As of today, I no longer work at Twitch. I’m sad, but excited for the future.
For the past three and a half years, I’ve worked at Twitch, doing something that I cared for deeply- working with developers to build game integrations. I’ve been blessed to work with the largest names in the industry- EA, Epic, Riot, Sony, Microsoft, and Amazon, to name a few - and no year was at all the same. It was a beautifully chaotic time from day two of starting.
Day two involved me flying down to LA (for the first time, mind you) to get to my first gaming conference - E3. And it was awesome; a dream come true for me at the time, experiencing the intense energy that the conference brings. During then, I got to meet with the Sony Santa Monica team- being the new face on the team, it took me awhile to take it in. I learned a lot during the first few months, more than I can really even begin to write here.
I found that the role I was hired on for was my ideal job role. I felt an energy and entusiasm I hadn’t had to date, and I was thriving. I found solace in concerts and travel- both that came in spades, including one time in Seattle with the Foo Fighters. This memory is exceptionally fond with the backstory- which is a story for another time.
There was so much that I found out about myself during this time, during my time at Twitch. I wouldn’t trade it for the world, but at the same time - as time went on, I demanded too much from my job as a source of joy. Because I loved my job too much, when my role changed, I made myself find outlets across the company. I became the jack of all trades, master of none, and really worked on so many different things. From the work with Jon on the TwitchDev community, to the work on the Final Fantasy XIV campaign (of which I am still excpetionally proud of), I used it as an outlet to keep myself busy and to distract me from the changes in my actual role.
A few months ago, I realized that the job I loved so dearly had changed, as had I. Like in many romantic relationships, you realize that you’ve grown apart and that’s okay. I didn’t want to have to split here, but I knew that for both Twitch’s and my sakes, I needed to do so to continue to grow as a professional and as a person. So today, I hung up the purple jacket I got three years ago.
There are so many people that I could thank here; I’ve worked with the most brilliant minds I’ve ever known and has only let me become a better professional. I cannot understate that there is a considerable amount of talent at Twitch that genuinely cares for the site, and cares for the creators.
But as for me- I’m off to my next adventure, off to find my own way again. As I said last post, I moved to NYC. I love it here, and thankfully my next role isn’t requiring that I move; I’m going to be starting it next year as a Senior Solution Engineer at Auth0, and I’m beyond excited to join the team there and help them with their vision.