World’s largest game collection being auctioned online

6 Jun 2014

The man with officially the world’s largest video game collection – at over 11,000 titles – has decided to put it all up for sale on an online auction.

41-year-old Michael Thomasson has been awarded a Guinness World Record for his collection but has decided that due to family commitments he has decided to give one lucky person, with a serious amount of cash, the chance to own his collection.

Bidding for the games has begun on GameGavel where Thomasson is pictured with his beloved collection that features games throughout the ages from every game very sold in the US along with a number of imported games, particularly from Japan.

Having spent 25 years in the gaming industry, Thomasson has operated several independent gaming stores during the 1990s and operates his online store Good Deal Games.

According to his description of the games, over 2,600 titles are still in their original factory shrink wrap while over 8,300 are still in their original boxes with their manuals.

Speaking of his decision to sell them, he states that he doesn’t see this as the end of his collection, but rather a necessary step for the time being: “I simply have an immediate family and extended family that have needs that need to be addressed. While I do not wish to part with these games, I have responsibilities that I have made to others and this action is how I will help meet them. No worries, I’ve sold my collection many times in the past and still managed to capture Guinness’ attention, and it is entirely possible that I may again.”

At the time of writing, Thomasson’s highest bid is US$50,000 and with nine days to go, this is likely to increase significantly, potentially into a six-figure sum.

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic