October Jobs Update

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

Have a look at our selection of games jobs…

CONTENTS

  1. Jobs in Games
  2. One additional opportunity
  3. Jono’s Corner
  4. Training Manager Writes

JOBS IN GAMES – LATEST

Art & Animation

3D Animator, Mobile, London, £35,000 + Benefits/Relocation
Our client, an ambitious and creative games studio, are looking to strengthen their team by recruiting a talented and experienced 3D animator. You will be collaborating with a variety of great artists, to ensure that all animations are created and implemented into a variety of exciting projects.
Contact: lucas@datascope.co.uk

VFX Artist, Remote, AAA, £45,000 + Benefits 
This award-winning games studio are currently recruiting for a talented VFX artist to create realistic particle effects for an exclusive new AAA project. You will be working on creating fantastic and immersive visuals, all from the comfort of your own home.
Contact: lucas@datascope.co.uk

Lead Artist/Art Director – Midlands – £46-52k + Benefits/Relocation
This studio is now searching for an ambitious and team-oriented art lead to coach and inspire a team of artists. This is a hands-on role and you will be driving the vision forward by contributing to several areas of game art production. You will also be part of management. This is a great opportunity for someone looking to step into a more senior position.
Contact: michael@datascope.co.uk

Concept Artist (Characters) – UK – £35-45k + Benefits/Relocation
My client is searching for an experienced Concept Artist who will focus on creating characters for an upcoming AAA console project. You will work with the Art Director to transform ideas into inspiring concept and production paintings and will be surrounded by a team of superb artists.
Contact: michael@datascope.co.uk

Game Design

Level Designer – Midlands UK – AAA – £35k 
A great new level design position with a very well-known studio, working on an RPG open-world title, it’s a very exciting time to join the team.
Contact: natalie@datascope.co.uk

Lead/Senior & Reg Game Designer – North of England – AAA console – approx. £30-65k
This role is for a very ambitious games studio based in North of England. They are currently working on a couple of major AAA console projects, alongside top game developers.
Contact: daria@datascope.co.uk

Production and Product Management 

Mobile Producer – Midlands UK – up to £40k 
We are looking for a producer to join a great mobile development team, you will be working with a small team of developers working on very high-quality titles. Preferably a candidate who already has experience working in a similar environment ideally.
Contact: natalie@datascope.co.uk

Senior Producer – central Europe – AAA console, 65-74k EUR
This role is for an award-winning AAA studio. I am looking for candidates with at least 5 years of production experience who have worked on major titles.
Contact: daria@datascope.co.uk

Sales, Analytics & Marketing

UA Manager – Austria – €60K EUR
A highly exciting mobile gaming studio who are looking to develop their brand of Sport casual mobile games are looking for a UA manager to lead and grow the UA strategy globally, whilst working for a huge branded name.
Contact: mahyar@datascope.co.uk

Senior UA Manager – New Zealand – $80K USD
A rising studio based in New Zealand who have been doing great within the casual F2P now looking for a UA person who can lead, nurture and develop there all round UA plans as they aspire to become a world-leading mobile gaming company.
Contact: mahyar@datascope.co.uk

User Acquisition Business Development, Europe/flexible location – 65k euro base plus bonuses
Our client is a new platform for driving users to mobile games. They are looking for someone with very strong connections to decision-makers in the games mobile user acquisition space who can bring new clients on board for the company.
Contact: adam@datascope.co.uk

Community Manager, Hamburg, €45,000
I’m searching for an experienced Community Manager (pref. German speaking) to join a top mobile studio based in Hamburg. Salary is in the region of €45,000 + loads of benefits.
Contact: jonathan@datascope.co.uk

Senior Brand Manager, London, £65,000 
If you have led a go to market brand plan but also have experience in a post-launch, GaaS environment then you’re exactly what I’m looking for! This is for a world-renowned studio in London, you will be leading branding on a new F2P online title.
Contact: jonathan@datascope.co.uk

Project Manager – South England – salary up to £45k
We are looking for Project Manager this is an exciting opportunity to join a famous game company. We are looking for a person who will manage all QA projects for highest quality of testing. and someone with a technical background, ideally in Computer Science or history of ISTQB. The company is offering you flexible working hours, free gym on-site.
Contact: anita@datascope.co.uk

Product Manager- Southeast England – up to £45k + amazing benefits
We are looking for an experienced Product Manager, who will strength the Marketing department to the next level and achieve new ambitious goals. You will be fully responsible for hardware and software products for strategy and positioning, you will design strategic plans and marketing roadmaps.
Contact: anita@datascope.co.uk

Programming

Junior C#/WPF Developer – London – £35,000
Thriving technology company in London are looking for a talented Junior C#/WPF Developer to work on some of their industry leading projects. Ideally, you will have some experience working with C# and WPF. Experience developing tools in the game industry is advantageous. Circa £35,000 + benefits.
Contact: kane@datascope.co.uk

C++ Software Engineer – Ireland – €70,000 
Rapidly expanding studio based in Ireland are looking for an exceptional C++ Programmer to work on some important engine features. Experience working with client-server applications is advantageous. Salary circa €70,000 + benefits and relocation.
Contact: kane@datascope.co.uk

UE4 Developer – Benelux – €45,000  
With a developed and maintained player base that spans the world, this legendary game studio has been improving consistently in their titles. They now need a creative UE4 Developer, for this studio, to help their constant development.
Contact: david@datascope.co.uk

Gameplay Programmer – North UK – £45,000
With multiple studios set up across the world, this studio has come leaps and bounds from their initial inception roughly 20 years ago. Ever evolving and developing, this studio is in need of a creative Gameplay Programmer.
Contact: david@datascope.co.uk

Technical Director, Console, Mediterranean, €110,000 package
Passionate Technical Director or experienced Lead required for definitive console sequel being made with Unreal Engine 4. Salary on offer to €90,000 + €20,000 bonuses.
Contact: stefan@datascope.co.uk

Technical Director, Mobile, Nordics, €150,000 package
Experienced Mobile Technical Director required for this brand new office opening in the Nordics. Join an international company with a number of huge titles already released. Package includes shares and stocks!
Contact: stefan@datascope.co.uk

AN ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITY – want to join our team?

Recruitment Consultant for 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

Jono’s Corner 

Jono’s corner
Games have always been an escape for me, ever since I picked up my first PS1 I have been spending hours of my life in different worlds and more importantly, as different people. Characters are the driving force of any story and an essential component of any successful game. Now I will hold up my hand and say I often cry at films, but at the movies we’re only with a character for 2 hours – that’s nothing compared to the journey we take with our favourite characters in decent campaign. So, with that said, I asked the team to give me their favourite game characters and the reasoning for their choice.

Adam – Sam and Max, Freelance Police (various)
Max: “Mind if I drive?” Sam: “Not if you don’t mind me clawing at the dash and shrieking like a cheerleader.” The insane interplay between them and 1950s detective noir vibes are great. How can you not love characters where the solution to one puzzle is for Sam to dip Max in water before throwing him into a fusebox to short out a fairground ride?

Anita – Lara Croft (Tomb Raider series)
“She’s just really pretty and sexy with long hair and guns, you know?”

David – Master Li/ Sun Li (Jade Empire)
Even though I played this game over 12 years ago, this character still sticks out as a highlight. The twists and turns of this character’s development and amazing cinematics left me hooked and playing more. Master Li’s wisdom and deception was a story arc that has been done numerous times across films/tv/games but I feel that nothing has been done quite as right as this.

Jonathan – CJ (GTA: San Andreas) 
“Ah sh*t here we go again.”

Kane – Link (The Legend of Zelda) 
I like how consistent Link’s character has stayed even through several changes of art style and creative direction with the series.

Lucas – Ratchet & Clank (Ratchet & Clank) 
They were a dynamic duo to be reckoned with!

Madeleine – Robin (Fire Emblem: Awakening)
I love that he is a character who fights to protect those he has come to care about on his journey but is also smart and knows to stay calm in tough situations.

Mahyar – Mario (Mario) 
Just an epic games character with longevity and star status.

Michael – Masterchief (Halo) 
For me, he’s the most iconic. He stands for justice, victory and strength. He’s a hero, an idol.

Natalie – Aku (Crash Bandicoot) 
Because he’s fun!

Stefan – Nathan Drake (Uncharted) 
He takes the hits and just keeps on coming. Treasure Hunter extraordinaire. I think the humour from the character during gameplay, the clips and story are all spot on. Experiencing Nathan’s human journey through the last 2 titles has been thrilling and emotional. Naughty Dog have really created a lovable and relatable character that will be long remembered well after his mantle is passed to Cassie.

Training Manager’s blog

Following on from Mental Health Week

World Mental Health Day was on 10th October 2019 last week and I am delighted to report that during this time it was announced that, alongside offering gambling clinics, the NHS is now able to offer treatment for young people between the ages of 13 and 25 who have been diagnosed with the mental health condition as having a Gaming Disorder.

For those not in the know; in December 2017 it was announced that a Gaming Disorder was to be classified as a mental health condition for the first time. Six months later the World Health Organisation officially accepted the proposal and listed it as a mental health disorder based on scientific evidence. The NHS is now leading the way in tackling emerging mental health conditions.

The symptoms of having a Gaming Disorder include; lack of control when gaming, prioritising gaming over other activities and, continuing to play video games even when it causes negative consequences.

Anyone looking for more information about these services can use the link here: NHS Mental Health Services