Global games companies rally to save Sheffield’s National Videogame Museum
The likes of Rockstar Games, Boneloaf, Jagex, Fusebox, THQ Nordic/Embracer Group, Ukie, Sumo, Craig Fletcher, Kelly Sumner and Thumbfood and others have stepped in to help save the city’s Videogame Museum and is now safe until July, although it may face further challenges if it cannot re-open in the summer.
Ian Livingstone, chair of the British Games Institute, the organisation behind the museum, said: “We are so grateful to some of our finest games companies and industry leaders for helping us in our hour of need. With no end to the lockdown in sight and without significant public funding, every donation gets us closer to securing our future in these uncertain times.”
The BGI launched an emergency appeal to save its museum in Sheffield a week after closing to safeguard the public and their staff from Coronavirus in mid-March. The museum was facing permanent closure following the complete loss of income from the visiting public, so the BGI’s trustees decided to ask the public and the industry for help in an emergency appeal that has so far raised over £130,000.
As the pandemic continues, and the museum anticipates further delays to reopening, the museum is continuing to fundraise while launching online services and workshops, such as its successful NVM At Home programme, which is teaching children the basics in videogame development and helping parents choose educational videogames.
Sam Houser, founder of Rockstar Games, said: “It’s so important that this unique and wonderful Museum, the only one in the UK dedicated to celebrating the rich and diverse culture of videogames, should be able to continue to excite and educate visitors, whilst hopefully inspiring future generations of talented game makers.”