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Embracer Group Working on Video Game Archive

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Swedish corporation Embracer Group is working on a video game archive to preserve the culture and enable future research into video games. Embracer Group is a holding corporation that works in the publishing business, but has made it its mission to preserve as many games and consoles as possible.

In a statement on the Embracer Group website, CEO David Boström said of the project, "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."

As of now, the project is still in the early stages. While the archive currently consists of around 50,000 games, consoles, and accessories, there is currently no organized cataloging system in place.

Embracer Group has begun to share some of the interesting finds they've made, but the next steps are clear. The next immediate steps in 2022 will be to begin the process of organization and cataloging of their inventory. Their longer-term future ambitions are to, "Network and collaborate with initiatives, museums, and institutions, provide help to researchers and journalists with inquiries," as well as "Exhibit parts of the archive locally and through satellite exhibitions at other locations."

If you think you might have some games or accessories in demand for the collection, and would be willing to sell, Embracer Group has put out Thomas Sunhede as the primary contact to reach out to for this, at the email thomas.sunhede@embracer.com. While there are no specific items they are looking for yet, it will definitely be something to keep an eye out for in the future. Make sure to keep up with Embracer Group as they embark on this massive project.