January 2019 Jobs Update

This is the Datascope jobs update for January 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 wide picture.

Hack Cambridge
Good luck to all of the hackers participating in Cambridge this weekend!  Datascope is proud to be sponsoring this event. Our very own Stefan will be giving a speech at 6pm about how to get your first steps into the games industry. We can’t wait to see the games you make!

Here is a selection of games jobs…

CONTENTS

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

JOBS IN GAMES – LATEST

Art & Animation

Character Artist – Nottingham – £30-40k + Benefits/Relocation
My client is searching for a character artist who will be designing and producing all manner of characters for mobile games, in a casual, cartoony style. You will help define the games visual style as well as great polished gameplay assets using industry standard software. This studio is an energetic start-up where you will have a lot of influence on the project.  They are ambitious and want to dominate the mobile platform with unique titles.
Contact: Michael@datascope.co.uk

Senior Animator – Brighton – £40-50k + Benefits/Relocation
This studio is searching for an experienced animator who will be one of the go to members of the team for animation. You will create high-quality hand-keyed animation also work with motion capture data. You will need to adapt to the variety of styles as the project demands. This studio has a wide variety of projects in developments and you could be working on realistic and stylised at a moment’s notice. Strong benefits and relocation package offered.
Contact: Michael@datascope.co.uk

Senior Technical Animator – Sweden – €50-60k + Benefits/Relocation
This studio is searching for an awesome technical animator who will be responsible for all character, vehicle and prop related set-ups. You will help improve the technical pipelines and workflows and will also share your experiences and knowledge with other staff. Strong benefits, relocation and holiday package included here.
Contact: Michael@datascope.co.uk

Technical Animator (junior, regular, senior) – AAA – up to £55k – benefits + relocation – South of England  
Our client, AAA and BAFTA award-winning studio based in the south of UK, is now seeking a Technical Animator (junior to senior) to join in to support and enhance AAA animation processes. The benefits of the role will include the salary of up to £55k plus benefits and relocation package.
Contact: Marta@datascope.co.uk

2D/3D Artist(s) – up to £30k + benefits + relocation – North of England 
Our client, an award-winning leading international games label and developer in the UK is now seeking a 2D/3D Artist to join in their studio in the north of the UK, to work alongside artists, designers, programmers, and production staff to produce game art that will accomplish the best possible aesthetic gaming experience. The benefits of the role will include the salary of up to £30K plus benefits and relocation.
Contact: Marta@datascope.co.uk

Game Design

Combat Designer – up to £55k – South UK 
Working on a very sensational and very well-known IP, we are looking for a candidate who is comfortable in prototyping and would be interested in working on combat and systems in an exciting new shooter game.
Contact: natalie@datascope.co.uk

Senior Level Designer – £40k to £60k – London
An ambitious studio making new VR titles is looking for a Level Designer with some good experience to join their team in London. You will be designing and creating missions that are compelling and memorable. Shipped titles as a level designer are essential for this role.
Contact: natalie@datascope.co.uk

Senior/Lead Game Designer – Spain – €40k – €60k + benefits/relocation         
This fantastic role is for a mobile/technology games studio based in sunny Spain. Looking for an experienced (5+ years) game designer with at least 2 shipped commercial products.
Contact: daria@datascope.co.uk

Game Designer – London – AAA VR – £40-60K + bens       
Large, award-winning console development studio is seeking an experienced games designer or senior designer with excellent technical skills, including Unreal and scripting, to work on unannounced AAA action VR title.
Contact: lucy@datascope.co.uk

Production & Product Management

Senior Producer – Nordic Country – €55k – €70k + benefits/relocation        
This a very exciting role for AAA project in the Nordic area. Looking for candidates who have 4+ years of experience in the game development as well as strong leadership background. If you would like to find out more, please get in touch!
Contact: daria@datascope.co.uk

Senior Product Manager roles – London & Nordic Country – £50-85k + 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

Project Manager – Brighton – AAA console/PC – £30-45k + bens         
Small award winning console/PC team with great backing is seeking a Project Manager / Producer to ensure timely delivery of their game. Indie feel studio with a great reputation.
Contact: lucy@datascope.co.uk

Senior Producer – London – Mobile – £60-70K + bens   
Global developer seeking experienced mobile Senior Producer with a minimum of 5 years’ experience to manage schedules, mitigate risk, foster relationships and inspire this highly talented development team. Great benefits.
Contact: lucy@datascope.co.uk

Sales, Analytics & Marketing

Senior Community Manager – London – £45K
A highly famous gaming studio home to some amazing franchises, they are now looking for an experienced community manager who has run UK community campaigns, worked with major titles and is ready to work in a highly exciting position.
Contact: mahyar@datascope.co.uk

Content Editor – Frankfurt – €40K  
A huge international gaming company are looking for creative writers to join their team and create, write content in English which will be released on their various social platforms which will be focused on their fantastic series of products.
Contact: mahyar@datascope.co.uk

Commercial Director – London – £100k region plus shares and bonus
Our client is a fast growing high-end gaming media agency with huge plans for 2019. They are seeking a Commercial Director to drive forward commercial strategy and head up the Business development team, identifying and bringing on board new partners.
Please contact  adam@datascope.co.uk

Media Lead – London – £80k region – London
A top games media agency is seeking a Media Lead with an in depth understanding of audiences. You would have a media agency background and preferably already work on gaming focused accounts and content and be looking to be part of a company going through an amazing and exciting period of growth.
Please contact  adam@datascope.co.uk

Product Marketing Manager, Cambridge, up to £55,000 
We’re looking for a Product Marketing Manager to join a AAA games studio in Cambridge. This role offers the opportunity to take over virtually all marketing & product management for one of their biggest titles! If this sounds like a challenge you’d like to take up send your CV to jonathan@datascope.co.uk

Performance Marketing Manager, Hamburg, up to €65,000 
Are you an experienced marketing professional with excellent knowledge of performance-based marketing? Well, we’re recruiting for a senior performance marketing manager to join a large mobile games studio in Hamburg and manage their worldwide TV campaigns. If you wish to apply for this role please send your CV to jonathan@datascope.co.uk

Programming & Technical

Graphics Programmer – London – £60,000 + Relocation
Client focusing on Deep Learning and Video Data Analytics are looking for a talented Graphics Programmer to join their offices in the heart of London. Ideally looking for someone with strong C++ and rendering experience. Generous salary circa £60,000.
Contact: kane@datascope.co.uk

Technical Director – Netherlands – €90,000 DOE + Relocation
New studio in the Netherlands are looking for a Technical Director to join their friendly studios in the Netherlands. Looking for people who would be willing to be hands on the first few months and have Engine Programming experience. Paying circa €90,000 DOE + Relocation.
Contact: kane@datascope.co.uk

Senior Linux System Administrator – Germany – €60,000 + Benefits 
Well established German based game studio seeking experience Senior Linux System Administrator.  Has previous experience providing support and protecting against security risks.
Contact: david@datascope.co.uk

Junior IT Support Specialist – London – £35,000 + Benefits 
Globally recognised studio is seeking a Junior It Support Specialist, with a couple of years’ experiences. You will provide 1st/2nd line support to multiple studios across Europe.
Contact: david@datascope.co.uk

Lead Programmer, Italy, €60,000 
Small studio based in Italy requires a Senior or Lead Programmer to oversee the delivery of a VR project. Must have experience in pre-release stages of production including testing phases. Salary circa €60,000
Contact: stefan@datascope.co.uk

UI Programmer, REMOTE, £55,000
Looking for an experienced UI Programmer for a remote role. Salary to £55,000 + bonuses. Please send a portfolio with application.
Contact: stefan@datascope.co.uk

AN ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITY – want to join our team?

Recruitment Consultant for the Games industry
London
£20-22,000 DOE plus commission OTE £30,000 first year

Working with a senior consultant your initial role will be to search for candidates for a variety of roles in the games industry. Full training is given.
We are looking for intelligent, commercially minded people who can persuade us that they have the drive and ambition to succeed in this field.
Please send your CV and cover letter to malsara@datascope.co.uk

Game of The Month – Kingdom Hearts III

Kingdom Hearts III is an upcoming action role-playing video game developed and published by Square Enix. The game is scheduled to be released on January 25th for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

The game tells the story of the power of friendship as Sora and his friends embark on a perilous adventure. Set in a vast array of Disney and Pixar worlds, Kingdom Hearts follows the journey of Sora, an unknowing heir to a spectacular power. Sora is joined by Donald Duck and Goofy and a host of other characters who will join forces to stop an evil force known as the heartless from invading and overtaking the universe. In this game, you will cast visually stunning, powerful magic spells and explore some amazing environments such as cliffs, underwater and even freefalling through the air. There are unique gameplay elements custom designed for each world and there are also over 20 minigames inspired by classic Disney short films.

You can find out some more information on the game and order at https://www.kingdomhearts.com/3. You can also watch a developer interview here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psqeguo2A10. Enjoy!

Thanks,
Michael

OUR TRAINING MANAGER WRITES…

Are AAA Games in trouble again? 

Since 2012 this has been an ongoing topic of conversation: AAA games are in decline and the AAA industry is going to crash (Polygon: https://bit.ly/2rpDgwL) and more recently; the crash is already here (Techspot: https://bit.ly/2DdQAfe).

Whilst I am neither a politician, economist, nor an employee of a corporate games company, what I do come into contact with is a lot of is people in the industry. Over the years I have seen an increase in the amount of roles being registered, new studios popping up (while others are closing down) and a lot of word-of-mouth about new developments and new tech in gaming. The amount of people joining the industry is on the rise, as is the amount of self-published games (just look at Steam).

I can tell you with certainty that games sector is steadily on the rise. If anything, what we lack is a clear, formal definition of a AAA game. Forget total spend on production (IPFS: https://bit.ly/2RND3TQ, Wikipedia: https://bit.ly/1ooHyl3) and forget “expectations”; give me a rating based on all the elements that make up the gaming experience!

Our industry is apparently now worth more than music and film combined. If we base the data on all the big spenders then naturally it will appear that AAA games are in decline and the market is crashing. What we should be reporting on this data is that indie games are on the rise and soon to be taking over market share for the corporates! A game doesn’t have to have a big production budget to be a great game.

But hey; what do I know; I’ve only been recruiting 20 years and gaming longer.