At the end of March, the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation sent a request to the leadership of 219 universities. It asked to transmit to the “Organization for the Development of the Video Game industry” (RVI) information about the research conducted by universities in the field of video games.

All research will be included in a single open database of scientific papers, which is now being formed by the RVI. “We need an objective scientific picture of Russian game development, including that decisions should be made using arguments based on a scientific approach, and not on emotions, fears and stereotypes,” Vasily Ovchinnikov, the head of the RVI, told Vedomosti in a comment.

Universities must contact the RVIs by April 28. It is not yet known when the research base will be open to a wide audience.