The World Yahtzee Institute
The World Yahtzee Institute (WYI) is dedicated to promoting the benefits of Yahtzee across the globe and to preserving its proud legacy. The Institute seeks to raise the world's collective consciousness about the true nature of the game and to spread its ideals ever further.
The World Yahtzee Institute traces its origins to the Scottish highlands when, in 1843, representatives from seven village Yahtzee clubs pooled their resources to form the Yahtzee High Council. The Council managed regional tournaments and was able to raise the game's profile.
By the late 1800s a Yahtzee resurgence was well underway and the game's popularity was spreading globally, beyond the traditional Yahtzee hotbeds of the Tibetan plateau and northern Europe. Capitalizing on this Yahtzee rennassaince, the Yahtzee High Council formed alliances with Yahtzee clubs around the world and rebranded itself as the World Yahtzee Institute.
In its early years, the World Yahtzee Institute operated as a loose confederation of clubs, with little oversight or coordination. Recognizing that the WYI was merely preserving the status quo rather than taking the game to the next level, WYI Secretary George Harley succeeded in relocating the Institute's headquarters from Aberdeen, Scotland to London, England. Harley then began standardizing WYI practices and strengthening ties with its branch offices around the world. He also ushered in an era of expansion, opening new branches in underserved parts of the world. By the early 1950's, the World Yahtzee Institute had evolved into the global organization we recognize today.
Today, the World Yahtzee Institute has branch offices in 41 countries on all six inhabited contintents*. The Institute is divided into four distinct departments: Yahtzee Research, Archives, Public Outreach, and Sanctioning. The WYI continues to dig deeper into Yahtzee's rich past while strengthening the game's future.
* With the current pace of global warming, the WYI has tentative plans to open its first Antarctic branch office later this century.