Skyrim's Falskaar mod maker lands games industry job

Alexander J. Velicky gets a full-time position at a game developer, but it's not Bethesda.

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Alexander J. Velicky, the 19-year-old who invested 2000 hours into creating epic Skyrim mod Falskaar as a way of applying for a job at Bethesda, has landed a job in the games industry.

Velicky is now working at Bungie, presumably on the Destiny series.

In a thank you post written on the Bethesda forums (via Eurogamer), Velicky thanked the community for their help in bringing Falskaar to life. "I want to thank even those who did 'simple' things; liking a video, endorsing a mod, or providing feedback (positive and negative alike). I don't think I can really express how thankful I am without blabbering on and getting super repetitive, so I suppose I'll leave it sweet and short."

"Of course, all of this leaves me with one corny 'life lesson' that I'd like to extend to all of you," he added. "Never be afraid to try. I set my sights on a professional design job pretty early, I lowered my head, charged forward, and rarely looked back. Of course, I ensured what I was doing had a reasonable chance for success from time to time."

"But the most surprising of all, is who I've ended up with. I applied to many companies, and Bungie was in my, 'Huge company that will completely ignore me.' category. Well, they didn't and look what it got me. Bungie is an awesome company with an amazing team, and I'm very lucky that they've decided to give me a chance! Never be afraid to try. I spent the time it took to apply and the rewards are proving to be greater than I could have possibly imagined."

While Velicky says that his job will be his "utmost priority," he adds that it's "pretty likely that I won't be able to resist the draw of Fallout 4 and it's modding tools."

Destiny, meanwhile, will be released in 2014.

Discussion

118 comments
SeraphicNomad
SeraphicNomad

Way to go! Gratz, You deserve it. Here's to a bright future and some awesome games, working for a really cool company like Bungie.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

lucky bastard. :P on a serious note, i actually played the falskaar mod and it is indeed very ambitious for a fan created mod and quite a good one at that. looks like he got what he deserved, good for him. just make sure they don't screw up destiny. :P

Hurvl
Hurvl

It sure is nice that Velicky got (Ve)lucky, especially after all the hard work he put into his application. It'd be quite an anticlimax if that mod failed to get him any attention from the gaming industry. I don't have that much work experience, so it doesn't take long for me to make an application and certainly not 2000 hours.

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

Now that's great news! Great to see he got a job!

Daian
Daian

Great, good for him, he deserved it.

sortajan
sortajan

Bethesda doesn't deserve him. Neither does Bungie, but what the Hell. He has a job, so he's got a chance to make a difference in the industry. Hope to hear more from him.


I also hope the cruelty of business doesn't damped his spirits (things like unreasonable deadlines, stingy funding, deliberately removing content to later sell it as DLC, etc;). Given the quality of Falskaar they'd have to be pretty dense to push him around though. But I wouldn't put it past them.

Stiler
Stiler

Glad he got a job at Bungie. 


However I can't help but feel sad that Bethseda seemed to not offer him a job, it seemed he really really liked/wanted to work there and they could have definitely used someone with his talents.

R083R70
R083R70

Nice to hear everything worked out, and thanks for the Fallout 4 reminder I was needing to go and stare at thesurvivor2299.com and contemplate it's genuineness.

Jarten
Jarten

Congrats to Velicky. Having downloaded and seen Falskarr firsthand I think that any company that didn't answer his application with a job is missing out on some great talent. I really think that Bethesda made a mistake by not hiring him first.

Tzardok
Tzardok

Godbless you friend, may other people achieve the dreams they seek as well. Passion is what drives the industry forward, I only wish more people were as committed and passionate as him. 

Brakkyn
Brakkyn

Fallout 4 confir--*sniper shot*

KamuiFei
KamuiFei

This is the kind of gaming news I like to hear. Falskaar is awesome and Velicky did a good job with it. Good luck to him.

Amon_Asmodeus
Amon_Asmodeus

design games for the future not just copy paste of old stuff with better graphics, today's gaming is getting boring at the speed of light

Flamewolf75
Flamewolf75

Nice job man, wish you the best of luck!

HesamB
HesamB

You go out there and rock man ! and plz don't forget PC !

CrippledPoet
CrippledPoet

Congrats to the guy, modders and indie devs deserve more credit.

BarkingSpider81
BarkingSpider81

Good job! I hope he has a long career making games for us!

ahpuck
ahpuck

Awesome!  If you try, you may fail. If you don't, you will always fail.

noandno
noandno

I hope he doesn't work as a cleaning service, though.

iskaroth
iskaroth

good for him but Falskaar is extremely overrated.

Faye_Tallity
Faye_Tallity

CONGRATULATIONS!!! WOOOO!!! *raises glass of beer* 

Rooten
Rooten

Wow, grats! starting with small projects like the MOD for Skyrim, gave him a job opportunity. It's awesome that some companies out there are looking for some people like Alexander for what he did by himself. Grats again! 

scgarfield
scgarfield

Now that's a feel good story.

Good on him.

On the other hand I hope Bethesda can make a decent bug free game on the PS4...... unlike the PS3.

johnd13
johnd13

Well considering how much effort and hard work he put into that mod, he totally deserves it. Kudos to him.

noandno
noandno

I've tried the mod and I have to say, this guy really deserves it. Congratulation!

surferosh
surferosh

good on the guy.. well done to him.. such hard work and dedication deserves its due reward !

bravo young man... 

damnyou444
damnyou444

congrats   wish you all the best


grin89
grin89

good for him, thanks good guy bungie.

SlaviksG
SlaviksG

Well, yea, projects can easily get you a job.

Anigmar
Anigmar

Congratulations. The mod was really impressive and it showed how much work and effort he had put. More companies should follow suit.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

Sometimes we don't end up with the one of our dreams. Sometimes we end up with the one thats just right for us.  

Way to go Alexander. I'll be rooting for you and your future endeavors. I'll go complete the Falskaar expansion (its not a mod) in your honor. 

Flubbbs
Flubbbs

@Jarten he used the mod tools Bethesda created.. its not like he designed the whole mod from scratch and programmed everything

noandno
noandno

@Brakkyn Fallout 4 confirmed in production.... BY BUNGIE

FUUUUUUUUUU-

zerofrust
zerofrust

@gameroutlawzz 

Bethesda is probably one of few developer who release tools, devs use themselves, publicly on PC .Most of the time people have to get "inventive" and create their own applications to be able to Mod and that's not exactly a easy task.

codac
codac

@Flubbbs @Jarten It wouldn't be called a mod of he made it from scratch. Also he modeled, did scripting, and arranged voice work before the tools were release, so ya. He put in some work.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@noandno @Brakkyn "I don't want to live in this world anymore" *Bungie jumps off a 20m cliff with a 30m cord*.