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Are you passionate about making amazing games and creating unforgettable gaming experiences? Would you be excited to design games for a range of platforms including console, PC, mobile and more? You’re in luck! Playside Studios are seeking a talented Senior Game Designer to join our awesome and talented team. The ideal candidate should have proven experience in designing high-quality, audience-focused games, leadership of junior and mid-level designers, and demonstrated knowledge in high-quality, free-to-play mobile game experiences.

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee and guide the design of multiple projects at once, reporting to the lead designer while guiding your project’s designers to create their best work possible and providing them mentorship. 

  • Drive the design and implementation of features and game systems in order to bring the vision of the Lead Designer into a quality playable experience.

  • Work collaboratively and openly with team members to create and maintain and review GDDs, functional specification designs, design templates, UX/UI wireframes, and prototypes.

  • Develop concepts for gameplay and progression systems for use throughout the player lifecycle to maximize engagement, monetization, and retention.

  • Develop data-gathering methods for game balancing.

  • Utilize analytics for game tuning, performance projections, and game changes. 

  • Partner with other disciplines to ensure the game design and player engagement targets are prioritized, monitored and delivered upon.

  • Oversee and guide designers as they quickly prototype design ideas in-game and rapidly iterate via playtesting.

  • Seek regular feedback from peers and playtesting to validate system designs.

  • Both create and guide designers to create detailed, thorough and professional documentation that helps the team to understand the intricacies of your designs.

  • Present your designs, cultivate buy-in, and seek peer reviews on a regular basis.

  • Collaborate with the team across disciplines, including engineering, design, and art to develop world-class gameplay experiences.

What You Bring To The Role

  • 5+ years of game design experience.

  • Experience working on a mobile F2P game from concept through live service.

  • Experience in leadership and providing mentorship to junior members of the team.

  • Designed and developed major game systems for at least one shipped title.

  • Demonstrable content creation skills.

  • Outstanding self-motivation and initiative in a highly dynamic environment.

  • Creatively, analytically and organizationally skilled with proven ability to write, communicate and maintain detailed design documentation throughout the game life cycle.

  • Demonstrative proof of an open-minded, progressive thinker who is flexible, energetic and driven with the ability to overcome obstacles and challenges with working solutions.

  • Ability to research, design for, understand and be passionate about a variety of audience types, including kids, casual, female majority, core, etc.

  • Remain current on industry trends including new game genres, new game design methods, and emerging platforms.

  • Excellent verbal communication skills.

Bonus Points!

  • Experience working within Unity3D.

  • Sound knowledge in analytics and product management.

  • Able to take client Requests for Proposals (RFPs) & deliver outstanding pitches back to the client.

  • Scripting experience.

How to Apply

Email your application to jobs@playsidestudios.com.

Your application should include your CV, cover letter and any relevant portfolio links. While working your cover letter, please consider the following:

  • Why are you applying for our role at Playside? 

  • Tell us all about yourself!

  • What is your proudest work achievement?

  • Why do you think you're the one for this role? 

  • Why are you leaving your current role?

  • How many weeks' notice do you need?

Only candidates successful will be contacted. Do keep an eye on our LinkedIn page and careers page to future roles.