Lead Systems Designer

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Games and Level Design
Certain Affinity Inc.
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Lead Systems Designer
As a Lead Systems Designer at Certain Affinity you are responsible for directing and managing the design and creation of core game systems and related features for AAA first person shooters and other action games. You are able to design compelling and accessible game systems for players that are innovative within the genre for both PvE and PvP games.

If you have extensive experience and talent creating and directing game systems, strong leadership experience, are eager to have an impact, are 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 single player, cooperative, and competitive multiplayer game systems and features
Drive the design and implementation of player progression, including engagement and retention through reward systems and related player feedback loops
Collaborate closely with the UX/UI team to ensure a highly accessible, highly enjoyable experience for players
Collaborate with the level design team to plan 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
Lead and direct a team of system designers on the design and creation of core game systems and features for a game
Act as the point person on how game systems and features are brought together to create a complete gameplay experience
Help drive playtests to gather critical gameplay and game system feedback from players and develop a plan of action to address issues
Assist the Lead Game Designer in reviewing all game systems and features, as well as full builds of the game, and providing regular feedback to the project leads and development team

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 design leadership role
Experience leading and supporting a quality-driven team
Proven ability to both create innovative game systems and to enhance existing ones
Thorough grasp of fundamental 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 and Unity3D
Enjoy getting 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 strong ability 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, Texas 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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