Jan Švelch

Jan Švelch is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre of Excellence in Game Culture Studies at the University of Tampere. He received his PhD at the Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic). His doctoral thesis explored paratextuality of the video game cultural industry with an empirical focus on formal qualities of video game trailers and their audience reception. Overall, his research deals with paratextuality, authorship/creatorship, microtransactions, analog games, glitches, player communities, and fan cultures. He has more than a decade of experience as a freelance journalist covering video games and music for various Czech magazines, including the Metacritic-aggregated Level. Before moving to Finland, he briefly worked as a data analyst for Bohemia Interactive.