Kevin Chou has joined the Critical Force board as Critical Ops hits 30 million downloads

23 November 2017


Critical Force, the mobile game developer behind FPS title Critical Ops has revealed that Kevin Chou has joined the board.

For those unaware, Chou is the founder of the Korean Silicon Valley (“KSV”) esports organisation who secured the rights for the Seoul based franchise in Blizzard’s Overwatch League. In addition, KSV have acquired a PUBG squad and a Heroes of the Storm roster who recently won the World Championship at Blizzcon. 

Chou is well known for his prior venture, Kabam which he grew from nothing to a 1 billion dollar exit in 2017. He was also named in the “top 40 under 40” industry players in the Fortune magazine back in 2014. 

“I’m passionate about esports, and Critical Force represents the leader in creating the first possible mobile FPS esports” said Kevin Chou in a release. “I expect to work with a global team of people passionate about making great games and taking the right long term steps to bring competitive FPS experiences to gamers worldwide”.

“We are very pleased to have Kevin to join our board, and we look forward to his contributions” said Veli-Pekka Piirainen, CEO and Founder at Critical Force. “Kevin is a real veteran and a leader in the game industry worldwide. He led Kabam from founding to a billion dollar company and his experience as an entrepreneur, business leader and now as a founder and CEO of KSV Esports will be invaluable to Critical Force.”

It comes as Critical Ops reaches the landmark of 30 million downloads despite still not being “officially released” yet. The Finnish game studio announced last year a $4.5 million seed investment from NHN Entertainment, a Korean game publisher which has helped drive the game forward. 

“Critical Force’s mobile esports scene has grown exponentially this year. There’s been a new Critical Ops tournament every week and even bigger events are in the plans. Getting the legendary Kevin Chou to join our board was just the first step. We will be taking even more major steps soon to grow the scene to the next level,” concluded CEO of Critical Force Veli-Pekka Piirainen.

Esports Insider says: Congratulations to Kevin on joining the Critical Force board and equally Veli-Pekka & co for snagging him. The expertise of Kevin in the mobile market is clearly there for everyone to see.