Russia reportedly looking to build its own game engine amid industry freeze

Several major Russian tech companies are in talks with the country’s Digital Development Ministry and State Duma deputies to possibly fuel the development of a state-backed domestic video game engine, according to a report by an independent Russian daily. Kommersant (H/T eXputer).

Since February 2022, the month in which Russia began its invasion of Ukraine, the global gaming industry may have been among those at the forefront of denouncing the war. From Sony and Microsoft to EA Sports, Nintendo and Niantic, game companies have recently refused to do business with Russia, which now appears to be stepping up its plans to “digital sovereignty”.

Local Facebook alternative VKontakte and Russian digital service provider Rostelecom are said to be among the country’s tech giants, highlighting the need to support the country’s video game industry with a national game engine if names like Unity and Unreal Engine are no longer available.

“Experts call the project expensive, but technically feasible,” reads a Google Chrome translation of Kommersant’s report. “The problem is that a large ecosystem of software products has developed around popular engines, the recreation of which, according to market players, will require” billions of rubles over many years “. Moreover, for the new engine , it is necessary to adapt video cards from manufacturers who have officially left Russia.”

On February 24, the Biden administration announced sanctions on the sale of semiconductors and computers to Russia, as well as an extension of the Foreign Direct Product Rule, which requires technology companies that work with U.S.-made tools overseas to obtain a U.S. license before shipping to Russia.

By Reutersthe United States will deny almost all requests.

Ultimately, as the Kommersant also points out, it seems that several major questions remain. Is the Russian government ready to invest billions of rubles over the years in the development and improvement of the ecosystem? Also, how many developers want to specialize in new tools?

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