Kevin Chou, BS 02, founding CEO of social mobile gaming company Kabam, will be the 2016 undergraduate commencement speaker.
Chou co-founded San Francisco-based Kabam in 2006 with fellow Berkeley alumni Mike Li, a 2001 electrical engineering and computer science graduate, and Holly Liu, who earned a master’s degree in information management and systems in 2003.
Today, Kabam has about 800 employees worldwide and annual revenues of about $400 million. Since its first blockbuster game “Kingdoms of Camelot” debuted in 2009, Kabam has followed up with hits based on franchises such as “Marvel: Contest of Champions,” and, most recently, “Star Wars: Uprising.”
In 2014, Chou was named to Fortune magazine’s annual “40 Under 40” list of the business world’s most influential young leaders.
Chou credits his alma mater with providing him with the skills and knowledge to develop into an entrepreneur and a global business leader. He and Kabam’s co-founder have been strong supporters of Cal: In 2014, Kabam signed an $18 million, 15-year sponsorship deal to name Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium. The deal also includes scholarship and internship programs and speaking engagements.
It is a long-standing Berkeley-Haas tradition to invite distinguished alumni to speak at commencements.
Commencement will take place at 9:00 am on May 17 at the Greek Theatre.