Jan Švelch is a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre of Excellence in Game Culture Studies at Tampere University (Finland). He received his PhD at Charles University (Prague, the Czech Republic). His doctoral thesis explored paratextuality of the video game cultural industry and audience reception of video game trailers. Besides research, he has more than ten years of experience as a freelance journalist covering video games and music for various Czech magazines, including the Metacritic-aggregated Level. He briefly worked as a data analyst for the Czech video game studio Bohemia Interactive.
- Švelch, Jan. Forthcoming. „Mediatization of a Card Game: Magic: The Gathering, Esports, and Streaming“ Media, Culture & Society.
- Švelch, Jan. 2019. “Resisting the Perpetual Update: Struggles against Protocological Power in Video Games.” New Media & Society 21 (7): 1594–1612. https://doi.org/10.1177/1461444819828987.
- Švelch, Jan. 2017. “Exploring the Myth of the Representative Video Game Trailer.” Kinephanos: Revue d’études Des Médias et de Culture Populaire / Journal of Media Studies and Popular Culture 7 (1): 7–36.
- Švelch, Jan. 2017. “Playing with and against Microtransactions: The Discourses of Microtransactions Acceptance and Rejection in Mainstream Video Games.” In The Evolution and Social Impact of Video Game Economics, edited by Casey B. Hart, 101–20. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books.
- Švelch, Jan, and Tereza Krobová. 2016. “Historicizing Video Game Series through Fan Art Discourses.” Transformative Works and Cultures 22 (September). https://doi.org/10.3983/twc.2016.0786.