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Who VR™ Receives Epic MegaGrant, Will Kickstart Indic Heritage Game Development

It was announced today that Who VR™ (Souvastika Immersive Technologies Pvt Ltd), a startup focused on Digital Heritage Experiences in VR and AR, has received an Epic MegaGrant from Epic Games. Launched in 2019, Epic MegaGrants is a $100 million program continuing Epic's long-standing commitment to the success of creators, big and small. The program assists game developers, enterprise professionals, media and entertainment creators, educators, and tool developers creating incredible work with Unreal Engine. Offering grants up to half a million dollars, Epic MegaGrants has helped more than 1,800 recipients around the world.

Funding obtained as part of Who VR™'s MegaGrant will be used for developing the first-of-its-kind heritage strategy game for PC and console. On a mission to marry the ancient with the modern, Who VR™ is developing the Indic metaverse and this grant will help further that development and provide an immersive experience unleashed by Epic’s Unreal Engine. Who VR™ hopes to usher in a revolution with Heritage Gaming in India.

"Our mission is to make history enjoyable. Games, we believe, are a great medium to engage the next generation and help them experience history and heritage" says Ajit Padmanabh, Founder and CEO at Who VR™. “We intend to create temple worlds where intricate details and authentic material textures will take primacy, as a tribute to our ancestors. Powered by the high degree of photorealism in Unreal Engine, Who VR™ intends to usher in a new wave of heritage gaming.” Support from our Epic MegaGrant will aid the Who VR™ team to continue development and bring this revolutionary game to more markets in 2023 and beyond."

The MegaGrant announcement rounds out a hallmark year for Who VR™. Founded during the pandemic era in 2020, the company has had considerable traction with projects in the digital heritage vertical, with VR and AR experiences at heritage sites. They have also commenced work on setting up their first experience centre in Bangalore, India, where people can partake in solo and community experiences of visiting heritage sites in India, virtually.