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Gamation Magazine
Volume 02 Issue 02 May 2024
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DIGITALCONFEX welcomes you to the Volume 02,
Issue 02 of Gamation Magazine. We are thrilled
to present you with a collection of articles
that we believe will inspire, inform, and
entertain you related to Gaming and Animation
industry. As always, our team of writers and
contributors has worked hard to bring you a
diverse range of topics, from the latest trends
in Gaming and Animation. The theme of Issue 02
is Future Play Emerging Technologies in Gaming
and Animation. We hope that you will find
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Mulinário Ramos is a Brazilian specialist
andevangelist in the Extended Reality field, a
futurist, speaker, consultant, 3D modeler,
musician and gamer. He holds a bachelors degree
in game design, a postgraduate degree in Virtual
and Augmented Reality and an MBA in Digital
Manager and Metaverse. He works as a Product
Owner on Extended Reality projects at FITec,
bringing with him experiences as a former Lead
XR Design at his previous company, as well as in
RD area at Lenovo Brazil. Additionally, he
teaches in an MBA course and has previously been
a teacher at a game programming franchise for
children and teenagers. His expertise has led him
to be invited to podcasts and talks at renowned
national and international events such as Campus
Party Brazil and Bahia, XRBR Summit, VR Day
LATAM, AR/VR Summit LOGYTalks, New York
Augmented Reality (NYAR) Meetup, among others.
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Tcombination is changing the way we
a space base, and a backyard can become a
medieval battlefield. This ability to customize
the gaming environment not only increases
immersion but also encourages social
interaction, as players can share these
experiences with friends and family in the same
physical space. New challenges for game
developers Developers are challenged to create
experiences that are adaptable to a variety of
environments, thus ensuring that each gameplay
is unique. At the same time, these games must be
designed to be intuitive and accessible,
allowing players of all ages and abilities to
have fun. Integrating Artificial Intelligence
into games
he gaming industry is constantly
evolving, and one of the most exciting
innovations of recent times is Mixed
Reality (MR)/Spatial Computing,
with passthrough technology. This
play, bringing 3D elements into our real world
never before.
What is Mixed Reality/Spatial Computing?
Although companies and professionals segment the
concepts, both share the same goal, which is to
show players the real environment around them
by inserting virtual elements into it and thus
conveying the idea of sharing the same space.
Imagine playing a game where dragons fly through
your backyard, or solving puzzles that seem to
be on your living room table? This is a blend of
the real with the virtual, thus creating
limitless possibilities.
NPCs that learn and evolve The integration of
Artificial Intelligence with Mixed Reality is
opening doors to unprecedented customization in
the world of gaming. AI can generate endless
variations of dialogues and objectives, making
each interaction with NPCs (non-playable
characters) unique. This means that an NPC can
react differently to each player, adapting to
their playing style and choices made during the
game. With AI, NPCs can learn from player
interactions and evolve over time. For example,
an NPC can remember past actions of the player,
and mention them in future conversations or
adapt its combat strategy based on the players
tactics. This creates a more dynamic and
immersive gaming experience, where players feel
that their actions have a real impact on the
game world.
What is Passthrough? This technology operates by
using the front cameras of headsets, which
capture the environment and replicate the
captured image onto the screen inside the
headset. This allows users to see through the
screens and obtain a view of the physical
environment around them while using the
immersive device. The cameras and sensors
visually capture and record the external
environment, providing the image in real time
with software assistance to correct perspective,
reducing disorientation, and filling in blind
spots of the camera.
Safe and social games in personalized spaces
Mixed Reality (MR) and Spatial Computing are
redefining the concept of safe and social gaming
by allowing common spaces to be transformed into
personalized gaming environments. This
innovation enables players to interact with the
virtual world while remaining anchored to the
real world, ensuring a safe and engaging gaming
experience. Through passthrough, players can see
and interact with the physical environment
around them, reducing the risk of accidents and
enabling greater spatial awareness. This is
especially important in games that require
physical movement, where players need to navigate
both the virtual and real space. In addition to
safety, MR promotes socialization by
transforming real spaces into gaming scenarios.
A living room can become an enchanted castle, an
office can turn into
Gameplay that adapts and surprises With the use
of AI, it is also possible to create procedural
scenarios that adapt not only to the player but
also to the physical environment in which they
are located. This can result in missions that
change depending on where the player is in the
real world, or in stories that unfold in
different ways based on the players interaction
with the environment.
Conclusion looking to the future Mixed Reality
(MR) and Spatial Computing are paving new paths
for the gaming industry, transcending the simple
screen, and becoming an intrinsic part of our
daily lives. This technological revolution not
only provides us with more immersive games but
has also redefined how we interact with digital
entertainment, making it more social and
personalized. Furthermore,
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the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI)
amplifies this experience, enabling unique
interactions with non-playable characters (NPCs)
and scenarios that dynamically adapt to the
players physical environment. We are witnessing
only the beginning of this transformation, and
the opportunities that lie ahead are as vast as
our imagination. This is an exciting moment in
gaming history, where the fusion of reality and
virtuality is redefining not only how we play
but also how we connect and explore worlds
beyond our reality.
  • Headsets These are head-mounted display devices
    that enable the user to experience virtual
    reality, augmented reality, or mixed reality.
  • Gameplay Its the way players interact with a
    game, and videogame and computer game
  • definitions are used to describe how the game is
  • played.
  • Developers These are individuals or companies
    that create computer or video games.
  • Mixed Reality (MR) Its a combination of the
    real world with the virtual world using physical
    computing technology that allows digital and
    physical objects to coexist and interact in
  • Spatial Computing Its a term used to describe
    the combination of physical and digital
    technologies that enable a computer to interact
    with the environment around it (same as Mixed
  • Passthrough Its a technology that allows users
    to see the real world around them while using a
    virtual or mixed reality device.
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) Its the simulation
    of human intelligence processes by machines,
    especially computer systems.
  • NPCs (Non-Playable Characters) These are
    computer-controlled characters that players can
    interact within a video game.
  • Gameplay Refers to the specific experience of
    playing a game, regardless of its visual
    aesthetics or storyline.

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Kishor Kumar C K, VFX Animator, DNEG
In an exclusive interview with Gamation magazine,
Kishor Kumar C K delves into the Emerging
Technologies in Gaming and Animation, offering
insights gleaned from over 12 years at the
vanguard of the industry. As a Senior Game and
Creature Animator, Kishor has been instrumental
in the creation of some of the most
groundbreaking games in recent history,
including Red Dead Redemption 2 and GTA 5. His
ability to infuse characters with a sense of
depth and realism has set a new bar for whats
possible in game design. Kishors expertise,
however, isnt confined to the gaming world. His
creative genius has also left an indelible mark
on the silver screen, contributing to feature
films and VFX Films Ghostbusters, Shazam! Fury
of the Gods, Bobbleheads, and The Flash, etc.. In
roles that span from Senior Game and Creature
Animator, Feature Film Lead Animator to VFX
Animator, Kishors innovative approach continues
to redefine the boundaries of visual storytelling.
This conversation with Gamation magazine is a
testament to Kishors influential role in
driving the evolution of gaming and animation
technologies. LinkedIn profile
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1. What are the Emerging Technologies in Gaming
and Animation? And What are the most promising
advancements in animation technology that could
transform the gaming experience? The gaming and
animation industries are currently undergoing a
significant transformation, driven by a host of
emerging technologies that promise to redefine
the boundaries of interactive entertainment. At
the forefront of this revolution are Artificial
Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning, which are
automating complex tasks such as rendering
textures and creating animations. This not only
streamlines the development process but also
allows for real-time adaptation of game visuals
based on player behavior, leading to highly
personalized gaming experiences.
Furthermore, AI-driven Animation Tools are
simplifying workflows and enhancing creativity in
animation. These tools leverage machine learning
algorithms to automate tedious tasks such as
character animation, lip-syncing, and background
generation, allowing animators to focus more on
storytelling and character development.
These emerging technologies are not merely
enhancing the way games are played and
experienced they are also revolutionizing how
they are developed. They open up new avenues for
creativity and innovation in the gaming and
animation industries. The synergy between these
technologies is creating a dynamic space where
the only limit is the imagination of the
creators. Its an exhilarating time to be part of
this industry, and Im eager to see how these
technologies will continue to evolve and enrich
both the creators and the players experiences.
Real-time Rendering is another technological
leap, with advancements like ray tracing enabling
developers to produce cinematic-quality visuals
during gameplay. This enhances the realism of
virtual worlds, providing players with more
immersive environments and lifelike characters.
2. How do you see these technologies evolving in
the next five years within the gaming and
animation industry? As mentioned, closely
monitoring the pulse of the gaming and animation
industries, I foresee the next five years as a
period of rapid and transformative evolution,
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine
Learning automate tasks and enhance realism,
while real-time rendering, including ray
tracing, delivers unparalleled visual fidelity.
Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR)
become more accessible, offering deeply
interactive content. Procedural generation
creates vast, evolving game worlds, while 5G
technology revolutionizes cloud gaming, enabling
high-quality experiences anywhere. Cloud gaming
democratizes access to high-end gaming. Motion
capture advances character animation
realism. Blockchain and NFTs redefine ownership
and economies. These innovations propel gaming
and animation into a future of limitless
The realms of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented
Reality (AR) are expanding the possibilities for
immersive gaming, requiring detailed and
convincing visuals for impactful user
experiences. These technologies are pushing the
boundaries of interactive storytelling and
gameplay, transporting players to entirely new
environments or integrating game elements with
the real world.
Procedural Generation is another one technology
revolutionizing the way game worlds are created,
allowing for the generation of vast and diverse
environments with minimal manual
intervention. This leads to more dynamic gameplay
experiences and offers a level of scalability
and customization that was previously
Blockchain and NFTs Blockchain technology and
non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are increasingly being
explored in gaming and animation for digital
asset ownership, in-game economies, and
decentralized content distribution.
In summary, these technologies will not only
enhance the gaming and animation experience but
also redefine the way we interact with digital
content. The next five years will be an exciting
time of growth and innovation for both
And top of that the rollout of 5G Technology is
anticipated to significantly improve the speed
and responsiveness of cloud-based gaming
services, facilitating smoother and more
reliable online gaming experiences.
3. Since AI is at the forefront, how might
artificial intelligence (AI) change the way
narratives are created in games? And How will
AI-driven personalization in gaming influence
player engagement and retention in the long
term? In the intersection of artificial
intelligence and gaming, I can attest that AI is
poised to revolutionize narrative creation and
player engagement in profound ways. Lets
explore these two facets
When it comes to animation technology, Motion
Capture Technology stands out as one of the most
promising advancements. By tracking the movements
of real actors and applying them to animated
characters, it creates highly realistic and
nuanced character animations. This technique is
invaluable not just for gaming but also for film
and virtual influencers.
AIs Impact on Game Narratives AI is
transforming the craft of storytelling in games
by introducing
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dynamic and adaptive narratives. Traditional
linear storylines are giving way to AI-driven
plots that respond to player choices and
actions, creating a personalized narrative
experience. This shift allows for a more
immersive journey, where each decision made by
the player can lead to a unique storyline,
enhancing the emotional engagement and
replayability of games.
more social, with platforms enabling shared
virtual spaces for interactive multiplayer
experiences. This shift toward social
interaction has the potential to transform
multiplayer gaming, fostering deeper connections
and collaboration among players. And the
diversity of VR content is expanding beyond
traditional gaming experiences. Developers are
exploring educational, training, and therapeutic
applications, harnessing the full potential of VR
technology to create impactful and immersive
experiences beyond entertainment.
AI-Driven Personalization and Player
Engagement In terms of player engagement and
retention, AI-driven personalization is a
game-changer. By analyzing player data, AI can
tailor the gaming experience to individual
preferences, skill levels, and playstyles. This
personalization can manifest in various forms,
such as dynamic difficulty adjustments,
personalized content delivery, and
predictive behavior modeling, ensuring that the
game remains challenging, engaging, and
rewarding for each player.
As VR technology becomes more affordable and
user- friendly, it is anticipated to transition
from a niche market to a mainstream
entertainment option. This mainstream adoption
will open up new opportunities for developers
and content creators to reach a broader audience
and drive further innovation in the VR gaming
The long-term implications of AI-driven
personalization are significant. As players
encounter gaming experiences that adapt to their
individual preferences and evolve with them,
their emotional investment in the game deepens.
This leads to increased player loyalty, longer
play sessions, and potentially higher
monetization opportunities for developers.
Moreover, personalized experiences foster a
sense of ownership and connection to the game
world, which is crucial for long-term player
Lastly, there will be a greater emphasis on
cross- platform compatibility, allowing players
to seamlessly engage with VR content across
different devices and ecosystems. This
interoperability will enhance accessibility and
convenience for players, enabling them to enjoy
VR experiences across a variety of platforms.
These advancements will not only enhance the
gaming experience but also expand the use of VR
in various sectors, indicating a bright future
for VR in the gaming industry.
In conclusion, AI is not just a technological
advancement its a paradigm shift in how we
create and interact with game narratives and how
we engage with players on a personal level. The
next five years will undoubtedly see these
technologies mature, leading to even more
innovative and captivating gaming experiences.
5. Can you discuss the potential impact of
augmented reality (AR) on mobile gaming and its
mainstream adoption? Augmented Reality (AR) holds
immense potential to revolutionize mobile gaming
and drive its mainstream adoption through a
multitude of avenues. By overlaying digital
elements onto the real world, AR introduces a new
dimension of interactivity to mobile games,
elevating the gaming experience to unprecedented
levels of engagement and immersion. This
enhanced interactivity, coupled with the
accessibility of AR games on smartphones and
tablets, makes them easily accessible to a wide
audience, thereby fueling mainstream adoption.
4. Could you please elaborate about virtual
reality (VR) evolution in the next five years
within the gaming industry? Over the next five
years, Virtual Reality (VR) in the gaming
industry is anticipated to undergo significant
advancements across various fronts. Firstly,
hardware innovations are expected to introduce
lighter, wireless VR headsets boasting extended
battery life and higher-resolution displays.
These improvements aim to enhance accessibility
and comfort for prolonged usage, paving the way
for a more immersive gaming experience.
Moreover, AR games often foster social
interaction and physical activity, as
exemplified by the success of games like Pokémon
GO. This aspect of social and physical
engagement broadens the appeal of AR gaming
beyond traditional demographics, attracting a
diverse audience and contributing to greater
mainstream adoption.
Moreover, the integration of advanced haptic
feedback systems will revolutionize VR gaming by
providing users with more realistic tactile
sensations. This enhancement will further blur
the boundaries between the virtual and physical
worlds, elevating the overall sense of immersion
for players.
AR also enables innovative gameplay mechanics
that leverage real-world interactions and
environments, offering players unique and novel
gaming experiences.
Additionally, VR gaming is evolving to become
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This innovation in gameplay mechanics serves as
a catalyst for attracting players seeking fresh
and distinctive gaming experiences, further
propelling mainstream adoption.
between virtual and real worlds. It provides
instant feedback, adding engagement and
satisfaction to gameplay. For example, feeling
the recoil of a gun adds a visceral element,
making actions more impactful. Additionally, it
enables tactile interaction, allowing players to
feel object textures, collisions, and
environmental effects, enriching gameplay. The
physical sensations evoke emotional responses,
deepening the connection to game
narratives. Haptic feedback improves gameplay by
offering cues for faster reactions and better
performance. It also enhances accessibility for
players with hearing impairments. With its
versatility, it caters to various gaming styles,
from gentle rumbles to powerful jolts, enriching
the overall experience.
Additionally, AR presents new opportunities
for in-game advertising and monetization by
seamlessly integrating real-world brands and
locations into the gaming experience, driving
revenue and incentivizing further investment.
Moreover, AR games offer significant educational
potential, providing insights into real-world
locations, history, and culture, which enriches
gameplay and fosters wider acceptance and use of
AR technology among diverse demographics..
The integration of AR into mobile gaming promises
to create more dynamic and engaging experiences,
potentially transforming the landscape of mobile
gaming and solidifying its position as a
dominant force in the industry.
8. How might blockchain technology change the
way we think about game ownership and digital
rights management? Blockchain technology has the
potential to reshape the landscape of gaming
economics and fundamentally alter our
understanding of game ownership and digital
rights management. By leveraging blockchain,
gaming ecosystems can transition towards
decentralized economies where players have true
ownership over their in-game assets, including
currencies, items, and characters, without the
need for central authorities. This
decentralization is facilitated by tokenization,
where in-game assets are represented as tokens on
the blockchain, enabling them to be traded on
external marketplaces, potentially increasing
their value and liquidity.
6. How might the use of procedural generation
contribute to the creation of game worlds that
are more dynamic and continuously evolving? The
use of procedural generation in game development
offers a pathway to crafting game worlds that
are not only dynamic but continuously evolving.
By leveraging algorithms to generate content
during runtime, developers can introduce several
key advantages. Firstly, procedural generation
facilitates endless exploration by offering
infinite landscapes and environments, ensuring
that players always have something new to
discover. This approach also ensures that each
players experience with the game world is
unique, as the content is generated
algorithmically, leading to diverse and
personalized playthroughs.
On top of that, smart contracts powered by
blockchain technology automate transactions and
enforce the rules of the game economy, ensuring
transparency and reducing the potential for
fraud. These smart contracts streamline the
exchange of in-game assets and enhance the
overall integrity of gaming economies.
Moreover, procedural generation contributes to
resource efficiency by reducing the need for
storing large amounts of pre-designed assets.
This results in smaller game file sizes and more
efficient resource utilization.
Moreover, blockchain opens up avenues for
play-to- earn models, where players can earn
cryptocurrency or tokens with real-world value
by actively participating in the games economy,
contributing to its development, or achieving
specific milestones. This model empowers players
to derive tangible value from their gaming
experiences beyond mere entertainment.
Furthermore, procedural generation empowers
developers with creative freedom, allowing them
to create complex systems such as ecosystems,
weather, and terrain, which would be otherwise
resource- intensive to craft manually. This
approach also extends to narrative depth, as
procedural generation can be employed to create
dynamic narratives that change based on player
actions, thereby enriching the storytelling
aspect of games.
In terms of digital rights management (DRM),
blockchain provides a secure and transparent
framework for establishing and tracking digital
ownership, revolutionizing existing DRM systems.
This ensures consistent and complete rights
metadata, leading to more efficient royalty
payouts and benefiting both creators and
consumers alike.
7. In what ways could haptic feedback technology
enhance the immersive experience of
gaming? Haptic feedback technology enhances
gaming immersion by simulating realistic
sensations like vibrations, force, and movement,
bridging the gap
Additionally, blockchain enables interoperability
between different games and platforms, allowing
players to utilize their digital assets
seamlessly across various gaming ecosystems.
This interoperability
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fosters a more interconnected gaming landscape
and enhances the overall player experience.
11.How do you foresee the convergence of gaming,
animation, and social media platforms with the
advent of these technologies? The convergence of
gaming, animation, and social media platforms is
poised to reshape the digital landscape,
offering users an interconnected ecosystem where
entertainment, social interaction, and creativity
converge seamlessly. This convergence is
anticipated to manifest in several key ways with
the advent of new technologies. First and
foremost, metaverse experiences are expected to
emerge, providing users with immersive
environments where they can seamlessly
transition between gaming, animated content
consumption, and social interactions with
friends in virtual spaces.
Overall, blockchain technology has the potential
to usher in a more player-centric gaming
industry, where players have increased control
over their in-game assets and meaningful
participation in the games economy. This
paradigm shift towards decentralization and
empowerment has the potential to redefine the
future of gaming and digital entertainment.
9. Can you please elaborate about the increasing
demand for cross-platform play influence the
development of new gaming technologies? The
increasing demand for cross-platform play is
significantly influencing gaming technology
development. Unified game development practices
incentivize developers to create games with a
single codebase, reducing the need for platform-
specific versions and streamlining
development. Cross-platform play fosters player
engagement by enabling friends to play together
across devices, expanding the gaming community
and potentially increasing revenue from digital
goods. Additionally, persistent gaming
experiences offer cross-platform progression,
accompanied by a shift towards free- to-play
models and regular sales of content. Cloud gaming
supports cross-platform accessibility, and as
the industry moves towards the metaverse,
theres a need for interoperability facilitated
by blockchain and Web3 integration. Overall,
cross-platform play drives innovation, shaping
more inclusive and interconnected gaming
Moreover, interactive storytelling will become
prevalent, as animation plays a pivotal role in
shaping narratives within games, while social
media platforms facilitate user engagement and
collaboration in expanding these stories.
User-generated content will flourish, empowering
a community of creators to share their animated
content and game mods across gaming and social
media platforms, fostering creativity and
Gaming platforms will increasingly integrate
social media features, enabling real-time
interactions, content sharing, and community
building within gaming experiences.
Additionally, animated characters and avatars
are anticipated to become influential figures
across both gaming and social media, blurring
the lines between virtual and real personalities.
The convergence will also drive enhanced
engagement through interactive polls,
challenges, and events that leverage game
mechanics to incentivize participation.
Furthermore, technologies like AR and VR will
facilitate cross-platform interactivity, enabling
users to engage with animated content and games
in new and immersive ways.
10. Could you provide some insight into how
these new technologies might help with the
gamification of training and education? The
integration of emerging technologies benefits the
gamification of education and training by
enhancing engagement through elements like
points, badges, and leaderboards. AI and machine
learning personalize learning experiences,
adapting content delivery to individual learning
styles. Immersive technologies like VR and AR
foster collaboration among students in
interactive environments. Also, the immediate
feedback in gamified systems enables real-time
progress tracking and efficient learning, leading
to improved retention of information and skills.
Economically, this convergence will create new
opportunities, with virtual goods, services, and
experiences being traded across gaming and social
media platforms. Additionally, gaming and
animation will serve educational purposes, with
social media platforms serving as distribution
channels for interactive learning experiences.
Moreover, the integration of game design elements
fosters critical thinking and problem-solving ski
lls, while improving accessibility for
individuals with disabilities or in remote
locations. Digital gamification reduces costs
and enables scalability, making education more
cost-effective and accessible. Simulations offer
real-world application of knowledge in a
risk-free environment, revolutionizing learning
experiences for dynamic skill development.
Ultimately, this convergence will foster global
connectivity, bringing together users from
diverse backgrounds to share their interests in
gaming, animation, and social interactions. In
summary, the convergence of gaming, animation,
and social media platforms heralds a dynamic and
interconnected digital space where technology
enhances creativity and social interactions are
enriched by immersive gaming and animated
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Cape Town, April 12, 2024 THE ACADEMY OF DIGITAL
The Game Production Incubator 2024 As juniors
begin their career journey in digital design and
interactive media, they recognise the importance
of building a strong portfolio. While degrees are
valuable, they alone may not fully showcase a
job applicants talents and experience. Instead,
its the portfolio and evidence of actual
project work
to show the quality of our alumni to an
international audience and to further the
chances of South African career starters.
The game production incubator is not only open to
the Alumni of the academys Game graphics
Multimedia Entertainment course but invites
Alumni from all other institutions that have a
similar education to apply and participate.
that truly highlight an applicants capabilities
to future employers. The Game Production
Incubator Programme starting on the 6th of May
at the Academy of Digital Arts, Cape Town, was
created with this goal in mind.
Says Lars Espeter Being a participant at events
like Cape Towns Africa Gamesweek and the Asian
DigitalConfex Conference I have seen how the
so- called developing countries have generated
incredibly talented developers in recent years.
When, in my position as a contact point for
Friends of Designs Gdoutsourcing, I am speaking
to European agencies that are interested in
collaborating with teams in Africa the main
hurdle is their lack of awareness regarding the
quality we are able to provide. The Game
Production Incubator project is one of the many
showcases that will help overcoming that hurdle.
I am incredibly excited to see what the team
will create in the next 12 months.
The incubators participants will form a game
development team to create a free-to-play game
that will be published on known game download
portals in May 2025. The game will focus on a
strong African background and around the topic of
water as a human right in a futuristic setting.
The participants will work in their field of
specialisation to apply and hone their already
existing skills and knowledge.
Workshops on basic business and legal topics,
social media marketing, production management
and planning, communication skills, and more
in-depth programming and graphics among others
will enhance their knowledge and industry
Stay in touch while the Academy of Digital Arts
and the Game Incubator Project will start on an
exciting one-year journey. More announcements
regarding this endeavor will follow soon.
Planned and led by the Game Graphics Multimedia
Entertainment courses founder and Friends of
Designs GDoutsourcings technical consultant and
industry contact, Lars Espeter, this game
development project underscores The Academy of
Digital Arts (ADA) commitment to being a part
in the effort to grow the South African game and
interactive media industry and making it
internationally recognised.
The incubator application form can be found here
For media inquiries, please contact
Design Digital Marketing and Content Creation)
Says Kay Toelle, Managing Director and Academic
Head of the Academy of Digital Arts During our
annual graduate showcases at the academy we have
seen year after year, specifically how talented
our students really are. They can easily compete
with their international peers. For us as a
South African institution the incubator project
is a great opportunity
Social Media Links https//www.ada.ac.za
arts/ https//www.linkedin.com/school/
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District Six Experience A Walk Through Time
A VR experience brought to you by the District
Six Museum, The Academy of Digital Arts and Loud
Rabbits. Loud Rabbits Agency and the Friends of
Design - Academy of Digital Arts Game Course
Alum, in partnership and close collaboration
with District Six Museum, is set to unveil a
groundbreaking virtual reality (VR) experience
in 2024, commemorating the museums 30th
anniversary. The virtual experience invites users
to immerse themselves in and experience parts of
District Six. Its purpose is to express South
African history and connect to legacy through a
new lens using cutting-edge game technology. The
Loud Rabbits and The Academy of Digital Arts
Game Course Alum began working on this project in
February and have collaborated closely with the
District Six Museum. Critical stakeholders to
this collaboration include former residents of
District Six. Driven by the newly-appointed
director Zeenat Patel- Kaskar, all archival
media is generously provided by the archival
team whose expertise allows meticulous attention
to detail that ensures an authentic and
respectful portrayal of District Sixs history
and legacy. She explains Crucial to the work
that we do in curating memories of the past, is
the need to respond to a world that is fast
replacing tangible experiences with virtual
ones. With the potential to present some
challenges for an institution such as ourselves,
we embrace the onset of virtual reality through
the District Six Museums position as an
evolving institution that emphasises
progress. Any innovation must be produced
sensitively, which we believe we have achieved
after receiving the endorsement from our cohort
of former District Six residents. We now have a
contemporary immersive opportunity that invites
people to experience parts of District Six. Our
preservation of District Six memory can exist
digitally too and we hope to attract the youth
whose tech savviness will find enjoyment
here. Says sound archivist Dean Jates My
profound sense of curiosity in learning about
virtual reality bore significance in this
collaboration. I want to inspire the next
generation which I believe this project
offers. Led by the Game Graphics Multimedia
Entertainment courses founder and Friends of
Designs GDoutsourcings technical consultant
and industry contact, Lars Espeter, known for 30
years of working in the game industry and
enjoyed previous successes in game technology
student projects - this collaboration
underscores The Academy of Digital Arts (ADA)
commitment to preparing industry- ready
graduates after the first year of studies. ADAs
alumni will be involved in the design,
development and implementation of the
project. Says Lars Espeter The District Six
Museum project is an incredible opportunity for
The Academy of Digital Arts game development
students and alum. Not only will they be able to
add an innovative and unique interactive media
project to their CVs after only one year of
studying, but they can also prove that South
African interactive media and game developers
are absolutely ready to compete on the
international market. For me as the contact point
at GDoutsourcing for international clients that
are looking for young talents this is a great
help making sure that international companies are
more open to hire the Academys Alumni. I cannot
thank the District Six Museum enough for their
support and open- mindedness. This partnership
not only showcases student talent but also
offers a platform for meaningful contribution to
the District Six Museums historical narrative.
April 2024 will see the projects first test
with former District Six residents, a pivotal
moment before the anticipated May 2024
launch. The District Six Experience A Walk
Through Time, a VR experience brought to you by
the District Six Museum, The Academy of Digital
Arts, and Loud Rabbits, celebrating 30 years and
beyond, is set to debut at an exclusive event on
May 4th 2024. Stay in touch while Loud Rabbits
Agency, ADA Game Course Alum, and District Six
Museum establish a new way to experience
history, merging past and future through
innovative VR technology.
For media inquiries, please contact For District
Six Museum Chantal Porthen (office administrator
/ reception) (021)466 7200reception_at_districtsix.c
o.za Or Dean Jates (sound archivist) (021)466
7200dean_at_districtsix.co.za Social Media links
http//www.districtsix.co.za/ https//www.facebook
.com/d6museum/ https//www.instagram.com/district
sixmuseum/ For Loud Rabbits Agency / The Academy
of Digital Arts Erin Kemper (Head of Design
Digital Marketing and Content Creation) erin_at_loud
rabbits.co.za Social Media Links
https//www.ada.ac.za https//www.instagram.com/ac
ademy_digital_arts/ https//www.linkedin.com/scho
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Kumar, a dynamic Program Director specializing
in gaming and immersive technology within the
Hero Vired - Hero Group of companies, brings a
wealth of experience to the table. A graduate of
Oxford Brookes University, Ajay has traversed
through professional landscapes in Singapore,
Dubai, and currently in India, honing his skills
across diverse areas such as games, animation,
brand designs, AR/VR solutions, and emerging
technologies for reputable brands.
With a robust background spanning the AVGC-XR
sector, Ajay has demonstrated prowess in
curriculum design for undergraduate,
postgraduate, and certification programs across
numerous universities and institutions in India.
His expertise extends to training initiatives,
having successfully coached over 10,000 students
and delivered corporate training sessions in
various domains encompassing these cutting-edge
Ajay Kumar, Program Director, Hero Vired - Hero
Group of companies
Aonly reshaping entertainment but
s the digital realm continues to
population and increasing internet penetration,
the Indian gaming market is poised for
exponential growth. According to recent reports
by Newzoo, India is among the top five gaming
markets globally, with an estimated 375 million
gamers as of 2023. Mobile gaming dominates the
landscape, accounting for approximately 85 of
total gaming revenue in the country. This surge
in demand not only reflects changing consumer
preferences but also underscores the immense
potential for innovation and investment in the
sector.The global gaming market has witnessed
phenomenal growth, reaching a valuation of 180
billion in 2023, according to Newzoo. In India,
the gaming industry is experiencing a similar
trajectory, with a market size of 3.3 billion
in 2023, as reported by Nasscom. Furthermore,
the Indian gaming industry is expected to grow
at a CAGR of 21 to reach 8.4 billion by 2026.
expand, the convergence of gaming
and emerging technologies propels
us into an exciting new frontier the
Metaverse. This dynamic space is not
also revolutionizing various industries
worldwide. In
India and beyond, the Metaverses growth is
palpable, driven by a synergy of factors
including new hardware advancements, strategic
brand partnerships, and a burgeoning ecosystem
of talent and innovation.
Explosive Growth in the Indian and
Global Market The Metaverse is transcending
borders, captivating audiences across the globe.
In India, a rapidly growing market for gaming
and technology, this phenomenon is particularly
pronounced. With a tech-savvy youth
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Role of the indian government on the emerging
technology The Indian government has shown
increasing support for initiatives related to
gaming, emerging technologies, and the
Metaverse, recognizing their potential to drive
economic growth, innovation, and job creation.
Here are some key areas where the Indian
government has been actively involved
aim to promote digital literacy and bridge the
digital divide, creating a conducive environment
for the growth of the digital economy, including
the Metaverse.
Investment and Funding Opportunities
  • Government-backed institutions such as the
    Ministry of Electronics and Information
    Technology (MeitY) and the Department for
    Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade
  • (DPIIT) offer funding and support to startups and
  • innovative projects in the technology space.
  • The government has also launched initiatives like
    the Fund of Funds for Startups (FFS) to provide
    financial support to startups across various
    sectors, including gaming and emerging

Policy Initiatives
  • The Indian government has introduced various
    policy initiatives to support the gaming and
    technology sectors. For example, the National
    Policy on Electronics aims to promote the
    domestic manufacturing of electronic products,
    including gaming hardware.
  • The National Education Policy 2020 emphasizes the
    importance of integrating technology into
    education and fostering creativity and
    innovation among students, aligning with the
    goals of the Metaverse ecosystem.

Skill Development Programs
  • Recognizing the importance of skilled manpower
    for the growth of the digital economy, the Indian
    government has launched skill development
    programs such as Skill India and the National
    Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). These
    programs aim to equip individuals with the
    necessary skills for employment in sectors like
    gaming, animation, and virtual reality.
  • Collaboration with industry bodies and
    educational institutions ensures that the skill
    development programs are aligned with industry
    requirements and emerging technologies.
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  • Startup Ecosystem Support
  • The Indian government has launched initiatives
    such as Startup India and the Atal Innovation
    Mission to nurture and support startups in the
    gaming and technology sectors. These initiatives
    provide funding, mentorship, and infrastructure
    support to startups working on innovative
  • Additionally, schemes like the Digital India

Regulatory Framework
Strategic Brand Partnerships Shaping the Future
of Entertainment The Metaverse presents
unprecedented opportunities for brand engagement
and collaboration. From partnerships between
gaming studios and film studios to
cross-industry collaborations with fashion,
sports, and music brands, the landscape is
evolving rapidly. For example, in 2023, Fortnite
collaborated with Marvel Studios to host virtual
screenings of the latest Marvel films within the
game, attracting millions of players worldwide.
  • The Indian government is working on developing a
    regulatory framework for emerging technologies,
    including virtual reality, augmented reality, and
    the Metaverse. Clear regulations and policies
    are essential for fostering innovation while
    ensuring consumer protection and data privacy.
  • Consultations with industry stakeholders and
    experts help in shaping regulatory policies that
    balance innovation and compliance with ethical
    and legal standards.
  • Overall, the Indian governments support for
    gaming, emerging technologies, and the Metaverse
    underscores its commitment to
  • fostering innovation, entrepreneurship, and
    digital inclusion.

New Hardware Frontiers Pioneering the
Next Generation Central to the Metaverse
experience are advancements in hardware
technology. From powerful gaming consoles to
immersive virtual reality (VR) headsets, the
market is witnessing a proliferation of cutting-
edge devices. Companies like Oculus (owned by
Meta), HTC Vive, and Sony PlayStation are leading
the charge with their VR offerings, while
platforms such as NVIDIAs RTX series GPUs are
pushing the boundaries of graphical fidelity. In
India, the adoption of these technologies is
gaining momentum, fueled by a growing appetite
for immersive experiences and the availability
of affordable hardware solutions.
Disney and Epic Games to Create Expansive and
Open Games and Entertainment Universe Connected
to Fortnite to create a world-class games
experience and interoperating with Fortnite, the
new persistent universe will offer a multitude
of opportunities for consumers to play, watch,
shop and engage with content, characters and
stories from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars,
Avatar and more. Players, gamers and fans will
be able to create their own stories and
experiences, express their fandom in a distinctly
Disney way, and share content with each other in
ways that they love. This will all be powered by
Unreal Engine.
Disney Imagineer Makes History Disney Parks -
https//www.youtube.com/ watch?v68YMEmaF0rst25
Disney has unveiled a new virtual reality project
that solves one of the biggest problems with
virtual reality, an omnidirectional modular
treadmill that supports multiple users. The
aptly named, HoloTile, allows multiple people to
move around freely without the risk of colliding
with each other.The HoloTile is the first
treadmill floor of its kind, letting users
immerse themselves in shared or individual VR
experiences and walk an unlimited distance in
any direction without colliding or walking off
the surface
Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite, partnered
with luxury fashion brand Gucci in 2023 to
launch virtual Gucci-branded items within the
Fortnite game environment. This collaboration
aimed to bridge the gap between virtual and
physical experiences, catering to the growing
demand for virtual fashion items among gamers.
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-May 2024
Nike, in collaboration with Microsoft, introduced
virtual sneaker drops within the Xbox gaming
platform, leveraging the popularity of gaming to
engage with a younger audience and drive sales of
limited-edition sneakers.
development to immersive experience creation and
digital marketing, a diverse array of roles are
emerging, offering exciting prospects
for aspiring professionals. In India, initiatives
such as skill development programs,
industry-academia collaborations, and gaming
competitions are empowering the next generation
of talent to thrive in the Metaverse economy.
In India, we are witnessing a surge in brand
partnerships, as companies recognize the
potential of the Metaverse to reach and engage
with diverse audiences in innovative ways.
Funding Opportunities and Key Stakeholders
Investment in Metaverse-related startups is on
the rise in 2023, Virtual Reality gaming startup
MetaArcade raised 6.2 million in a Series A
funding round led by NextGen Venture Partners.
The company focuses on creating immersive gaming
experiences using VR technology.Another notable
funding round was seen by Niantic, the company
behind Pokémon GO, which secured 300 million in
Series F funding in 2023. This investment
highlights the continued interest and growth
potential in augmented reality gaming.
Solving Real-World Problems Harnessing Technology
for Good Beyond entertainment, the Metaverse
holds promise as a tool for solving real-world
challenges. Across sectors such as healthcare,
education, and environmental sustainability,
innovators are harnessing emerging technologies
to drive positive change. For example, companies
like Osso VR are developing surgical training
simulations using VR technology, allowing
medical professionals to practice procedures in
a safe and immersive environment. In education,
platforms like EngageVR are revolutionizing
remote learning by providing virtual classrooms
and interactive educational experiences. In
India, initiatives such as virtual medical
simulations, immersive cultural experiences, and
sustainable gaming campaigns are gaining
traction, demonstrating the transformative
potential of the Metaverse in addressing
societal needs.
Key stakeholders include tech giants like Meta,
NVIDIA, and Google, as well as startups,
investors, and content creators driving
innovation in the space.
Conclusion Embracing the Future In conclusion,
the Metaverse represents a convergence of
gaming, emerging technologies, and global
connectivity, shaping the future of
entertainment, commerce, and society at large.
In India and beyond, the journey into this
virtual realm is just beginning, fueled by
innovation, collaboration, and a shared vision
of a more immersive and interconnected world. As
we navigate the Metaverse playground, let us
embrace the opportunities it presents and work
together to build a future limited only by our
Job Opportunities and Education Nurturing the
Next Generation of Talent As the Metaverse
ecosystem expands, so too do opportunities for
employment and education. Universities and
colleges are increasingly incorporating aspects
of gaming, VR, and AR into their curricula,
preparing students for careers in this rapidly
evolving field. From game design and
-May 2024 - 21
Anjali Dutta, Head of Digital Studio (XDS), Tech
Mahindra Management professional cum Multi-media
specialist with a masters in Media Business
Management has 21 years of extensive experience
in bridging the gap between Creative/design
thinking and Technology (design experiences that
matter). Worked across industries and domains
like digital creative, branding, website,
e-commerce, ad tech, marketing communications,
filming/video production, 3D, and gaming.
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Tand clothing to more nuanced facets of
he intrinsic human propensity to
  • for high-end hardware. This trend is likely to
    grow making gaming available anytime anywhere.
  • AI is increasingly being integrated into games
    to enhance player experiences, improve NPC
    behaviour, and create dynamic and adaptive
  • Blockchain technology and non-fungible tokens
    (NFTs) are making inroads into the gaming
    industry, offering new ways for players to own
    and trade in-game assets securely.
  • Cross-Platform Gaming With the rise of cross-
    platform gaming, players can seamlessly play
    with friends across different devices. This trend
    is expected to continue, fostering greater
    inclusivity and community building.
  • Real-time Ray Tracing Advanced graphical
    rendering techniques like real-time ray tracing
    are revolutionizing visual fidelity in games,
    creating more realistic lighting, reflections,
    and shadows.
  • Subscription Services Subscription-based gaming
    services are gaining popularity, providing
    players with access to a library of games for a
    monthly fee. Expect to see more subscription
    models and game libraries expand.
  • Mobile Gaming Mobile gaming continues to
    dominate the industry, with increasingly
  • sophisticated games and a growing player base.
    The future of gaming will likely see further
    innovations in mobile gaming experiences.
  • The Imperative of Balance
  • Despite the allure of digital and virtual realms
    blurring the lines between reality and fiction,
    its crucial to maintain equilibrium and
    acknowledge the potential pitfalls of
  • While digital gaming enhances cognitive
    abilities, excessive immersion can lead to
    social isolation and psychological distress,
    necessitating periodic digital fasting.
  • Traditional outdoor and non-digital indoor games
    deserve equal attention to ensure a holistic
    gaming experience.
  • Esports participants and designers would benefit
  • from counseling and psychological support.
  • Safeguarding the mental and physical well-being
    of players is paramount to ensuring their
    longevity in the industry.
  • The shift from physical to digital and virtual
    gaming reflects our eras rapid technological
    progress. While these changes offer new
    possibilities for fun, learning, and social
    interaction, its crucial to maintain a balance
    between the virtual and real worlds.

observe, question, analyze, innovate, and
document findings has been a hallmark
of our civilisation since its inception.
From basic necessities like food, shelter,
comfort such as medicine, tools, and
  • humans have utilised available resources to
    enhance their lives. Among these, games and
    sports have held a pivotal role, serving not
    only as sources of amusement but also as
    platforms for honing physical strength, mental
    acuity, and fostering community bonds.
  • Entering the 21st century, the world has
    undergone a profound transformation, drawing
    closer through the pervasive influence of the
    internet and the transformative capabilities of
    technology. In this interconnected age, barriers
    of distance, time,
  • and space dissolve, rendering virtually
    everything accessible with just a click.
  • Emergence of Digital and Virtual Gaming
  • Transitioning from traditional physical games to
    digital and virtual counterparts marks a paradigm
  • The rise of Esports, recognised by the Ministry
    of Sports and Youth Affairs in India, signifies a
    generational focus on electronic sports.
  • India stands as the worlds second-largest gaming
    market, boasting over 400 gaming firms and a
    user base exceeding 420 million.
  • Professional gaming has evolved into a viable
    career path, demanding a blend of physical and
    mental skills.
  • Educational institutions now offer specialised
    courses in game development and professional
  • The acknowledgment of Esports and gamers by
    dignitaries, such as the Prime Minister of India,
    underscores their growing significance.
  • Applications of Digital Gaming
  • Gaming finds increasing utilization in
    educational contexts, leveraging immersive,
    gamified environments to simplify complex
    concepts and enhance retention.
  • Corporations harness gaming to foster employee
    engagement and skill enhancement.
  • Gaming serves as a catalyst for product
  • Given the expansive reach of the gaming industry,
    theres a growing emphasis on infusing cultural
    diversity and human values into game content.

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Miguel, a seasoned producer with over ten years
of experience, in 2013 he founded Fotosintesis,
an animation studio focused in producing
cause-driven entertainment. His films have
earned multiple awards and attracted the
attention of important videogamestudiossuchasRiot
in collaborating closely with their brand
managers to develop advertising campaigns aimed
at new player acquisition, player retention, and
business development for in-game transactions.
His deep understanding of the unique needs of
video games, particularly those operating on
models of free access and ingame
microtransactions, has been pivotal. Miguel
excels in producing animated content that
resonates with the gaming community by
integrating character lore and playability with
the personal experiences and passions of
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