History of Electronic Games Center Gets $500K Grant

The International Center for the History of Electronic Games (ICHEG) announced that it has received a grant of $500,000 from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, which is headquartered in Rochester, New York.

"This grant will accelerate ICHEG’s already ambitious video game acquisition and preservation efforts and enhance our dissemination of information about the impact of video games on culture and society as we expand online access to digitalized collections, create original interactive exhibitions, and encourage research about electronic games," said ICHEG Director Jon-Paul Dyson.

Besides allowing the museum to collect more classic game hardware and software, the grant will enable ICHEG to bring leading industry figures to town for scholarly and public conferences concerning the impact of video games on society; provide fellowships for scholars and others to conduct research in ICHEG collections; support the publication of special video game themed issues of the American Journal of Play, The Strong’s scholarly quarterly; and enhance the ability of staff to represent ICHEG at video game conferences and to meet with industry leaders and potential collections donors.

You can learn more about the Rochester, NY-based museum dedicated to electronic games at www.icheg.org.

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