19-year-old created 25-hour Skyrim mod to apply for a job at Bethesda

Creator Alexander J. Velicky spent 2,000 hours building the land of Falskaar, which is one-third the size of the world in Skyrim.

A 19-year-old by the name of Alexander J. Velicky wanted a job at Bethesda so much that he spent 2,000 hours creating an Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim mod called Falskaar as an application.

Falskaar is an ambitious product created by a 19-year-old.

According to a PC Gamer interview with the high school graduate, Velicky spent 2,000 hours over a span of a year building the 25-hour-long mod as a way of showcasing his skills. It also features a landscape one-third the size of the original game's continent of Skyrim, new characters, new voices, and new quests.

Velicky added that more than 100 people contributed to the voices and ideas of Falskaar, though he stated that "all content was implemented, written, and developed" by him. He also said that Bethesda is aware of the mod, though no further statement was given by the publisher. "The best way to show Bethesda Game Studios that I want a job there and should be hired is to create content that meets the standards of their incredible development team," he said.

PC gamers can check the mod out on the Skyrim Nexus.

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dementedlullaby
dementedlullaby

I hope they, or some other studio, takes notice! I was aware of the mod but not the reasoning. Which is quite sound. Bravo on a job well done.

ishsgames
ishsgames

That is some great work, but what is most impressive is his motivation. That is something all employers should look for, not just some book smart dude who can calculate 100 probability density functions, or trigonometric integrals simultaneously and would satisfied with low pay....

whakyZ86
whakyZ86

so i just noticed that this article dates back to 2013.  and apparently the whole situation has been resolved and the world, along with Velicky, has moved on.  i hate to be that guy, but really?  you guys at gamespot are rehashing old news that isn't even relevant anymore?

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

What's good or different about this mod? Looks just like Skyrim levels to me.

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

... and still didn't get it. 

naumanpro
naumanpro

Good spirit of the maker to prove his ability. Games are liked by many people. Here is a collection of different types of games:

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CommandoAgent
CommandoAgent

wow that was epic and he did this in just 25 hours over a span of a year?


They should hire.

macaque12
macaque12

He might be one of the biggest names of gaming industry some years from now. Good to see some talented people like him. Congrats!

Darkangel2154
Darkangel2154

Good start, He knows how to run someone elses tools and assets. Now he needs to make his own, running java and VB with C#. Once he Makes his own textures and spends the big $$ on a game engine and modeling software and puts it up on Steam for sale they will hire him. Or you know get a Associates or Bachelors degree in It game and software dev.

naviney
naviney

Praise for the little effort, but this isn't as shocking as it appear.

AnimeNutJill
AnimeNutJill

Congrats to him, glad a company was kind enough to take him on. It's Bungie's benefit & Bethesda's loss kinda tho.

gosushi
gosushi

Surely the guy deserves some sort of try-out or traineeship

Stedmister
Stedmister

Nice work, but he also need programming language knowledge, not everything an easy tool set. College helps.

blaze_boy30
blaze_boy30

Nice. Give him the job Bethesda. And don't stick him into QA, it'd be a waste of talent.

Ultramarinus
Ultramarinus

This guy basically made up his own resume in an industry which pretty much only hires someone with years of experience. Pretty much the best way to do it without spending years trying to build up the background necessary. Kudos to him and good luck!

Abelius
Abelius

One can only admire his passion.

AloeVera4
AloeVera4

Jesus.....that's good stuff! I don't know who this kid is, but he's exactly the kind of worker ANY company should be clamoring to hire!! Good luck my man!

da_capo
da_capo

whats the song?? anybody????

DESTROYRS_F8
DESTROYRS_F8

heh, something I would see in the PC community, but it would be FREE.  Something the console fanboy would enjoy if COD map packs were free...

MatrixGamer78
MatrixGamer78

My message for Bethesda is " Follow Valve but not Blizzard "

SwallyBoy
SwallyBoy

We should all take a leaf out of his book. He has shown that when you truly want something and are chasing a dream, then nothing should get in your way. Regardless of degrees, this kind of passion and determination doesn't come along everyday. Whilst degrees are necessary , there is often too much of a reliance on them. They should at least work with him to release this officially, that would send such a positive message to everyone.

Temperedelm
Temperedelm

Hire him, take this mod and release it as an expansion for all versions of Skyrim! I would gladly pay for this on my Xbox.

SEEDman_X
SEEDman_X

HIRE HIM!!  That's dedication, my friend!!  And being the first to pull of something like this for a job, I say he probably doesn't need a college degree.

SipahSalar
SipahSalar

They just copy pasted the link to the PC Gamer interview. Being a gaming news website means more than just surfing another gaming news website and then copying it.

CraZkid37
CraZkid37

A mod? This is more like DLC! Thats the type of dedication thats needed to show you belong in the industry. If anything, they should at least give him some kind of grant/scholarship for college

thermalmotion
thermalmotion

Awesome, I spent 3 weeks creating a mod for Skyrim, a lot of work goes into it.

This guy rocks, I hope he gets hired.

ammathil
ammathil

a job no but what i would do if i was the head of bethesda is pay to send the guy to school so he can come work for ya later

rogue81
rogue81

He's got the passion, but I'm positive he's also competing with hundreds if not thousands of other applicants who will have gotten a college degree and therefore have a major leg up on him. To Alexander, go to school and get your degree. You've gotten their attention, now you just need to show them you can master the basics of code and design, and that you're willing to pay your dues like everyone else.

Paul2004
Paul2004

Smart kid, gotta respect that. He spent alot of time making a large mod all to promote himself and hopefully break into the industry, hope he successful...be a shame not to work but i think even if Bethesda doesnt someone else will

SystemOnline
SystemOnline

I'd be quite careful to hire someone who clearly hadn't got their priorities right

wanderz
wanderz

@Ripper_TV i think that's the point... a single guy with no special tools or training made something equal to 1/3rd the size of the full game, which was made by a group of people with training and special tools / programs.

Conscrumptured
Conscrumptured

@CommandoAgent I agree he's earned himself consideration for the job, but no: he spent 2,000 hours on this mod. The mod itself is just 25 hours long, I believe that's a rough estimate. But he spent much more than 25 hours actually working on it.

da_capo
da_capo

found it

Heart of Falskaar (On The Horizon) - Julian Shanahan

Kickable
Kickable

@DESTROYRS_F8 oh look it's 'that guy'. always at least one of you on every single news article.

snova9308
snova9308

@SipahSalar 

that would be because copying the interview itself would be stealing you idiot.

CRAPCOM1926
CRAPCOM1926

@ammathil Polish hes skills is what they should do them for the ps5 generation give him a job.

CRAPCOM1926
CRAPCOM1926

@SystemOnline He wants To work in the videogames industry!!!! HELLO????? Is a respectfull and well pay carreer now, so wtf with ur comment?

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

@wanderz @Ripper_TV I thought he just basically reshuffled the pieces (assets) and hasn't created a single new asset. There should be a reason they still haven't hired him, they're not impressed either.

SipahSalar
SipahSalar

@snova9308 @SipahSalar Pasting the link is same thing as copying the whole interview and im not saying they should copy the interview "you idiot", im saying if they didnt make the news...they shouldnt cover it at all.

MaskofMany
MaskofMany

@Relvar @CRAPCOM1926 @SystemOnline 
From actual first-hand experience: yes, being a game developer is actually a very respectable & fairly well-paying job (unless you're working for a failing company or a small-time indie developer).