Russia could spend billions to protect its games

The Russian government met with local game developers to discuss investing in grants for the country’s own game engine.

While many games are based on popular engines like Unreal Engine 5 and Unity, Russian developers are reportedly afraid that they will lose access to this software.

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If Russia developed its own game engine, Russia’s large gaming industry could become self-sufficient.

This option is apparently being studied by the government as many companies have shut down access in Russia due to the war.

As reported by Kommersantand translated by GLHF, developers sought grants worth “billions of rubles” to build their own game engine.

A spokesman for Russia’s Ministry of Digital Development told the source that they are:

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“Discussion with relevant market participants on the issue of the need for state support in the creation of their own game engine and its relevant forms.”

So far the plan is only in the discussion phase and neither money nor development seems to have started.

The Russian Foundation for the Development of Information Technologies (RFRIT) usually allocates funds for such developments.

The average project it funds receives between £20 and £500 million (£300,000–7.3 million).

However, according to Russian IT company Innotech, large projects like this could receive a grant of up to £6 billion (£90 million).

This meeting follows another between Russian developers and the government over economic sanctions being imposed on the country.

With the restrictions being imposed on the nation, sectors such as tech are looking for ways to become more self-sufficient.

The gambling industry has a huge impact in Russia. Russia was the first country to recognize eSports as a real sport back in 2001.

Many large game development companies have studios in Russia.

Saber Interactive, developers of World War Z, Space Marine 2 and many more, and Ubisoft, creators of Assassin’s Creed, both have large offices in the country.

Developers around the world have started pulling out of the Unity game engine after it was announced that it would be merging with ironSource.

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IronSource is known for developing the installCore malware installer and integrating microtransactions into mobile apps.

CEO John Riccitiello was caught saying that those who don’t think about monetizing their games are “damn idiots”.

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