Gaming venture capital is hitting its stride with big funds and big investments. What better way to talk about what’s coming next for gaming than bringing together the experts who are making some of the biggest investments in the sector?
The Game Investment Boom
Jay has worked in interactive entertainment for more than 15 years as an industry advisor and investor, focusing on helping early stage and established companies on topics of growth, product and strategy. A lifelong gamer and advocate for the industry, he strives for quality growth and innovation in the industry via his support of great founders and teams.
Amy has enjoyed being on both sides of the table as investor and operator, joining Lightspeed in 2019 as an early member of the growth team to lead the reinvestment platform and invest in growth-stage consumer and enterprise businesses. Prior to Lightspeed, Amy was an executive for several years, most recently at Discovery, Inc, a global media company with 17 TV networks in 220 countries, and at NewsCred, a growth-stage marketing software company based in NYC, after starting her career at Insight Venture Partners.
Amy’s breadth of experience – in early-stage and corporate, in consumer and enterprise businesses, and across the US, Europe, and Asia – has deeply shaped her passion for helping businesses scale globally. In the US, Amy helped raise over $60M for NewsCred, was group CFO of 4 US direct-to-consumer businesses at Discovery and was involved with Zumba, DrillingInfo, and other marketplace and SaaS investments while at Insight. In Europe, Amy was group CFO of Discovery Eurosport, the leading sports broadcaster across Europe, and DPlay, an on-demand video streaming platform, and led the acquisition of Playsports UK. Finally, Amy has lived and invested in Asia, where she was born in Beijing, was CFO and SVP of Commercial Operations for Discovery Asia based in Singapore, led the Scripps Networks Asia integration efforts, and was a board observer with JD.com while at Insight.
“As a former operator, what I love most about investing is getting in the trenches with CEOs and their teams.”
Amy finds balance in her life in the outdoors. Having grown up in Oregon, Amy loves skiing on and off-piste, rock climbing, and has summited over 12 alpine peaks over 10,000 ft high. “Mountaineering is the most humbling experience. It gives me real perspective in life and keeps me calm when helping my team and companies through good and hard times.”
Kevin Chou is the founder of SuperLayer, a new crypto venture studio. SuperLayer's mission is to build easy-to-use consumer crypto products that can bring in the next 100 million people into crypto. SuperLayer takes Kevin's prior experience founding Rally, Forte, Blocto, Gen.G, and Kabam and is creating a venture studio to partner with world class entrepreneurs to build new bleeding-edge products.
Prior to SuperLayer, Kevin founded Rally, a Creator Economy crypto protocol. Rally is funded by a16z Crypto, Coinbase Ventures, 1confirmation, Kenetic Capital, Twitch founders, Cultural Leadership Fund, and several leading blockchain community members. Rally is a blockchain project for Creators and their fan communities to thrive together. In 2021, Rally reached a fully-diluted market cap of over $10 billion.
Prior, Kevin was the founding CEO of Forte. He has turned over the CEO role to Josh Williams, a co-founder of the project. Forte's mission is to build a more collaborative future in gaming by realigning the economic relationship between players and developers. Forte raised at a billion dollar valuation from Griffin, a16z, Union Grove, Canaan, and Battery in 2021.
Kevin currently serves as the Chairman of Gen.G, a new esports enterprise bridging Asia and North America. He was the founding CEO of Gen.G, and hired Chris Park to succeed him in January 2019. Gen.G is the parent company of Seoul Dynasty in the Overwatch League, as well as the former 2017 League of Legends world champions.
Previously, Kevin was CEO and founder of Kabam, a top developer of mobile games. Kevin led the company from business plan founding to over $400M in annual revenue serving over 500 million players. Kabam developed leading partnerships with Marvel, Star Wars, Fast & Furious, Lord of the Rings, and Hunger Games. Kabam was profitable from 2012 until the sale of the company's studios to Netmarble, 21st Century Fox, and GAEA, which in total generated nearly $1 billion in value.
Early in his career, Kevin was a venture capitalist at the venture capital firm Canaan Partners investing in consumer internet and digital media.
He's been honored by Fortune in 40 under 40, CNN in Smartest People in Tech, and Business Insider's Silicon Valley Top 100. In 2019, Kevin was honored as UC Berkeley's Alumnus of the Year. Kevin Chou graduated magna cum laude from the UC Berkeley undergraduate Haas School of Business program. He serves on the Board of Trustees at UC Berkeley.