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Cryptic Studios Recruiting Art Manager, Outsourcing Manager, Staff UI Artist, Assistant Producer, Producer, Senior Producer & QA Lead

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Art Manager

Category: Other
Company: Cryptic Studios
Location: Los Gatos (United States)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

Cryptic Studios is looking for a talented and experienced Art Manager to provide leadership and support for the studio’s department. We need an individual who enjoys working with artists to improve their art quality, advance their careers, and promote the needs of the artists to other departments. Join the Cryptic team to inspire and mentor our innovative console and PC game artists, shaping the future of art at the studio.
Located in Northern California in Los Gatos, we offer the fun, focused and casual atmosphere of a small developer. We actively balance our work with the personal lives of our employees. At Cryptic, we only hire the best and most talented people who love the work, the genre and the game.

Every day you can be:

Providing leadership to a group of talented artists.
Advising and mentoring artists in their career development.
Coordinating the technical and aesthetic art processes that allow visual benchmarks to be reached.
Outlining clear and concise expectations for quality of work, productivity, communication and professionalism to the art team.
Helping to maintain and improve our cutting edge, proprietary toolset and graphics engine.
Collaborating with the other team leads from Design and Programming to provide the art team with the tools and support they need.
Working with a team of professionals to create a positive, collaborative and creative work environment.

What we’d like to see:

5+ years in game development.
Multiple game titles shipped. At least one title shipped while working in an art manager capacity or as lead artist.
Previous experience managing a team of artists. Managing includes daily knowledge of direct reports’ tasks, objectives and accomplishments.
Ability to gauge direct reports’ skill sets and cater to their strengths and weaknesses.
Strong portfolio demonstrating ability to create/direct high quality art.
A high level of proficiency in 3D modeling program(s). 3DS Max preferred.
A high level of proficiency in Photoshop.
Must have a complete understanding and training in fundamental art skills including color theory, lighting, anatomy, composition, design, sculpting, drawing or painting.
Expertise with current graphics production techniques, process and pipelines, limitations and dependencies.
Strong leadership and interpersonal abilities.
4-year degree required (or equivalent experience in relevant field)

Apply here:- http://www.crypticstudios.com/node/170
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Outsourcing Manager

Category: Other
Company: Cryptic Studios
Location: Los Gatos (United States)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

Cryptic Studios is looking for a talented and driven Outsourcing Manager to maintain and develop a professional relationship with our outsourcing partners, as well as work with our game teams to facilitate feedback and track outsourced art work. Join the Cryptic team to drive cooperation and teamwork with remote artists, be involved in the art production for all our games, and help open new creative possibilities for our game development teams.
Located in Northern California in Los Gatos, we offer the fun, focused and casual atmosphere of a small developer. We actively balance our work with the personal lives of our employees. At Cryptic, we only hire the best and most talented people who love the work, the genre and the game.

Every day you could:

· Communicate and collaborate with the art directors, designers and producers from the Cryptic games as well as art teams overseas
· Manage and track a multitude of art assignments from each game and ensure quality and consistency from our outsourcing partners
· Directly impact the creative possibilities for new content in our games by making our outsourcing efforts effective and reliable

What you need to work here:

· Experience using Microsoft Office products, including Outlook, Excel and Word
· Effectively communicate tasks and schedule with remote artists and on-site game developers given language and time zone challenges
· Ability to organize information into a trackable and understandable resource
· Promote and build a positive and supportive relationship with our outsourcing partners
· BA/BS degree or equivalent experience in similar field

What we’d like to see:

· An understanding of game art development and aesthetics as-well-as art production pipelines flow and function

Fluency in Mandarin Chinese

Apply here:- http://www.crypticstudios.com/node/164
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Staff UI Artist

Category: Other
Company: Cryptic Studios
Location: Los Gatos (United States)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

Cryptic Studios is gearing up to bring more iconic MMORPG gameplay to XBOX ONE and PS4. We are seeking a full-time Staff UI Artist with strong opinions about console UX and design aesthetics. Do you have what it takes to design an MMO interface for PS4? Can you create the perfect look and feel that speaks to the value of whatever game brand we throw at you? If you think you have what it takes to create displays that reflect gameplay needs, this could be the job for you!
We actively balance our work with the personal lives of our employees. At Cryptic, we only hire the best and most talented people who love the work, the genre and the game.

Every day you could be:

Working with Design, Engineering and the Lead Artist to brainstorm, conceptualize, create and implement all UI elements for Cryptic’s games.
Thinking about UX and how to best represent complicated progression systems with UI that feels natural and obvious.
Managing visual designs for multiple features across the breadth of the game, working in Photoshop, and delivering final asset components to engineering.

What we’d like to see:

A strong knowledge of design software like Photoshop and Illustrator.
Well-rounded design skills, including a solid understanding of color, composition, space and typography.
The ability to create both static and dynamic animated UI systems with a solid understanding of basic animation principles.
At least three years experience creating user interfaces, titles and menus for videogames, film, DVDs or web sites.
The ability to create heads-up displays that reflect gameplay needs.
Ability to learn proprietary and consumer user interface tools.
Ability to work with the team and take direction from the Lead Artist and Art Director to achieve visual goals.
Ability to work within a schedule and deliver assets as required on time.
4-year degree or equivalent experience in relevant field required.

Apply here:- http://www.crypticstudios.com/node/166
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Assistant Producer

Category: Assistant
Company: Cryptic Studios
Location: Los Gatos (United States)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

Assistant Producer

Assistant Producers at Cryptic Studios work closely with designers, artists and programmers to organize and coordinate the game development process. An AP’s number one priority within the development structure is to make sure everyone else can get their job done. This means a no nonsense approach to problem solving, daily communication with all the members of the team and working in support of the Producer in all task management and scheduling challenges.

Every day you could be:

Working in the trenches with artists, designers and programmers tracking tasks and helping the developers stay on schedule.
Supporting the Lead/Senior/Executive Producer in every aspect of development, from scheduling and management of the internal team to dealing with outside publishers and licensors.
Coordinating the QA and testing effort during production, closed and open beta and through launch.
Contributing to the production process and helping refine production pipelines.
Facilitating cross department communications and being a product knowledge base for the entire team.

What you need to work here:

Minimum 2 years in the video game industry.
Must have shipped at least one video game title or major release.
Effective communications skills, both written and verbal.
Functional understanding of project management and scheduling concepts.
A passion for MMO games and the ability to talk about why you think they are fun.
Be able to talk art, design and software without pretending.
Have a great attitude and likeable personality.

Things we’d love to see:

Proficient knowledge or practical experience in one of the other gaming disciplines: 3D Art, Game Design, or Programming.
Console development experience.
Fanatic level enthusiasm of some entertainment industry field (role playing games, comics, movies, television, etc.).
Bachelor’s Degree

Apply here:- http://www.crypticstudios.com/node/167
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Producer

Category: Producer
Company: Cryptic Studios
Location: Los Gatos (United States)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

Producers at Cryptic Studios work closely with designers, artists and programmers to organize and coordinate the game development process. A Producer’s number one priority within the development structure is to make sure everyone else can get their job done. This means a no nonsense approach to problem solving with daily communication with and working to support all the members of the team in task management and scheduling challenges.

Every day you could be:

Working in the trenches with Artists, Designers, QA and Programmers tracking tasks and helping the developers stay on schedule.
Supporting the Lead/Senior/Executive Producer in every aspect of development, from scheduling and management of the internal team to dealing with outside publishers and licensors.
Coordinating the QA and testing effort during production, closed and open beta, through launch and ongoing in the live game environment.
Contributing to the production process and helping refine production pipelines.
Being a product knowledge base for the entire team.
Communicating to individual team members and contributors in various departments, other producers, and management on the status of live issues, tasks, features, and projects.

What you need to work here:

Minimum 3 years in the video game industry, working in production or product development.
Must have shipped at least one video game title.
Superb communications skills, both written and verbal.
A high-level understanding of project management and scheduling concepts.
A passion for games and the ability to talk about why you think they are fun.
Be able to talk art, design and software without pretending.
Have a great attitude and likeable personality.
Ability to work independently while exercising sound judgment.

Things we’d love to see:

Experience working in various established production methodologies
Live Product management and performance analytics experience
Live game development and support experience
Console development experience.
Proficient knowledge or practical experience in one of the other gaming disciplines: 3D Art, Game Design, or Programming.
Bachelor’s Degree
Proficiency in another language.
Fanatic level enthusiasm of some entertainment industry field (role playing games, comics, movies, television, etc.).

Apply here:- http://www.crypticstudios.com/node/168
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Senior Producer

Category: Producer
Company: Cryptic Studios
Location: Los Gatos (United States)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

Producers at Cryptic Studios work closely with designers, artists and programmers to organize and coordinate the game development process. A Producer’s number one priority within the development structure is to make sure everyone else can get their job done. This means a no nonsense approach to problem solving with daily communication with and working to support all the members of the team in task management and scheduling challenges.

Every day you could be:

Working in the trenches with Artists, Designers, QA and Programmers tracking tasks and helping the developers stay on schedule.
Supporting the Lead/Senior/Executive Producer in every aspect of development, from scheduling and management of the internal team to dealing with outside publishers and licensors.
Coordinating the QA and testing effort during production, closed and open beta, through launch and ongoing in the live game environment.
Contributing to the production process and helping refine production pipelines.
Being a product knowledge base for the entire team.
Communicating to individual team members and contributors in various departments, other producers, and management on the status of live issues, tasks, features, and projects.

What you need to work here:

Minimum 5 years in the video game industry, working in production or product development.
Must have shipped at least one video game title.
Superb communications skills, both written and verbal.
A high-level understanding of project management and scheduling concepts.
A passion for games and the ability to talk about why you think they are fun.
Be able to talk art, design and software without pretending.
Have a great attitude and likeable personality.
Ability to work independently while exercising sound judgment.

Things we’d love to see:

Experience working in various established production methodologies
Live Product management and performance analytics experience
Live game development and support experience
Console development experience.
Proficient knowledge or practical experience in one of the other gaming disciplines: 3D Art, Game Design, or Programming.
Bachelor’s Degree
Proficiency in another language.
Fanatic level enthusiasm of some entertainment industry field (role playing games, comics, movies, television, etc.).

Apply here:- http://www.crypticstudios.com/node/169
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QA Lead

Category: Other
Company: Cryptic Studios
Location: Los Gatos (United States)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

Test Lead

Cryptic Studios sets a new standard for Massively Multiplayer Online role playing games. We strive to give our fans new experiences that knock their socks off. Located in Northern California in Los Gatos, we create the fun, focused and casual atmosphere of a small developer. We actively balance our work with the personal lives of our employees. At Cryptic, everyone’s ideas matter. We only hire the best and most talented people who love the work, the genre and the game.
Cryptic Studios is currently looking for a Staff Test Lead. A test lead’s role is ensure that the project is tested as thoroughly as possible, that all stakeholders are consistently aware of the state of the project, and that the QA team is empowered to complete their tasks efficiently. A successful candidate is able to communicate effectively, respond to requests with agility, and plan proactively. The test lead manages the team’s responsibilities, collaborating directly with Production and Design to identify and flag critical issues before they become challenges to meeting the schedule.

Every day you could be:

Reporting the results of the current testing efforts to project leadership and production
Driving the development and execution of test passes for new features
Assisting in the integration and continued improvement of QA processes
Managing testing estimates, timelines, and tracking progress
Collaborating with the rest of the development team to track defects, fixes, and feature development
Monitoring the bug database to spot trends and make sure all issues receive the appropriate attention
Mentoring test analysts
Organizing and participating in focused play-tests
Coordinating with other teams within Cryptic or at the publisher
Ensuring that all test and design documentation is up to date and relevant
Leading a team of Quality Assurance Testers in order to achieve the above

What you need to work here:

Effective communication abilities, both written and spoken
An ongoing pursuit of excellence in yourself, the product, and the team
Understanding of software quality assurance methodologies and processes
Methodical organizational and documentation skills
Thorough understanding of the importance of Software QA, and the ability to evangelize process
Ability to create and iterate on methodical quality assurance processes
Industry experience in art, design, production, QA or software

Things we’d like to see:

Passion for gaming; especially, but not limited to, MMORPGs
Technical understanding of multiple facets of game and/or software development
Proficiency in evaluating game experiences and providing detailed feedback
Prior team leadership experience

Apply here:- http://www.crypticstudios.com/node/153
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