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Lead Game Designer

San Francisco, CA
Our client is currently looking for a Lead Game Designer to join their team on a full-time basis, ideally onsite in San Francisco, CA.  We are looking for someone who has direct experience with the design of real-time competitive game mechanics.  In addition to mechanics, this person will have had experience with level design features as well.  The team members are located in many areas, so experience with development in a remote development environment necessary.
We want someone who can make games that are first, highly accessible second, compelling enough to keep the competition element stimulating and thought provoking and third, fair.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Drive gameplay with great player controls and engaging level design.
  • Work with the Lead System designer to create engrossing gameplay & features that will improve UX, engagement, and monetization.
  • Convert high-level ideas into comprehensive and well thought-out concepts.
  • Create GDDs, level layouts & clear feature documentation for new games and content.
  • Work with Product, Content leads to implement design concepts.
  • Analyze KPI’s , user testing / feedback, recommend design solutions; work to modify game concepts accordingly.
  • Develop, design & guide the implementation of game content and/or systems with focus on engagement, retention &  monetization

REQUIREMENTS
  • Five + years’ experience in game design or as a systems designer
  • Three + years’ experience on a live free-to-play mobile game.
  • Solid experience with competitive multiplayer genres on mobile, console, tabletop & PC
  • Expert knowledge of player controls & level design for competitive games
  • Desire and ability to work with established IP
  • Expert knowledge of  game systems and concepts across a wide spectrum of tech
  • Skilled with analyzing data and translating into actionable tasks
  • Understanding of game balance concepts. This includes statistics, virtual goods, economics & user motivations
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Strong technical skills with an aptitude for math & probability
  • Strong balance, tuning, & polishing skills


BONUS REQUIREMENTS:
  • Some knowledge of Unity, C# and/or Unity3D
  • Proficiency with Excel / Google Sheets
  • Past work with racing, sports and real-world competitive game design ideal
  • Experience with: running live ops for 12 months or more
  • Experience with:  Web3, blockchain & NFT technology
  • Passion for collectibles market

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
  • May be tasked with lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling up to 25 lbs., if able to do so.
  • Must be able to sit for prolonged periods of time and walk/stand for moderate periods of time.
  • Must be able to bend at the knees and waist frequently
  • Must be able to repetitively use a telephone and a computer mouse and keyboard.


All employment is contingent on candidates passing a background check and providing at least two positive professional references from prior managers.
We are looking for local candidates only.  U.S. Citizens and those authorized to work in the U.S. are encouraged to apply. We are unable to sponsor at this time.
To apply for this position please visit our website at www.PsiNapse.com, and click on “Looking for Work”.
Thank you for your interest. Please understand that only qualified candidates will receive a response.
PsiNapse Technology, a national, workforce augmentation and solutions firm, offers competitive compensation, professional service, and customized benefits to qualified temporary and career professionals looking for employment.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, sexual-orientation, age, national origin, citizenship, disability, or any other protected category

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