Assoc. Prof. Dr. Emek Barış Kepenek graduated from the Department of Sociology at Middle East Technical University (METU) in 1998. After completing his master's in Science and Technology Policies, he received his Ph.D. from METU Sociology Department in 2009. From December 2010 to February 2022, he worked as a manager and consultant at ODTÜ Teknokent Animation Technologies and Game Development Center (ATOM). In September 2013, he contributed to the establishment of the Department of Sociology at Başkent University. His research interests include digital sociology, digital gaming, and the sociology of work. Currently, he is also a consultant at the Game Developers Association of Turkey.