As a Lead World Artist on World of Warcraft, you will guide, support, inspire, and manage World Artists as they build our highly immersive and beautiful world that is enjoyed by millions of players every day. You will help to drive the vision and implementation of art for game spaces in World of Warcraft and offer insightful and creative guidance. Set an example for our team with your detailed understanding of world building, artistic composition, mastery of tools, and understanding of art pipeline and production processes. You are an organized time manager, problem solver, originator of process, partner to other leads, team morale booster, a patient and empathetic communicator and listener, and an out-of-the-box thinker.
This role is anticipated to be a hybrid work position, with some work on-site and some work-from-home. The potential home studio for this role is Boston, MA. However, we understand each person’s circumstances may be unique and will work with you to explore other possible options, including remote work arrangements.
What you bring to the table
Priorities can often change in a fast-paced environment like ours, so this role includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:
Communicate frequently with design partners on the World Building team to ensure the world art successfully supports WoW level flow & navigation, visual storytelling, and questing experiences
Mentor, motivate, collaborate with,and guide World Artists; amplify their strengths, review their work on technical and aesthetic bases, and stay aware of their workloads, including support of the team’s work/life balance
Provide guidance in World Art processes and instruct the team regarding new processes and software to match project needs
Be a driving force in creating a welcoming and respectful atmosphere for collaboration, communication, and creativity, with an emphasis on the values of diversity and inclusion.
Assist in running the day-to-day workflow and create and maintain process documentation for World Art-related processes.
Establish clear and consistent schedules in conjunction with Producers, and identify potential problems in the art pipeline and work with other project leads to prevent them.
Interview, hire, and train new team members in collaboration with the Recruitment team.
Lead the team in building our epic world and beautifying areas within it with your environmental composition, terrain sculpting and painting, asset placement, and lighting skills
Optimize your content so it can be enjoyed by as many players as possible, within agreed-upon production schedules and with minimal direction.
5+ years experience creating world art for video games with some leadership or mentorship experience
Extensive experience performing in an environment art/world building role or equivalent
In-depth experience with technology, terminology, and techniques of game art development, including an awareness of design and programming considerations
Highly experienced in the artistic visual execution of outdoor world spaces in multiplayer games
Experience working in an iterative, agile environment.
Knowledge & Skills
Positively influences team morale and empowers team members, able to clearly communicate expectations and rally team around an objective.
Leads with empathy, strong ethics, flexibility, confidence, self-awareness, and the ability to see all sides of complex situations.
Able to communicate artistic issues to non-artists; strong presentation skills
Brings creativity and initiative to both preproduction and production concept tasks and adapts swiftly to new themes and directions
Ability to provide oversight to multiple timelines, self-manage and meet deadlines, able to work unsupervised for long periods and able to supervise others.
Portfolio examples that show strong art fundamentals and understanding of how level art can serve to enhance design goals
Cover Letter (Not required but highly encouraged)
Link to your portfolio
We love hearing from anyone who is enthusiastic about changing the games industry. Not sure you meet all qualifications? Let us decide! Research shows that women and members of other under-represented groups tend to not apply to jobs when they think they may not meet every qualification, when, in fact, they often do! We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage you to apply.
We are committed to working with and providing reasonable assistance to individuals with physical and mental disabilities. If you are a disabled individual requiring an accommodation to apply for an open position, please email your request to [email protected]. General employment questions cannot be accepted or processed here. Thank you for your interest.
At Blizzard Entertainment, we pour our hearts and souls into everything we create. Best known for iconic video game universes including Warcraft, Overwatch, Diablo, and StarCraft, we’ve been creating genre-defining games for millions of players around the world for more than 30 years. We’re on a quest: bring our dreams to life and craft the most epic entertainment experiences…ever. Hard work, iteration and polish go into the Blizzard “secret recipe,” but the most important ingredients come from talented people who share our vision. If that sounds like you, join us.
The videogame industry and therefore our business is fast-paced and will continue to evolve. As such, the duties and responsibilities of this role may be changed as directed by the Company at any time to promote and support our business and relationships with industry partners.
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status, among other characteristics.
We provide a comprehensive benefits package to promote health and wellness along with financial security. Subject to eligibility requirements, the Company offers benefits including:
Medical, dental, vision, health savings account or healthcare spending accounts, dependent care spending accounts, life and AD&D insurance;
401(k) with Company match
Paid holidays and vacation, paid sick time, floating holidays, compassion and bereavement leaves, parental leave;
Wellness program, free and discounted games, and voluntary supplemental life;
If the Company requires that you move geographic locations for the job, then you may also be eligible for relocation assistance.
Eligibility to participate in these benefits may vary for part time and temporary full-time employees and interns with the Company. You can learn more by visiting our benefits page.
In the U.S., the standard base pay range for this role is $97,200.00 - $179,900.00 Annual. This base pay range is for the U.S. and is not applicable to locations outside of the U.S. Actual amounts will vary depending on experience, performance and location. In addition to a competitive base pay, employees in this role may be eligible for incentive compensation. Incentive compensation is not guaranteed.