Lead Application/Game Designer

Bethesda, MD

Job Description

We are searching for an experienced application and game designer, who will build and lead a design team to create virtual sports, mobile and hybrid gaming products going forward.

You’ll enjoy working with experienced and passionate people, on challenging projects with great personal growth. The right candidate will be a team player that will enjoy a casual and dynamic work environment.

We’re a growing company and looking for passionate, innovative and talented people to join our team and help us to create the next generation of interactive products.

 

Responsibilities

  • Oversee the areas of development as it pertains to the design team
  • Lead the supporting game designers through mentorship and growth
  • Transform conceptual ideas into fully fleshed out designs with the design team
  • Maintain centralized documentation on all areas of the game
  • Collaborate with other members of leadership on all aspects of the game’s development
  • Conceptualize, implement, and balance game content through industry standard tools
  • Use various tools for rapid data driven feature iteration
  • Scripting of game content through popular languages
  • Work (and collaborate) with other teams to develop content and features
  • Management of design staff (performance reviews, regular check-ins, etc.)
  • Transfer the all-inclusive creative vision and concise feature requirements to the team
  • Create clear and specific game design documents
  • Guide the initial prototyping, game play pacing, tuning and balancing, first user experience, progress and difficulty ramp through the game evolvement
  • Game balancing
  • Draw up new ideas and concept proposals
  • Review industry best practice and competitor products

 

Skills Required

 

  • Serious passion for games and able to break down and articulate their strengths and weaknesses
  • Ability to receive and offer constructive feedback to iterate and improve upon content and features
  • Minimum 6 years game industry experience (2 within a leadership or management position), and multiple shipped titles
  • Deep understanding of Social Mobile games
  • Deep understanding of Social Casino games
  • Deep understanding of collectible card games (e.g. Magic the Gathering, Hearthstone, Pokemon, etc.)
  • Deep understanding of multiplayer online battle arena games (e.g. League of Legends, Dota2, Arena of Valor, etc.)
  • Deep understanding of massively multiplayer online games (e.g. World of Warcraft, Guild Wars 2, Final Fantasy XIV, etc.)
  • Experience with Unity desirable
  • Experience with scripting languages (e.g. Lua, Python, TypeScript) desirable
  • Experience using office software (e.g. Excel, Word, Google office products)
  • Strong systems design ability with an eye toward both feature development and live operations
  • Game Design degree or equivalent professional (or hobbyist) experience
  • Computer Science degree or equivalent professional (or hobbyist) experience
  • Experience working with licensed products
  • Personal qualities:
    • Self-starter who is driven and strives for both excellence and efficiency
    • Solution-oriented, hard-working and reliable
    • Strong written and verbal English communication skills essential (Advanced)
    • Strong analytical and math skills
    • Able to work effectively as part of a team