We are building an archive to embrace the history of games

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For us, games are more than just games. Its culture! It is something created by great people with creative ideas. By building a large archive of physical games, we want to preserve and tribute the games culture for a long period of time.

Hello

My name is David Boström and I´m the CEO of the Embracer Games Archive. I have been given the honourable task to lead the work of building up this unique Games Archive. Imagine a place where all physical video games, consoles and accessories are gathered at the same place. And think about how much that could mean for games’ culture and enabling video games research. This journey has just been started and we are at an early stage. But already now, we have a large collection to take care of at the Embracer Games Archive’s premises in Karlstad, Sweden. A team of experts has been recruited and will start building the foundation for the archive. At Embracer Games Archive, we believe that games carry a heritage worth celebrating and safeguarding for the future. Our goal is clear – We want to archive and save as much of the video games industry as possible.

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 idea for the archive came from Embracer’s CEO Lars Wingefors, who has worked in the games industry for a long time and also is a private collector. As both the game collection and the Embracer group grew, came the idea to create an archive where the games in the collection could be given a greater purpose.

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.

Archive status

  • Currently have 50,000 games, consoles, and accessories in Karlstad, Sweden.
  • A team recruited with CEO, archivist, archive assistant, technical engineer & supply manager.
  • Next phase: Build a database and start cataloging in 2022.
  • In the future: Network and collaborate with initiatives, museums, and institutions, provide help to researchers and journalists with inquiries.
  • Long-term ambition: Exhibit parts of the archive locally and through satellite exhibitions at other locations.

Contribute to the archive

Embracer Games Archive’s is acquiring unique collections (both hardware and software) of formats we are missing. If you have a collection that you want to sell, please contact our retro gaming advisor Thomas Sunhede at thomas.sunhede@embracer.com and include photos, lists of the objects, as well as your valuation.

Contact

Do you want to collaborate with us or have further questions, send us an email to ega@embracer.com

Want to play a part?

We have made our first recruitments to the Embracer Games Archive, but in the future, we will need reinforcement of people who are passionate about video games and documenting the history of games. If you want to be one of them, feel free to send CEO David Boström an application at david.bostrom@embracer.com

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