Opportunities around gaming industry aplenty, says govt

Opportunities around gaming industry aplenty, says govt

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New Delhi, Feb 5 : With the advent of new technologies be it artificial intelligence or augmented reality, the gaming industry in India is also shaping up, the Government said on Tuesday.

Ministry of Electronic and Information Technology Director Ajai Kumar Garg said as the country has a 100 billion smartphone users, the opportunities around gaming industry galore.

Dr Garg was a key panelist in CII’s conference on “Digital Gaming Industry: At the point of inflection” on the sidelines of of the 23rd International Engineering and Technology Fair.

He reminisced how he got addicted to Temple Run and Angry Bird when he became the smartphone user couple of years ago.

“Despite we being the country of 100 billion smartphone users and the largest number of broadband users too, it’s very startling that why we haven’t been able to encash the opportunity for the gaming sector? I feel we lacked the connect between IT and core sectors. And, also I feel there is a disconnect between product development and IT industry,” he added.

He also pointed out that there is even a dearth of hardcore developers of gaming in India.

Sharing the government’s initiative, Dr Garg said they have decided to make gaming industry in India a 80 million industry by 2025. They are planning to generate employment for three billion computer scientists to give the industry a requisite push. (UNI)