Datascope Games News Letter November 2017

London is gearing up for festivities.  We are fortunate to live opposite the flagship Nespresso shop in Regent Street and so we can often be seen with our noses pressed up against the door at one minute before opening time.  We therefore achieved the dubious honour of being the first customers in the whole of the UK to purchase the new Christmas blends. Wow, I hear you say! I want to work for this company.

The season is a time for games, so visit games jobs.  And we also recommend you to read our games news letter November.

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

CONTENTS

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

JOBS – GAMES NEWS

Jobs of the Month

Games Programmer – South, £130k salary plus valuable shares scheme
This is a division of a large stable company. They are developing something new in the gaming scene and seek ideas and passion for programming. You probably have extra special academic achievements and are maybe gifted, creatively.

Machine Learning – South, £110k with benefits
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!

Contact : julien@datascope.co.uk

Art & Animation

Technical Artist x4 – London – £45-55k + Benefits/Relocation
I have several clients at the moment in the London area who are searching for talented technical artists. So you will be responsible for all issues related to the technical implementation and management of in-house and outsourced assets.

Terrain Artist – Sweden – €40-50k + Benefits/Relocation
My client in Sweden is now searching for an outstanding environment terrain artist who is specialised in real-time landscape and terrain creation. Therefore they seek proficiency in Unreal Engine and shader techniques.

Mobile Game Artist – London – £36-38k + Benefits
This exclusive client of ours is now searching for a multi-talented 2D/3D mobile game artist to join their team. This is also to maintain their existing titles and develop exciting new games and features.

Contact: Michael@datascope.co.uk

Animator – South – £20-35k
My client is looking for mid and junior level animators to contribute to their next console release. You will also provide animation content to a high quality finish and to an agreed schedule.

Cinematic Animator – Remote – £35-45k
With the option to work on a remote basis, this studio is looking for an experienced Cinematic Animator to produce high quality full performance cinematic animations.

Contact: Katie@datascope.co.uk

Game, Level & Audio Design

Senior Games Designer – London – £60k – £80k

Working with AI this role is also very focused on technical game design and a game designer with experience in different technologies would be ideal. Great London offices and this is a very exciting company to join.

Game Designer – €25k – €35k – Spain – VR
A global company is looking for a game designer to join their Spanish studio (English speaking) and therefore work on exciting VR experiences. You will also come up with innovative design solutions and creating exciting immersive technology.

Experienced Level Designer – Remote working in the UK – £35k – £43k – AAA
This role is working on a major new IP for this successful studio as a level designer. You will therefore work on all aspects of the level design. Ideally you will have 4 years’ experience and also AAA titles already completed.

Contact: natalie@datascope.co.uk

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.

Contact: lucy@datascope.co.uk

Sales, PR & Marketing

VP of Business Development & Client Relations – €100k (€150k package plus shares)
A highly enthusiastic and growing marketing agency is looking for a VP of Business Development.  Consequently they aim to grow their business from a £20 Million Business to a £50 Million Business.

Senior Sales Manager USA – $100k ($200k package)
A marketing agency is looking to grow their Social Media / Influencer business within the USA. They are consequently looking for an experienced US Gaming Bus Dev Manager to join them.

Contact: mahyar@datascope.co.uk

CRM Manager – Games, Reading £45k
Our client is a publisher and developer building up their UK focused team following continued success in the market place. As a result they are seeking to add a CRM Manager to boost the community marketing and player retention efforts.

Global Brand Manager – Games, Reading £55k
Following success with their range of in house and third party titles this games company is seeking to add a Global Brand Manager to the global team. You would also be running major brand campaigns for a large portfolio of titles.

Contact: adam@datascope.co.uk

QA Manager – London, UK – up to £55k + benefits
A great leading mobile games studio based in London is looking for a Mobile QA Manager with strong reporting skills and knowledge of JIRA. You will hence be directly reporting to the head of QA.

Marketing Manager – Germany, Berlin – €45-50k + benefits
One of the largest advertising agencies in games industry is looking for a Content Marketing Manager with experience in B2B marketing within games industry and strong analytical skills. You must therefore be fluent in German.

Contact: daria@datascope.co.uk

Data Engineering and Science and QA Technical

Data Engineer + Berlin + Up to €60K
Top mobile gaming studio in Berlin who are home to major international franchises is now creating a new mobile game. Hence you could be at the forefront of creating a new series of mobile games.

Senior QA Tester – £30-35k
One of the best gaming studios in London and the world create award-winning, inspirational games are looking for experienced leading testers.

Contact: mahyar@datascope.co.uk

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.

QA Technician – Games, Cambridge £23k
Our client is seeking an experienced AAA QA technician to join their team on either a 12 month contract or permanently. This role requires prior VR or augmented reality project experience and a PS4 or Xbox One title.

Contact: adam@datascope.co.uk

Programming

AI Programmer, AAA Games Studio, £50,000, REMOTE
Work from home and trace your path to success in the games industry with this London-based AAA studio as an AI Programmer! Also salaries will be circa £50,000 plus bonus and benefits.

Server Engineer, Mobile Games Studio, £35,000 – £45,000, LONDON
Expanding Mobile Games studio is looking for a dedicated Server Engineer/Developer with knowledge of Node.js and NoSQL. 2-5 years’ experience in a similar role. Some games experience also required. Grads are also welcome.

Backend Developer (Ruby on Rails), ESPORTS Company, €65,000, BERLIN
Expanding ESport Company in Berlin is looking for an experienced Ruby on Rails developer to focus on tools and services for players and the audience. Visa Sponsorship and other fantastic benefits are also available.

Contact : stefan@datascope.co.uk

Senior Graphics Programmer – Amsterdam – €52,000 + benefits + tax saving
Work for one of the most successful and prestigious AAA console developers of our time as a graphics programmer.  Work permits for you and family in addition to a heap of other benefits.

Tools Programmer – Cambridge – £40,000
AAA console developer based in beautiful Cambridge. Experience with C# and a content creation package is required. You’ll work on exciting new Strategy Simulation games in addition to current generation console and PC games.

Senior Game Programmer- Bordeaux France – €65,000 + benefits
This is a highly prestigious and respected AAA console developer. It is located in the heart of Bordeaux. The job involves physics engines and, especially relevant, AI path-finding algorithms.

Contract iOS Programmer – South, £60-70k – 6 months
This is short term project and would suit someone with good console (XBox) experience. He should also knows his way around mobile development and iOS.

Contact : kane@datascope.co.uk

Want to join our team?

You are consequently in the right place! Have a browse of our current vacancy and also send your CV to malsara@datascope.co.uk today!

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

Based in Soho, Piccadilly Circus, London, we are an award winning recruitment agency. And we specialise in the computer games and also digital entertainment industry.

Hence your initial role will be to search our database and social media sites for candidates for a variety of roles. Training in Boolean algebra and other techniques will therefore be provided.  As a result we are looking for highly motivated individuals to join us to work with some of our high profile games clients. We therefore encourage graduates with good commercial awareness to apply as the  potential for earnings is very high as are the prospects for career development.

— Malsara Thorne, Co-director

Games News – Game of the Month

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2

Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 is a Lego-themed action-adventure video game developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The game was released worldwide on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and also Xbox One on November 14th.

LMSH2 is played from a third-person perspective and the game features the ability to manipulate time along with a new four-player competitive superhero battling mode. The story-line for the game therefore centres around superheroes from different eras and realities of the Marvel Universe as they fight against the time-traveling villain ‘Kang the Conqueror’ in a battle across space and time. If you are a fan of superheroes then you are in for a treat as you will be able to play with famous characters such as Spiderman, Star-Lord, Captain America and a Gladiator Hulk!

You can find out some more information on the game and order at http://marvel.com/games/182/lego_marvel_super_heroes_2. You can also watch a gameplay video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUa7E4nGqg0. This game looks like great fun – happy gaming!

— Michael Barrett, Art & Animation Recruitment Consultant

Our Training Manager writes with games news….

Are micro transactions ruining our industry?

Yet another bold move by a major publisher has been trending across the industry and throughout the community. From consumers claiming to be fleeced, to pseudo-company employees receiving death threats, to company CEO’s making statements about how the consumer is ripe for the picking, we are all being affected in some way?

This last week saw a new development championed by EA with their release of Star Wars Battlefront 2. Now you can pay £50 for the game and you get to spend more for any features too time consuming to earn… how rewarding!

Previously micro-transactions and loot boxes were reserved to the free-to-play business model.  You got to play the game for free but paid for content or progression, with some paid-for games introducing micro transactions for cosmetics and playable characters.  (Yes we’re looking at you Bungie, Respawn and Ubisoft ). Now it appears that some Publishers have latched onto an even more lucrative business model. Charge the consumer full price for the game and get them to buy their way to success through micro transactions.

TakeTwo Interactive announced to its investors last week (http://bit.ly/2zFs3ir) that they now intend to make ALL of their upcoming releases include micro transactions. Most noteworthy is that up to 42% of their revenue this past quarter has been generated from GTA Online & NBA 2K18’s micro transactions.  Furthermore CEO Strauss Zelnick’s statement about “recurrent spending… is the new future” means that this is a rising number many suits cannot ignore. How much longer till the rest of the industry follows suit?

By Stefan

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