Alexander J. Velicky, creator of the Falskaar mod for Skyrim, is now working at Bungie as an Associate Designer, the 19-year-old announced.
“I’m very excited to announce that I’ve accepted an Associate Designer position at Bungie, Inc. I cannot express how excited I am for this,” Velicky wrote on the Bethesda forums. “But this thread isn’t about me. This is about me thanking you; The Community. Modding has been ~90% of my life for over four years now, and all throughout you were there to support me. I know this will sound weird since this is an open community composed largely of random anonymous people from ‘The Internet’, but you’re kind of like my second family.”
Earlier this year, in July, Velicky talked to PC Gamer about how he built Falskaar—a Skyrim mod complete with original music, voice-acted characters, and original quests that span 25 hours of content on a landmass one-third the size of Skyrim’s—expressly to gain Bethesda Game Studios’ attention with the hopes of getting hired by them. Building Falskaar required over 2,000 hours of Velicky’s personal time, as well as the postponement of his post-high school education.
“I set my sights on a professional design job pretty early, I lowered my head, charged forward, and rarely looked back,” Velicky added. “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.”