Senior Game Designer

We build ground-breaking games and content for some of the world’s biggest publishers including Microsoft, Sony, Apple and Sega. Sumo Newcastle joined the Sumo Digital family in January of 2018. As a former CCP Games studio, we have a solid history of cutting-edge development, and now with Sumo, a spectacular future of ‘AAA’ game development for some of the biggest and best publishers in the world.

It’s an exciting time to be part of Sumo, winners of the Develop: Star Awards 2019 Best Studio and GI Biz 2020 Best Places to Work; big things are on the horizon and we want you to be part of our continued journey. Join us!

The role @ Sumo Newcastle

We are looking for a Senior Game Designer to join us in the creation of exciting new IP’s.  This is a fantastic opportunity to play a pivotal role in developing game concepts from the ground up and be part of a team delivering games to the highest standards.

As Senior Game Designer you will create, maintain and evangelise best practices from a game design perspective. In this role, you will be expected to champion quality across the projects and collaborate with all teams to deliver AAA player experiences.

In your new role you will:

  • Collaborate with all disciplines to uphold and help execute the game vision.
  • Create, maintain, and communicate the design to the wider team and stakeholders.
  • Assist the Leads in task creation, prioritisation, and tracking.
  • Evangelise the game’s design to multi-discipline teams across the studio.
  • Deliver quality work within schedule and technical limitations.
  • Mentor more junior members of the team.
  • Provide feedback to level, UX and gameplay designers.
  • To be successful you will have:

  • A minimum of 5 years’ development experience in game design, including senior or lead design experience
  • Shipped at least one commercial title on current gen consoles or PC.
  • Content, systems, and mechanics design experience from concept to delivery.
  • Strong knowledge of game and level design principles.
  • Self-motivated towards solving creative problems and production challenges.
  • Clear and concise communication skills.
  • Passion and enthusiasm for making and playing games.
  • It would also be great if you have:

  • Passion for creating and tuning the 3 c’s – Character, Camera, Control.
  • Development experience in the multiplayer shooter or action genres.
  • What We Offer:
    ·         Annual Bonus 
    ·         Share Incentive Plan       
    ·         Competitive Pension
    ·         Flexible Working   
    ·         27 Days Holiday, including your birthday. a duvet day and Christmas
    ·         5 Learning Days
    ·         Access to 4,000 Udemy Courses
    ·         Game & Book Libraries
    ·         Wrap Parties
    ·         Alternative Travel Prize Draw
    ·         The Sumo GameJam
    ·         Big Family Events
    ·         Studio clubs, inc. running, board games, film…
    ·         Life Drawing
    ·         Yoga Classes
    ·         Free fruit and drinks
    ·         Employee Referral Bonus      
    ·         Career Development       
    ·         Competitive Mat/Paternity & Adoption 
    ·         Employee Assistance Programme
    ·         Life Assurance 4x Salary
    ·         Income Protection of 75%            
    ·         Relocation Support to the UK
    ·         Visa Sponsorship

    Where do we stand on diversity?
    At Sumo Digital, we know that diversity and inclusivity will make our teams (and the amazing work that they do) better! We encourage and welcome ALL applications.

    More About The Sumo Newcastle Studio:
    Sumo Digital is one of the UK's most prolific game developers, enjoying over fifteen years of stability and growth. We have UK studios in Sheffield, Newcastle, Nottingham, Leamington Spa, The Chinese Room in Brighton and Red Kite Games in Leeds, along with Sumo Video Games in Pune, India.

    We offer a superb benefits package including generous holidays and flexi-time. We care about our people, with an emphasis on the work/life balance and out of office events such as our legendary annual Sumo ‘Big Day Out’, plus epic Christmas parties and much more! Our regular studio Game Jams are a highlight - winning concepts can go on to commercial release, so far including Snake Pass and Spyder for Apple Arcade.

    We are proud to be in the North-East of England, in our new, purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities in Riga. Newcastle was voted the number one place that travellers should visit in 2018 by Rough Guide and has everything that a major European city has to offer; culture, heritage, lively bars and fantastic retail. It is an exciting cosmopolitan city while also boasting plenty of beautiful outdoor space including several beaches less than an hour’s drive away.

    Our environment is relaxed, friendly and built on every team member having the opportunity to shine and have real, meaningful input into the games that we create. We pride ourselves on our positive atmosphere and sociable team who regularly partake in shared interest groups, lunchtime and after-work clubs, and charity fundraising events.

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