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Embracer starts Embracer Game Archive for video games preservation

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Embracer Group starts the Embracer Game Archive in an effort to contribute to the movement of video game preservation as much as it can.

For the Embracer Group (THQ Nordic, Gearbox Software, Saber Interactive), games are more than just games – they are cultural icons that deserve to be put in a museum. So, that’s exactly what the Embracer Group will be doing with the Embracer Game Archive – which just launched with a fresh new website late last week.

Video game preservation is the act of collecting and storing physical and digital copies of games for posterity. Most games, due to the brittle and fragile nature of their physical containers, are usually replicated with digital copies to allow future use and study of the games. With a lot of lost games from our past that we may never see again, groups like Embracer are now keen to prevent any of the ones we still have to be lost to obscurity ever again. And so far, the Embracer Game Archive is already the proud home of over 50,000 games, consoles, and accessories – effectively building a video game museum where people can study and learn about the video game industry and its history.

“By building a large archive of physical games, we want to preserve and tribute the games culture for a long period of time.” – Embracer Game Archive

The Embracer Game Archive will eventually have a database that catalogs every year – with the intention of having it network and collaborate with other video game preservation efforts around the world, as well as some traditional scholarly archives such as museums and institutions.

The Embracer Game Archive is currently receiving video game specimens and is willing to purchase any physical video game, console, or accessory not yet in their collection.

Most recently, The Embracer Group made headlines when it was reported that it had purchased all Western game studios of Square Enix, which came with their own IPs including Deus Ex, Thief, and Tomb Raider. Square Enix has revealed that this move was motivated by their intent to fully commit to NFTs, Web 3, and play-to-earn video games.