Dec 22, 2010

Dassault Systèmes and GIGA Everonn partner to bring Game Technology Education in India

Technology helps reinvent education process in India.

Dassault Systèmes announced its partnership with Global Institute of Gaming & Animation (GIGA) a division of Everonn Skill Development Limited (ESDL) to bring game technology education endorsed by 3DVIA Virtools. This partnership enables GIGA to become the first animation & game academy in India to offer game technology education endorsed by 3DVIA Virtools, as part of its full time degree or diploma programs. Everonn GIGA is licensed by Dassault Systèmes to offer programs in three levels at colleges & schools right from class VI. By virtue of Everonn being the largest VSAT education network in the world, GIGA will leverage the VSAT technology to take Animation & Game education pan-India.

Commenting on the partnership, Mr Ajay Verma, Vice President, Dassault Systèmes, South Asia said, “The advent of convergence and the increasing need for richness in interactive media is creating significant demand for skilled professionals. We believe at Dassault Systèmes, that technology has the potential to help reinvent the education process, and inspire young learners to embrace science and technology. Games, with their popularity and singular ability to engage young people, are showing promise as a way to excite and prepare the Net generation, the current crop of students who have grown up on technology. Dassault Systèmes, together with GIGA is helping students to develop games that are compelling and playable using latest 3DVIA Virtools.”

Mr. Peter Sebastian, Head, GIGA said “Brand Everonn has been synonymous with technological innovations and creating global demand for Indian students. The Everonn GIGA & Dassault relationship only goes to prove this. This is a huge breakthrough as far as game education in India is concerned with 3DVIA Virtools providing, access to non-programmers, intuitive interface, library of over 500 standard behavior building blocks, State of the art rendering engine, compatibility with other modelling tools and Seamless multiplatform deployment on Xbox/Wii/PC/Mac, highly interactive real-time 3D content has never been as easy and now Indian students have access to this international content and authoring platform. With big names like Electronics Arts (EA, USA), Ubisoft, Sony, Artematica, Lexis Numérique using the 3DVIA Virtools for game prototyping, the qualification becomes high on demand”.

According to NASSCOM Study on Animation and Gaming Industry, there is a requirement for over 4,00,000 animation professionals in 2010 and the Indian media and entertainment industry is forecasted to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19 per cent to reach Rs 83,740 crore by 2010. Incidentally, the size of the Indian gaming industry was estimated at around Rs 790 crore in 2009 and is expected to cross $424 million by 2010. Also, the animation industry in India is set to grow at a CAGR of 27% to reach USD1163 million by 2012. This sector has shown a consistent growth of estimated CAGR of 20.1% in the last two years (2007-08) and it is estimated to reach 39 billion INR by 2013.

GIGA in its pursuit to bring the best and latest in game education to India brings this unique game technology education where in a designer can finish a game himself. With this technology, it is not mandatory for an individual to be a game developer or programmer to create a game, be it online, mobile, pc or console-based and even massively multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPG). After completing a game character or model using relevant 3D softwares, all that one needs is to drag and drop the various possibilities, behaviours, characteristics and assign keys as the game may demand. And the game is ready to play. Dassault Systèmes promises that adopting by this technology one can slash down turnaround times by 60% relative to the time taken for making a game under normal practise. The partnership provides room for the names of the graduating students to be published in an exclusive link of the 3Dvia Virtools website, making students pursuing these programs being identified as professionals ready for an industrial career.

Students can click on the link to register online: http://www.giga.ac.in/student_register.html