Datascope Games News Letter January 2018

Welcome to 2018. We think it will be a fabulous year. This is because there will be new consoles from Sony, Microsoft and a mystery entrant to the games market. A great skiing season also beckons and offers deep snow for outdoor games. Further, the summer will bring football and I am confident in predicting an English participation in the final. And, of course, there will be a general election / referendum / vote. So politicians and journalists will play and make games news as well.

But for the majority of games people, your new year’s resolutions might include career care and development.

BTW if you attended Hack Cambridge – we hope you enjoyed it!

So scroll down and look at our games news and jobs…


    1. Jobs in Games – Latest
    2. Work for Us
    3. Games News – Game of the Month
    4. Stefan’s Blog Post – Games News


Jobs of the Month

Research Engineers – contract, London and Cambridge c £75k and £120k
To work with research teams using deep learning techniques. You will therefore invent innovative models for complicated tasks and provide new insight to AI applications.

Machine Learning – South, £110k with benefits plus valuable shares scheme
We appeal to scientists who want to use AI to take their expertise to a new level in software engineering. It’s a bit like doing a PhD but with an extremely generous salary!

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Art & Animation

Art Director – Singapore – $90-110k + Benefits + Relocation
My client is searching for an experienced art director to join them and build stunning and inspiring art for an upcoming title. Therefore you will inspire the team and maintaining the quality bar to ensure the game plays fantastic. The ideal candidate should have at least one shipped AAA title under their belt in a similar role coupled with strong management and communication skills.
Lead Artist – Leeds – £42-50k + Benefits + Relocation
My exclusive client is searching for a talented artist who will run the art team. Hence successful candidate will define the graphic style of the game based on creative direction.  He/she will also establish visual priorities in collaboration with the producer and ensure that quality objectives are met. So the art lead should have at least one shipped AAA title under their belt and Unity knowledge.

Lead Outsource Artist – UK – £34-38k + Benefits
My client is searching for an experienced artist who will oversee the visual direction of art created by external partners of the studio. The successful candidate will therefore have a proven track record of creating AAA quality game titles as well as experience working with outsourcing partners.


Senior Character Artist – South UK – $52-58k + Benefits
This rapidly expanding studio is in search of a talented Senior Character Artist to play a vital role in the development of an upcoming AAA project. You will be a vital part of the character team, ensuring all assets meet quality demands. The ideal candidate will have shipped at least one AAA title in a Senior capacity.

Lead Environment Artist – South UK – $50-60k + Benefits
My client is an established studio seeking a Lead Environment Artist to lead and inspire its console team in the development of a new and exciting IP. Therefore the ideal candidate will have prior experience as a Lead and experience managing large teams.


Game, Level & Audio Design

Senior Game Designer – Singapore – up to £50k – AAA

This new position working on a FPS title is perfect for a designer from an action/adventure background. Console experience essential, you will be working on Scripting gameplay logic and AI encounters.

Technical Designer – UK North – £30k+
Working on a AAA title this role involves joining an experienced team and being responsible for the technical aspects of the level design. Strong examples of scripting are important for this position.


Production & Management

Associate Producer, London, £40-60K + superb benefits (worth £50k annually)
Ground breaking technology firm seeks extraordinary AP for extraordinary projects. Hence applicants must have exceptional communication skills and strong PM skills.

Exclusive – Lead Audio Designer, London, £55-65K + benefits
AAA console/PC studio requires Lead Audio Designer to work, most noteworthy, on multiple world renowned franchises.

Exclusive 2 – Senior Producer, Southern Spain, to €45K
Unique VR studio seeks SP with experience managing complex projects, ideally racing games, English essential, Spanish also advantageous.


Sales, PR & Marketing

Product Marketing Manager – Reading – £55K
One of the most iconic, award-winning and famous gaming brands in the world are looking for an expert candidate to join their team and be part of something iconic.

Mobile Product Manager – London – £50K
A highly successful F2P Casual games company are looking for an experienced F2P member with a background to join the mobile team and take their games to stardom.

Content Editor – – Berlin – €36K
One of the most thrilling and unique studios on the planet are looking for an excellent writer and social media worker to join the team.


Global Brand Manager – AAA games – Reading – £65k region
Our client is looking for an experienced Senior or Global Brand Manager to join their growing UK team. You would focus on 2-3 AAA titles and take global responsibility for defining and maximising brand strategy, coordinating communications and application of brand across all marketing efforts. You would commission consumer research as needed, manage the central marketing budget and manage the brand team.

Community Manager – Dundee – £30k
This games company develop a range of tools aimed at building games and they are seeking an experienced community manager with social media and SEO knowledge to join their team. You would act as the point of communication between their community and the development team, sharing problems, giving feature feedback and requests and building enthusiasm and interest in the platform.


Lead/ Community Managers – Amsterdam, Netherlands – €40-45k
One of the most exciting games companies is looking for a native German, French or Spanish speaker (+proficient in English). Strong understanding of shooters and eSports required.

Streamer Partnership Manager – Amsterdam, Netherlands – €40-45k
One of the most exciting games companies is looking for a native German, French, Spanish speaker (+proficient in English). Strong understanding of social media, top and mid-tier streaming and eSports.


Data Engineering and Science and QA Technical

Data Scientist – Spain – €50-70k + relocation/ benefits
A great mobile games studio is looking for a data scientist with a strong analytics background and business mindset, senior in terms of communication and decision making.


Calling all Game Analysts and Data Scientists! Salaries up to £60k, UK
I have a large number of data analytics roles in the games industry, from London to Dundee and more.  Hence the demand for people with good statistical skills, SQL and R/Python/Java or similar is growing.



Technical Director (Multiplayer) – Northern Europe – £90-£120k + bens
Multiplayer Technical Director required for AAA console studio. Responsibility therefore extends to all things multiplayer including architecture and implementation for an upcoming Open World title. Relocation and benefits also available.

Unity Developer – London – £50k + benefits
Award-winning Mobile Games Studio requires an experienced Unity programmer to join the team in London. Fun & exciting new projects coming up. Hence excellent benefits available.


Lead Unity3D Developer – North England – £40k DOE +Benefits
An exciting opportunity to progress your career and lead a development team for a well-respected console indie studio! Our client is therefore looking for a Lead Unity3D Developer to join their studios in the North of England. Hence the ideal person will have a minimum of 2 years’ experience working on consoles and have some experience with Unity.

Unity Developer – Nottingham – £30k DOE + Benefits/relocation
Rapidly expanding mobile studio located at the heart of Nottingham are looking for game developers to join their team. The ideal person will be experienced with Unity and C#, talented and keen graduates also welcome.

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Junior – Mid-level programmers – Cambridge – Salary DoE
My client is an independent studio responsible for a number of highly acclaimed AAA titles. They are currently looking to bring on programmers to work alongside the designers, artists and animators to implement features and craft new awesome games. Good C++ experience is essential, whilst UE4 experience would be a definite benefit.

Technical Director – London – £120K
An independent studio in London specialising in mobile and table is currently looking for an experienced Technical Director to join their team. This role offers plenty of responsibility, and will see the right candidate managing the programming process with the Technical Leads. Applicants should have around five to ten years experience in the games industry in a managerial capacity and a minimum of three shipped titles.

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Games Resourcer – West End of London
£20-22,000 OTE £30,000 first year

Kick start your career in the games industry and train to be a Games Recruiter. We are looking for intelligent graduates who are keen to earn money and work hard. We give full training, great perks including Friday drinks, dinners at some of London’s most exclusive restaurants and much more.

Recruitment Consultant in Games
West End of London
£24-28,000 OTE £40,000 plus

If you want to be part one of the specialist team of recruiters who work in the games industry then look no further. The earning potential is very high; career prospects are excellent. We offer lots of perks. Hence we are looking for people with previous agency side recruitment experience for this role

— Malsara Thorne, Co-director

Games News – Game of the Month

The Inpatient

The Inpatient is an upcoming psychological horror video game developed by Supermassive Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment for PlayStation 4 and its virtual reality headset PlayStation VR. The game will be released on the 24th January 2018.

The game acts as a prequel to 2015’s Until Dawn, set inside the Blackwood Sanatorium sixty years prior to the events of the original. The player controls a patient, whose gender is subject to choice, suffering from amnesia and therefore intent on reclaiming their memories. The outcome of the story is therefore consequent upon the decisions that are made. The developers have employed elements of psychological horror, which included them rendering three-dimension binaural audio to supplement the visuals.

You can find out some more information on the game and order at You can also watch a behind the scenes developer interview at Enjoy!

— Michael Barrett, Art & Animation Recruitment Consultant

Our Training Manager writes with games news….

Gaming reaches new heights with 1 billion players now active online!

Wow, gaming has come a long way over the last 5 years. According to UKIE, in the UK alone, there are now 2175 active companies making games. It was reported last year that the global games market is worth $116 billion… this is up from $70 billion reported by Quora in 2013!

In 2013 Geekwire reported that there were 1.2 billion gamers with 800 million online.

And in 2014 The Guardian reported that 52% of gamers were women.

Then in 2016 MyGaming reported that there were 1.8 billion people playing games

As many may not be aware; I am a massive FromSoft fan and all of this information bodes well for me, especially when taking into account that the 25th of May 2018 will see the release of Darks Souls Remastered. This was one of the industries ground-breaking games first released in 2011. There weren’t that many players online playing it then, but now…? Back then it earned a cult following, inspiring a number of YouTubers to create channels dedicated to the series… They included even the U.S. President who recently tweeted about the new version stating he hopes they make the Pendant do something. Well if it’s got his vote…

By Stefan

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