Another company announced its intention to use public money to develop a domestic game engine similar to Unity or Unreal Engine. VK requested a subsidy for these purposes from the Ministry of Digital Development in the amount of 3 billion rubles, reports “businessman“. Prior to this, Rostec requested funds from the state, but was refused.
According to reports, the issue was raised by VK at a meeting with Deputy Head of the Ministry of Digital Development Maxim Parshin on September 2. Earlier, the Rostec State Corporation intended to receive funds from the Rosinfokominvest fund for the same purposes, but the Ministry of Digital Development recommended applying for a grant from the Russian Fund for the Development of Information Technologies (RFRIT). Now the state corporation is preparing to apply for a grant, but, according to the publication, it is not opposed to joining forces with VK for joint work.
According to game market participants, under the current conditions, it is possible that access to foreign game engines will be limited for Russian studios. So far, the Ministry of Digital Development is holding industry consultations related to the possible formation of a new center of competence, one of the areas of which can really be the creation of a game engine.
At the same time, VK really has extensive experience in the gaming field. The company includes: a platform for the development and publication of games for PC, consoles, and mobile platforms MY.Games, streaming services, platforms My.Games Store and My.Games Cloud, as well as an investment structure MY.Games Venture Capital (MGVC). Moreover, back in the spring, VK launched the VK Play game distribution platform in Russia.
Rostec admits that VK could become a good partner, and joint development can be carried out in parallel, so that results can be achieved much faster. According to Kommersant’s sources in the IT industry, now only VK has enough competencies to implement a project of this scale. At the same time, the industry emphasizes that the engine developed at the expense of the state should be available to all domestic game developers.
It is known that after the start of sanctions pressure, Russian developers faced problems with access to distribution sites for both mobile and computer games, and domestic game studios have to curtail their activities in Russia. However, sources in the gaming industry report that studios are already building networks of legal entities in different countries to circumvent sanctions. Attempts are being made to keep game development in Russia by moving publishing and distribution outside of it.
If you notice an error, select it with the mouse and press CTRL + ENTER.