Embracer Group, owners of 134 internal game development studios including Gearbox Software, Crystal Dynamics and Eidos-Montreal, has announced the formalisation of the Embracer Games Archive, a database of over 60,000 titles that will preserve the history and heritage of video-games.

"Here are some pictures from our event last week where we celebrated the completion of the framework for the database. Lars Wingefors had the honor of registering the first game that became River Raid for the C64." Embracer Group announced on Twitter.

"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."

For more information on the Embracer Games Archive, hop on over to the official web site.

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