KRAFTON NOMINATES CHANG-HAN KIM AS ITS NEXT CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Current Head of PUBG Corporation Will Serve as CEO for Both Companies
SEOUL – March 10, 2020 – KRAFTON Game Union, a collective of studios that has been instrumental in the creation of a number of games including PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG), today nominated Changhan (C.H.) Kim as its next CEO. Mr. Kim has served as CEO of PUBG Corporation since 2017. At a later date, KRAFTON will appoint Mr. Kim as CEO following a general meeting of shareholders and the Board of Directors, at which point he will serve as CEO of both KRAFTON and PUBG Corporation.
In 2015, Mr. Kim took the role of Executive Producer at what was then called Bluehole Ginno Games (now PUBG Corporation), where he oversaw the development of PUBG. In addition to helping launch the battle royale genre, PUBG went on to sell 65 million copies and receive worldwide acclaim, achieving seven Guinness World Records and winning multiple game awards worldwide.
“We’re excited about this next step for both KRAFTON and PUBG Corporation,” said Jinwon Yun of KRAFTON. “C.H. Kim’s unrivaled experience in developing and servicing games has ensured a steady hand at the helm of PUBG over the last three years. His new role overseeing both companies will further strengthen PUBG’s growth in the global market and bolster the impact of its intellectual property while bringing a greater level of synergy to KRAFTON and its game studios.”
“Serving as the CEO of PUBG Corporation has been a unique privilege during my 20-year game development career,” said C.H. Kim. “I look forward to taking that experience to help support the creative and inspiring developers that make up the KRAFTON Game Union. I’m consistently impressed with the professionalism of my KRAFTON colleagues at our sister studios, and we will continue to cultivate their distinct voices through a unique combination of independence and collaboration.”
Prior to PUBG Corporation, Mr. Kim’s journey in the video game industry began in 2000, working in development, planning, and technology for a number of studios. Mr. Kim earned a PhD in Computer Science at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST).
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About KRAFTON Game Union
Established in 2007, KRAFTON is a union of game studios. Inspired from medieval craftsmen’s society “Craft Guild,” KRAFTON represents tenacious pursuit of craftsmanship and infinite challenge to make great games. The studios ━ STUDIO BLUEHOLE, PUBG, PNIX, REDSAHARA, DELUSION and EN MASSE ENTERTAINMENT ━ work side by side to entertain users around the world with creative gaming experiences. Ranging from Triple-A titles such as online shooter PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS and MMORPG TERA to casual mobile games Archery King and Bowling King, KRAFTON makes games of all genres, platforms and scale.
About PUBG Corporation
PUBG Corporation, a member of the KRAFTON game union (former Bluehole Inc.), began as Bluehole Ginno Games, Inc. in 2009 and later renamed to PUBG Corporation in 2017. PUBG Corporation is the publisher and developer of the 2017 blockbuster battle royale video game, PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG), on multiple platforms. Since its release, PUBG has received worldwide acclaim, achieving seven Guinness World Records and winning multiple game awards worldwide.
Headquartered in Korea, PUBG Corporation has multiple operational offices globally across North America, Europe, Japan and China. With the goal of developing PUBG as a global franchise, the company is currently undertaking a number of projects in esports, product licensing, and more. For more information about PUBG, please visit https://www.pubg.com/.