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NEW YORK, NY - October 14, 2019

Roundhill is proud to announce the following group of individuals from esports, gaming, finance, and media have joined Roundhill Investments’ panel of industry experts. The panel members will work closely with management in identifying trends that drive firm strategy and the future of our business.

Tim Maloney, Chief Investment Officer, commented "Here at Roundhill, we're focused on creating ETFs that do two things. First and foremost, we construct them to track themes that are being driven by the 'next generation of investors'. Second, we try to reach this next generation on the channels they are on. We believe these investors want an investment manager that speaks their language. Our expert panel is another step towards achieving that goal."

The current members of Roundhill’s industry expert panel include:

Jens Hilgers

Widely considered one of the godfathers of esports, Jens is a Founding Partner of BITKRAFT Esports Ventures, the world’s first and largest dedicated esports investment fund, as well as Co-founder and Chairman of G2 Esports and Co-Founder and CEO of DOJO Madness. Jens launched his first esports online platform in 1997, which he then sold in 1999 to found ESL. He served as CEO of ESL from 2000 to 2010. In 2015, MTG acquired a majority stake in ESL, marking the first acquisition of an esports company by a traditional media organization.

Chris Chaney

Chris Chaney’s leadership experience is underlined by a 15-year track record of success in the global sports and entertainment industries. A native of Germany, Chris is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, including being recognized in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list (2011), and an active early stage startup advisor. He recently exited Infinite Esports & Entertainment, an esports media and entertainment company he founded, and is currently a founder of Evolution Interactive and Lunar Storm Capital

Ross Gerber

Ross is the Co-Founder, President and CEO of Gerber Kawasaki Wealth and Investment Management, which oversees $900 million of investments focused on technology, media and entertainment companies. His investment ideas and advice have made him a regular in business news and he is featured on CNN, CNBC, Fox Business News, Bloomberg and Reuters. Ross is also a contributing writer for

Ross has been an avid gamer since the days of Atari and an investor in the video gaming space for two decades. Gerber Kawasaki works with many individuals and companies in the gaming space and its affiliate, the GK Gaming Group, is focused on serving clients in the gaming industry.

Peter "ppd" Dager

Peter "ppd" Dager is an American professional Dota 2 player from Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is the former CEO of the esports organization Evil Geniuses, where he won The International 2015 playing as team captain. Peter currently plays for Ninjas in Pyjamas in Stockholm, Sweden.

Charlie Hyun

Charlie spent his career working with brand partners on advertising and content strategy across several media brands: ESPN, NBC Universal, Vice, and Revolt TV. He cut his teeth in the music industry working with Cam'ron and Diplomat Records, learning how Hip Hop influences consumer behavior and commerce.

Charlie is an incredibly thoughtful media expert who has his finger on the cultural pulse and knows how to bring attention to brands in a natural way.

Simon Yi

Simon has over a decade of experience across finance, management consulting and marketing roles. He started his career at GE Capital and Deloitte Consulting and transitioned into an operator for VC-backed startups including General Assembly, Skift and Reserve. Through this, he built tangible ROI-based skills in media buying, partnerships and messaging strategy. Simon is a Growth Partner at The Hand Media Group, a performance marketing agency focused on helping consumer-facing brands grow online.


Roundhill Investments is a registered investment adviser focused on developing innovative financial products designed to offer exposure to investment themes that appeal to the next generation of investors. Roundhill acts as the Adviser to an ETF, or exchange traded fund. With our insights and product offerings, our goal is that retail and institutional investors will be empowered to diversify their portfolios by gaining exposure to innovative investment themes.

Our first index provides exposure to the esports and digital entertainment industry. At Roundhill, we define esports as competitive video gaming in front of a viewing audience.