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Principal Gameplay Designer



Los Angeles, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, October 7, 2023

Genies is culture’s leading avatar technology company empowering humans to create their own avatar experiences. To-date, Genies has been widely adopted by cultural tastemakers and has partnerships with Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group as their rosters’ “official avatar.” Genies has recently launched its consumer arm via its AR Developer Kit which allows developers to create interoperable avatar experiences for mobile and hardware AR. Their first avatar experience, Silver Studio, allows users to design and exchange digital fashion. Genies has raised $250M from investors such as Silver Lake, BOND, NEA, and Bob Iger valuing the company at $1 billion.

Genies is looking for a highly technical and inventive mobile Gamer Designer. Seated in our new Bay Area office (San Mateo), this first game designer for Genies will play a pivotal role in shaping the next generation of mobile gaming experiences. You will work in a collaborative and creative environment, harnessing your expertise in game design to craft engaging and immersive gameplay systems.

Our ideal candidate has shipped multiple mobile games, possesses a deep background in systems design, and has worked extensively with Unity. Genies sits at the forefront of the digital avatar and mobile gaming industry. We are on a mission to empower users to create and interact with hyper-realistic avatars in virtual experiences that have captured users' attention worldwide. If you are passionate about pushing the boundaries of mobile gaming and creating captivating user experiences, we want you on our team.

What You’ll be Doing:

  • Game Design: Collaborate with cross-functional teams to conceptualize, design, and develop mobile games that leverage Genies avatars and technology
  • Unity Development: Utilize Unity to implement gameplay mechanics, user interfaces, and systems that enhance the overall gaming experience
  • Systems Design: Design and balance game systems, including progression, economy, and player interactions, to ensure a rewarding and engaging player journey
  • Prototyping: Rapidly create prototypes to test and refine gameplay concepts, iterating based on user feedback and data-driven insights
  • User-Centric Approach: Keep the player's experience at the forefront of design decisions, ensuring user satisfaction and retention
  • Cross-Functional Collaboration: Collaborate closely with artists, engineers, and product managers to ensure the successful integration of gameplay elements and features
  • Documentation: Create and maintain detailed design documentation, including game mechanics, systems, and features

What You Should Have:

  • A proven track record for shipping multiple mobile games
  • Proven experience in mobile game design with a strong portfolio showcasing your work
  • Proficiency in Unity3D and experience with C# programming
  • Expert level understanding of game systems design, progression, and monetization strategies
  • Bachelor's degree in Game Design, Computer Science, or related field (Masters in Computer Science is a plus)
  • Creative thinker with a passion for pushing the boundaries of mobile gaming
  • Strong communication and teamwork skills
  • Self-motivated, proactive, and able to work independently

How Genies will support you

Genies is a well-funded, growing start-up that cares deeply about each of our employees' growth and success. Our roles and their responsibilities are created with a breadth of scope that introduces each employee to exciting new challenges and opportunities that a growing start-up encounters. The actual base pay is dependent upon a number of factors, including: professional background, training, transferable skills, work experience, education, location, business and product needs, and market demand. The base pay range is subject to change and may be modified in the future. Full-time employees may also be eligible for equity compensation, in addition to a robust health, wellness, and benefits package.

Starting Salary Range: $140,000.00 to $220,000.00

Here's why you'll love working at Genies:

  • You'll work with a team that you’ll be able to learn from and grow with, including support for your own professional development
  • You'll be at the helm of your own career, shaping it with your own innovative contributions to a nascent team and product with flexible hours and a work from home policy
  • You'll enjoy the culture and perks of a startup, with the stability of being well funded
  • Comprehensive health insurance for you and your family (Anthem + Kaiser Options Available), Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Competitive salaries for all full time employees
  • Unlimited paid time off, sick time, and paid company holidays, in addition to paid parental leave, bereavement leave, and jury duty leave for full-time employees
  • Health & wellness support through programs such as monthly wellness reimbursement
  • Working in a brand new, bright, open-environment and fun office space - there’s even a slide!

Genies is an equal opportunity employer committed to promoting an inclusive work environment free of discrimination and harassment. We value diversity, inclusion, and aim to provide a sense of belonging for everyone.