Reality Influencers 2017Named by influencer-marketing giant, Onalytica, as number 5 of the top virtual reality influencers, and number 6 in augmented reality, Crasco is the co-owner and Content Developer at Cyber Adept. With a background in computer science and marketing, he describes himself as a development and VR evangelist. He has 10 years experience in virtual worlds, and writes monthly articles on VR for Bright Metallic magazine, an in-world magazine in Second Life.

 

Twitter followers: 12.2k

Tweet frequency: Several times a day


10. Benjamin Lang

Benjamin Lang | | Top 10 Virtual Reality Influencers 2017Lang is the co-founder and Executive Editor of Road to VR, one of the leading VR news sites in the world. Road to VR is, itself, the single most closely followed Twitter accounts by virtual reality influencers globally. Lang has spent the last several years avidly mapping, documenting and promoting the VR industry at large, and therefore knows pretty much all there is to know about virtual reality.

Twitter followers: 13.2k

Tweet frequency: Daily


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