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Cryptic Studios Recruiting Lead Artist, Lead Designer, Lead Producer & Lead Programmer

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Lead Artist

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

Job Description

Cryptic Studios is looking for a talented and experienced Lead Artist to head up the vision and implementation of art of one of our games. We need an individual who will maintain a style and aesthetic quality of art assets and improve the workflow of the art team. Join the Cryptic team to inspire and mentor our innovative console and PC game artists.
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:

Offering high-level support and artistic vision to a group of artists on an ongoing basis.
Advising, and mentoring the art staff.
Collaborating with the other team leads from Design and Programming to drive the vision of the project.
Establishing, communicating and maintaining the visual style of the project.
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.
Selecting the right engine for the project
Collaborating with the Executive Producer, Lead Designer and Lead Programmer on the strategic decisions for the game.
Planning and coordinating with the production and art teams to create and adhere to a development schedule.
Hiring a full art team on a new AAA PC/Console title.
Working with a team of professionals to create a positive, collaborative and creative work environment.

What we’d like to see:

3+ years in game development.
Multiple game titles shipped. At least one title shipped while working in a manager/lead capacity.
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.
Ability to address any workload issues with little to no supervisor help.
Strong portfolio demonstrating ability to create/direct high quality art.
A high level of proficiency in 3D modeling program(s).
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.
Possesses incredible organizational skills, including asset directory structure knowledge and a complete understanding of asset naming conventions.
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/146
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Lead Designer

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

Job Description

Cryptic Studios is currently seeking a full-time Lead Designer. This position is responsible for designing a PC/Console title and building a world class design team. The lead designer duties include contributing to strategic design decisions, managing an entire design team, and designing game systems.
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 be:

Working with the leads team on high level game decisions, such as the game engine.
Collaborating with the Executive Producer on the game vision
Hiring and managing a full design team from the ground up.
Mentoring and teaching designers on important game concepts.
Documenting high level design systems.
Establishing a pipeline with design and other departments.
Interacting with the community to evangelize the game.
Setting a high standard for design excellence within the team.
Directing the combat, level and story designers towards the game vision.

Things we’d like to see:

Mastery in one of the design disciplines: combat, level or story.
Experience shipping PC/Console titles. Preferably at least one with a Metacritic of 80+.
Good writing and communication skills.
Experience in MMOs and/or RPG games as a player or designer.
Five or more years of industry experience.
4-year degree required (or equivalent experience in relevant field)

Apply here:- http://www.crypticstudios.com/node/148
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Lead 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.
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 be:

Working with Executive Producer and other leads to develop the vision of the game
Hiring, managing and mentoring production team
Working with artists, designers and programmers tracking tasks and helping the developers stay on schedule.
Working with Publishing team and potentially outside licensor(s)
Coordinating the QA and testing effort during production, closed and open beta and through launch.
Creating 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 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 two PC or console titles.
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:

Proficient knowledge or practical experience in one of the other gaming disciplines: QA, 3D Art, Game Design, or Programming.
Experience on a title with a metacritic of 80+.
Knowledge of MMORPG’s and/or live game operations.
Fanatic level enthusiasm of some entertainment industry field (role playing games, comics, movies, television, etc.).
4-year degree required (or equivalent experience in relevant field)

Apply here:- http://www.crypticstudios.com/node/149
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Lead Programmer

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

Job Description

Cryptic Studios is looking for a talented and experienced Lead Programmer. We are seeking sharp, ambitious talent to join our team to work on our next generation MMOs. Everything we do here is challenging — giant worlds, lots of content, complicated rules and systems.
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 be:

§ Developing new systems in both common and esoteric areas from AI, graphics, physics and path finding to network engineering, server configuration and database programming.
§ Building a game from the beginning to launch to live operations
§ Make tactical decisions for the game, such as engine choice
§ Hiring a full team of top notch engineers
§ Collaborating with innovative art and design teams.

What we’d like to see:

§ The ability to communicate clearly and concisely.
§ Experience in managing and hiring a game programming team.
§ Experience shipping multiple PC or Console titles. Experience in MMORPG’s is a plus.
§ Extremely proficient in C, C++ or C# programming and debugging.
§ Knowledge of JSON
§ In-depth knowledge of and experience with games.
§ A love for video games
§ 4-year degree required (or equivalent experience in relevant field)

Apply here:- http://www.crypticstudios.com/node/147
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