BFI to Fund Video Game Culture, Preservation

The British Film Institute will include video games and virtual reality in its Screen Culture 2033 initiative, earmarking making millions of dollars for screen culture education, game developers and preservationists.

The BFI, established in 1933, is a charity organization that preserves and advocates for UK film and television. Although the organization has contributed to video games culture in the past, initiative will firmly expand its remit to encompass games.

"Today, screen culture encompasses film, TV, digital media and video sharing, extended reality (XR) and vieo games," the organization wrote in its announcement. "It has become the dominant means of communication and information for Gen Z and beyond, and a powerful means of expression, knowledge sharing and international soft power."

The fund will begin with $154.2 million to cover it for the next three years as it implements cultural and education programs around screen culture. The organization expects its income to continue to grow, with the resultant cash funneled back into supporting screen media.