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Lead Game Designer - Characters (Apex Legends)

Multiple Locations: Los Angeles, California, United States • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada • Orlando, Florida, United States • Austin, Texas, United States • Seattle, Washington, United States • Redwood City, California, United States

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Requisition Number: 168136

Position Title: Game Design Director

External Description:

Founded in 2010 by the original creators of the Call of Duty Franchise, Respawn was created with the philosophy that when talented people have creative freedom, they'll make extraordinary games that achieve the unexpected. From our roots as an indie studio to joining the expansive roster of studios at Electronic Arts, this remains our guiding principle. We love what we do and want to share our passion with players worldwide. Our shipped titles include critically acclaimed multi-platform games Apex Legends, Titanfall, Titanfall 2, Star Wars™ Jedi: Fallen Order and Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond.

Apex Legends is looking for a Lead Game Designer who will help us create exciting new characters. You'll work with all departments to design new Legends from early prototype through release. We value creative ownership and candid feedback and you should embody those traits. You will report to our Design Director.

You have experience on a live service game in character design OR first person shooter design, and have enough technical and scripting abilities to work independently. You have a suite of game development best practices (bug management, self scheduling, feature scoping) and are enthusiastic about upholding them. You'll lead a team of character designers and will have some management responsibilities.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with a team of passionate developers from all disciplines to create new playable characters for Apex Legends.
  • Create high-quality gameplay systems in script. Maintain your own bug list.
  • Work with other disciplines to implement core game mechanics and assets, ensuring the best possible gameplay experience
  • Support and grow your teammates through knowledge-sharing, debugging and mentoring.
  • Set priorities and goals for your work and the work of the team.
  • Help set goals and plans for future Apex Legend releases, working with all departments to ensure cohesive themes.
  • Playtest the game (a lot), providing feedback for all features, not just Legends.
  • Lead design reviews and guide the team towards good solutions to design problems.
  • Promote a culture of creative ownership, candid feedback and a safe working environment.
  • Work with others on side projects to make Apex a better game.

Bonus experience:

  • 5+ years of experience as a technically-oriented game designer, with multiplayer experience
  • At least one shipped AAA game
  • An understanding of competitive integrity in a multiplayer game.
  • Experience designing characters in a multiplayer game.
  • Proficient in text-based scripting or other programming languages
  • A friendly disposition!
  • Enjoy playing Apex Legends, understand what makes it work, and can discuss it in depth.

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Electronic Arts Inc. is a leading global interactive entertainment software company. EA delivers games, content and online services for Internet-connected consoles, personal computers, mobile phones and tablets.

EEOText: About EA At Electronic Arts, we exist to Inspire the World to Play. We create extraordinary new game experiences for our millions of players everywhere by bringing together talented people that combine creativity, innovation, and passion. We know that our strength lies in the diversity of our people. We immerse our employees into an inclusive culture, and provide opportunities for learning and leading that allow them to do the most impactful and rewarding work of their careers. We put our people first. We provide comprehensive benefit packages with a focus on health and wellbeing to support your needs and help you balance your career and personal life. We provide access to dynamic and collaborative work environments, opportunities to connect and contribute through our Employee Resource Groups, and support for a balanced life with paid time off and new parent leave, plus free video games and so much more! Electronic Arts is an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, religion, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, family status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Electronic Arts also makes workplace accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities as required by applicable law.

Date Opened: 2021-09-08 18:17:33.94

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About EA

At Electronic Arts, we exist to Inspire the World to Play. We create extraordinary new game experiences for our millions of players everywhere by bringing together talented people that combine creativity, innovation, and passion. We know that our strength lies in the diversity of our people. We immerse our employees into an inclusive culture, and provide opportunities for learning and leading that allow them to do the most impactful and rewarding work of their careers. 

We put our people first. We provide comprehensive benefit packages with a focus on health and wellbeing to support your needs and help you balance your career and personal life. We provide access to dynamic and collaborative work environments, opportunities to connect and contribute through our Employee Resource Groups, and support for a balanced life with paid time off and maternity and paternity leave, plus free video games and so much more! 

Electronic Arts is an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, religion, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, family status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Electronic Arts also makes workplace accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities as required by applicable law.

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