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Former StarCraft pro gets internship because of his esports background

Published: 22/Oct/2019 16:19 Updated: 22/Oct/2019 16:54

by Jacob Hale

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A former professional StarCraft II player has gone viral after being offered a major internship thanks to his background and success in esports.

Ryoo “SeleCT” Kyung Hyun is a former Terran player from South Korea who played his entire career, from 2010 to 2017, under Team Dignitas. This doesn’t include a brief stint in 2012 where SeleCT attempted to pursue a career in Dota 2, although failure to qualify for The International 3 cut that dream short.

Clearly having put the esports dream behind him, SeleCT is currently enrolled at the University of Washington as a Computer Science major and tweeted out that he was looking for a Software Engineer internship in Summer 2020. 

Team DignitasSeleCT hasn’t competed in Starcraft for the last two years.

Only a day later, the CEO of e-commerce platform Shopify, Tobi Lütke, responded to SeleCT’s tweet saying:

“Hey select. Happy to hire you into the Shopify intern program. Your Starcraft accomplishments are enough of a CV. Place is yours if you want it.”

The tweet immediately gained traction and started blowing up on Reddit, where Lütke opted to go more in-depth with why he made this decision.

He said:

“Hey everyone, Tobi here. Long term Reddit and Starcraft fan. I actually won a brood war tournament in the late 90s! (Yes, yes, weird flex)

“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.

“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.”

There has been no update yet on whether Tobi and SeleCT have been in contact with each other since this initial interaction, but it seems a great opportunity for the former pro to further advance in his desired field. 

His career highlights include a win at North American Battle.net Invitational 2011 and third place at 2011 MLG Pro Circuit Dallas, but securing a good internship and job may rank quite highly in his list.

Shopify helps brands create their e-commerce platform, with major corporations such as Budweiser, Tesla Motors and Penguin Books all using the software to enhance their online presence.

It’s great to see an estimated multi-billionaire not only show an interest in esports but respect for the skills and attributes needed to succeed. Hopefully SeleCT makes the most of the opportunity afforded to him and can make a name in the field he’s chosen – and with those brands on the Shopify roster, it may be the best place to start.

League of Legends

Rekkles believes he and G2 Esports are “made for each other”

Published: 30/Nov/2020 4:17 Updated: 30/Nov/2020 4:18

by Isaac McIntyre

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Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson has admitted he and his former rivals turned new organization G2 Esports are basically “made for each other,” as the Swede makes the biggest roster swap of the LEC offseason in his bid to finally win Worlds.

On Nov. 22, Fnatic figurehead and captain Rekkles shocked the League of Legends world; he had accepted a multi-year deal with his team’s arch-rivals G2 Esports.

The switch ended Rekkles’ seven-year tenure with Fnatic, excluding a six-month swap to Europe’s then superteam Elements. The shock move sent ripples through the LEC, and raised another question; could Rekkles actually succeed away from the orange and black?

According to the Swede, who spoke to his fans on his YouTube channel after the huge move was announced, everything will work out just fine. He and G2 are “made for each other,” in more ways than one, and that’s all that matters.

Rekkles officially joined G2 Esports earlier this month.
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Rekkles officially joined G2 Esports earlier this month.

“I want to be the best,” says Rekkles

“I started doing this because I wanted to be the best, and that means winning Worlds,” Rekkles explained. “G2 Esports, and the roster, has a very similar mindset. In that way, we’re made for each other; the team really wants to win Worlds.”

Between Rekkles and his new org, they have each contested ⁠— and lost ⁠— a Worlds final recently. Fnatic was battered by Invictus Gaming in 2018’s decider, then watched from the sidelines a year later as G2 suffered the same fate against FPX.

The losses were rough, Rekkles agrees, but they’ve given him something else too: hope that the LEC can repeat their long-forgotten 2011 feats, and claim the Summoner’s Cup.

“Ever since 2018, I believe that it’s possible… so it lines up nicely with how G2 feels about it all as well,” he said. “I’ve realized I have a lot more to give than being a participation guy, that goes to every event and every Worlds, but never wins.”

G2's newest signing has suffered plenty of defeats at Worlds in his career.
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The Swede has come close to Worlds triumph multiple times, but never got over the line.

G2’s new star worried about “being serious”

There is one thing worrying Rekkles though. He’s always been a driven, emotional player, and some of his most iconic moments, for better or worse, have come with passion and tears.

G2, and the roster stacked full of jokers like Marcin ‘Jankos’ Jankowski, Caps, and Martin ‘Wunder’ Hansen, have built a name as Europe’s pranksters. They sing in champ select, play strange comps, and have ‘happy games.’

“Obviously there’s a little bit of worry in terms of how we fit in socially with the team or culturally,” the Swede admitted with a straight face. “When it comes to games I know we’re gonna be fine, but I am worried about being a more serious guy.”

“I’m maybe not the leader you’d expect… I’m not Perkz,” he added.

The related segment begins at 8:42 in the video below.

Of course, that didn’t dissuade him from trading orange for black and white heading into the new LEC season. Rekkles believes he’s made the right decision, absolutely no question.

“I have this dream of being a player everyone remembers when they look back through time… so I always try to make choices based off that,” he said.

“I [did this] because I believe it will give me the highest chance of succeeding. It wasn’t to do with money. I have always sought victory. I want to play for a team with the highest chances of doing damage at Worlds. Right now, that’s G2.”