New Delhi, NFAPost: Realising the changing dynamics of Indian gaming landscape, the government is all set to launch its digital gaming research initiative to develop high-end technologies for an immersive gaming environment with an aim to promote and popularise Indian culture.

As part of the game plan, the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) has come up with Digital Gaming Research Initiative and it will have three verticals – R&D in Learning and Leisure Gaming Platforms; Collaborative Technical Design Process: SERB Game Labs; and Immersive Game Prototypes with focus on Indian Culture and Values.

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.

Elaborating the initiative, SERB Secretary Sandeep Verma tweeted 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.

SERB Secretary Sandeep Verma also said that innovation will include cross-cutting research in engineering, computer science, visual graphics, fine arts and social sciences.

“Digital games and simulations present exciting S&T problems for research and translation, leading to significant commercial potential on global scale,” SERB Secretary Sandeep Verma.

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

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