Our Team

Our team has collectively developed and launched over a dozen hit console and online games, including several that have redefined their respective genres: Lemmings, Grand Theft Auto, Diablo II, and Lineage II.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, CA
  • SEOUL, KOREA
  • INVESTORS & ADVISORS
taehoon_kim

Serial entrepreneur in the high-tech, online gaming sector. Co-founded Pixelberry and Nurien Software raising $25M from top tier Silicon Valley venture capital firms to build the most life-like 3D social platform for multiplayer online games. Founding team member of Samsung’s smartphone and mobile gaming businesses.

Favorite 90s game: Tekken

TAEHOON KIM

CEO/Alchemist (Co-Founder)

gavin_leung

Experienced in building brands with pop-culture relevance in interactive entertainment. Launched and managed Star Wars, DC Comics, and LEGO games in mobile and console. Held leadership positions at Warner Bros, YouTube and LucasArts. Former economic consultant at Arthur Andersen with an MBA from MIT.

Favorite 90s game: Super Mario Kart

GAVIN LEUNG

Bring the Sizzle (VP of Marketing)

steve

Animator turned designer with 12+ years in game development working on a wide range of projects including Jet Li’s Rise to Honor, Conan, Star Wars The Force Unleashed 2, and Sly Cooper Thieves in Time.

Favorite 90s game: Mortal Kombat II

STEVE KUROKI

Sensei of Slap (VP of Creative)

eric_hongsin_sunwoo

Studied Computer Science at Ajou University. Previously worked as a software engineer at Mgame, Electronic Arts and Pixelberry. Spends free time playing League of Legends and practicing StarCraft.

Favorite 90s game: Strikers 1945

ERIC HONGSIN SUNWOO

Matrix Operator (Sr. Director of Engineering)

joon_park

Investment banker for total of 9 years, including last 5 years at Deutsche Bank. Previously an attorney and is a member of NY Bar. BA from Stanford University, JD from Boston College Law School.

Favorite 90s game: Madden 95

JOON PARK

The 1% (CFO)

adam_oliver

Former professional gamer turned professional game designer after spending many years tinkering in game modding scenes. Despite retiring from international Super Smash Bros. competitions, you can still catch him exclaiming “I parried that, I swear!” at 3rd Strike arcade cabinets.

Favorite 90s game: Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike

ADAM OLIVER

Action Architect (Combat Designer)

arnold_moran

BS in media arts and animation from the Art Institute of San Francisco. 6 Years in the gaming industry doing tech art, animation and rigging. Previously worked at Kixeye and EA on titles such as The Sims Medieval, The Sims Medieval Pirates and Nobles, The Sims 3 Pets and Tome: Immortal Arena.

Favorite 90s game: Pokemon Red/Blue

ARNOLD MORAN

Puppet Master (Sr. Character TD)

chad_perth

Born in the 90’s and raised in the Bay Area with a love for video games. BA in Animation and Visual Effects. Enjoys seeing or applying the smallest details in art, especially animation.

Favorite 90s game: Jak 2

CHAD PERTH

Kinesthetic Engineer (Animator)

chris_peralta

I’m a very competitive person and can talk a lot of mess about sports and eSports! In my spare time, I love playing with my puppies, watch Warrior games and every once in awhile (when time allows) play video games.

Favorite 90s game: Super Mario World

CHRIS PERALTA

The "StephCurry" of Gaming (Community Development & Social Media Strategist)

damon_rocco

Graduated from UPenn and have been working on game servers ever since. Co-founded a company and launched the street basketball RPG Dunk Dreams in 2013.

Favorite 90s game: Chrono Trigger

DAMON ROCCO

Nerf Herder (Lead Server Engineer)

daniel_chevalier

Growing up in the 80s, feeding countless quarters into arcade machines, I remember thinking “one day these games will look as cool as the illustrations on the sides of these game cabinets”. This fascination, with my obsession with control panels probably had something to do with me finding a home doing video game UI.

Favorite 90s game: MDK

DANIEL CHEVALIER

Coffee Surgeon (Sr. UI/UX Artist)

daniel_maniago

Competitive fighting game player turned combat designer. Previous works include Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition (designer) and PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale (community).

Favorite 90s game: Marvel Vs. Capcom

DANIEL MANIAGO

Fighting Game Sensei (Combat Designer)

daryl_tung

Previously worked as a Programmer at EA, Namco, SmartBombInteractive, and KIXEYE. Previous titles include Godfather, Dead To Rights, Snoopy Vs RedBaron.

Favorite 90s game: ICO (almost 90s!)

DARYL TUNG

Professional Fixer (Lead Software Engineer)

don_arboleda

Graduated from UC Berkeley and landed in the world of PvP mobile games. Claims to play games for fun, but is that really true?

Favorite 90s game: Final Fantasy Tactics

DON ARBOLEDA

Supererogatory Sesquipedalia Connoisseur (Software Engineer)

eliodoro_robles

Previously titles include Jet Li’s ‘Rise To Honor’ (Sony), Star Wars ‘The Force Unleashed’ (Lucas Arts), Tomb Raider ‘Underworld’ (Crystal Dynamics), Sly Cooper ‘Thieves in Time’

Favorite 90s game: The 7th Guest

ELIODORO ROBLES

Vertex Whisperer (Lead Environment Artist)

ellen_otsuka

MFA in Game Design from The Academy of Art Univeristy. BFA in Fine Art from UCSC. Loves documents, maps, and walkthrough guides way too much.

Favorite 90s game: Ocarina of Time

ELLEN OTSUKA

Document Gremlin (Associate Game Designer)

heather_g

Author, painter, swordswoman, and veteran game designer. Connoisseur of cheese, dice, fighting games, and media tropes.

Favorite 90s game: Guardian Heroes

HEATHER G.

Lore Elemental (Sr. Systems Designer)

hyojin_kim

Majored in Computer Engineering from Ajou University, Korea. Previously worked at Wonder and Neople, where he worked on Dungeon and Fighter. Loves music, photography, and travelling.

Favorite 90s game: Command and Conquer

HYOJIN KIM

Diver (Senior Software Engineer)

ivy_lee

Majored in English at UCLA and studied Literature Translation at KLTI.

Favorite 90s game: Streets of Rage 2

IVY LEE

A Little Bit of Everything (Biz Ops Manager)

jacob_hyunseok_kim

Has 9 years of 3D graphic and lead concept artist experience. Formerly worked at GameHi and Doobic Entertainment (both acquired by Nexon) in South Korea.

Favorite 90s game: Dungeon Keeper

JACOB HYUNSEOK KIM

The Illusionist (Lead Character Artist)

james_pascual

MFA in Visual Development at Academy of Art and BA in Graphic Art and Animation at SF State University. Worked as freelance concept artist in animation at Helpful Bear Production Inc. and Carlos Baena LLC.

Favorite 90s game: NBA Jam

JAMES PASCUAL

Figment Projector (Lead 2D Artist)

jamie_lou_manuel

Studied illustration at AAU. Doodler by day, tinkerer by night.

Favorite 90s game: Baldur’s Gate

JAMIE LOU MANUEL

Button Mash Extraordinaire (Concept Artist)

jason_gavazza

Industry veteran with years of experience working with and leading teams from the trenches for titles such as Call of Duty: MW3, Tomb Raider, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and Call of Duty: WWII. Video game nerd, musician, certified crazy cat man.

Favorite 90s game: Spyro the Dragon

JASON GAVAZZA

Wrecking Crew Foreman (QA Lead)

jeff_diaz

Passionate gaming veteran with 15 years experience who brings order to the chaos with a focus on quality, stability and Team success. I march to the a beat of a different drum.

Favorite 90s game: Diddy Kong Racing

Jeff Diaz

Summoner of Order (Project Manager)

jeremy_moe

Just a kid from the 90’s who loves making things move. Enjoying 10+ years of animating in the game industry with a BS in Game Art & Design from the Art Institute of Portland.

Favorite 90s game: Street Fighter II: The World Warrior

JEREMY MOE

Motion Ninja (Sr. Animator)

jerry_dickerson

Developer Liaison, SME extraordinaire turned QA nerd. I don’t like to break things; I like to dispel the illusion that things work.

Favorite 90s game: Doom

JERRY DICKERSON

Sunshine (QA Analyst)

joanna_paldino

Graduated from THE Ohio State University with a BA in English, working in Customer Support for games for the past 8 years previously at Blizzard and Trion Worlds. I enjoy cats and long walks on the beach with my cat.

Favorite 90s game: Diablo

JOANNA PALDINO

The Destroyer (Player Support Manager)

jon_newman

Born in the Bay and graduated from UC Santa Cruz. Believes that games are the apex of visual entertainment and has dedicated 7+ years to promoting the medium to the masses. Lives for funk music (or any beat that moves and grooves) and is always on the hunt for the finest tequila.

Favorite 90s game: Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

JON NEWMAN

Master of Ads (User Acquisition Lead)

kelvin_preciado

We break it, you buy it! Born and raised in San Francisco. 5+ years doing what I love to do. previously worked for Tribaloid, Kabam, and Kixeye on a variety of titles. On my spare time I enjoy playing Disc Golf and being a Father.

Favorite 90s game: Resident Evil II

KELVIN PRECIADO

Bug Hunter (QA Analyst)

kris_zimin

BFA in Animation at the Academy of Art University. He has spent the last 10 years creating fun and interactive VFX for video games with styles ranging from cartoony, to realistic. Some previous titles include Heroes of Newerth, Strife, and Savage Resurrection.

Favorite 90s game: Mario Kart 64

KRIS ZIMIN

The Pixel Pusher (Lead VFX Artist)

kyunghun_cho

10+ years of experience in the game industry. Previously worked at Nexon and Neople. Previous titles include Dungeon and Fighter and Mabinogi. Likes to spend time with his cat named Momo.

Favorite 90s game: Lunar Silver Star Story

KYUNGHUN CHO

Calm Guy (Sr. Software Engineer)

long_tran

Competitive gamer for most of the aughts, specializing in 2D fighting games and achieving multiple top 8 finishes in the Evo Championship Series for Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 and Street Fighter IV. Worked in the industry as an author for several years before ending up as a combat designer. Big fan of stand-up comedy and Quentin Tarantino films.

Favorite 90s game: Quest for Glory Anthology

LONG TRAN

The X-Factor (Combat Designer)

romel_revollo

Born and raised in the Washington, D.C. Area and now kicking it in San Francisco. I’ve been a part of the Video Game Industry since 2007, working on exciting projects such as Warhammer age of Reckoning, Savage Resurrection, and Heroes of Newerth!

Favorite 90s game: Metal Gear Solid

ROMEL REVOLLO

Trollmel (Lead 3D Artist)

ryan_shen

Graduated from Carnegie Mellon University. Previously worked on various types of projects from interactive shows to casino games, and even a hacking competition. Loves to play League of Legends.

Favorite 90s game: Age of Empires

RYAN SHEN

The Hunter (Sr. Software Engineer)

sangmin_lee

Studied Business Marketing at Hongik University. MFA in Animation & VFX at Academy of Art. Likes to play games, especially League of Legends.

Favorite 90s game: The King of Fighters ’98

SANGMIN LEE

Puppeteer (animator)

thomas_hergenroether

Fell in love with art through Disney animation and pursued a career in illustration before finding my way to the fantastic world of UX. Nothing better than a career that presents daily opportunities to solve problems in both visual and experience design.

Favorite 90s game: Mario Kart

THOMAS HERGENROETHER

Mockup Master (Sr. UI/UX Artist)

sangjin_hyun

15+ years online game industry veteran. Previously worked as a Chief Architect at Innospark and as a platform director at Nurien Software. Interested in backend open source projects and new technologies which can make fun game.

Favorite 90s game: Romance of the Three Kingdoms II

SANGJIN HYUN

Fire Fighter (Director of Server Engineering)

jinhyun_kim

MS in Media from Ajou University.11+ years of experience as software engineer. Previously worked as development director at Innospark. Previous titles include Rule the Sky, Dragon Friends, and Hero Sky. Enjoy board games and golf.

Favorite 90s game: Dune2 and Command and Conquer series.

JINHYUN KIM

Eli (Sr. Client Engineer)

junhee_lee

Server engineer with 5 years of experience. Previously worked at InnoSpark and released HeroSky, a mobile strategy game. An enthusiastic gamer and a huge NBA fan.

Favorite 90s game: One Must Fall 2097

JUNHEE LEE

Mr.Fanboy (Server Engineer)

junhyoung_park

Animator with SW engineering background. Have both Master of engineering and Master of fine arts degree. Have experience in cinematic, VFX film, Feature
film, TV series and in-game animation. Love movies, games, basketball, skiing, acting.

<strong>Favorite 90s game:</strong> All versions of Street Fighters 2

JUNHYOUNG PARK

JJun (Animator)

kyungtae_kim

11+ years of HR career at Neowiz and Webzen in the game industry since 2011. Love listening to the music of Hip-Hop, EDM, Ballad.

Favorite 90s game: Prince of Persia

KYUNGTAE KIM

Kay (HR Manager)

seonung_kim

Client engineer of 10 years of experience, Previously I mainly created TPS, SNG and Strategy game types and liked fighting games and movies.

Favorite 90s game: Samurai Shodown 4

SEONUNG KIM

Guardian(Sr. Client Engineer)

yeaji_shin

8+ years exp. as a server engineer in CDNetworks and startup. I like meat, python, mongodb, linux and golang. I am member of PyCon Korea Organizer. Do everything just for fun.

Favorite 90s game: The War of Genesis 3

YEAJI SHIN

Codingmon (Sr. Server Engineer)

yeonjin_choe

Long-time gamer who has played games since Nov 1980. Enjoy collecting retro games and writing articles and reviews on various games in different genres.

Favorite 90s game: Tactics ogre – Let us cling together. (SNES)

YEONJIN CHOE

AlcoholGamer (Sr. Game Designer)

yountae_kang

BS in Computer Science from the SoongSil University, Korea. Previously worked on my own mobile service based on web-server and android environment with several team members. Loves to listen, rather than to talk.

 

Favorite 90s game: Pocket Monsters

YOUNTAE KANG

Archer (Server Engineer)

pat_kenealy

Pat Kenealy is a Founder and Managing Director at Ridge Ventures, an earlystage venture capital fund focused on enterprise software. Pat’s 20 years of VC experience and his 20-year operating career at IDG helps him guide portfolio companies throughout their development. Pat was previously CEO at IDG, Publisher and CEO of PCWorld, and Founder and CEO of IDG’s Digital News Publishing subsidiary. Pat holds a BA from Harvard University and is Board Director or Observer at FreshPlanet, nWay, and Yesware.

Pat Kenealy

gregory_milken

Gregory Milken is a co-founder of March Capital Partners, and has 15-years of entrepreneurial and operational experience. He was the founder and Chief Operating Officer of AltEgo, a cloud-based technology and gaming company. Prior to AltEgo, Gregory was a senior executive at Knowledge Universe, a privately held education company, and worked in business development at Fox and Warner Bros. Gregory received his MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and a M.A. in international policy studies from Stanford University. Gregory is also a board member at nWay Inc.

Gregory Milken

steve_anderson

A Seattle native, Steve Anderson is a seed investor and was ranked #8 in the 2014 Forbes Midas List. Steve founded Baseline Ventures, a privately held early stage seed investor in 2006. Bringing his diverse experience from eBay, Microsoft, Kleiner Perkins, Starbucks and Digital Equipment Corporation, Steve founded Baseline to in order to help entrepreneurs build and grow their ideas into companies. Since its inception, Baseline has invested in more than 75 companies including Instagram, Twitter, OMGPop, and Heroku, and helped more than 25 companies exit profitably for founders and investors alike.

Steve Anderson

jay_eum

Jay Eum is a co-founder and Managing Director of TransLink Capital. Jay is responsible for TransLink’s investments in Carbonite (NASDAQ: CARB), Chartboost, Enterprise DB, Livescribe, Peel, Quixey, SoundHound, and YuMe. He is also responsible for supporting TransLink’s portfolio companies with their customers and partners primarily in Korea. Most recently, Jay was the head of Samsung Ventures America. He was responsible for starting up the U.S. operations for Samsung Venture Investment Corp., the venture investment arm of Samsung, and leading their U.S.-based investments and portfolio management. Jay is also a board member at nWay Inc.

Jay Eum

peter_levin

As President of Interactive Ventures & Games at Lionsgate, Peter Levin’s responsibilities include expanding Lionsgate’s content into video games and other interactive ventures, incubation of new properties, and investment in existing games and digital media vehicles. He also works to extend Lionsgate’s portfolio of brands and franchises into the gaming and virtual reality space, and helps manage the Company’s OTT ventures. Peter previously served as CEO and Co-Founder of Nerdist Industries. Prior to that, he was an executive advisor to Japanese Yoshimoto Kogyo, MAG Interactive, comiXology and Rovio Entertainment. Peter is also a board member at nWay Inc.

Peter Levin

derrick_hsiang

Derrick Hsiang is a VP at WI Harper Group with over 10 years of experience focused on the consumer internet, SaaS and mobile application space. While atWI harper, Derrick focuses on sourcing, and portfolio company management. In addition to investments, Derrick started WIH Innovations, a seed carve out,focused on investing in early stage tech startups in Silicon Valley. Prior to Derrick serves on the venture capital group of the Asia AMerica MultiTechnology Association and is a co-chair and advisor to the AAMA Connect Conference.

Derrick Hsiang