The After Hours Gaming League is a spin on the normal sports clubs often seen in companies. Instead of getting together to play softball or the like, gamers get together to compete head-to-head in eSports matches. A number of major technology companies are participating, and it isn’t like Qualcomm is going to sit this one out. The Qualcomm StarCraft 2 have assembled, and will be seeking to dominate the competition in the AHGL StarCraft 2 League, and help out the Humane Society in the process.
We’d like to invite you to meet the members who will be participating in the upcoming Season 2. We asked each player what they do at Qualcomm, what got them into StarCraft, and what their other hobbies are. You can check out their responses below:
Alan – Zerg
I am a Systems Integration and Test Engineer. I play with toys that engineers make until I break them. Then I tell them I broke it. Then I tell them to fix it. Playing with cutting edge technology for a living is incredible.
I’m a huge football fan, both American and European. I play a fair amount of soccer and follow a few teams as you may have already gathered from my picture. Otherwise, I just love games in general, especially board games. I play StarCraft because it’s amazing. It has everything you want: immense depth of strategy, little twists and turns, fate, and moments of truth. It’s every bit as exciting to me as football.
Alex – Protoss
I am an Associate Engineer at Qualcomm. I develop code for a transportation management system called Sylectus, and I love the people I work with and the atmosphere I work in.
StarCraft is just plain fun. I enjoy the gameplay. I enjoy the competition. I enjoy it all. I have been playing off and on since Brood War was released, and I assume I am the best player on the team. I have amazing skills: great blink Immortals, rush to Carriers, stuff like that.
I play Tennis as much as I can when I’m not playing StarCraft. I like singles over doubles. Forever alone…
Chris – Terran
I write and integrate the software for a fading channel emulator that’s used to test modems. I love all programming.
I enjoy soccer and long walks on the beach in the moonlight. Oh and beer. I play StarCraft because all the intricate strategies make it really interesting to both watch and play.
Drew – Zerg
I am an engineer. I make something out of nothing. Like God. I hope to coast by on low expectations and feeble competition.
Eugene – Protoss
I’m an engineer at Qualcomm. I write apps for Android phones.
I’ve played StarCraft as long as Idra’s been raging. I heard you can make huge money playing BW, so I started playing Terran on ICCup. Then, I got 1a2a3a’d by toss and realized I had to look for a job.
Other than StarCraft, I spend my time chillin’, playing tennis, and rocking out to my Zune.
Hayden – Protoss
I’m a software Engineer at Qualcomm working on internal tools. I love my job because I work with a really awesome group of developers.
I’ve pretty much been playing StarCraft 2 on and off since the game was officially released. I feel Starcraft is one of the few games that actually has a very low luck factor when playing at the highest level. I also love the feeling you get playing crazy intense macro games. When I’m not playing Starcraft I’m watching Anime, reading Manga, or playing some type of JRPG. Sleeping is also really good, too.
Jonathan – Terran/Protoss
I was debugging Embedded Systems for a while and really loved that job; but since then, I’ve been transferred to work on Slimcat testers. I love the fact I work for a fortune 500 company with morals and ethics!
Starcraft reminds me of my former job in the Navy as a combat systems coordinator on an AEGIS Destroyer: to direct munitions to a target with intent to kill! Also, the thrill of exercising your mental dominance over someone is just too hard to resist. Been playing since the first Starcraft; but I still think Brood War rules!
Mike – Terran
I write code to automate processes that people do manually. I love saving people from doing repetitive tasks. I also love the work environment at Qualcomm, and the people that work here are great.
I’ve been playing guitar for about 14 years – both acoustic and electric. I even worked in a guitar store for a few years in high school, where I had to clean and fix guitars. I love the tactical decisions you have to make in StarCraft, and the pressure to make good decisions quickly. It’s like playing a musical instrument; you have to concentrate fully and give it your all.
Rich – Protoss
I’m a software engineer working on a new technology called AllJoyn, which enables proximity-based peer-to-peer communication. It’s really cool to be
able to say that you’re working on things that literally noone else has done
I play Magic: the Gathering and have been playing for more than ten years, though I’ve only been playing competitively for about the last five or so. StarCraft, like Magic, has so much going on in every game, and you’re constantly learning new things. It’s fascinating to watch high-level games and try to break down exactly what’s happening. I’m a fairly competitive person, so I really enjoy trying to learn as much as I can and improving my play.
I started playing Brood War in 2001, though I was pretty casual and very rarely played anything but UMS games or Fastest Map Ever! 4v4s. When the SC2 Beta came around, I decided I actually wanted to become decent at the game and started laddering. I started watching Day and reading TeamLiquid.
Sean – Zerg
I’m an engineer at Qualcomm, and I write code for phones. Best part is that I am alone with my computer most of the day.
I started with Brood war back in 2001 (on a 56k). It’s fun and makes me feel smart. Other than StarCraft, I enjoy watching the NFL and NBA. I also just like gaming in general, too.
Vladimir – Protoss
I’m an internal IT Consultant. I specialize in business process analysis. My clients are business units within Qualcomm. What I love most about the job is meeting new people constantly.
I’ve played StarCraft since the BroodWar days, ’99. It is chess on steroids. Also, when I was growing up BroodWar was the ultimate game! Another hobby of mine is both playing and watching Football. In the USA, it is known as soccer – what a bad name for such a great game!