2D Game Animator II


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Oakland, CA
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Self Aware Games is looking for a passionate animator who can deliver fun and exciting visuals to join our team of talented artists and animators!

We create free-to-play games that connect people all over the world! Our Big Fish Casino franchise tops the charts among mobile social casino games.



Our players appreciate charming characters, clear choreography, and breathtaking effects in Big Fish Casino. Our ideal candidate will have strong animation fundamentals and be well versed in Flash animation for games. They would also show an eagerness to working with our art directors ensuring their work gives our players the best in class visuals they’ve come to expect.

All applicants must present a demo reel or online portfolio. A link is preferred,  any attachments included must be under 10MB, and Zip files cannot be accepted. Provide a shot breakdown of responsibilities for each sample. Applications without a reel will not be considered.


  • Creating high quality animations with a range of subject matter: environments, characters, props, visual effects, and user interface
  • Generating concepts and mock animations in addition to creating final animations under guidance of the animation lead
  • Exporting and testing production-ready animation
  • Ownership of smaller projects and working collaboratively on larger projects
  • Providing guidance to more junior artists and animators
  • Contributing their ideas to team brainstorms and ideation



  • 1-5 years of relevant work experience
  • Demonstrated understanding of digital 2D animation principles
  • Extremely fluent in and efficient with Flash and Photoshop
  • Team collaborator that is comfortable giving and receiving critique
  • Excellent teamwork and communication skills and the ability to adapt to new creative challenges
  • Demonstrated experience with the full pipeline on a mobile product
  • Strong drawing and illustration skills 


Our passionate team is located in Big Fish’s Downtown Oakland Studio, directly next to beautiful Lake Merritt and just two blocks from the BART. Prefer to bike? We can accommodate that with in-office bike storage and showers. You need to have fun to make fun, and we’ve created our studio around that idea with ping pong tournaments, a dedicated massage suite, board games, billiards and video games galore!

We’ve come a long way, and continue to grow! Since our founding in 2002, Big Fish has been an industry leader in mobile, free-to-play casual games, and are now embarking on our latest adventure in the mid-core space! With just over 600 employees across our Seattle headquarters, Oakland studio, and Luxembourg office, the Big Fish Pond includes six studios, each with a unique personality and set of goals. We are where gamers, artists, and executives alike come together to collaborate and grow, while also enjoying the opportunities and benefits of a larger company. We’ve got you covered with great benefits including medical, dental and vision insurance, retirement options, transportation and fitness discounts, and great work-life balance!

Want to discover more about life at Big Fish? Check us out on TheMuse.com!

Be the next Big Fish in the Pond!