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Skyrim modder lands design role at Bungie

Tuesday, 26th November 2013 23:14 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Modding is still one of the best ways to develop and showcase your talent to the games industry, as Alexander J. Velicky’s success story proves. The creator of the enormous Falskaar mod for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim announced on the Bethesda forums that he has won an associate designer position at original Halo developer Bungie, which is now working on upcoming shared-worlds shooter Destiny. Crediting his success in landing his dream job to his modding history, Velicky thanked the community for their support over the years.

Thanks, PCGamesN.

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8 Comments

  1. TheWulf

    Poaching a modder to work on a game that’s not going to be released on a system capable of mods? That’s a low blow, Bungie. To be honest, I’d rather he’d have gained that position at Bethesda.

    #1 8 months ago
  2. mongbatstar

    I think each industry has its own equivalent. In my own area, web development, a newbie would be expected to contribute work to an open source project and build up their portfolio. It’s all about leveling up.

    I’m sure there’s a similiar example for journalism.

    #2 8 months ago
  3. Phoenixblight

    @1

    Uh its not poaching. THat is one of the many things a person attempting to get in the industry should do is make a mod or a game with existing free engines. Its how studios find if you have passion or just a guy wanting a game gig because it’s “fun”.

    #3 8 months ago
  4. UuBuU

    Congrats to him but this isn’t even one of the better mods. It is quite low quality compared to others made for the series.

    #4 8 months ago
  5. Phoenixblight

    @4

    Maybe if they applied for job they would or maybe they liked this guys attitude. There are a lot of factors involved when getting hired. I had to be interviewed by every single person that I was going to work with if they said no for any reason I wouldn’t have the job. Its called the “asshole alarm”.

    #5 8 months ago
  6. ctankep

    Well done Alexander.
    He put alot o’ work into Falskaar.!

    #6 8 months ago
  7. fiuon

    @1

    Bethesda would never hire a modder because then they’d be admitting that modders create better content than them (and they do) not to mention that Bethesda are assholes who don’t care for their community. It took Bungie to hire the guy.

    #7 8 months ago
  8. revolting

    @1 How the hell is this poaching? Velicky himself applied for a job at Bungie of his own volition, and he got the job. Well done to him. Apologies if him getting a job in an industry he loves creating content for is inconvenient for you, but modders, like everyone else, have bills to pay. Making free content for you for the rest of his life will not put food in his belly. You expecting him slave away on onpaid work to satisfy your own selfish need for free content without wishing to pay a penny for it? That’s the low blow.

    Sorry if it destroys some kind of romantic notion you have that creators can exist on love and happiness alone, but, as much as I might wish otherwise at times, we have basic human needs too, like a steady income to provide a roof over our heads and food on our plates.

    Congratulations to the chap, I say. One more reason to look forward to Destiny, if that is indeed what they have him working on.

    #8 8 months ago

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