AVAILABLE POSITIONS Level Designer – Star Wars

Zynga is proud to announce the opening of a brand-new game development studio in Austin, TX. The studio is partnering with NaturalMotion, a Zynga-subsidiary, to develop a premiere Mobile/Switch multiplayer action game set in the Star Wars universe: Star Wars Hunters! The new Austin studio collaborates with BossAlien (a division of NaturalMotion), an award-winning games developer based out of Brighton, England.If this sounds like you, we want to hear from you! Your passion and experience for building original games will be instrumental as we bring together a brand-new collective of developers to take on next-generation thinking and innovative products. This is a rare opportunity to play a part in the foundation of Zynga’s first action games studio in North America, and to make your mark on a brand-new franchise in the Star Wars universe and the future of Mobile/Switch gaming.
 
About the position
The ideal candidate is a Level Designer with experience creating engaging and vibrant multiplayer levels. Bonus points if they are familiar with Star Wars lore!
 
They are a passionate fan of the action and shooter genres, and understand what makes their favorite maps and levels great, from well-placed chokepoints to smartly constructed player flow. They can apply these learnings to new levels in our world, and own the creation of those levels from the first moodboard images to coordinating final art polish.
 
They are a proponent of designing through constant playtest and iteration, and are gracious and adept at taking constructive feedback and applying it to their level designs. They are a natural storyteller, not with words but with the game environment itself. They know that storytelling is a function of visual elements, emergent gameplay moments, and the interaction of systems and environments in novel ways that continually surprise and delight the player.
 
This role reports to the Associate Level Design Director in Austin, TX. 
 
In this role, you will
  • Own the level design process for multiple levels, from ideation and moodboarding, through greyboxing, to coordinating final art polish.
  • Work alongside engineering to communicate, prototype, and explore new concepts and level features within the game.
  • Work with art, creative leadership, and other designers to create environments that adhere to the vision for the game.
  • Take constructive feedback from repeated play to “find the fun” and craft AAA quality levels.
  • Solicit, organize, and distill feedback from within the team and the broader organization.
  • Grow with the business; stretch yourself and learn new skills and domains.
  • Have fun; we’re making games!
What we offer you:
  • Competitive salary, bonus plan, Zynga RSU’s (Restricted Stock Units), ESPP (Employee Stock Purchase Plan)
  • 401K Company Match Contribution
  • Medical, dental, vision, EAP, life insurance, and disability benefits
  • Virtual mental health and neurodiversity support programs
  • Family planning support program
  • 26 weeks fully paid pregnancy leave for delivering mothers
  • 12 weeks fully paid parental leave for fathers/partners and adoptive parents
  • Vacation: Open vacation policy
  • Zynga happy hours and frequent employee events
  • Flexible working hours
  • Culture of diversity and inclusion including employee resource groups
Hiring Update: The safety of our candidates and team members is our top priority. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our workforce transitioned to working from home, with all interviewing and onboarding being conducted virtually until further notice.
 
We are an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to building a diverse and talented workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, colour, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, disability, or any other class or characteristic protected by applicable law. We welcome job-seekers, players, employees, and partners from all backgrounds to join us!
 
We will consider all qualified job-seekers with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable law.
We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities in order to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us at AccommodationRequest@zynga.com to request an accommodation associated with your application for an open position.
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Careers Category: Game Design

Careers location: Austin, TX

Requisition ID: P210330

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