Indian ministry seeks report on ani, gaming, FX

Industry has potential, but staff shortages loom

NEW DELHI -- The Indian Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said Thursday that it has commissioned PricewaterhouseCoopers India to prepare a report on human resources requirements for the animation, gaming and visual effects sector.

The purpose is to "understand the requirement of skilled manpower to meet the growing demand within the industry and take necessary facilitative steps," the Ministry said.

A recent report by the National Association of Software and Services Companies estimated that total revenue for the animation industry are expected to reach $869 million by 2010, from $354 million in 2006.

But NASSCOM's report -- "Animation and Gaming Industry in India -- 2007" -- also cautioned that human resources are a major constraint, given the growing demand-supply gap in trained manpower, which could limit growth potential to reach revenues of $1 billion by 2010, instead of the estimated $869 million.

NASSCOM estimates that there are about 300 animation companies employing nearly 12,000 staff and 3,000 freelancers.