Based in Siegen, Germany, ERN was formed in 2019 with an eye on collaborating on and promoting esports research, and then drawing on those insights to foster sustainable growth in the global esports industry and shape policy and organizational culture. Orme is the sole representative from the United States on the eight-member board, with others representing Germany, Sweden, Finland, France and Australia. The board will work to facilitate the general goals of ERN and drive the organization forward in areas of membership and determining initiatives that promote a diverse and inclusive future for esports.
“I am very excited about representing the U.S. esports academic community in a larger global context,” said Orme, who initially became involved with the ERN when one of the organization’s early founders came across her research on feminist game studies and the intersections of how gender, race, sexuality, class and disability affect how players experience games and gaming culture, as well as how it drives the industry's choices.
Emmanuel College, in collaboration with the Colleges of the Fenway, launched its first esports programming in the spring of 2020 with a five-week Super Smash Bros tournament. Orme, who the current chair of the National Communication Association Game Studies Division, is teaching a course this fall on video gaming an interactive media within the communication & media studies department.
Check out Dr. Orme's Insights blog on why esports is "more than just a game."