Paul Sams, the former Chief Operating Officer of Blizzard Entertainment – creators of Diablo, Warcraft and Starcraft among others – has made a 1,500 item donation to the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York.
The collection, which includes copies of games spanning 20 years of Sams’ employment at Blizzard, also contains promotional material like pin badges and posters. Some of the games included are more obscure than the world-famous Starcraft and Warcraft series, incorporating such titles as The Lost Vikings and Rock n’ Roll Racing.
“This collection holds a very dear place in my heart and I wanted to ensure that the materials would be properly preserved for many decades to come” Sams said in a press release accompanying the donation.
“The dedicated and talented team at The Strong were the obvious choice to care for the collection. Most importantly, I wanted to ensure that broadest audience of gamers and fans of entertainment and play would be able to share in this extensive collection of gaming history.”
Sams has moved on to become the CEO of Ready At Dawn, the developers most recently behind the PS4 shooter The Order: 1886.
Originally founded as the Margaret Woodbury Strong Museum of Fascination, the Strong is now well known as a video game museum, featuring such sections as the Video Game Hall of Fame, which opened in 2015. The Hall of Fame showcases some of the best examples from the development of gaming as an art form.