Game Designer

Posted on Feb 5, 2019 by Skillz

San Francisco, CA 94102
Leisure & Sport
Immediate Start
Annual Salary
About Skillz: Today, people spend more time playing video games than they do playing all physical sports, and eSports are poised to become bigger than the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL combined. Skillz provides the technology that powers an eSports industry forecast to exceed as much as $40 billion in revenue by 2020. As the eSports provider for over 8,000 game developers, Skillz enables any mobile game to be turned into a competitive eSport that can also be broadcast on major streaming sites like Twitch and YouTube. We do this by integrating our unique layer of code directly into a mobile app, which activates our end-to-end tournament administration and other important features like player matching, anti-cheating mechanisms, customer support and a built-in loyalty program. Using our patented technology stack, we've already hosted more than 500 million tournaments for 15 million players around the world. Skillz has raised over $53 million in funding from sources including Telstra, Liberty Global, and the owners of the New England Patriots, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Mets and Sacramento Kings. In our quest to make gaming better for players and developers, we're looking for savvy, driven and enthusiastic teammates to help us build the future of sports. If you're excited about defining a multibillion dollar industry, building an awesome product, or working with cutting-edge technology, Skillz just might be for you! Our Culture: We are true believers in electronic sports, so don't be surprised if you see us playing mobile games at our desks or in the kitchen. At Skillz, this type of behavior is encouraged! You can also catch us at our weekly game nights playing anything from Super Mario Kart to Codenames over dinner, while discussing new technologies or brainstorming ideas to improve our business. Every Skillzian brings a unique perspective to the team, and we bond over plenty of activities that don't involve games. We're working to build a truly groundbreaking company, and we want top-notch people to join us in that mission. As the creators and leaders of a new marketplace, we work with a "do whatever it takes" mentality, and frankly, we get the job done! Our team is comprised of passionate, intelligent and creative individuals who consistently seek out new challenges and knowledge. We embrace out-of-the-box strategies to propel our business forward, and foster a culture where every person's voice is heard. Our team comes from diverse backgrounds, and our leaders have a strong history of funding and building successful enterprises. If you're up for the challenge, we'd love to meet you. What you'll do: As a game designer you'll work alongside a cross-functional team, (comprised of other game designers, external game studios, project managers, account executives, analysts and account managers) to help source and design incredible games to grow the world's first mobile competition-as-a-service platform. You'll have a strong hand in evolving the game design strategy at Skillz and, accordingly, work with top studios to help design, implement and launch world-class games on the Skillz platform. Participate in sales and proposal presentations with account executives in addition to helping the account managers identify additional upsell opportunities. Your skillz: 5+ years of game design experience in software, including at least 3 years of mobile game design and production experience. Strong preference for live service experience. Skilled at guiding the product development process: ideation, wireframing, design and implementation. Able to collate idea streams from across all stakeholders to drive future design. Must be a seasoned and polished professional to be able to work with Company Executives (internal and external). Systems design experience, including scoring systems, multiplayer competition, procedurally generated content, and equivalent game design tasks. Strong analytical bent, ideally, experience working closely with product managers to optimize live services in areas such as first time user experience, live service event optimization, and d1/d7/d30/d180 retention. Multitasking skills and comfort with managing numerous design projects in parallel. Excellent written communication and live presentation skills. Experience designing for eSports or competitive multiplayer games is a major plus. Experience with 3rd party development is a plus. Experience as a game producer is also a plus. Skillz embraces diversity and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to diversifying our workforce, we do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, gender, gender identity, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, veteran status, or disability status, and we operate in compliance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

Reference: 636737717

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