NCSOFT, established in 1997 and headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, quickly became a key leader in online games with the successful launch of its flagship product, Lineage. Today, NCSOFT’s reach has expanded to include offices worldwide including locations in Korea, Taiwan, China, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The company operates many of the most successful and influential massively multiplayer online games on the market, games that have been enjoyed by tens of millions of players around the world. By leveraging its expertise, talent, and infrastructure, NCSOFT has become one of the leading online gaming publishers in the world.
NCSOFT West is the organization responsible for all of NCSOFT’s initiatives across the Americas, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Comprised of incredible talent throughout the company including our world class Development Studios, best in class support infrastructure, and industry leading Publishing Organization, NCSOFT West is committed to bringing extraordinary games to passionate gamers in markets across the world.
In 2015, NCSOFT West is expanding its existing portfolio of Korean-developed games, which includes such critically-acclaimed games as Aion and Lineage II, by bringing the highly anticipated Blade & Soul to Western territories. Additionally, US-based titles such as the award winning Guild Wars 2 and WildStar are being developed in the West for release world-wide. Finally, with the creation of a new studio in San Mateo, NCSOFT is expanding into the mobile arena. Combined with positive growth in company leadership driving these initiatives forward, NCSOFT West is poised to continue its growth, investment, and leadership in the West through 2015 and beyond.
At NCSOFT, we are dedicated to enriching our players' lives, and the world itself, with engaging and fun gaming experiences. In Asia, NCSOFT is already known as one of the top gaming and online companies in the region – our goal, over these next few years, is to establish and deserve the same reputation here in the West.
Michael works to identify new opportunities to grow NCSOFT’s product portfolio. Michael previously led Electronic Arts’ acquisition and investment activity in F2P mobile and PC gaming. Prior to EA, Michael worked in the venture capital and private equity industries.
Chauncey is Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Orange County Site Executive for NCSOFT West. Chauncey has over 20 years of experience in the Human Resources field, ranging from gaming to banking. Prior to joining NCSOFT, he served as SVP, Human Resources at the independent gaming developer, Trion Worlds, Inc., in Redwood City, CA. Chauncey has also held roles as VP, Human Resources for Foundation 9 Entertainment, Digeo Inc., and VP, Organizational Capability at Washington Mutual Bank.
Eric is Chief Financial Officer of NCSOFT West. With over 20 years of progressive financial leadership experience, Eric has held a variety of key roles in the games industry, including serving as a Label CFO at Electronic Arts and CFO at Gazillion Entertainment. Prior to his time in the gaming industry, Eric worked at Business.com and Arthur Andersen. He graduated from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business and is a licensed CPA (inactive).
Miyon is currently the VP of Corporate Planning at NCSOFT West, where she develops the corporate level strategy and manages the resource plan across all organizations within the company. Before transferring to NCSOFT West in 2012, she worked at NCSOFT Corporation (HQ) in Seoul, Korea, leading the Corporate Strategy team in assisting NCSOFT subsidiaries in their operations and business turnaround. Previously she was a management consultant of global consulting firms for over ten years, counseling and evaluating management decisions for clients in various industrial sectors. Miyon traveled extensively with many client engagements in APAC and Europe. She holds an MBA from London Business School with a concentration in Corporate Finance.
Mike is the co-founder and President of ArenaNet, and has been instrumental in positioning the studio as a premier developer of online worlds. Currently he oversees development of the award-winning and critically acclaimed Guild Wars 2.Prior to ushering in the industry-defining franchise, Guild Wars, O’Brien worked as a director and lead programmer at Blizzard Entertainment, where he led development of Battle.net and developed key systems for Diablo, Starcraft, and Warcraft III.
Jesse leads the mobile development team. Jesse has more than 27 years of experience in the video game industry, having held leadership positions at companies including Electronic Arts, Sega, Namco, Midway, and Glu Mobile. Most recently at Glu Mobile, Jesse was the senior vice president of game development where he oversaw operations at four studios located in Russia, China, India, and Brazil.
Richard is a 20-year veteran of the computer gaming industry and currently is SVP, Technology and Online Operations for NCSOFT West. Prior to joining NCSOFT in 2011, Richard held senior management positions with Atari, Cryptic Studios, Perpetual Entertainment, and Electronic Arts. His accomplishments include building and operating online platforms and game infrastructure, support, testing, and community services for many AAA MMO titles. His experience with MMO’s began with the original Ultima Online series, where he was responsible for building and operating online services in Japan, Korea, and the UK to service the game's more than 200,000 active subscribers.