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Senior Game Designer

Role 

As a Senior Designer you’ll lead the design and execution of a project, developing and maintaining a clear creative vision alongside the Creative Director.

You’ll be expected to manage small teams in focused prototypes to prove out this initial vision, and hold responsibility for delivering full documentation during pre-production – in addition to working with other discipline leads in delivering a vertical slice that will set the standard for the final product.

You will be the primary publisher contact on design matters, articulately defending decisions during development, forging a working relationship that will ensure a project remains on track, and presenting the studio in a professional manner at all times.

You will be able to mentor more junior designers and work collaboratively across the team to ensure the best possible ideas are stress-tested and realised in-game. Ultimately - your intuition, borne out of experience, will help guide a project from conception to release and beyond.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the creation of full game design documentation for assigned projects
  • Lead analogue and digital prototyping sessions during pre-production to prove out initial vision
  • Identify and prioritize required feature specifications, set the standard for these specs, and review and sign off on all specifications from junior team members
  • Manage regular internal testing sessions on projects, both within the team and across the wider studio, and using this data to influence future design decisions
  • Have a strong understanding of product-focused industry trends to the extent you are confident leading the design and balance of the meta-systems and economies that sit behind our games
  • Create and approve high level overviews of new designs and concepts to quickly convey ideas both internally AND externally
  • Work closely with Production, Engineer and Art Leads to make project critical decisions that ensure game quality is maintained without jeopardizing the delivery of game milestones
  • Attend regular publisher calls/meetings as the key representative for the design on your project. You will be comfortable managing publisher feedback with exemplary communication skills
  • Hold the creative vision for your project, signing off on all features when they are implemented to your satisfaction
  • Report on game progress regularly and articulately to internal stakeholders (directorate), calling out areas of success and concern far enough in advance that strategic solutions can be found
  • Produce original new concepts and respond to publisher RFPs as and when dictated by studio Creative Director
  • Assist in maintaining a project backlog during production and into live-operations, agreeing priorities with product and publishers in regular stakeholder settings
  • Support the junior designers on your team, managing their responsibilities to ensure they are able to develop essential skills, teaching both by face-to-face mentoring and ensuring your work is exemplary

Requirements

We are seeking an experienced game designer who can jump in and immediately get their hands dirty. Ideally, you should have:

  • 5+ years game design experience within a studio environment (with at least 3+ years focused on Free-to-Play development)
  • Proficient in Word, Powerpoint and Excel
  • Exceptional understanding of game structure and systems
  • Exceptional ability to produce clear and workable documentation
  • Wide knowledge base of past and present games, across all genres
  • Able to communicate your ideas clearly, concisely and efficiently
  • Adaptable and able to quickly pick-up new skills and ways of working
  • Comfortable working closely with others and looking after creative teams

It is important to note that this role will predominantly focus on free to play titles – and it is vital that you have a clear passion, understanding, and experience in developing free-to-play games.

About Mediatonic

Mediatonic is a one of the UK's largest independent game makers with around 150 exceptionally talented and seriously hardworking people who devote their careers to crafting awesome original games.

We produce around three new titles every year and deliver them to millions of players with backing from the UK’s top industry veterans and carefully selected partners.

You’ll find our games on Smartphones, Console and PC platforms being enjoyed by millions of people all over the world!

Working with us

Above all, we take pride in crafting games that challenge and inspire us and we invest in technology that will keep us at the forefront of the industry.

We hire experts to take on the biggest creative and technical challenges we can get our hands on and we invest in our people for the long term.

Working in an ambitious teams we strive to create an open, down-to-earth workplace.

Our studios are based in the heart of central London, Brighton and Madrid and all have their own games rooms and fully stocked fridge.  You’ll find plenty of social events and activities during and outside of work time including game and pizza nights, game jams, tech talks, pub trips and office lunches. 

Applying for this role

We receive thousands of applications every year.  As a small recruitment team we try our very best to respond to everyone that applies but we don’t always get this right. We know how hard it is to find the right role and we’re very grateful for every application that we receive.

Here’s some advice when applying to Mediatonic…

A cover letter that tells us a bit about you and what you’re passionate about is essential to get our attention and distinguish your application from the crowd.

Candidates will most often be assessed on the strength of their portfolio and previous work so make sure you provide links and examples wherever you can.

Successful applications will usually have a phone chat before being invited to an interview at Mediatonic with at least one member of our recruitment team. 

By applying to this role you expressly make the following representations and warranties and give your consents as described below:

Mediatonic collects your personal data for the purposes of managing Mediatonic’s recruitment related activities as well as for organizational planning purposes globally. Consequently, we may use your personal data in relation to the evaluation and selection of applicants including, for example, setting up and conducting interviews and tests, evaluating and assessing the results thereto and as is otherwise needed in the recruitment processes including the final recruitment.

Mediatonic does not disclose your personal data to unauthorized third parties. However, being a parent company and having studios in multiple locations, Mediatonic has international sites and uses resources located throughout the world. You agree to the fact that to the extent necessary your personal data may be transferred and/or disclosed to any company within Mediatonic group of companies, including also transfers to servers and databases outside the country where you provided Mediatonic with your personal data. Such transfers may include for example transfers and/or disclosures outside the European Economic Area.

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