India is ready to launch its digital gaming research initiative to develop high-end technology for an immersive gaming environment aimed at promoting and popularizing Indian culture, a senior official said.
The Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) Digital Gaming Research Initiative will have three verticals – R&D on learning and leisure gaming platforms; Collaborative technical design process: SERB Game Labs; And immersive game prototypes with a focus on Indian culture and values.
SERB Secretary Sandeep Verma said on Twitter that the R&D initiative would engage academia, start-ups and industries to quickly develop high-performance R&D concepts for the development of design patents / copyrights on Indian game engines, methodological content generators, players and community-centric games.
Digital games and simulations present exciting S&T challenges for research and translation, leading to significant commercial potential worldwide, Verma said.
He said the innovation would include cross-cutting research in engineering, computer science, visual graphics, fine arts and social sciences.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is batting to increase India’s footprint in the international gaming sector.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the formation of a task force to promote the animation, visual effects, gaming and comic sectors.
Several domestic gaming developers have recently announced plans to launch India-themed games, such as the Indus Battle Royale, which draws inspiration from weapons and landscapes that were part of India’s oldest civilization.
Indian gamers have also launched FAUG – Fearless and United Guards, an India-themed Battle Royale game to counter PUBG and Free Fire.
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