The BGI is a new national games agency delivering a range of educational programmes.

The BGI is applying to be a charity with the following charitable objects:

to advance the education of the public in general in the art, science, history and technology of digital games by:

  • the development and maintenance of a museum;
  • the provision and assistance in the provision of facilities for education; and
  • the promotion of research in all aspects of that subject and to publish the useful results.

Before the new charity is registered, the BGI’s programmes are run by the National Videogame Foundation Community Interest Company.

Timeline for the BGI campaign

Jan 2017 – BGI campaign launched by Rick Gibson and Ian Livingstone

March 2017 – Campaign wins support from over 560 organisations

Summer 2017Consultation with 110 organisations

September 2017 – Formal proposal to the Treasury

November 2017Petition to found the BGI reaches 10,000

January 2018 – BGI campaign Advisory Board forms

February 2018  – BGI campaign Advisory Board announces merger discussions with the National Videogame Foundation

March 2018  – BGI campaign Advisory Board votes to merge with NVF, appoint new NVF CEO and begin charity registration

April 2018 – BGI campaign Advisory Board expands

June 2018 – BGI campaign Advisory Board expands again to 29 individuals

October 2018 – National Videogame Arcade rebrands as National Videogame Museum and announces move to Sheffield

November 2018 – NVM opens to public

February 2019 – Proposed Trustees of the BGI CIO meet, agree governance and structure

March 2019 – Games Education Summit 2019 is announced