I was stuck with a lot of the shittiest programming jobs in my place for almost 5 years. 2 months back I got a job offer from a massive ass software company I applied to at the beginning of the summer. I never could have imagined a company would care for me enough to pay for my relocation over 6.5k km away from my town and offer me a job with the salary almost 3 fucking times as much as I used to have.
It was a nightmare of a relocation: selling everything I have including my car, apartment, all the tech stuff I've accumulated over many years in less than 2 weeks. But now I'm here, finally able to play TF2 with ping less than 120 and never having a spare hour to play it.
Can't say that it was just TF2 that has gotten me into web development, but I can for sure say that I have learned a shitload of things working on various hobby projects for this videogame. Thank u videogame, those 8 years aren't wasted for nothing.