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Andrey "Reynad" Yanyuk
Owner of Tempo Storm, pro Hearthstone player
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“The coolest thing about my job I guess would be to travel. Seeing friends in different countries every weekend.“ That’s what Andrey "Reynad" Yanyuk, Owner of Tempo Storm, pro Hearthstone player outlines as the most exciting part of his job. His main advice to his 14-year-old self? “If you are really good at something, don’t be lazy because of it. Make sure that you work hard anyway.“


Drei Ratschläge an Dein 14jähriges Ich!

Yeah I mean I guess like work ethic is more important than talent, that’s the piece of advice I’d give, just like work hard. That’s just...and if you are really good at something don’t be lazy because of it, like make sure that you are working hard by the way.

Was steht auf Deiner Visitenkarte?

My name is Andrey Yanyuk and i am the owner of the E-Sport’s Organization Tempos Storm and a professional Hearthstone player.

Was ist das coolste an Deinem Job?

The coolest thing about my job I guess would be the travel, like, just like seeing the world or like seeing friends in different countries every weekend and it’s, I’d say that’s the most exciting part of it.

Welche Einschränkungen bringt Dein Job mit sich?

Challenges about my job is that it is kind of unchartered territory as far as career goes. So we are kind of, it is a bunch of guys in their mid or early twenties basically running the industry and we are trying to shape it in a way that’s good long term, so I guess it’s easy to make mistakes because there is not really precedence with E-Sports before and, honestly just amount of time it’s tough because I really try to do too much honestly, I am professional player, I cast, I make content online, I stream a lot of it’s, the team thing takes too much of majority of my time as well so that’s, I guess the time constraints are the hardest part.

Worum geht es in Deinem Job?

I would argue that I’m in the top 5 busiest people in E-Sports because not only am I still competing professionally in these tournaments and flying out to do that really often, I am also on international E-Sports team with upwards of 50 employees and it’s pretty stressful day to day to take advantage of everything. But, and my responsibilities are basically…and of course I have to play the game, I have to stream, I try to put in about a hundred hours a month on Twitch TV broadcasting myself playing games. But on top of that I have to fly out once in a while to events like DreamHack where I compete in these tournaments. But most o of my time I spend on managing the team, so if for example our counterstrike team needs to go to an even and will have to book like the flights, I have to get everything coordinated, ship out jerseys so they get everything in time. I have to work with sponsors, I have to work with game developers, I have to create game presentations, pamphlets about just our brand and what we do, negotiate contracts, I have to constantly be aware of like important players in games that are growing and then try to potentially sign certain players to a team, to help grow the brand and promote the brand. Tempo Storm is one of those teams that, it has grown at the point where, I’d say we are in like the top 5 percent in terms of just the scope of the team as far as E-Sports organizations go, like we are getting very, very big so it’s been pretty hectic. Every day I have to be on Skype answering about 10 hours of messages and stuff but it is really rewarding too so.

Wie sieht Dein Werdegang aus?

I was born in Kherson, Ukraine and I moved to America when I was 6 because married an American and then I pretty much grew up in Minnesota most of my life which is in the north, pretty cold and, yeah my neighbor always has the newest game consoles as mum bought them like you know ... PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360 as they kept coming out every Christmas. So I was always at his house playing lots of different games growing up for ten twelve years. Then I got into card games when I was maybe 14 so I started playing a lot of poker, a lot of Magic and eventually I started Hearthstone, it had come out, I had some experience streaming magic that point already. I was a pretty big streamer in that game and I looked at Hearthstone and I noticed that those games are tone of potential; I think it’s going to be huge on Twitch. I have never seen something hold numbers like that, they fixed a lot of the mistakes, the Magic was doing so I really just moved in on streaming Hearthstone full time and then kind of developed that into a brand over time. But as far as my job go before that, mostly just in high school or I worked at McDonald’s for a week, I worked at Jimmy Johns as a deliver driver when my stream took off and called in and quite. After the first stream I got over 10k viewers so I just never went in again after that. But yeah, I mean, never really glamorous jobs or anything, never went to college so…

Ginge es auch ohne Deinem Werdegang?

I had the skill set to be a pro gamer but then also I like branched that into like an ownership position in a big brand. So I don’t think that you need a card game background to do what I did but it depends on what capacity you want to have in E-Sports I guess like if for example if you want to be a professional player in Hearthstone yes you are going to need a card game background, you are going to need to be good at the game. But if you want to just have a job in E-Sport that can support you, you don’t need to be even good at video games honestly. The market is huge, there is constant demand, I am always looking for like good employees for like, whether that’s video production or like social media management, web developers, editors for like graphics designers, I have to be like the website editor, I have a website admin. There is just, I don’t even have like the biggest organization and I like over 50 employees. Any marketable skill set just like anywhere else in the world that you have is probably a position for E-Sports. You just have to bring something of value to the table to an employer.