- When retired professional gamer Ryoo “SeleCT” Kyung Hyun turned to Twitter to find a software engineering job, he got a direct response from Shopify CEO Tobias Lütke.
- Lütke told SeleCT that his past performance in “Starcraft 2” was enough to qualify him for Shopify’s internship program.
- Kyung Hyun stopped competing in “Starcraft 2” about five years ago, and is now a study in the University of Washington’s computer science program. He said he’s still has a few interviews to consider, but he’s leaning towards accepting Lütke’s offer to work for Shopify.
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It turns out that being one of the world’s top professional gamers could help you build a resume for other careers too. At least according to Shopify CEO Tobias Lütke, who offered retired “Starcraft 2” player Ryoo “SeleCT” Kyung Hyun an internship based on his past accomplishments.
SeleCT stopped playing video games competitively in 2014 but he won more than $80,000 playing “Starcraft 2” and “Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War” before the age of 25. These days he’s a senior in the University of Washington‘s computer science program, and he recently posted to Twitter seeking a software engineering internship for the summer of 2020.
—Tobi Lütke (@tobi) October 14, 2019
Lütke responded directly, offering SeleCT a place in Shopify’s internship program. Lütke said SeleCT’s Starcraft career was enough evidence to secure the job, and esports fans celebrated the offer on Twitter and Reddit. Lütke followed up with a response on Reddit, explaining that he had won a “Starcraft” tournament in the late 90s and was a longtime fan of the game.
“It’s insanely hard to become a pro in Starcraft, significantly harder than it is to get a degree. So I feel like this should be highly valuable on a CV. My offer to bring in ex pro players is more general than my offer to select for an internship,” Lütke wrote on Reddit.
He continued, “Shopify has a history of bringing in people in by alternative proofs of doing something difficult. We’ve got some chess GMs, Olympians, etc. It’s a huge privilege to work with dedicated and driven people like that.”
Lütke went on to discuss his excitement about the growing esports industry and Shopify’s recruitment tactics with fellow posters. His Reddit post history shows that “Starcraft” may have had a role in helping him launch one of the most successful ecommerce websites on the planet.
“Everything I know about business comes from playing Starcraft and Poker,” Lütke posted back in 2016.
SeleCT said he’s leaning towards accepting Lütke’s internship offer, but he still has some other interviews and opportunities to explore first. While the former pro gamer said his focus has been on completing his college program, he’s looking forward to streaming “Starcraft 2” for his fans once he graduates.
Fans Celebrate #HOV50 and Share Favorite Jay Z Lyrics on Music Mogul’s 50th Birthday
In honor of Jay-Z’s 50th birthday, fans all across the globe flooded social media with warm messages of love and support.The hashtag #HOV50 began to trend early in the morning on Twitter on Wednesday as a result of the many well wishes from the longtime rappers’ fans.Fans opened up on some of their most memorable…
In honor of Jay-Z’s 50th birthday, fans all across the globe flooded social media with warm messages of love and support.
The hashtag #HOV50 began to trend early in the morning on Twitter on Wednesday as a result of the many well wishes from the longtime rappers’ fans.
Fans opened up on some of their most memorable moments involving the music mogul—whose birth name is Shawn Carter but is commonly referred to by fans as Hov, short for Hova. They also posted messages of the many ways Jay-Z has inspired them, including with hundreds of photos, gifs and video clips of him in action.
Many people used the Brooklyn native’s birthday to reflect on his work over the last three decades, listing their favorite albums, songs and guest features from the rapper.
Album rankings weren’t the only way fans recognized Jay-Z on his 50th birthday. Several people took to Twitter to commemorate the award-winning lyricist by sharing their favorite verses ever rapped by him. Classic Jay-Z lines from chart-toppers like “Hard Knock Life,” “Song Cry,” “Say Hello,” and his guest feature on Kanye West’s “Diamonds From Sierra Leone” were spotted on Twitter timelines.
Meanwhile, some fans said they’d celebrate Jay-Z’s birthday by listening to his lengthy discography all day long.
Jay-Z made listening to his catalog a whole lot easier for some of his fans when he re-released his entire catalog of music again on Spotify.
The Roc Nation founder removed much of his work from the platform in April 2017 to the dismay of many loyal listeners just ahead of the release of his latest album, 4:44.
At the time the move seemed like a ploy to get fans to subscribe to TIDAL, the music streaming service he owns and operates. Now, Spotify users will get to listen to all of Jay-Z’s albums and songs ranging from his 1996 debut Reasonable Doubt and so-called career retirement project The Black Album in 2003, his 2011 Watch the Throne collaboration album with West and several other staples.
Since he first emerged on the rap scene in the 1990s, fans have admired and praised Jay-Z for his many punchlines, thought-provoking lyrics and masterful storytelling. A natural wordsmith, he has kept listeners fascinated and moved with his ability to flow over a beat with grace and pizzaz—not to mention the fact that he creates hit after hit without writing his lyrics down.
It’s a long-known fact Jay-Z doesn’t write his albums but rather hits the studio with a few words already in mind before he jumps on a track. That habit sparked a number of younger singers and rappers following in his footsteps by not pre-writing lyrics to their songs.
“It just felt better [the way I do it now],” he said during a 2007 interview with MTV News. “In my mind, I said, ‘OK, I’m gonna sit down and I’m [going to] just write it and really do this thing a certain way.’ But your natural process is your process. It’s difficult to go back to what you was doing when you was 15, 16 years old. My process is different now. It sounds great on paper, like ‘I’m [going to] sit down, I’m going to write the entire album like I did before.’ But once you get back in the studio and you’ve been doing this process for years and years now, so it just felt natural to do it the way I’ve been doing it: no paper, no pen, just listen to the music.”
See more of how fans are celebrating Jay-Z’s birthday below.