About

The BGI is a new national charity for games culture, skills, diversity and sustainability.

Our goal is to advance the education of the public about the art, science, history and technology of digital games.

Vision
The BGI celebrates, researches and educates the public about:

  • the ART and cultural impact of games on individuals and our wider society.
  • the underlying SCIENCE of games development and the multitude of uniquely transferable skills that are used in sustainable game production.
  • the HISTORY of games, how they reflect societal norms of the time and how they could shape a more diverse and inclusive future.
  • the application of existing and emerging TECHNOLOGY within games development, its growing impact on multiple sectors and its use in creating sustainable studios.

The Charity
The BGI has registered a new Charitable Independent Organisation with the Registered Charity Number 1183530. The charity’s objects are 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 was registered, the BGI’s programmes were run by the National Videogame Foundation, a non-profit Community Interest Company from whom it bought the National Videogame Museum, its assets, staff and all programmes.

Strategy
The BGI’s goals are to:

  • Advance education of the public in general in the art, science, history and technology of digital games through the award-winning National Videogame Museum, festivals and other accessible events;
  • Advance education of children and young persons in artistic, scientific, cultural and technological skills involved in games production;
  • Advance education through the provision (or assistance in the provision) of vocational training;
  • Advance knowledge of the art, science, history and technology of digital games through research.

We delivers our goals through our programmes.

Governance
The BGI is independently governed by a Board of Trustees, informed by a separate Advisory Board and run day to day by an Executive Team.

  • Trustees: The Trustees govern the charity and direct how it is managed and run. They enable and support our compliance with relevant legislation and regulation, and promote an operational culture where every piece of work undertaken by the charity works towards fulfilling the charity’s vision. The BGI’s constitution and governing documents define a set of core operational governance practices, including conflict of interest policy, and conform to the Charity Governance Code. The Trustees aim to operate in an open and honest way to ensure we exemplify correct governance and best practice.
  • The Advisory Board: The Advisory Board comprises stakeholders from across the wider sector including large and small games studios, entrepreneurs, angels, lawyers and educators. The Advisory Board provides the BGI with strategic guidance, networking and other assistance.
  • The Executive Team. The charity’s executive team is led by Rick Gibson (CEO) and Iain Simons (Culture Director). The charity has permanent and temporary staff in 3 locations – Sheffield, Nottingham and London. The BGI adheres to the BFI’s Diversity standards and operates strict anti-bullying policies for staff and visitors to its premises.

History
You can read about how the BGI formed and was supported here.

Culture Recovery Fund
The BGI has been supported during Covid-19 by the Culture Recovery Fund