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State of Game Development in India

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Over the course of this decade India has established its dominance in the software services industry. The large resource and talent pool that India provides can hardly be ignored. But if there is one software sector that India has not yet capitalized on entirely it is the game development domain. This is bound to change as the Indian gaming industry is poised to see two-digit growth in the 2010.


Gaming across the world is broadly divided into 3 verticals – PC gaming, console and the relatively young mobile gaming. Rising disposable income and the simultaneous worldwide launches of market leading gaming consoles like Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s PlayStation 3 favors the gaming industry. According to a report by KPMG, console gaming is expected to have Rs 940 crore turnover by 2013. The primary growth drivers for PC games in India are the multifunctional nature of PCs, the growing broadband subscriber base and attractive price points of PC game titles. With an expected 815 million subscribers by 2013 and recently launched 3G services, the mobile segment may lead all the segments by growing at a CAGR of 57 per cent during the same period. Overall the industry is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 33 per cent by 2013.

The Indian gaming industry is predicted to witness growth at a CAGR of 35%. The primary reason for this is it takes a gestation period of two years for a game to be developed causing studios and game publishers to actively consider outsourcing the job. India directly caters to this need by offering excellent programmers with a cost advantage when compared to other outsourcing destinations such as Taiwan and South Korea. Additionally, 2010 is poised to see the launch of a whole new breed of gaming portals thereby opening up a multitude of opportunities for game developers.

Indian game development companies share the positivity. For instance, Rajesh.K.Rao, CEO of  Dhruva Interactive, a gaming company in India said recently, "Today, we, as an industry, have all the platforms—the mobile, the console, the PC, online gaming—all of them happening at the same time. This is pretty unique as in most other markets; platforms established one after the other. The high-decibel push by all the various players is creating a huge amount of awareness, spurring market growth."
 
With the current availability of high-quality games in India, the regular Indian gamer has come to expect a lot from the game that he chooses to play. Superior graphics, robust game engine and such. To deliver such high quality a developer needs to have a specific set of skills in his quiver:
  • PC Gaming: Shockwave, Flash, Visual Basic, Java, visual C++, DirectX, Open GL, Graphics software like Adobe Photoshop, animation software like Maya, 3D Studio Max, Lightwave etc.
  • Console Gaming: the respective software development kit, Visual C++, Dire ctx, open GL, Graphics software like Adobe Photoshop, animation software like Maya, 3D Studio Max, and Lightwave etc.
  • Mobile Gaming: Visual C++ for native application development, J2ME, VB, WAP, ASP, JSP, graphics software like Macromedia Fireworks, Freehand, Adobe Photoshop, animation software like Maya, 3D Studio Max, Lightwave etc.
Increased focus on the needs of the segment by key stakeholders can help address the few challenges that the gaming industry currently faces. Initiatives to increase the level of interaction between the industry and the effervescent talent pool of skilled professionals to develop open game developing network will enable an environment for domestic market development and open newer avenues for growth.

Recent studies say that initiatives to increase the level of interaction between the industry and the effervescent talent pool of skilled professionals is the order of the day. India Game Developer Summit 2010 (Lite Ed) is a step in the right direction. India (GDS) will pump the blood of Indian Game Developers and re-invigorate the ecosystem at large.

IGDS, endorsed by International Game Developers Association, is the quintessential Indian game industry event focused on inspiring, connecting and educating the Indian game developer ecosystem. Featuring top-notch talks from luminaries, visionaries and gaming gurus IGDS offers a high quality summit experience where the most intelligent minds and proactive gaming organisations converge to create a high-quality learning experience. It will also provide a hub for business and networking opportunities in the Indian industry.

The summit is expected to cover industry leading methodologies including game development, design, production, programming, visual arts and writing. It will held 27 February 2010 in Bangalore at the NIMHANS Convention Center. Attend IGDS to get inspired, learn from the gurus who have gamed their way to success, and join a club that seeks competence to grab a share in the $43 billion global gaming development pie.

Need anymore reasons? IGDS will see participation from Adobe, NVIDIA, Ubisoft and Aiga among several others. Register for the conference and networking opportunities now: http://www.gamedevelopersummit.com/registration.html

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