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.

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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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605 comments
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

limakokba
limakokba

Oye give the kid a chance Bethesda. Prep him, and if he lacks in some way like script editing, programming knowledge etc. point him the direction for future studies and hire him after that. He at least deserved that much courtesy for the effort he put!!

chieflion
chieflion

fuck the main guys voice in that mod

way to do a lot of shit for someone that doesn't give a fuck, i hope they eventually do give a fuck cuz u deserve it sleckjevy.

rawkstar007
rawkstar007

He's got the passion. He's got the skills. He's got the effort. That's worth at least a foot in the door.

Cataclysmic0001
Cataclysmic0001

Hate to break it to people, but generating levels with a fully stocked construction kit using content that has already been made is MUCH different than designing it from scratch.  To say he did what it took Bethesda months to do is ridiculous.  Not saying it's not a great mod (haven't played it), but some of you are terribly misinformed about the development process.

greenballer
greenballer

He should at least be given a interview.

Azghouls
Azghouls

Bethesda: I'm sorry that your application has been declined due to the following reasons:

* No dragon carrying mammoths / no sudden appearances of any sort of gargantuan creatures / no memory crashes and it's bug free.

We want applicants who can deliver a product with at least ten patches and horse armour DLC minimum.

Shinteikun
Shinteikun

I really wonder will bethesda do something about his... if it's me, I'd hire him... actually, I'll go check his mod... I wonder what he put in there!!!

liandrikonflict
liandrikonflict

hire him for 7.95 an hour....he will probably take it.

ndmq
ndmq

This kid took a year to create DLC equivalent to a team of pros can accomplish in months. Someone better bring out the whip.

magicalclick
magicalclick

I would hire him, and sponsor him for higher education. Grow him as a director.

bfa1509
bfa1509

Although this shows impressive patience and follow-through, programmers need to be super mathematicians, so unless he is good at maths, I don't think Bethesda will be interested.

da_capo
da_capo

found it

Heart of Falskaar (On The Horizon) - Julian Shanahan

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?

ndmq
ndmq

@Cataclysmic0001 

I'm talking about DLC expansion, not building from scratch, the kid have the same tools as the devs in making DLC. Yet more efficient.

Relvar
Relvar

@bfa1509 What are you smoking? I suck at Maths and program just fine. If you don't like the way the maths works CHANGE THE RULES until it does. 

DouglassIndust
DouglassIndust

@bfa1509 I plan on working for Bethesda game studios as a character artist, do u think math is required? 

miser_cz
miser_cz

@bfa1509 Are you aware of fact there are like 10 different professions apart of programmer in game developer team? This guy obviously wants to be level designer.

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.

bfa1509
bfa1509

@DouglassIndust @bfa1509 It may not be required but getting into the gaming industry is extremely competitive. A strong background in maths and/or programming is a huge plus to have under your belt.

bfa1509
bfa1509

@miser_cz @bfa1509 He will be competing with people who could fulfill all 10 of those professions with strong mathematical backgrounds and proficiency with high-level programming languages.

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).

PSdual_wielder
PSdual_wielder

@Celerity11 @miser_cz @bfa1509  

Not really, level designers require scripting knowledge, which is different from raw programming.  Scripting means hooking things up in a level editor to make triggers and events happen.  If this guy made that mod its already clear he has good level scripting expertise.

bfa1509
bfa1509

@joeallen06 @bfa1509 @miser_cz I never said he can't. I'm saying you can't get a job with patience and determination alone. He probably will get a job as long as he can prove these aren't his only talents.

joeallen06
joeallen06

@bfa1509 @miser_cz who are you to say this guy can't? get your head out your own arse he's done far better than most other people.

Ilikemyname420
Ilikemyname420

You can make mods in Skyrim with only a basic grasp of math and programming. You don't need these things to create scripts, record dialog, create textures, models or animation etc. Programming is only a small part and it's not really needed when you have a fully working game engine.

bfa1509
bfa1509

@miser_cz @bfa1509 Its true. In the 90s most games were made by very small teams with each person fulfilling many roles. Also, indie games developers can make their own games from scratch, not just with skyrim level design software.