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Senior Game Designer (systems)

Sumo Digital


Sumo Leamington, a game development studio, is seeking a Senior Game Designer with experience in systems design on live games to work on a premium AAA title across all platforms. The successful candidate will report to the Lead Designer, oversee the design, implementation, and iteration of core game systems, features, and events, and use data and community feedback to shape and develop an exciting roadmap for players. The role requires a proven track record of designing systems and events on a live title, a solid understanding of how to shape a roadmap based on the game vision, player data, and community feedback, and excellent written and verbal communication skills. Sumo Leamington offers a range of benefits, including flexible working, annual bonus and salary reviews, electric car scheme, salary sacrifice pension scheme, and more. The studio is committed to creating a safe, accepting, and affirming working environment and encourages applicants from all backgrounds.

Job description

About Sumo Leamington

Established in 2019, Sumo Leamington is led by a team of industry veterans with a wealth of experience in the games industry.

With three core specialisms: service-based games, free to play titles and mobile, the team at Sumo Leamington are focussed on creating games which players keep coming back to – day after day, year after year.

As winners of the TIGA Star Employment Award for 2021, recipients of the GI Biz 2020 Best Places to Work Award and listed as one of the UK’s 100 Best Large Companies to Work for in 2021, Sumo Digital has enjoyed 18 years of stability and growth since its formation in 2003 and continues to strive for excellence across every single project. 

The team at Sumo Leamington is growing, and we’re looking for the industry’s brightest stars to help bring a series of incredible projects to life.

The role @ Sumo
We are looking for a passionate Senior Game Designer to join Sumo Digital on an exciting multi-platform original IP.  This is a fantastic opportunity for a designer with experience in systems design on live games to work on a premium AAA title across all platforms.

In your new role you will:

    • Report to the Lead Designer, within the context of the Creative Vision (Game Pillars & Target Audience), oversee the design, implementation and iteration of core game systems, features & events.
    • Use data and community feedback to shape and develop an exciting roadmap for our players to enjoy.
    • Demonstrate your mastery of the design craft by adhering to strong processes that ensure collaboration and communication are a key part of your design toolbox.
    • Be the champion of quality for multiple feature designs; executing the vision of the product vision.
    • Mentor junior design team members.

To be successful you will have:

    • A proven track record of designing systems and events on a live title.
    • A solid understanding of how to shape a roadmap based on the game vision, player data and community feedback.
    • An open communication style underpinned by objective analysis and a desire to motivate/inspire those around you.
    • A passionate love of gaming and a strong understanding of modern gaming trends, especially those in the mass-market F2P space
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
What We Offer:

·               Annual Bonus & Annual Salary Reviews
·               Electric Car Scheme
·               Salary Sacrifice Pension Scheme
·               Flexible Working  
·               27 Days Holiday, including your birthday a duvet day and Christmas
·               Holiday ‘buy and sell’ scheme
·               Access to 4,000 Udemy Courses, The Gnomen Workshop, GDC Vault and more
·               Enhanced Mat/Paternity & Adoption pay
·               Free Life Assurance - 4x Salary
·               Free Income Protection Scheme -up to 75%
·               Free Dental Insurance
·               Supportive Employee Assistance Programme with confidential 24/7/365 helpline & app
·               Access remote GP, Mental Health, Physio appointments & medical second opinions
·               Additional flexible benefits scheme
·               Cycle to Work Scheme
·               Mental Health First Aiders
·               Payroll Giving Scheme
·               Game & Book Libraries
·               Long service & project completion awards
·               Wrap Parties
·               Alternative Travel Prize Draw
·               The Sumo GameJam
·               Great family events
·               Studio clubs, inc. running, board games, film…
·               Life Drawing
·               Yoga Classes
·               Free fruit and drinks
·               Employee Referral Bonus     
·               Career Development      

 Where do we stand on diversity?

At Sumo, we want to enable everyone to bring their full, authentic selves to work every single day. We acknowledge that the games industry is far from perfect and a global organisation with people all over the world, from all kinds of backgrounds, we know it’s part of our duty to provide everyone at Sumo with a safe, accepting and affirming working environment.
We encourage and welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

More about Sumo Leamington:

Sumo Leamington is situated just outside of the town centre and was recently awarded the Games Industry BIZ Best Diversity Award – a testament to its ongoing commitment to creating a home for everyone. The Studio features many onsite facilities  – everything needed for the team to create the world’s best games!
Ranked the happiest town to live in two official polls, Leamington Spa is a hidden gem nestled amongst the stunning countryside of Warwickshire and remains a hotspot for talented individuals and creative minds within the games industry.  Those living in Leamington Spa can enjoy:

o   Local attractions such as Jepson Gardens and the Royal Pump Rooms
o   A rich and diverse culture
o   An expansive history and stunning architecture
o   Picturesque scenery, outstanding gardens and walking routes
o   Beautiful museums and galleries

More about Sumo Digital:

Sumo Digital is an award-winning international family of studios. Recent releases from Sumo Digital studios include: BAFTA-Award winning Sackboy: A Big Adventure, Hood: Outlaws & Legends, Control Ultimate Edition on Google Stadia, Apple Arcade Award-winning Little Orpheus, Hot Shot Racing, WST Snooker and Spyder.
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Location: Leamington Spa

Country: United Kingdom

Date found: 2023-04-11

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