author: Kamil Kleszyk
Not Just Acquisitions; Embracer Invests Millions in Giant Gaming Museum
Not long ago the world was abuzz with the news that Embracer Group was creating a huge video game archive. Now we can take a look at the amounts the company is investing in the development of this museum.
Source: Embracer Group/ YouTube.
Some time ago we wrote about the fact that the Embracer Group decided to take on an incredibly difficult task. The Swedish game publisher, which is credited with acquiring such companies as Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix Montreal, has decided that it will create the world's largest archive of video games and related accessories.
As you've surely guessed, such a breakneck undertaking involves a huge amount of money. According to the latest reports, so far, the effort to archive 50,000 games, consoles and accessories has consumed a sum of $2 million.
Admittedly, these are huge sums of money, but one must admit that the intentions of the creators are admirable. After all, this is about preserving a cultural heritage. Moreover, let's recall that Embracer's plans also include making its vast archive available to museums, researchers and journalists in the future.
Unfortunately, not everyone applauds the activities of the aforementioned group.
Where do all the videogames they’ve acquired (many through donations from people who expected their wares to serve a ‘greater good’) go when they shift their focus," said Director of the National Videogame Museum Sean Kelly in an interview for Vice.
Finally, I would also add that video game archiving has also become an important point for Sony. In April, PlayStation created a game preservation and conservation team. Its lineup at the time was powered by former EA engineer Garrett Fredley (via. VGC).