Announcement: The future with Shockbyte!
I am thrilled to announce that I have been offered and accepted a position at Shockbyte! For those who don’t know, Shockbyte is the leading game server host for many games including Minecraft, Rust, ARK, CS:GO, and so much more (complete list here). This all started a little under two months ago when I was sitting at my desk as usual and started thinking about what exactly I wanted to do now that I’ve recovered from poor mental health after retiring my last Minecraft server. What was the next big thing?
As I’ve detailed in previous posts, I knew that whatever I pursued after retiring my last Minecraft server needed to:
Take me out of my comfort zone and give me new things to learn.
Be flexible with my work/college schedule.
Pride itself in cultivating a good community.
I originally thought I’d just chase after another project like a new server on a different game or something of that matter. I wasn’t necessarily chasing after a job, but then I saw Shockbyte’s job listings. It got me thinking… why have I never gone after turning my 10-year server operating career professional? How about instead of going after a new hobby, I make the server industry what I do for a living? I realized that if I could get into a position at Shockbyte I could not only get away from my soul-sucking minimum-wage job at the local grocery store, but I could do what I love for a living (with awesome people too!). I took a moment to think it all through, and ultimately sent in my application.
Little did I know my application got accepted and before I knew it I was onboarding and got busy with training! Being only 19, this has been incredibly humbling for me and I have been so happy to be presented with this opportunity. Not many people can say they do what they love for a living let alone at only 19. It honestly feels surreal and my brain is still processing it. I seriously can’t wait for the future with Shockbyte. People in school used to bully me for being the weird tech kid who operated game servers, but it seems now those 10 years of grinding are finally paying off.
I want to thank everyone for being so supportive throughout this whole process and anyone who has helped me along the way. Whether you’ve been a member of one of my communities, a close friend, or even just a lurker, you’ve helped me get where I am today and it whole-heartedly means the world to me. If it wasn’t for the people pushing me to keep going as a kid I probably would’ve stopped a long time ago.
Last but not least I want to thank the people over at Shockbyte for giving me this opportunity and being so nice and welcoming. Every single person I’ve talked to has been unbelievably nice and welcoming with my onboarding and it makes me very happy.
This is only the beginning of a new chapter. Stay tuned.