Regular readers of the Train2Game blog will know all about how modding and community development can provide a leg up into a job in the games industry.
Now another budding game developer has been offered a job thanks to their modding work. A Starcraft II modder known only as ‘Ryan’ has been courted by League of Legends developers Riot Games after seeing a mod he’s working on called ‘World of Starcraft’
Yes, it’s an MMO based on the RTS Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty being built using the games Galaxy Editor. Videos of World of Starcraft were removed from Youtube following coverage on a number of websites, at the request of ‘Activision Games Inc’ As of yet, the mod and its forums have yet to be affected by any order from Activision Blizzard.
However, Blizzard isn’t the only game development studio that have noticed Ryan’s work with modding. Riot Games Director Games Design Director – and former World of Warcraft designer – Tom Cadwell has contacted Ryan about the possibility of a job offer.
“When I see a modder with a lot of drive that has done something cool, I tend to contact them. I shot him an email recently asking if he was interested in exploring an opportunity here” he wrote on the Riot Games forum.
He also left his thoughts on the Blizzard situation:
“I don’t know because I’m not a Blizzard employee, but I seriously doubt this is anything other than the fact he named the mod World of StarCraft, which has an air of legitimacy that borderline infringes on Blizzar”.
“Blizzard is very supportive of their modders, but also vigorously depends certain aspects of their IP (as they should and must).”
Speaking to Pixelated Geek, Ryan said of the opportunity:
“I would be a complete idiot not to… I’ve waited my whole life for something like this.”
The Train2Game blog will be sure to yet you know the outcome of this tale! It looks like it could be another example of how modding and community design can help give aspiring developers a leg up into the industry, especially when it comes to working with PC games.
The lesson for Train2Game students? Try your hand at modding, who knows where it may lead!
What are your thoughts on Ryan’s situation? Are you encouraged by the fact Riot Games are actively looking to recruit modders? And what are your thoughts on the whole World of Starcraft idea and the issues around it?