We want to preserve and tribute the games culture for a long period of time. It's a pretty nice mission – don't you think?

More about us

Want to take a look inside the Archive? Maybe you'll find your favourite.

Nice to meet you! We are the ones who work at the archive.

Interested in
contribute to our archive?

Even though we have around 80 000 gaming items we of course miss a lot.
Nobody knows how many video games there are out there, but a wild estimate might be around 300 000 physical games. Not counting variants of those!

We luckily don’t preserve digital games at the moment, as that amount is probably over 5 million games.

Please contact me at thomas.sunhede@embracer.com if you want to sell or donate to us.


Right now we are especially searching for big collections of:

  • 3DO
  • Amstrad CPC 464
  • Apple II
  • Bandai Playdia
  • BBC Micro
  • Dragon 32
  • Macintosh big box
  • MSX
  • PC big box
  • Philips CD-i

Also of interest:
Brazilian games, South Korean games, Taiwanese games

Good question!
Why are we doing this??

For us at Embracer Games Archive, games are an important part of our shared history. Games are works of art that have influenced and inspired people and culture over the past decades. Our ambition is to be a small part of the greater work being done to preserve gaming history through our archive of physical games.

The inspiration for the archive originated from Embracer's CEO, Lars Wingefors, a seasoned professional in the gaming industry and a private collector himself. As both the game collection and the Embracer Group expanded, the concept emerged to establish an archive that would imbue the games within the collection with a more profound significance.

Being a patron of video games history, the goal of the archive is to be a part of the community that preserves and documents games history by collaborating with institutions, grass root movements, journalists, researchers, publishers and studios – not only for the Embracer group but for the whole industry. By doing so we promote and help build the heritage of games which is something that will benefit the entire games industry in the long run..

More questions?
More answers.

  • What is the purpose of the archive? plus-minus

    Our mission is to have an archive of physical games as extensive as possible. With the purpose of contributing to the joint preservation of video game culture and history.

  • Is it video games for all formats/consoles/computer? plus-minus

    Basically yes, we are seeking games, consoles, computers, and accessories released for the consumer market.

  • Will you be able to do research in the archive? plus-minus

    We are happy to collaborate with initiatives to preserve and document games. If you have an inquiry please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • How many games do you have in the archive? plus-minus

    At the moment the archive contains over 80,000 different games, consoles, and accessories.

  • Where is the archive based? plus-minus

    Karlstad, Sweden.

  • Can I visit the archive? plus-minus

    The groups we are aiming to help and give access to the archive are people in the games industry, researchers, schools and other institutions. It is not possible to have the archive open to the public. Our hope is that our homepage and social media will give insight into the work being done by the team in the archive.

  • I have a collection of video games that I want to sell/donate, who should I contact? plus-minus

    Please contact our retro gaming advisor at thomas.sunhede@embracer.com

  • Are there any pictures or movies from the archive? plus-minus

    Please see the Tour the Archive section and our blogpost to get a better view of the archive. You can also follow us on Instagram and Twitter. See links on this page.

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