Riot Games Korea CEO passes away of liver cancer

Park Jun-Kyu (a.k.a. Jaysen), who served as CEO for Riot Games Korea, passed away Thursday after losing the fight with liver cancer, Riot Games announced.

Park has worked for Riot Games for the past six years, coming from a tenure as global business team lead at CJ E&M in 2014 to join Riot’s publishing team. By 2015, he was already the Director of Publishing and as of Jan. 1, 2019, he held the post of Riot Games Korea CEO.

According to reports, Park’s one year as CEO was a constant struggle between executing the responsibilities and duties of his post and battling liver cancer. On Jan. 9, 2020, his passing away was made official.

Liver cancer is one of the deadliest diseases plaguing the South Korean demographic. According to 2016 data, cancer as a whole accounted for 27.8 of the deaths in South Korea, more than any other disease. Of all the types, liver cancer ranks second by mortality rate in South Korea behind lung cancer. Although survival rates for lung cancer have been steadily increasing, South Korea still ranks first among the developed countries in liver cancer rates, and 10th in the world overall as of 2018.

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