Here's a success story to inspire anyone who wants to make the leap from hobbyist mod maker to full-fledged developer: it's possible if you put love into your creation and catch someone's attention. Alexander J. Velicky, the fellow who created the popular Falskaar mod for Elder Scrolls IC: Skyrim, is now working for a big studio - and it isn't Bethesda.
Posting on the official Skyrim forums to thank everyone, Velicky revealed that he has been hired by Bungie - apparently to help out on the company's upcoming next-gen game Destiny.
"Never be afraid to try," Velicky wrote on The Elder Scrolls forum in a 'thank you' post. "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," he continued. "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," Velicky concluded. "I spent the time it took to apply and the rewards are proving to be greater than I could have possible imagined."
Congratulations to Velicky for landing the job at Bungie. They are lucky to have you! If you aren't familiar with the mod he created, check out the wonderful video to your left.