David P. Hedlund, Ph.D.
“Welcome to the inaugural article published in the Journal of Electronic Gaming and Esports (JEGE). It is my honor to have been selected as the founding editor-in-chief of JEGE. As the 27th title in the Human Kinetics’ portfolio of scholarly journals, JEGE joins a family of highly successful journal publications. JEGE is not the sole esports publication within the Human Kinetics’ library, as Hedlund et al. (2021) edited and co-authored the only English-language textbook in the topical area to-date, Esports Business Management (EBM). JEGE and EBM will collaborate, and we will endeavor to make selected articles from JEGE available to EBM readers. Esports and electronic gaming are incredibly diverse in their orientation, and many existing journals such as the Journal of Sport Management and International Journal of Sport Communication have previously published exceptional research on the topics. However, there are very few journals with a specific focus on esports and electronic gaming, and none with the publisher backing that JEGE has achieved. JEGE strives to become the leading publication and outlet for research on esports, electronic gaming, video games, emerging gaming technology, and numerous peripheral areas listed later in this article” (p. 1).