Esports group Gen.G has named Chris Park as its CEO, whereas founding CEO Kevin Chou will assume a brand new function as government chairman.
Park will be a part of the Los Angeles-based Gen.G, which owns the esports workforce Seoul Dynasty, one of many founding groups in Activision Blizzard’s Overwatch League. (Chou will likely be a speaker at our upcoming GamesBeat Summit, April 23-24, in Los Angeles).
Park comes from an extended profession in sports activities enterprise management and constructing revolutionary manufacturers, most just lately from Main League Baseball, the place he served since 2015, most just lately as government vp of product and advertising.
“I can’t specific how thrilled I’m about this new journey into the esports world with Gen.G,” stated Park, in an announcement. “Having spent years with a conventional sports activities league, it was evident that aggressive gaming was booming — effectively now it’s right here and right here to remain. I stay up for persevering with to construct an esports powerhouse in Gen.G, particularly right here within the U.S. and particularly L.A.,setting the bar for what a gold customary group ought to appear to be.”
Park will likely be setting and guiding the day-to-day execution of Gen.G’s technique in an in depth partnership with Chou, and as chairman, Chou will stay lively in main the board of the corporate he cofounded. Throughout his tenure with Main League Baseball, Park paid shut consideration as esports grew right into a formidable counterpart to the extra conventional sports activities leagues.
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“We’re extraordinarily excited for Chris to affix Gen.G and lead us to new heights,” stated Chou, in an announcement. “He has an excellent thoughts for development and innovation, and we stay up for him making use of his nice talent set with Gen.G. We’ve huge targets for 2019 and past, and Chris is the precise particular person to guide us into the longer term.”
Park will relocate from New York Metropolis to Gen.G’s new headquarters in Los Angeles, whereas additionally spending time in Seoul, Korea, as a part of his onboarding. In different organizational strikes, Kent Wakeford is transitioning to vice chairman.
Gen.G renewed its sponsorship relationship with Netgear’s Nighthawk Professional Gaming, introduced on the NBA ahead/middle Chris Bosh as participant administration adviser, and shaped an all-female Fortnite workforce. Competitively, Gen.G’s PUBG and Heroes of the Storm groups claimed championships, and the corporate stated its Seoul Dynasty and League of Legends groups are poised for large years in 2019.
“Chris possesses the imaginative and prescient, creativity and work-ethic to degree up every thing we do right here at Gen.G,” stated Arnold Hur, the chief development officer for Gen.G esports, in an announcement. “Given his expertise, understanding of the sports activities enterprise, and keenness for competitors, we all know that Chris will make an easy transition. I communicate for everybody right here at Gen.G once I say he’s an ideal match for our group.”
Park has additionally labored for Fb and McKinsey & Co., and he clerked for Decide Stephen F. Williams on the U.S. Courtroom of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He’s a graduate of Harvard Faculty and Harvard Regulation College.