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India is going to launch its digital gaming research initiative soon to develop high-end technologies for an immersive gaming environment with an aim to promote and popularise Indian culture, a senior official said.

The Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) Digital Gaming Research Initiative will have three verticals of R&D in 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 will connect academia, start-ups, and industry to rapidly evolve high-end R&D concepts for the development of Indian game engines, procedural content generators, design patents/copyrights on the player and community-centric games.

India is going to launch its digital gaming research initiative soon

Sharing the news on Twitter, SERB Secretary Sandeep Verma said that SERB’s Digital Gaming Research Initiative will be launched to develop and implement high-end technologies for immersive gaming environments consisting of intensive graphics, VR (virtual reality), AR (augmented reality), console-based designs, and sensors and mobile games.
“Innovation will include cross-cutting research in engineering, computer science, visual graphics, fine arts and social science,” he said.
He also says that this initiative will focus on the development of Indian game engines, procedural content generators, design patents, and copyrights on the player and community-centric games to name a few.

Digital games and simulations present exciting S&T problems for research and translation, leading to significant commercial potential on a global scale, Verma said.

Innovation will include cross-cutting research in engineering, computer science, visual graphics, fine arts, and social sciences, he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been batting for increasing the Indian footprint in the international gaming sector.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced the setting up of a task force to promote animation, visual effects, gaming, and the comic sector.

Several domestic gaming developers have recently announced plans to launch India-themed games such as Indus Battle Royale which takes inspiration from the weapons and landscapes that were part of the earliest civilization in India.

Indian gamers had also launched FAUG – Fearless and United Guards, an India-themed battle royale game as a counter to PUBG and Free Fire. PTI SKU RCJ

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