Originally Posted by TapiocaBall
Him working in a pizzeria doesn't really change him standing to lose a career.
no, my take on this is the following:
after being moderately successful as a SC1 commentator, he tried to go pro-gamer with the advent of SC2.
“Since beta has come out, I’ve only gotten four to five hours of sleep a night,” says Schultz. “I am currently a pizza delivery man for Mafia Mike’s Pizza. I’m also trying to get Machine a job there as well. It’s just minimum wage pay but people tip good out here and I only work five to seven hours a day. Leaves more time for gaming.”
He sacrifices RL in order to play SC2 but things don't work out the way he had hoped for - the skill gap between him and the EG members he lives and occasionally trains with is just too large and other than giving a few gosucoaching lessons (however, afaik he never was on their main coaching staff, he did however do the video recording of gosucamp) not much of value results from his dedication to SC2.
In September he is very happy to have found a new job at Wal-Mart (also in September: massive gosucoaching drama on teamliquid - they had taken payments in advance but had problems delivering the lessons as promised), while in October he complains about having to work two jobs.
In November he has his job interview with RIOT.
Without knowing more than public information I would conclude that in fall he realized that SC2 would not work out and that working in unskilled jobs for the rest of his life would not be that attractive.
He had probably met Phreak again at WCG 2010 in September (they know each other, both were at WCG, Phreak certainly was eager to show off LoL -- would be strange if they hadn't talked) and maybe had received some sort of unofficial offer to join RIOT or work with them in one form or another (PsyonicReaver had at least more notoriety than milkfat whom RIOT decided to work with at WCG, too).
He took a gamble on SC2 and the job at RIOT was the closest to a backup plan he could come up with. I wouldn't like to be in his situation at all right now.
again: this is just my interpretation
based on what I recall reading on teamliquid.net and could find on the web.
edit: and last but not least - people really should be careful what personal information they disclose in interviews, blogs, forums, social networks, ...