With a self-regulatory framework and a designated skill games charter in place, All India Gaming Federation (AIGF), as an apex gaming body, is dedicated towards making the online skill gaming industry a profitable space.
We connected with Roland Landers, CEO, AIGF and had a chat with him about how technology is driving the industry’s growth, especially 5G. He shared his views about the penetration of 5G technology and how it can boost online gaming. Here’s a snippet from the interview.
What kind of shift should we expect once 5G and cloud gaming become credible in India? How is 5G going to turn cloud gaming into a growth opportunity?
5G will empower the entire ecosystem. I personally feel, 5G has the ability to better collaborate the physical and virtual gaming. It will also mean high network speed and low latency, which are the core differentiators. And talking about the collaboration of physical and virtual, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) would also come into picture at a higher adoption level. These will help in giving a major impetus to the existing gaming industry.
Introduction of 5G would possibly modify how we collaborate with the physical and virtual world and enable multi-dimensional interactions. What kind of future should we look forward to regarding 5G penetration in AR/VR applications in Indian games?
This industry is driven profusely by mobile gaming technology, and in recent years, the advancement of innovations such as machine learning (ML), artificial intelligence (AI), VR, and AR, among others, has intensified.
Right now AR and VR are only accessible to a few, but 5G would help make it more accessible and the bandwidth would widen. It would become fairly common after 5G penetration. However, it is important to keep in mind there is a lot of hardware and equipment involved, the cost factor also has to be taken into account, but yes, AR and VR would have a major role to play in the gaming industry.
How much of a boost will 5G penetration would give to Indian games to accelerate itself to the global gaming market?
We have already seen that shift happen. When we look at the entire evolution of the Indian gaming landscape–the entire software and game development, has happened over the years in India. Now developments have been happening in terms of collaborative efforts, international teams working closely with the Indian game developers and so on.
When India’s creative strengths and tech abilities are combined, India can do things on par with the global standards. This is true for the gaming industry in terms of game development, software development etc. Once 5G comes into place, it would definitely give a huge boost to the Indian gaming and game development industry. So whether it’s developing globally recognized games in India or exporting tech abilities to other countries, all of it will become a definite possibility.
Landers also shared his thoughts about the need for self-regulation and job creation in the online gaming industry. Read the full interview with Landers in Gutshot’s July 2021 e-magazine. Sign-up once for a free unlimited access.
Amarylisa Gonsalves is a Content Writer at Gutshot Magazine. Advancing from a marketing background, she found her calling in writing. She takes delight in exploring genres and is a curious learner. Patient and ambivert, she believes in letting her work speak for itself. Apart from content writing, she finds solace in writing poetry by manifesting herself through words. Additionally, she adores indulging in drawing and DIY crafts.
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