Step one, score a dream job as an editor at PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds) in Santa Monica, California. Step two, move from Chicago to LA at breakneck speed and settle into my exciting new life. Step three, sequester myself alone in my apartment in a new city as a pandemic ravages the globe…yeah, that took a hard turn.

The stakes have never been higher for the game industry. Everyone is stuck at home in desperate need of something for stimulation and entertainment. We in the game industry are very fortunate that we have the ability to continue to conduct business during the pandemic. Collectively, PUBG was quick to find its footing in this crisis and continue to deliver for our players. Since PUBG is part of a far reaching global company, we are all video conference champions. These past few weeks I have had the pleasure of meeting several of my co-worker’s pets. We have had company lunches and happy hours via video conference. Everyone is making a strong effort to keep spirits high and keep the needs of our players in mind. I don’t think anything can replace the synergized energy that takes place in the office. However I am impressed and inspired by what we have accomplished during this tragic, scary, unknown time. I’m very interested to see how people respond to the work we’ve done for Season 7, mainly because so much of it was done from our homes. I know for me this season will be one to remember.

I am not ashamed to admit I have had SEVERAL breakdowns since I began sheltering in place March 16th, 2020. The plan when I moved to LA was to visit my husband in Chicago often, obviously that has been cancelled. I have not hugged my husband since I left for LA back in October 2019. This is the first time I have lived entirely on my own, not even a pet. In all honesty I was enjoying the shakeup and really finding myself, naturally my attitude has shifted in recent days. It is unbearably lonely and a real test for my independence. Granted I’m not doing anything heroic, I’m working from my couch, playing games, ordering ALL the takeout, and occasionally ugly-crynig myself to sleep. Despite everything I have managed to maintain a high level of productivity and even positivity when possible. I have been keeping to a workout regimen and making a little art here and there. This piece in particular speaks to my daily sentiments…

I assume I’m doing well because I am privileged to be able to work from home. I keep that in mind every day when I wake up and tackle my work. I am motivated and grateful to help provide a form of relief for gamers as we push our notorious introverted behavior to its limit. I hope everyone reading is safe, well and has something good to play.