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Lead Game Designer New

Design

Kwalee Ltd

Negotiable

Royal Leamington Spa, United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Games and Level Design

ASAP

18/11/2019

17/01/2020

Mid-Senior Level

Permanent | Full Time

No

Kwalee is an expanding, independent mobile games developer and publisher based in the beautiful town of Leamington Spa, England, within the area known as Silicon Spa where over 3,000 game developers work.

Kwalee is one of the world's fastest growing studios and has rapidly become the largest hyper-casual publisher in the UK. Thanks to hit games including Draw it, Looper, Jetpack Jump, Shootout 3D, Go Fish!, Plank! and Rocket Sky, Kwalee has hundreds of millions of players across the globe, placing us within the top 5 mobile developers worldwide.

The company was founded in 2011 by David Darling CBE - awarded by the Queen, co-founder of Codemasters and comprises of a highly skilled and creative team that has doubled its size in the last year. The team includes many industry veterans and the original creator of the Micro Machines video games (yes, you read well, we have celebrities here!).

As a Lead Game Designer you have a talent to create fun, exciting game experiences for our players. You're experienced in mobile games design and have worked at least for a year in hypercasual games.

What you tell your friends you do

“My mission is that you enjoy so much our games that you won’t be able to stop playing!”

What you will really be doing

  • Leading the design team, taking responsibility for multiple mobile game projects, creating game design documents, diagrams and flowcharts.

  • Designing compelling game mechanics using modern mobile design principles.

  • Creating, balancing and tuning game mechanics, game difficulty and UI flow.

  • Creating levels and additional content using Unity, for new and existing games.

  • Evolving and adapting game designs based on play testing, feedback and live metrics.

  • Driving long term player engagement by understanding mobile players needs and motivations.

How you will be doing this

  • You’ll be part of an agile, multidisciplinary and creative team and work closely with them to make our games as fun as they can be

  • You'll think creatively and be motivated by challenges and constantly striving for the best.

  • You’ll work with cutting edge technology, if you need software or hardware to get the job done efficiently, you can get it

Team

Our talented team is our signature. We have a highly creative atmosphere with around 60 staff where you’ll have the opportunity to contribute daily to important design decisions. You’ll work within an extremely experienced and passionate team, including David Darling and the creator of the Micro Machines video games.

Skills and requirements

  • A minimum of 5 years experience in a game design role with at least one published game.

  • Experience leading a design team.
  • Experience creating casual and/or mobile games, having at least 1-2 years of experience designing hypercasual games.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Knowledge of mobile free-to-play game monetisation and advertising techniques.

  • Ability to work creatively in a demanding team environment.

  • Absolute passion for playing and making video games, especially mobile games.

  • Strong creative ideas and imagination, able to entertain players with challenges, humour, surprises and fun.

  • Positive attitude, self driven able to work alone or as part of a team.

Desirable

  • Unity experience.

  • Creative writing skills.

  • Coding / prototyping skills.
  • Experience of mobile game live ops, A/B testing and telemetry.

  • Knowledge of mobile game market, trends, competition, platforms and app stores.

We offer

  • We want everyone involved in our games to share our success, that’s why we have a generous team profit sharing scheme from day 1 of employment

  • In addition to a competitive salary we also contribute to your pension, offer private medical cover and life assurance

  • Creative Wednesdays!(Complete freedom to design and make your own games every Wednesday)

  • Gym including free membership
  • 25 days of paid holidays plus bank holidays

  • Free snacks, fruit and drinks

  • Monthly employee awards

  • Quarterly team building days - work hard, play hard!

Our philosophy

We firmly believe in creativity and innovation and that a fundamental requirement for a successful and happy company is having the right mix of individuals. With the right people in the right environment anything and everything is possible.



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