Headquartered in Singapore, Garena was founded in 2009 by Forrest Li and his friends as they aspired to transform their passion for entrepreneurship into a great company. Forrest named the company "Garena" – a play on the words "global arena” – in reference to his broader aspirations to connect people via the Internet. Garena has since grown swiftly to become a leading platform provider for online PC and mobile digital content, eCommerce and payments across Asia, serving millions of users.
Southeast Asia’s largest and fastest growing Internet and mobile platform company
Three focus areas: digital content, eCommerce and payments
From 4 to 5000 employees in 7 years*
Headquartered in Singapore, with presence in more than 10 growth markets in Asia and beyond*
Garena is a game and social platform for gamers to interact, discover, download and play PC and mobile games. It offers access to a list of best PC and mobile games in the region, and enhances gaming experience through additional features such as chat, game news and statistics. With this revolutionary approach in game publishing, Garena has seen phenomenal growth over the past few years, and today it is serving millions of users in the region.
We are a huge advocate for eSports, with an aspiration to make it mainstream in the region. By providing online and offline platforms for the eSports community, we strive to make eSports accessible to players everywhere regardless of skills level and to have it serve as an enjoyable form of entertainment for all.
Shopee is a social-first, mobile-centric marketplace where users come together to browse, shop and sell on the go, anytime, anywhere. As a consumer-driven marketplace fully integrated with logistical and payment support, Shopee aims to make online shopping easy, secure, and fuss-free for both sellers and buyers. We believe in the power of technology and hope to become a one-stop social & commerce destination of choice in Asia.
AirPay was developed in 2014 with a mission to improve financial accessibility for over 300 million people in ASEAN who lack access to banking and financial services. Using a ‘reverse ATM’ network, customers can convert cash at brick-and-mortar retail shops into digital currency, which can then be used to pay for both physical and digital goods including utility bills, gaming credits and e-commerce purchases. In 2015, a mobile application version was launched to cater to the increasingly mobile emerging middle class in ASEAN who have the additional option of linking up their credit cards and bank accounts to carry out transactions directly using their smartphones.
Our Core Values
Garena is a deeply values-driven organization. Our home market of Asia is a highly diverse region, with many countries, multiple cultures, and multiple languages. What unifies us is a consistent set of organizational beliefs and how we put those beliefs into practice in our daily actions. Here is that organizational covenant, which we call the ‘Garena Manifesto’:
Our people define us
Garena shall be a place where talented people thrive at scale, enjoy freedom of ideas and achieve the unimaginable. It shall be a magnet for the smartest, the most creative and the most driven.
Our products and services differentiate us
We aspire to better every life we touch and make the world an ever more connected community through innovative products and services.
Our institution will outlast us
We strive to build an institution that will last for generations and evolve with time and that is founded upon our core values.
Our core values are the foundation of it all
- We serve
Our customers are the sole arbiter of the value of our products and services. We strive to meet unmet needs and serve the underserved.
- We adapt
Rapid change is the only constant in the digital age of ours. We embrace change, celebrate it and always strive to be a thought leader that influences it.
- We run
We are in a constant race to success while grappling with rapidly shifting forces. We move faster, better and with more urgency every day.
- We commit
Our work is our commitment. We commit to our values, institution, customers and partners. We commit to each other. Above all, we commit to doing the best we can and being the best we are.
- We stay humble
We have travelled a long way from our humble beginning and yet, we never lose our humility in our continual quest for greater heights.