Ryan oversees three businesses at YouTube, which includes Gaming, Telco and Tech, as well as the growing Virtual Reality business. Ryan leads a team from around the world to manage global Gaming Publisher partnerships, Top Gaming Content Creators, live streamers and Esports Leagues. In addition to his Gaming role, Ryan leads the VR/AR and Telco & Tech businesses overseeing global strategy, content and partnerships, budget development, P&L, and cross-functional work for these respective businesses.
Ryan joined YouTube in 2014 to create the Gaming vertical, and has since lead Gaming at YouTube to be the most watched Gaming content platform in the world, and has also done the same for the Virtual Reality video business on YouTube.
Previously, Ryan worked in senior roles with major gaming industry companies, including Vice President of Programming with Major League Gaming and Head of Live and eSports at Machinima. As a prominent Esports personality, Ryan is known for his strategic contributions in growing the Esports scene while in his former roles, and as a New York Times Best Selling Author for his work on OpTic Gaming: The Making of Esports Champions. Ryan also was listed on Forbes 30 under 30 in 2014 for his work in the Gaming industry.
Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez comes from a tenured history in esports. His work and accomplishments can be seen across the entire industry. He is a desk host for Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch League and previously worked with Epic Games’ “Fortnite Battle Royale,” Cheddar TV, TBS’s ELEAGUE, Major League Gaming (MLG), Psyonix’s Rocket League Championship Series, 343 Industries’ Halo Championship Series and Electronic Arts’ “Battlefield” series. Outside of esports, Mendez also commentated CEO X New Japan Pro Wrestling.
Now, Mendez is taking his next step forward as a commentator for “The Titan Games,” a physical, competition-based series coming January 2019 from A. Smith & Co. Productions. It is also being produced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions. Johnson will serve as the host of “The Titan Games.” Mendez is combining his energized personality, esports pedigree and love of professional wrestling into commentating one of NBC’s hottest new shows.
Eefje ‘sjokz’ Depoortere has been a part of Riot’s League of Legends
esports on-air team for almost six years, most notably as host of the European LCS
and interviewer at international events throughout the years.
Sjokz first esports experience was as part of the competitive
Unreal Tournament 1999 scene, competing at online tournaments and LANs as part
of several iCTF squads as well as the Belgian national team.
Fresh out of university, she started her career in 2012 as editor and eventually editor in chief
for SK Gaming, and from there grew into a globally known on-air personality for League of Legends.