India’s First Centre of Excellence in Online Gaming

The Indian government has recently announced plans to set up the country’s first Centre of Excellence in Online Gaming in Shillong, Meghalaya by March 2023.

Key Points

  • The centre, which will be established under the Digital India Startup Hub through the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), is aimed at catalyzing start-ups and entrepreneurs from the entire North East Region to build the next generation of online gaming ecosystem.
  • In addition to the Centre of Excellence, the government will also be setting up a state-of-the-art facility under the National Institute of Electronics and IT (NIELIT) in Shillong to provide training on cutting-edge digital skills.
  • The 10-acre campus, which is currently under construction, will cater to the skilling requirements of youth in the North East Region.

Scope of the Online Gaming Industry in India

India has one of the largest markets for the gaming business. A report by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Sequoia India suggests that the Indian mobile gaming industry will be worth $5 billion in 2025. However, the industry also faces issues with violent and unregulated content in online games. The government is taking steps to address these issues and foster a safe and trusted ecosystem for the online gaming industry.

Re-Launching Skill India through PMKVY 4.0

The government is also re-launching the Skill India program through PMKVY 4.0, which will train around 50,000 youth in Meghalaya in future-ready skills with industry-backed job opportunities. The Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship under PMKVY 4.0 has set a target to skill around 60,000 youth in Tripura and 35,000 in Nagaland across a spectrum of approved courses.



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