The Crew

David Boström, CEO

Hello, my name is David Boström, and I´m the CEO of the Embracer Games Archive. I have been given the honorable task of leading the work of building up this unique Games Archive and I am convinced that this will be an important place for gaming culture.

Videogames have always been a big part of my life and I've been playing for as long as I can remember. It feels wonderful to be able to give something back to the gaming culture that has meant so much during my life.

Don’t hesitate to contact me if there is anything we in the archive can help you with or if you just want to talk games.

Natalia Kovalainen, Chief Archivist

My main task is to make sure we work with preservation in mind. That encompasses tasks related to the framework of the database, how we handle the objects and also creating spaces to collaborate with institutions and other types of groups that have the same aim as us. To preserve and promote games!

Having a degree in archival and informational science gives me some of the insight and knowledge needed to understand the coming challenges.
Being part of the preservation of games, gaming culture and its history is something that makes me extremely honored.

I have been playing games from my earliest awareness and never stopped. Fond memories of playing Tekken 3 and Crash Bandicoot with my sister on the PlayStation or Diablo II over the at home LAN.

Jukka Kovalainen, Technical Engineer

I’m the Technical engineer and Process Leader for the Embracer Games Archive. My background is in Electronics and later in life getting a degree in Computer Sciences with a specialization in System Architecture and workflows. But this is just a fancy way of saying that I work with Natalia designing the database to repairing and maintaining the hardware we have in the Archive.

My gaming intereset has always followed me through life but has mainly focused on the home computers. As I grew up I had a Spectravideo, ZX Spectrum, C64 and Amiga. Then when the 90's came and I got into my teens I started playing Quake competetively but other than FPS'es I love deep strategy games, simulators and more.

I have multiple hobbies and love creating and repairing stuff. Everything from roasting my own coffee to repairing and modding all kinds of electronics. If you have any questions at all don't hesitate to contact me and ask as i have approximate knowledge of most things.

Mikel Rylander, Archive Administrator

Just an overall enthusiast. My main job is to help out on-site with the daily business. I do a little bit of everything basically.

My interests have been mostly the same all my life, vintage video games being one of those, so I’ve gathered a bit of knowledge by now. I have a pretty lengthy background within the Swedish retro game community, writing about games online or installing console modifications. Couldn’t be happier to work here then! Preserving culture is important and I take pride in working on this matter.

Thomas Sunhede, Retro Gaming Advisor

Being born in the late 70s I feel like the veteran in the bunch. Even so, my first own console was the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1990 and I have been collecting games since the mid 90s. Close to heart is the NES, Amiga, Mega Drive and Saturn. Been around this collection even before it became an archive.

I played video game music in Sweden's biggest radio channel in the 00s and have written several books about retro video games during the years. Somehow I managed to get a BA degree in Japanese towards video game development. I seem to like the challenge of education and have licenses for heavy trucks, excavators and golf! Other interests are ice hockey, comics, board games and pinballs.

My main task is to value and purchase objects for the archive. I travel a lot in the job so don't miss the chance to hook up with me somewhere in the world and let me know if you have something unique for sale.