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Game Director in Austin, Texas
Posted April 11, 2022

GAME DIRECTOR

Location – Austin, TX 

CREATE AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE

  • Join an independent studio that has a long-standing relationship with Call of Duty and Halo franchises
  • Work on content for major studios, without having the corporate environment
  • Best known for co-developing numerous AAA FPS games, though we are also creating compelling new games of our own.

LEVEL UP WITH THIS CREW

  • Exclusive, independent Austin developer comprised of a tightly knit group of experienced, no-nonsense veterans committed to solid work/life balance.
  • They are a member of Take This. A non-profit that is other launching an initiative to eliminate "crunch" with 5 major studios.
  • A “work hard, play hard” culture
  • Located in Austin, US News ranked it as the #1 place to live in America based on job market, affordability, and quality of life

MAKE AN IMPACT

  • Responsible for defining and guiding the entire player experience and finding the fun
  • Consistently champion the game's vision, ensuring broad internal alignment on the game team and amongst the company at large
  • Define, align stakeholders around, communicate, and be accountable for the project's creative vision, including the core loops, metagame, social features, and IP development
  • Direct all aspects of creative game development to ensure they're working together well and supporting the creative vision, from design to UX to art to audio to narrative and beyond
  • Ensure key game pillars and features support the strategic vision of the game
  • Partner with the Executive Producer to drive and evolve the product vision and development strategy for the game
  • Develop and maintain clear frameworks and rituals for quality measurement, feedback resolution, and game development iteration with business goals where the company should focus its player-facing efforts
  • Ensure alignment of product goals to broader department and company objectives

SHOW US YOUR SKILLS

  • 15+ years overall design experience
  • 5+ years leading a AAA design team as Game Director, Creative Director, or Design director with a proven track record of creating and maintaining direction and bringing it to fruition
  • A leadership role on at least three shipped AAA console and PC action-based multiplayer games
  • Experience developing and operating games as a service (GaaS) titles
  • Strong knowledge of gameplay design principles, metagame systems design principles, and narrative in games, and a proven ability to apply them effectively
  • Extensive experience identifying, mitigating, and resolving risks on projects and within teams
  • Understanding of technical and resource constraints and time and monetary budgets in games and proven ability to work within them to maximum effect
  • A diplomatic leader who can have crucial and, at times, sensitive conversations
  • Strong at providing feedback that empowers and inspires team members to produce their best work
  • Expert at presenting and communicating a game vision and its various features to the team, other stakeholders, partners, and press
  • Well-versed in the new IP and GaaS development process and timeline, including empathy and understanding of the various departments, partners, and stakeholders' perspectives and goals at different stages

BONUS POINTS

  • Experience building and fostering productive working relationships with established brands and IP holders
  • Deep understanding of world design, systems design, cinematics, and narrative design
  • Development experience with UE4 and/or UE5
  • Avid gamer on multiple platforms
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  • Employee Type: Direct Hire
  • Location: Austin, Texas
  • Date Posted: April 11, 2022
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