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". Since its inception, Garena has seen unprecedented growth and become a leading platform provider for online and mobile entertainment and communication across Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Hong Kong, serving millions of users.
In 2010, Garena launched its first product, Garena+, an online game and social platform for people to meet, chat and play games with each other. Since its launch, premium micro-transaction based online games have been made available on Garena+, including popular MOBA titles such as League of Legends and Heroes of Newerth, as well as FIFA Online 3, a blockbuster sports title.
In 2012, Garena launched TalkTalk, a highly engaging real-time voice and video communication platform, and subsequently in 2013, BeeTalk, a mobile application for people to connect and communicate with each other based on locations and interests, which has become one of the most popular mobile applications in the region.