Football: Love of alma mater helped prompt Kabam CEO to make $18 million Cal deal

The roots of the $18 million deal Cal announced Thursday go back 12 years, to a classroom on campus and an engineering course called Venture Design.

It was in that class that a student named Michael Li created a business plan for a video-game company that has come to be known as Kabam. It’s about to become more well-known now that Li and company co-founder Kevin Chou, another Cal student, have struck a deal to put the Kabam name on the football field at Memorial Stadium for the next 15 years.

Li was not in attendance during the deal’s formal announcement Thursday during a news conference at Memorial Stadium. He manages the company’s Beijing office. But Chou was there, surrounded by 30 Kabam employees, all Cal grads, who sat on risers behind the dais.

“This is a great Cal story,” athletic director Sandy Barbour said. “This is business, but this is personal, too.”

For Chou, it’s a commitment made partly with his heart.

“I can’t imagine a closer tie that a CEO can have with the alma mater he loves,” Chou said.

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Jeff Faraudo

  • GoGoBears

    Ah finally — the obsession with Boyson.

    To recap — Moron tried to get un-banned at Bear Insiders. He literally begged and cried and sobbed about how he got sick in the Philippines while on vacation with his mommy (notice no vacation with a gf) and Boyson led the charge to keep him banned. And then Boyson worked with the BI people who had connections with Scout and got moron banned time and time again as he desperately kept making new sn’s once he was banned. He famously announced “The fat man won’t get me banned again” only to have the fat man get him banned. So now Moron obsesses on Boyson.

    Moron — check your facts. Go ahead — check the rosters and count how many SW majors are on the football team, Moron. Check your facts.

    And speaking of degrees, gee moron — tell us about your law degree. Tell us what you confided to the Scout moderator: you had to leave school after a breakdown and could only find work as a travel agency clerk. You are not a lawyer now, moron. Lawyers get paid on billable hours and can’t post like you do.

    And moron — no denial thatyou have posted on Valentines Day night, Chrismtas Eve, Halloween night — no denial of what we all know: YOU ARE ALL ALONE. YOU HATE ON CAL FOR YOU HAVE NOTHING ELSE IN YOUR LIFE. YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE FELLOW SC FANS FOR THEY PUNK YOU TOO. YOUR HATE IS ALL YOU HAVE. Look at you — you get up every morning and rush to your computer to post hate. THAT is your life.

    I feel so sorry for you.

    And fact: find me a post on this forum before Kiffin got fired when you identified yourself as a fan of SC. You NEVER did so while they were losing. Never did so while they had the WORST CRASH in history for a pre-season #1. You are a coward and a bandwagon fan as well as a lonely social outcast.

    I PITY YOU as all should.
    Folks, pity the troll — his hate for Cal and his obsession with Boyson is all he has.


    One other thing Moron — this is a new computer for me. So my first posting had to be cleared by moderators. My post was nothing but humiliating you and yet they posted it. What does that say about the moderator’s opinion of you? Bahahahahaha.

  • BlueNGold

    I wonder how moron would spend its time if it did not have this blog to troll and Cal sports fans to stalk?

    I can’t imagine such a lonely, miserable existence.

    Hey moron, how is that threat to leave this blog working for ya? Must be about the 1,000th time you made that threat…

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    #51 – GoGoBears aka Advising Bear aka Sherm Boyson

    It is you not me who has been banned more times than the Cal defense gave up plays over 50 yards this season. LOL. How many of those sign ins over at the SF Gate site lasted a mere one or two posts before you got banned. LOL. CalBandGreat, JahviatCal, AllAlone, HalloweenAlone, USCCoachxx, etc.

    I traded sign ins with another poster who proceeded to do what you said. He made up stories about me. We did it to punk you and you fell for it (and still do). I actually thought it was funny. However, I seldom if ever used his sign in because he was in critical condition but I have used it on occasion. You are just too stupid not to have picked it up.

    You have been punked way more times than I care to say but it has provided some great laughter. Trust me. It provided the deceased with some of the end of life humor which was needed.

  • BlueNGold

    After 11+ years of trolling Cal sports blogs and stalking Cal fans, I am sure that moron has a lot of stories to tell about being banned, punked, hiding behind fake screen names, etc. etc. etc.

    Hey moron what happened to being here to talk about FOOTBALL?? Or is that another of your lies and broken promises?


  • MoreNCsarecoming

    #54 – Here is a football related post for you.

    Mack Brown is stepping down as the HC for UT. What I remember most about Brown is how he put his team in the position to overtake you guys for the Rose Bowl.

    That put you guys in Holiday Bowl to play the lowly Texas Tech Raiders coached by Mike Leach with his OC being a guy named Sonny Dykes.

    What a beat down they put on you guys. You embarrassed the Pac 10 like no team had done in a decade. I predicted the outcome perfectly. Even the Texas Tech posters were standing in awe of me. For many years after that beat down they remembered who I was just like the Vol fans when I perfectly predicted the outcome in Knoxville.

  • BlueNGold

    Well moron, you certainly are a legend in your own mind, aren’t you?

    I actually attended the Holiday Bowl against Texas Tech and my analysis of the game is somewhat different from yours. It was hardly the beat down that you describe, and the outcome was not particularly surprising given that our (I am entitled to refer to Cal as ‘our’ because, unlike you, I actually graduated from the school) defense was missing some key players and could not stop the TT offense. But we scored something like 31 points, so your analysis is simply wrong, as usual.

  • GldnBear71

    GoGoBears please grow up and refrain from feeding Amy. You are acting shamefully immature