Lead Game Systems Designer

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Games and Level Design
Certain Affinity Inc.
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As a Lead Game Systems Designer at Certain Affinity, you are responsible for directing and managing the design and creation of the core game systems and related features that comprise a AAA first person shooter. You are able to design compelling and accessible game systems for players that are innovative within the FPS genre and across the games industry for both single player and multiplayer games.

If you have extensive experience at creating and directing game systems, considerable leadership experience, are eager to have an impact, motivated to support the needs of both development teams and external partners, and are open to new challenges, we’d like to hear from you.


Direct and manage the design and implementation of all single player, cooperative, and multiplayer game systems and features for a AAA FPS game
Act as the point person on how the overall game systems and features are brought together to create the complete gameplay experience
Lead and direct a team of game system designers on the design and creation of the core game systems and features for the project
Collaborate closely with the UX/UI teams to ensure a high quality game experience for players
Responsible for driving the design and implementation of player progression, including engagement and retention through reward systems and related player feedback loops
Collaborate with the Lead Game Designer on the pacing for the introduction of the game features and mechanics and the associated learning curve over the course of the game
Collaborate with the level design team to brainstorm creative ways to implement and showcase the game’s core mechanics and systems through level and mission design
Collaborate with the narrative team to develop and implement story-telling systems that maintain player engagement and reduce reliance on passive devices such as cutscenes
Assist the Lead Game Designer in reviewing game systems and features, as well as full builds of the game, and providing weekly feedback to the project leads and development team
Help drive playtests to gather critical gameplay and game system feedback from players and develop a plan of action to address issues


At least six years of experience as a design lead and manager in game development
Shipped at least two AAA FPS PC or console titles in a Lead Designer role
Experience leading and supporting a quality-driven team
Proven ability to create innovative game systems and to enhance existing ones
Thorough grasp of game design principles (accessibility, usability, player feedback loop, etc.)
Passion for playing games and understanding the systems that drive them, especially FPS games
Experience developing in commercial game engines and technologies such as Unreal or Unity3D
Must be willing to get your hands dirty implementing and balancing your designs
Experience with advanced scripting or coding
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills and methodology
Ability to collaborate with cross-discipline teams including art, audio, engineering, and narrative
Highly self-motivated and able to self-manage

Extra Credit

Bachelor’s (BA) degree from accredited four-year college or university or equivalent experience in design, game development, or engineering
Experience with other areas of design (level design, UX/UI, encounter scripting, etc.)
Experience in systems modelling or simulation, data analytics, or statistical analysis
Experience developing for Xbox One or PS4

Certain Affinity offers an excellent benefits package including a medical, dental, vision, disability and life coverage as well as a matching 401k plan, profit sharing, a phantom stock plan, and a strong PTO plan that takes into account prior work experience for credit towards what you accrue. Certain Affinity also offers relocation for this position to assist you in the move to Austin, TX where we reside and live the dream!

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Certain Affinity Inc.
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Contact: Recruitment Team

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