1 February 2024 – Animoca Brands Japan, a strategic subsidiary of Animoca Brands Corporation Limited (headquartered in Hong Kong, China; Co-founder and Chairman: Yat Siu), announced today the appointment of Kensuke Amo (天羽健介) as Chief Operating Officer effective as of 1 February 2024.
Animoca Brands Japan was established in 2021 as a strategic subsidiary of Animoca Brands, and has since been supporting Japanese IP and content (IP) holders in their global expansion in the Web3 field. Animoca Brands Japan has appointed Kensuke Amo as Chief Operating Officer. Mr Amo has a proven track record of launching NFT businesses and leading new crypto asset businesses at Coincheck, Inc as Managing Executive Officer.
Comments from Kensuke Amo
“I am very pleased to join Animoca Brands, one of the world’s leading Web3 companies. Animoca Brands has a culture of open-mindedness, kindness, and good people who are straight-up about Web3 technology, and it is those qualities that I, as an outsider, found most wonderful as I collaborated with the company over the past 3 years.
“As a strategic subsidiary of Animoca Brands, Animoca Brands Japan will make the most of its assets and network, including its more than 400 portfolio companies, while combining its knowledge and experience in business and rule-making in the Japanese Web3 industry to help Web3 take root in society.”
Comments from Daisuke Iwase (Animoca Brands Japan CEO)
“Until now, Animoca Brands Japan has played the role of connecting Japan and the rest of the world in the Web3 domain, such as overseas development of Japanese intellectual property and content (IP) and overseas IP development in Japan, in collaboration with partner companies.
Now that the transient Web3 boom has passed and only the essentials remain, I look forward to working with Kensuke, who has continued to lead the fields of Crypto Assets, NFT, and Metaverse in Japan, and has launched and successfully led several businesses, to take on various challenges at Animoca Brands Japan.”
Career summary of Kensuke Amo
Joined Recruit Co., Ltd. in 2007. After experiencing multiple new business development experiences, he joined Coincheck, Inc. in 2018. He mainly oversees the department in charge of new business development, new handling of crypto assets, and liaison with industry associations, etc. As an executive officer from 2020, he created new businesses such as the first NFT marketplace for crypto asset exchangers in Japan and the first IEO in Japan. 2021 Representative Director of Coincheck Technologies, Inc.. He was appointed Managing Executive Officer of Coincheck, Inc. in June 2022, leading the NFT business and Metaverse business as the head of the three web domains. He is also involved in the Expansion of “The Sandbox” and “Otherside” in Japan under the partnership signed by the company and Animoca Brands in 2020. He presently is Advisors of Japan Crypto Asset Business Association (JCBA), Shibuya-ku Startup Ecosystem, Web3 project ”OASIS” and LIFULL Co., Ltd.. He is the author of “Textbook of NFT” and “Non Fungible Me” (Asahi Shinbun Publications Inc.).
About Animoca Brands Japan
Founded in 2021, Animoca Brands Japan (corporate name: Animoca Brands K.K.) is the strategic subsidiary in Japan of Animoca Brands Corporation Limited, a leading global Web3 company, with a motorsport games portfolio that includes products made in collaboration with MotoGP™ and other leading motorsport brands. Animoca Brands Japan was established to support the global Web3 strategies of Japanese intellectual property and content holders such as major publishers, brands, education, sports teams, athletes, artists and game companies. Animoca Brands Japan provides a platform that combines IPs with blockchain technology, and supports IP holders to build their own ecosystem through a full stack of Web3 services, providing a bridge between Japanese IPs and global fans.
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About Animoca Brands
Animoca Brands, a Deloitte Tech Fast winner, a Fortune Crypto 40 company, and one of the Financial Times’ High Growth Companies Asia-Pacific 2023, is a Web3 leader that leverages blockchain to deliver digital property rights to consumers around the world to help to establish the open metaverse. The company develops and publishes a broad portfolio of products including original games such as The Sandbox, PHANTOM GALAXIES™, Life Beyond, and Crazy Defense Heroes, and products utilizing popular intellectual properties from the worlds of sports and entertainment, such as The Walking Dead, Power Rangers, MotoGP™, and Formula E. It has multiple subsidiaries, including The Sandbox, Blowfish Studios, Quidd, GAMEE, nWay, Pixowl, Forj, Lympo, Animoca Brands Japan, Grease Monkey Games, Eden Games, Darewise Entertainment, Notre Game, TinyTap, Be., PIXELYNX, WePlay Media, Gryfyn, and Azarus. Animoca Brands is one of the most active investors in Web3, with a portfolio of over 400 Web3 investments, both directly and through Animoca Ventures, including Yuga Labs, Axie Infinity, Polygon, Consensys, Fireblocks, OpenSea, Dapper Labs, Yield Guild Games, and many more. For more information visit www.animocabrands.com or follow on X (Twitter) or Facebook.
Source: Animoca Press Release