February Games Jobs Update

This is the Datascope jobs update for February 2019. As part of our service, we want to keep you well informed about new career opportunities. It is not tailored to anyone’s specific skills and will enable you to appreciate the wider picture.

Here is our selection of games jobs…

1. Jobs in Games – Latest
2. One additional opportunity
3. Game of the Month
4. Training Manager Writes


Art & Animation

VFX Artist – Remote – £DOE + Benefits/Relocation
My client is searching for a VFX specialist who will join them and be responsible for creating all kinds of visual effects on a number of different projects. Working closely with other technical staff you will maintain a consistent art style and help improve pipelines. This is a brand new mobile game studio with big investment from its directors. They are looking to dominate the mobile platform with unique titles.
Contact: Michael@datascope.co.uk

Lead UI Artist – France – €60-70k + Benefits/Relocation
My client is searching for an experienced UI professional who will lead, mobilise and develop an art team within a collaborative multi-discipline environment. You will define and track the schedule for the team, mentor junior team members and develop the artistic style. This studio is an international developer which has a track record of working on some of the most ambitious projects in the world. Strong benefits and relocation package included.
Contact: Michael@datascope.co.uk

Lighting Artist – Scotland – £40-50k + Benefits/Relocation
This studio is searching for a lighting artist who will contribute to the lighting at all stages of production. You will place and refine light sources throughout the game world, contribute towards lighting techniques/processes and also implement effects related to the mood. This studio has really ambitious plans and you will be working alongside some very experienced developers on a new IP.
Contact: Michael@datascope.co.uk

Senior UI Artist (PC, Console & Mobile) – AAA Studio – up to €55K + Benefits/ Relocation – Finland
Our client, a world-known AAA studio is now seeking a Senior UI Artist to join in their family at studio in Finland, to help create AAA quality User Experience on core as well as an unannounced AAA projects (console and mobile). The Senior UI Artist will be responsible for helping create and drive the core backbone and pillars of a UX, as well as rising the quality bar in design, art and animation for AAA game development. You will closely work with other team members to create brand guidelines and ensue these are maintained throughout Game Development as well as implementing core features of the User Experience.
Contact: Marta@datascope.co.uk

Animation Technical Director – Console – AAA studio – up to €80k – France (Paris area)
Our client, AAA world-known AAA studio is now seeking a talented Animation Technical Director to join their studio in France (Paris Area) to work on core as well as an unannounced console AAA projects. The Animation Technical Director will be responsible to ensure the efficiency and reliability of the animation department where you will be leading and mentoring the team of animators and developers. You will be leading direct development support for animators, character artists, troubleshooting, and general problem-solving.
Contact: Marta@datascope.co.uk

Game Design

EXCLUSIVE: Senior Level Designer – USA (Remote start) – AAA console new title
I am recruiting for a new studio working on a brand-new game project in early stages so you could work on this title from start to finish, they are happy for designers to start working for them remotely with a view to moving in the future. It’s being built in UE4, you would be working on encounters, events and wow moments.
Contact: natalie@datascope.co.uk

Economy Designer – Scotland – AAA – New project
This position is working on a highly anticipated new game, likely an open-world title. You will be working closely with the gameplay team to analyse data and balance the game with a focus on engaging and retaining the player base. Great problem-solving skills are essential.
Contact: natalie@datascope.co.uk

Game/Level Designer (all levels) – UK – AAA studios
I am looking for game/level designers – regular to lead level – for studios across the UK. If you are looking for a new role and would like to find out more, get in touch!
Contact: daria@datascope.co.uk

EXCLUSIVE: Lead Designer – London – £60K + equity/bens
Brand new stealth mode mobile startup seeking experienced free to play lead designer for a hyper-casual game. Will be part of the core team, must have leadership experience and strong monetisation skills.
Contact: lucy@datascope.co.uk

Production & Product Management

Producer – France – Up to €45k
A great position in the South of France, this role involves supervising timelines as well as key milestones, task division and priorities being distributed among the team and some reporting. Working for a very exciting, cutting-edge studio in a beautiful part of France.
Contact: natalie@datascope.co.uk

Senior Product Manager – Nordic countries – AAA + excellent benefits + relocation package
I have a couple of roles for well-known AAA studios and their mobile projects. If you have at least 4 years of experience working in a similar role or looking for a step up, please get in touch.
Contact: daria@datascope.co.uk

Senior Producer – Nordic Countries – AAA + benefits/relocation
I have several Senior Product Manager roles within Europe for various mobile projects. If you have at least 4 years of experience working on a mobile project, please do get in touch.
Contact: daria@datascope.co.uk

EXCLUSIVE: Producer – South UK – £30-50K + bens/bonus DoE
Large, award-winning PC and console team seeking producer with at least 3 years’ experience, ideally on AAA titles. Opportunity to work on big franchise, will consider senior candidates as well.
Contact: lucy@datascope.co.uk

EXCLUSIVE: Product Manager – Scandinavia – €70K + bens/bonus
Strategy studio seeks an experienced Product Manager with strong leadership skills for brand new IP. Must have some experience in marketing, brand management or business strategy.
Contact: lucy@datascope.co.uk

Sales, Analytics & Marketing

Arabic / Italian Community Manager
We are very excited to be recruiting for a major international studio. They are looking for an Italian and an Arabic Community Manager to reach out to the respective communities and drive engagement with their local player base. These roles will be based in Berlin and are paying salaries of up to €60,000. Contact: jonathan@datascope.co.uk

Senior PR Manager (German speaking)
Guten tag! Wie gehts? If you are a German speaking PR manager we want to hear from you! Our client is a Hamburg-based mobile games company, they are looking for a Senior PR Manager to join their team. Fluent German & English is essential. Salary €60,000.
Contact: jonathan@datascope.co.uk

QA Lead – Scotland – £30K
A new console studio who are backed by some industry veterans who are looking to deliver their initial game-changing title needs some fabulous new QA members to maintain the deliverance of their high-quality gaming title.
Contact: mahyar@datascope.co.uk

Head of Growth – London – £70K
A new start-up mobile gaming studio is looking for a new member to join the team and become the Head of Growth with a big focus on UA and Performance marketing.
Contact: mahyar@datascope.co.uk

Marketing Director – Remote – £70k plus, potentially considerably higher
Our client is a successful games developer looking for a remote Marketing Director to set their strategic marketing plans and direction for their range of titles globally. This role would suit someone with high level experience in a similar role, preferably with a major publisher.
Please contact adam@datascope.co.uk

User Acquisition Manager – Games, London up to £60k
I have two User Acquisition roles with great London games companies looking to add hands on UA campaign managers to their teams. You would need a track record of running highly optimised user acquisition campaigns on a range of platforms for mobile apps or ideally games.
Please contact adam@datascope.co.uk

Programming & Technical

DevOps Engineer – South East, England – £50,000 + Benefits (Contract/Perm)
AAA Game Studio are looking for a talented DevOps Engineer to join their offices in the South East of England. Ideally looking for someone who has extensive experience working in Linux environments and familiar with C++. Generous salary in the region of £50,000 + Benefits. Permanent and Contract positions available.
Contact: kane@datascope.co.uk

Technical Director – Europe – €90,000 DOE + Benefits
New game studio in Europe are looking for a Technical Director to join their studio and lead their new projects. Ideally looking for a Lead Programmer who is looking for a step up or an existing Technical Director. AAA experience is preferred. Generous salary of up to €90,000 + Benefits.
Contact: kane@datascope.co.uk

AI & Gameplay Programmer, Scotland, £45,000
Medium sized games studio is looking for an AI and a Gameplay Programmer to join their team. Based in Scotland. AAA title in the works! Salaries to £45,000 plus excellent benefits.
Contact: david@datascope.co.uk

Build Engineer, UK & Europe, £50,000
AAA games studio with locations in North of England and Central Europe. Currently looking for a Build Engineer – C++ and Python skills a must. Salaries to £50,000
Contact: david@datascope.co.uk

C++ Programmer, London, £65,000
Our client is breaking new ground with R&D technology! They are looking for some “old school” C++ programmers to join the team and assist in their R&D. Based in London and paying £65,000
Contact: stefan@datascope.co.uk

Lead Unity Programmer, London, £80,000
New mobile game studio; cash rich! Looking for a proven Lead Unity Developer to grow a team in London and ship 2 games a year. Salary to £80,000 plus share options.
Contact: stefan@datascope.co.uk

Multiplayer Network Programmer UE4, South England (Coast), £50,000
Well known coastal AAA studio is looking for a Network Programmer to join the team and assist in a new multiplayer, online, team shooter. Unreal Engine 4. Salary to £50,000.
Contact: stefan@datascope.co.uk

AN ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITY – want to join our team?

Graduate Recruitment Consultant – Programming sector
OTE £30-35,000
We are an award winning recruitment agency specialising in the computer games and digital entertainment industry.

A lot of our consultants have developed their career with us since graduating and are now well established within the games industry as the go to person for jobs in games in their chosen area of specialisation. The earning potential is very high; career prospects are excellent for the right people. We offer full in house training, flexibility in working hours and a great working environment.

If you want to explore a career as a games recruiter please get in touch with a copy of your CV and a cover letter saying why we should consider you to malsara@datascope.co.uk

Game of The Month – Metro: Exodus

Metro Exodus is an upcoming first-person shooter video game developed by 4A Games and published by Deep Silver. It is the third instalment in the metro video game series based on Dmitry Glukhovsky’s novels. It is scheduled for release on the 15th February 2019 on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

The game is set in 2036, two years after the events of Metro: Last Night, on a post-apocalyptic Earth that has been devastated by a nuclear war 23 years ago. The game continues the story from Metro: Last Night and the player assumes the role of 23 year old Artyom, who flees the metro in Moscow and sets off on a continent-spanning journey with Spartan Rangers to the far east. The player wields an arsenal of hand-made weaponry which can be customized through scavenging materials and a crafting system. The game includes a dynamic weather system, a day night cycle and environments that change along with the seasons as the story progresses. This is a game which blends deadly combat and stealth with exploration and survival horror in a really immersive game world.

You can find out some more information on the game and order at https://www.metrothegame.com. You can also watch a developer walkthrough here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXMo2ToOCsQ. Enjoy!



Do character backgrounds have an impact on sales?

One of the most popular battle royale game to date; Apex Legends, has been out for a very short while and I have come across a number of articles surrounding the game. The one that has stood out most was a report by @thequartering who stated that the rise in popularity has stemmed from 75% of the games characters being part of either the LGBTQ community or having ethnically diverse backgrounds… Respawn have confirmed that at least 2 of the characters are gay. Is this just clever character backstories to generate sales by appealing to the mass market?

I personally don’t delve much into character backgrounds in the games I play, but it is interesting to note that the rise of the LGBTQ community is more recent than the actual presence of LGBTQ characters in games.

As far back as 1985, there have been characters in gaming that are part of this community. The first character was Paco from Le crime du parking, followed by Birdo from Super Mario Bros 2 in 1988. Coincidentally, this was the same year that activists in the US began using the LGBT initialism.

If you are in Germany over the next few months be sure to check out the following exhibition which is open until the 13th May 2019: Rainbow Arcade: Queer Gaming History 1985-2018 at Schwules Museum, Berlin.