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AVAILABLE POSITIONS Principal Game Designer – Midcore

Zynga is looking for an experienced Principal Game Designer to work on an unannounced game. This role leads and participates in direct design and creative input on content and system design in the game.

Main Responsibilities

  • Own, drive, and communicate the system vision for the game
  • Create, model, and tune sophisticated systems and economies
  • Design and balance game pinches, inflows and outflows
  • Work closely with all team members to design and prototype new gameplay and systems
  • Create and improve tools to make the design pipeline faster and more efficient for the team
  • Be the advocate of good design practices across the studio
  • Create or adapt leading game features to work with an existing game
  • Pitch new ideas to the team/ lead brainstorming sessions
  • Analyze real-time feedback and metrics, and adjust game designs accordingly while maintaining a live game economy
  • Work with product managers, developers and artists to lead all aspects of the implementation of new features and systems
  • Write user experience stories and create wireframe screens and flows
  • Remain up-to-date with Game Design literature and standard methodologies to be an evangelist for the craft of Game Design

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Expert with math, levels, and formulas in game environment
  • Possesses an extensive knowledge of games and strategies
  • Solid knowledge of game balancing and pacing
  • Translates direct consumer insights, market data, and analysis into creative design solutions
  • Passionate gamer
  • 2+ shipped games
  • Game programming background a plus

What we offer you

  • Competitive salary, bonus plan and, ESPP (Employee Stock Purchase Plan)
  • 401K Company Match Contribution
  • Medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and disability benefits
  • Telemedicine, Virtual mental health, Emotional Support Services, EAP, and neurodiversity support programs
  • Family building new parent & menopause support
  • Global Fitness Reimbursement program
  • Global Wellbeing Program
  • Charitable Giving and Volunteer Program
  • Generous paid parental, pregnancy-related disability, caregiver, and compassionate leaves
  • Back-up childcare
  • Discretionary Time Off policy for many employees
  • Flexible working hours on many teams
  • Culture of diversity and inclusion including employee resource groups

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!

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The pay range for this position in California at the start of employment is expected to be between $105,000 and $160,000 per year. 

However, base pay offered is based on market location, and may vary further depending on individualized factors for job candidates, such as job-related knowledge, skills, experience, and other objective business considerations.   Subject to those same considerations, the total compensation package for this position may also include other elements, including a bonus and/or equity awards, in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits.  Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if an employee receives an offer of employment. If hired, employee will be in an “at-will position” and the Company reserves the right to modify base salary (as well as any other discretionary payment or compensation or benefit program) at any time, including for reasons related to individual performance, Company or individual department/team performance, and market factors.

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Careers Category: Game Design

Careers location: Bay Area, CA, Carlsbad, CA

Connected Worker Type: Connected

Requisition Id: R_108449

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