Senior Game Designer

  • Double Down Interactive
  • SW Canada Dr, Seattle, WA 98136, USA
  • Nov 09, 2020
[Information Technology]

Job Description

We're all in at DoubleDown. Are you?Are you a video game designer who wants to help turn an entire genre on its head? This could be your gig. We are seeking an enthusiastic designer who can select the best elements from video games to surpass antiquated Casino apps and define a whole new world of entertainment, or both individual casino games and the entire player experience.We would like you to start from a crisp understanding of the player and the games and to build new experiences that are evolutionary in nature and draw from the best mechanics and ideas from casual, console, social, and free-to-play games - in other words, staying true to what our core player wants, but also appealing to a broader palate.Armed with great design and human interaction skills, an understanding of chance, casino, casual, and free-to-play games, and with a deliberate focus on providing fun, engagement, and delight to our dedicated audience, you will be part of a team of designers working alongside artists and engineers who are ready to crack the code of First User Experience, app-wide metagame features, and eco-systems that highlight engagement, retention, and virality.Be a high roller at DoubleDownWe're DoubleDown Interactive, a talented team of approximately 130 Software Engineers, Game Designers, Artists, Producers, Marketers, Analytical Experts, and more. Located in Seattle's International District, we create fun, authentic casino-style entertainment via free-to-play social and mobile games, enjoyed by millions of players worldwide. As a leader in the social casino space, we continue to revolutionize through constant innovation. Known for our fun and collaborative culture, we move quickly to deliver exciting online game experiences to casino enthusiasts and social gamers alike.What you should bring to the table* A long-standing passion for playing games of multiple genres and platforms and a solid background in video games and free-to-play games* Graduate or post-graduate degree in game design or similar field with 5+ years of industry experience shipping multiple games* A strong knowledge of scripting languages and an ability to create working prototypes* The ability to communicate effectively with engineering, art, UX, production, and business personnel* An unrelenting self-motivated spirit and the ability to take initiative!Other cards you might be holding* A healthy passion for casino games with a good understanding of odds and player psychology* An equally healthy passion for lighthearted puzzle games and so called "minigames"* A well-rounded designer capable of making contributions in all branches of discipline from game systems to storytelling* A naturally curious mind interested in zeroing in on what existing and potential players want* Thrives in a semi-structured, dynamic and entrepreneurial environmentPlacing your best bet - the responsibilities* You will work with our Senior Producer Manager and the rest of the design team to plan and execute on a wide variety of social gaming initiatives* Help to create the designs, documentation, systems mechanics, as well as guide the implementation of game features and systems with eyes on engagement, retention and monetization* Work with production, art and UX design to bring these plans to fruition* Find novel ways to implement new features with a high chance of striking a chord with our audience via prototyping, user testing, and game design collaborative jamsHitting the jackpotDuring your first year, you will help create, document, and prototype a variety of minigames; both casino-related and otherwise. You will be delivering the design documentation to explain key aspects of the work to other disciplines for development as you watch your designs come to life. Help refine your features to meet key performance metrics, including improvements to UX, player engagement and monetization.Cashing in on the compsDue to our entire studio working remote, the cool things we do for employees have slightly changed. Here is a quick glance of fun things we have done as a studio during this time!* Take a break and participate in our bi-weekly (sometimes themed) trivia session!* Stay zen throughout the week by taking advantage of one or more of our virtual yoga classes.* Hungry? Anticipate monthly snack boxes courtesy of Garten!* Need some caffeine? We've got you covered too! Fun themed coffee boxes get sent straight to your door, enough to last a couple months.* Does your home "office" need some comfort? Take advantage of our office chair lending program!* Still not comfortable? Schedule a virtual visit from our team of ergonomics assessment professionals.* Miss seeing your coworkers faces? We also do virtual company events! Here is a snapshot of things we have done and are looking forward to doing:* Pride Bingo* Wine Tasting & Trivia* Escape Room Extravaganza* Painting Class* Still hungry? Depending on the month, you'll get carefully curated goodie boxes, to feed you and your family! What do you mean? I'm glad you asked. Here is a short list of goodies boxes that have already gone out to employees:* Summer Picnic in a Box (Hawaiian Themed)* DDI Farmers Market Box (Filled with local goodies to support the community!)* Oktoberfest Box* Dia De Los Muertos & Halloween Treats Box (eagerly awaiting this one
Associated topics: application architect, application developer, architect, architecture, back end, java, perl, programming, senior software developer, software engineer lead