Lester Chen is the Head of Gaming, Americas at YouTube, where he leads the company’s initiatives for driving in-region growth for YouTube’s largest content partners. As part of this, he heads efforts for securing alliances with global gaming publishers, top gaming content creators, live streamers and esports organizations.
Previously, he served as the Global Head of Esports at Google, where he focused on building the business of digital rights and licensing. Additionally, he led YouTube’s advancement in product development as it relates to livestreaming, monetization, and mobile gaming.
Lester is a former professional gamer with more than 10 years of experience in the esports scene. In 2018, he was recognized by Forbes magazine as one of the “30 under 30” to watch in the gaming industry. He holds a B.A. in Communications and Journalism and B.S. in Communications, Journalist and Related Programs from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.