Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) the nodal agency of state government for technical entrepreneurship has partnered with Unity Technologies to launch a centre of excellence for AR/VR and gaming. The partnership is a significant step forward for developing an AR/VR ecosystem in Kerala.
Through this Centre of Excellence, Unity will extend support to start-ups developing products, services, and games on platforms including mobile, PC, and various AR/VR hardware. This Centre of Excellence will also have a special focus on providing different levels of training on AR/VR developer tools to students and professionals in the State.
“This centre of excellence is a step towards creating an ecosystem for new businesses to grow and cater to the global demand. “Unity is at the centre of the AR/VR ecosystem, powering 60%+ of all content and we see this industry growing significantly over the next few years,” said Hubert Larenaudie, Vice President of Asia Pacific at Unity Technologies.
“Kerala Startup Mission is committed towards creating an enabling ecosystem for young ventures working on various emerging technologies. With its rich pool of creative talent, Kerala has the opportunity to become a hub for this extended reality disruption, which is a combination of content and solutions powered by hardware and distribution platforms. This emerging industry will, in turn, create new jobs that require new sets of skills. We will be working with ICT Academy of Kerala for skilling interested students and professionals on these design and development tools.” said Saji Gopinath, CEO, Kerala Startup Mission.
A.M. Sivasankar, Secretary, Department of IT and Electronics, said the AR/VR market is expected to witness huge growth globally in the next six years. This growth in demand for AR/VR content and solutions will be accompanied by the sprouting up of a new set of businesses.
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