Brian Tran

It is our choices, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.

While pursuing a doctorate in Industrial Organizational Psychology with a focus on executive coaching and organizational development, Brian’s career took off with an internship at an executive search firm focused on aerospace and defense. After just three months, Brian was offered a full time role as an Executive Recruiter where he spent 3 years placing over 20 Director and C-level executives.


Falling in love with the craft of recruiting, but wanting to apply it to a space he was personally invested in, Brian joined the recruiting team at Riot Games. Here, Brian helped the company scale from roughly 700 to 1500 from 2012 to 2015. He focused on building out the esports department that launched the first season of the North American League Championship Series (LCS) for League of Legends. The LCS was the first weekly-programmed esports competition that followed a season schedule and was run completely in house by it’s game’s developer. recognized Brian’s contributions to the early days of Riot Games and recruited him to scale the company shortly after they were acquired by Amazon. From 2015 to 2017, Brian helped grow twitch from 300 employees to over 1000. He helped ideate and build out the esports department at Twitch with key hires including their VP of Esports. He also partnered with the Head of BizOps to build out the Twitch’s internal consulting group, attracting talent from top consulting firms such as McKinsey.


In 2017, Brian was recruited by Activision Blizzard to hire the team who would launch the inaugural season of Overwatch League, the first franchised league in esports. Here he made key hires to staff up the internal consulting group that would mimic the NBA’s TMBO, and pulled talent from traditional sports organizations such as the LA Rams to build one of the most ambitious esports leagues to this day.


After gaining experience on the developer, publisher, and platform side, Brian rounded out his experience by being recruited into the team side as the Director of Operations of Counter Logic Gaming (CLG) just after it was acquired by Madison Square Garden. Here he transitioned the team from a gaming house to an 8000 square foot office, and built out multiple functions within the organization.


Brian is driven by challenging spaces and turning over every stone to find the perfect candidate. Working in emerging markets has helped him identify those passionate about an industry and looking to take their craft expertise and apply it to the industry that personally resonates with them. Brian prides himself on finding candidates with the perfect mix of professional expertise and domain passion to be true force multipliers at the organizations they join.