Gen.G is a leading global esports organization ranked #10 in the 2022 Forbes list of the world’s most valuable esports companies. Celebrating its 5th anniversary this year, Gen.G operates popular esports teams including League of Legends, Overwatch, PUBG, and Valorant, in the most developed esports markets – South Korea, China, and the United States. The team has built deep connections with various players and fans, achieving remarkable records on multiple international stages. Up to this point, Gen.G’s teams have secured over 20 championships in major leagues, and this year, they continue to demonstrate their prowess by adding four more championship victories.
Furthermore, Gen.G is expanding its positive influence both in domestic leagues and on the global stage through its slogan, “Change the Game.”
In July 2019, Gen.G established the Gen.G Global Academy (GGA), a specialized educational institution aimed at fostering esports talent. As of July 2023, GGA has accumulated over 10,000 global students who have undergone its programs.
The LEARN program is designed for students who aim to pursue higher education or careers using their passion and talent in esports. One of the prime examples is the esports-focused institute “Gen.G Elite Esports Academy”, an alternative educational institution focused on esports, which we’ve been partnering with the “Elite Education Group” since 2019. In 2022, all 13 graduates of the GEEA program gained admission to prestigious universities in the United States as esports-specialized students, even securing scholarships. Furthermore, our esports employment program, the Esports Master Track, has achieved remarkable success by securing 65 students’ employment within the esports industry and achieving an impressive employment rate of over 70%.
Gen.G is the pioneering esports major company that has actively invested in esports education.
Gen.G Global Academy Building
In addition to the Gen.G Esports HQs in the United States, China, and Korea, Gen.G launched in the summer of 2020 a standalone location devoted to esports education. Minutes away from the Gen.G Seoul HQ, the center houses a cafeteria/events space, staff office, SCRIM space, meeting rooms, and multiple classrooms. Equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and gaming stations, the center was created for students to train, explore, and grow as esports scholars and athletes to become the next generation of leaders to shape the industry to an ever brighter future.
ABOUT GEN.G GLOBAL ACADEMY
Offering gaming, esports,
and technology-driven education and experiences
with global implications.
Arnold Hur, the CEO of Gen.G Esports, started his career at Goldman Sachs as a Korean-American. He cultivated his early career as an investment manager at various companies including Google Travel and Boston Consulting Group.
Before joining Gen.G, he served as the president of Memebox USA for about 3 years, where he strengthened his understanding of Silicon Valley and the startup ecosystem.
After becoming the Chief Operating Officer of Gen.G in 2019, Arnold oversaw the formulation and execution of business strategies, leading Gen.G with a standout team portfolio of diverse game titles including Overwatch, League of Legends, and Battlegrounds.
Appointed as Gen.G’s CEO in December 2021, Arnold has been implementing innovative initiatives in the esports industry and is dedicated to driving continuous growth in the Gen.G community alongside various partners.
David is responsible for driving the growth of Gen.G’s core businesses as the Chief Growth Officer.
He has developed expertise in various industries such as advertising, social media, beauty, and real estate. Before joining Gen.G, he served as the CGO of the real estate platform ‘Dongnae’ and the CTO of the beauty brand ‘Memebox’, contributing to the growth of these brands. He also served as an engineer at Facebook.
David believes in esports being a catalyst for driving change and innovation in the future of education. Coming from a diverse cultural background, he is fluent in English, French, and Korean.
President, Gen.G Global Academy
Most recently, Guan was head of Business Unit Group Class at VIPKID, one of world’s highest valued education technology startups. Guan joined VIPKID in 2016 to drive innovations and new business incubation. He then went on to build a new innovative product line and business, and built up a full fledged organization including R&D, operations, sales, and customer service. Under Guan’s leadership, the business grew rapidly to become the biggest group class tutoring service in scale in China, and attained the highest retention/renewal rates in the industry.
Prior to joining VIPKID, Guan had a number of stints – as entrepreneur, and product leader in online and education enterprises. He was the founder and CEO of Seed – backed by Sinovation Ventures, and was selected as one of the top startups by ChinaBang Awards in 2015, and featured by Apple as best new app. Between 2011-2014, Guan was the global product lead for EF English Live, the world leading online platform for English learning for adults, powered by EF Education First.
Guan holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology. Guan has always worked in a cross cultural setting, and lived in five different countries. He speaks Chinese, English, and Swedish fluently.
Martin E. Kim
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships
Martin Kim heads strategic partnerships for Gen.G Esports, a top tier global esports organization with operations in the U.S., China and Korea. He focuses on value-adding partnerships as well as cross-over marketing projects.
Prior to esports, Martin spent eight years in pro sports working for the LA Dodgers Major League Baseball in multiple capacities including corporate partnerships, Asia-marketing, global events, and player management. While working in baseball, he published a book related to Korean baseball players crossing over and received a national recognition award from the Korean Ministry of Sports Culture in 2017.
Martin was born in Argentina, grew up in Philadelphia, and graduated from the George Washington University. He lives in LA with his wife Jane, and their son Clayton.