I can say with little doubt or exaggeration that one of the reasons I have the employment I enjoy is due to my purchasing “Unreal Tournament” many years ago (around '99).
I had just gotten laid off from the automotive R&D job I had, as they closed the facility. I used the severance check to have a PC built in hopes of maybe teaching myself something new. I saw the game and thought maybe I could play that in my “off time”.
Once I discovered the level editor I was hooked. This in turn inspired me to learn Photoshop and 3D Max and as time progressed many other types of software. The learning of new programs and trying to keep current with the ever evolving technologies is challenging but well worth it, and is something I still endeavor to do. As a result my title is graphics specialist and I actually work mostly with the Unreal Engine, the Adobe suite, and 3D Max designing environments and animations. I am thankful the desire to build something in Unreal led to my learning the other skills as well.
Thanks Epic for all the ways you encourage and empower your community!