Jan Švelch is an indpendent researcher. He received his Ph.D. at the Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism at Charles University. His doctoral thesis explored paratextuality of the video game cultural industry and its audience reception. Overall, his research focuses on video game paratextuality, microtransactions, glitches, fan communities and fan cultures. Besides research, he works as a freelance journalist covering video games for various Czech magazines, including the Metacritic-aggregated Level.