Back in June 2006 The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) launched Singapore’s 10 year master plan called Intelligent Nation 2015 (iN2015). One of its visions is to establish Singapore as a Digital Media and Entertainment (DME) global center of excellence.
Virtual Worlds were highlighted as a core driver of DME within iN2015. Concept proposals are invited from prospective Virtual World technology providers, developers and user groups under a Request For Information (RFI) – Virtual Worlds for Singapore. Closure date for RFI submissions is January 15th 2008.
Both the public launch of China’s Recreation District (CRD) in Beijing last week and Singapore’s iN2015 reinforce the strategic imperative of Virtual Worlds within DME over the coming decade. International initiatives such as these bode well for the future of the emergent Virtual Worlds sector as it evolves. Interesting times indeed.