Sue "Smix" Lee
eSports Host and Twitch employee
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“Pay closer attention to the people that matter. There are friends that you have right now and that you’re gonna have for the rest of your life.” This is, what Sue “Smix” Lee wants her 14-year-old self to consider when growing up. As an eSports Host and Twitch employee she travels a lot, which is one of the coolest parts of her job: “It’s cool to not only visit all these countries but to see the different kinds of fans.”


Drei Ratschläge an Dein 14jähriges Ich!

Number one, study harder, I was too lazy, and number two I would tell myself to stop trying so hard to please other people, there is a lot of stress that came from being at that age and caring too much about what other people thought. Number three I would say pay closer attention to the people that matter. I was foolish back then because I, instead of, okay let me rephrase this. I was foolish back then because I wanted things that were superficial but looking back I would definitely tell my 14 year old self there are friends that you have right now that you are going to have for the rest of your life, make sure to keep them close because they are going to be with you. They are going to; they are the ones that will be with you.

Was steht auf Deiner Visitenkarte?

My name is Sue Lee and I was as ESports host and I am also an employee at Twitch.

Was ist das coolste an Deinem Job?

The coolest thing by far is getting to travel to all these different countries. It is really, really cool to not only be able to visit these countries but to see the different kinds of fans that are in these countries. Every county has a different culture so this can come out in different ways. For example I have noticed that the fans France particularly are very, very expressive and passionate and I don’t know if that’s just the thing about French culture but it is just really cool and it’s also really cool to try different things like the culture, the food, getting to try the different food in different countries. That’s really cool.

Welche Einschränkungen bringt Dein Job mit sich?

Hardest parts of my job, I would say travel. For example right now I am very jetlagged because I have to travel from California to Sweden which is 11 hour flight .... another 2 hour flight. So I am extremely jetlagged right now so getting accustomed to that is never easy. It doesn’t get easier with time, it’s always hard. So yeah, I would say the jetlag is definitely at the top of the list. And second I would say when I work as an ESports host there is a lot. I am very big on self improvement and I still feel like there is a lot of room for me to grow so in that sense I guess it is hard in a sense that I feel I still have a lot to learn and improve on. So that’s a constant struggle as well.

Worum geht es in Deinem Job?

As an ESports host usually I work as freelance so I will come to these events and host for a game. That basically entails that I will do interviews with players after their match, before the match and I will also host on stage at the presenters and the audience in the crowd as well so people that are watching online on Twitch. So that’s usually what I do in terms of working as a host. I am also an employee at Twitch so in terms of my day to day it is more of work at that company since the freelance work as an ESports host usually happens on weekends. So at Twitch I am working partnership merchandize. Currently we are doing this thing called the T-Spin Program where we are helping our partner broadcasters sell t-shirts. So we are helping them launch the campaigns, we are teaching them the best ways to promote. We are just encouraging them to have this new avenue of revenue.

Wie sieht Dein Werdegang aus?

I was born in Seoul, Korea. I moved to New York when I was 10 months old so I am pretty much like 99.9 percent American. I grew up and I was a pretty good student, went to a pretty good college and when I was in school I was studying to become an occupational therapist. I was an anthropology and psychology major so I really loved to study people. I love to watch people, observe people, kind of figure out how they work. So occupational therapy was a perfect tie into that. Gaming, I grew up gaming because my brother was a big gamer and he didn’t really enjoy spending time with me per say but her was okay with me watching him play games. So from a very young age I have always watched my brother play games and so when twitch launched it was perfect because I grew up watching my brother play games and now this website came out where I can watch other people play games. So I have always had this inherent love for watching others play games. I play games as well just not on the competitive level. I like to play with friends. Gaming for me is a great way to relive stress as well as keep in touch with friends that live far away from me. It is an easy way to do that. So in college I fell into ESports because I was really into this game called StarCraft 1 Brood War. My brother played it when I was younger and when, in 2008 I discovered the was a professional scene over in Korea. So when I was in college I discovered that you can actually watch this online so I ended up ruining my sleep schedule by staying up until 4:00 am watching all the professional matches that happened over in Korea then I actually got into being involved in the community by translating the interviews that would be posted on the Korean forums. And the StarCraft 2 came out they needed live translators for the tournaments because Koreans would be flying over for the tournaments over in a America. So that’s kind of how I got started working that actually in these, in ESports. My first job in ESports was.... which was in October 2011 then I started to work as a host, not just a translator in 2013 when ... in Valencia and I just got my job at Twitch a month ago.

Ginge es auch ohne Deinem Werdegang?

In terms of what I don’t think it is possible to get where I did in terms of working as a translator without my background because obviously being Korean is very useful for translating for Korean players. So to have done what I did you need to be Korean, to translate or you need to be extremely fluent which is very rare. So in terms of becoming a translator definitely you need to have some sort of background in being a Korean person ethnically. In terms of becoming an ESports host that is something where I don’t think background matters. You just need to have the passion for it, learn from it, be good at it, that doesn’t have anything to do with where I went to school or what background I have or anything like that. Being very social actually helps a lot because you interact with people on a daily basis, you meet so many different people and it is very important to have good relations with these people especially because you are working with so many different kinds of companies, you are working with different tournaments, tournaments that are hiring you. So it’s very important to leave a good impression, form good relationships with them and, yeah I would say just being a good person helps.