Senior Game Designer

Studios | Seattle, WA

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Job ID:
3MG-18-Hopa02
Location:
Seattle, Washington
Post Date:
05/08/2018
Department:
Studios

COME PLAY!

Epic Venture Games is a fast-paced production team that drives a large volume of content for Big Fish. Our talented designers and producers work with dozens of developers from concept to release, shaping entertaining and high-quality games. Members of the Epic Venture team are encouraged to grow and challenge themselves as individuals, while celebrating big successes as a team. We are passionate about quality, we are passionate about consistency, and we are passionate about fun!

Join us for an Epic Adventure you’ll never forget!

THE MISSION

We are seeking a Senior Game Designer to join our team, collaborate on existing projects, and help us design exciting new mobile Free-To-Play games. You will guide content and feature development as a key stakeholder; from providing mechanic design to game/economy balance and polish targets. You will be directly responsible for our audience having a great time, and will interact with passionate people across the studio, including internal and external development teams.

THIS INCLUDES…

  • Design direction of the game with clear documentation of feature specifications
  • Define what the game needs; validate successful delivery and provide actionable feedback on shortcomings
  • Own the game’s “Big Picture” and tie the whole experience together while keeping track of the details
  • Articulate and evangelize design ideas, reasoning, and goals to team members, shared teams/stakeholders, and ensure alignment/buy-in
  • Keep an eye on the future – proactively look for pitfalls and areas for improvement
  • Lead design review meetings and present game design to stakeholders/business owners
  • Guide art development for features and systems, providing visual targets and feedback to art and UI teams to meet design goals
  • Provide feedback regarding prioritization of game features and bug fixes
  • Direct game analysts for tuning needs and feature assessments; use data to guide feature creation, prioritization, and development
  • Partner with offsite teams, including 3rd party development teams, as a subject matter expert
  • Work closely with fellow game designers, product managers, producers, artists, and engineers

YOU ARE

  • Self-motivated with a track record of taking ownership and driving results
  • Passionate about your work and excited about finding the creative middle ground between players and the business
  • A strong verbal and written communicator
  • Enthusiastic about games and crafting fun and compelling user experiences
  • An excellent problem-solver with extraordinary organizational and analytical abilities
  • A collaborative teammate with a good sense of humor, with a desire to grow yourself and those around you
  • Highly detailed with a keen eye for visual polish 

REQUIRED ABILITIES, ACHIEVEMENTS, AND XP

  • 5+ years of professional game design experience ideally with a focus on F2P and/or mobile
  • 3+ shipped games and extensive live operations / campaign support
  • Experience with all phases of development from pre-production to post-launch
  • Demonstrated ability to balance gameplay mechanics and game economies
  • Strong math, statistics, and excel skills
  • Strong game deconstruction and product feedback skills
BONUS POINTS
  • In-depth knowledge of Interactive Fiction and/or Hidden Object games preferred
This position requires the ability to travel up to 5%