Meet Sergei Golitsyn: #Noonies2021 Nominee, Game Developer, & Lifelong Learnerby@deft
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Meet Sergei Golitsyn: #Noonies2021 Nominee, Game Developer, & Lifelong Learner

by Sergey GolitsynNovember 26th, 2021
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Sergei Golitsyn is the Senior Software Engineer @ ZillionWhales. He has been nominated for a 2021 Noonies award. He is currently developing computer games and is studying Unity in parallel to write his own game. Learn more about his thoughts and opinions on Software Engineering and his journey in the tech industry via the interview below. The winner of the Noonies Award will be announced at the end of the month on December 31. For more information on the award, visit

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Hey Hackers! I’m Sergei Golitsyn and I’m the Senior Software Engineer @ ZillionWhales.

First of all, a huge thank you to the HackerNoon community and staff for nominating me for a 2021 Noonies award! I’ve been nominated in the following categories please do check out these award pages and vote:

  1. rick-sanchez-of-the-year: link

  2. hackernoon-contributor-of-the-year-fintech : link

  3. hackernoon-contributor-of-the-year-computer-science : link

As a someone in the Software Engineering industry, I believe that the most exciting technology of the present is AR/VR because they help you move to the world of your dreams. Also, I believe that everybody should share knowledge. Learn more about my thoughts and opinions on Software Engineering and my journey in the tech industry via the interview below.

1. What do you do and why do you do it? (tell us your story)

Recently I have been developing computer games. I am designing the architecture for servers and databases. I design how the server will communicate with the client. I try to make the user experience as pleasant as possible, without lags and other server problems. I also actively share my knowledge in articles and interviews.

I also actively share my knowledge in articles, interviews, teach Java courses on Udemy and other platforms.

2. Tell us more about the things you create / write / manage / build!

I have developed several server modules and approaches for unlocking and creating in-game rewards. You can see this in Mushroom Wars 2 and Wild RTS Wars games. I also write actively about patterns and how they can be used in-game servers. You can find all the relevant information on my Twitter-

I have desygned a module for generating reports of varying complexity. I also created from scratch a module for data synchronization between mobile devices and the backend and data synchronization between NoSQL and SQL databases. This module was later used in other applications of the company. And it is still used today.

3. How did you end up on your current career path? Do you like it?

I found myself in game development by accident, although I had dreamed about it all my life. I believe that games are changing our world for the better. They allow you to relax and immerse yourself in another world. Let you be who you really want to be. Allows you to find friends with the same interests. Therefore, I am thrilled about doing games.

I like making games because I can see how people enjoy my game while playing it.

4. What tech are you most excited or passionate about right now and why?

Hmm, I genuinely believe in AR and VR. I like that these technologies are trying to completely change your consciousness, transfer your consciousness to another world, or make the world you see a little better. I would really like to work in a company that develops AR.

5. What tech are you most worried about right now and why?

A difficult question for me. Probably the most frightening is the uncontrolled development of artificial intelligence, which, as a result, can exterminate us. But I am sure we are still very far from this moment.

6. If we gave you 10 million dollars to invest in something today, what would you invest in and why?

Of course, these are computer games and my own studio. I also believe in Elon and would probably invest some of the money in his projects.

7. What are you currently learning?

Now I am developing my skills for building highly loaded systems and bringing them to production. I am also actively studying Unity in parallel to write my own game.

I grow expert knowledge in backend and system design, help young guys build a career path correctly, and trying to improve my soft skills. Teaching Java courses and spend a lot of free time on different hackathons and IT events.

8. What’s the best advice you’ve ever given someone?

I think it's best to find someone I've given advice to. Perhaps those sympathetic to my phrase "look for a job for the soul, and not for money" can now thank me. I sincerely believe that financial motivation is the weakest motivation, and doing something for money is a road to nowhere. I always try to work and do what I like.

9. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Probably any advice I got was helpful. I can’t say exactly one thing. I always try to listen and think if this will help me. Perhaps the one who gives me advice has more knowledge than me or simply sees the world from the other side. Another piece of advice that I received from the book The Alchemist is that you should always follow your dream, and I always keep this dream in my head.





About HackerNoon’s 2021 Noonie Awards

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