These associates brought their passion for gaming to work—and won big. More than 500 associate competitors signed up for the 2019 Associate Gaming Contest. Four advanced to the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in LA, where they had the chance to network with top gaming industry pros.
Justin S., consumables department manager at Store 2231 in Moline, Ill., compares gaming to his Walmart career.
“In a game, you have to communicate with either your partner or your team or whatever. At Walmart, you have to communicate with your team to make sure that everyone’s on the same page so you get your tasks done.”
Nick K., a garden center associate at Store 219 in Sedalia, Mo., says his manager encouraged him to enter the E3 tournament.
“It’s one of the coolest things ever because it’s always been one of my dreams to compete,” he said.
This competitor brings his desire to win to the console and to the store.
“So if that means that I have to do the best that I can every day at work as far as sales, that’s just competing for me. I want to compete to make sure that our sales are the very best they possibly can be, so whatever they need me to do, I’m ready for it.”
Jacob W., a production supervisor at Store 333 in Beaver Dam, Ky., encourages other associates to pursue their dreams through a Walmart Challenge.
“If you have a hobby that you like, I’d say just go for it. If you can turn a hobby into something rewarding, then you’re just happy.”
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