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Blizzard Entertainment is looking for an experienced designer to join the ranks of our level design team on World of Warcraft. Azeroth itself is one of the most important characters in our game. This is your opportunity to join the team charged with crafting that world.

This design position will involve the creative design and technical implementation of our outdoor world zones. The ideal candidate will be an experienced level designer for games, with good technical skills in creating 3D spaces, developed art skills including a strong visual aesthetic. Level design on World of Warcraft requires the ability to sculpt and form 3D terrain, while also being able to integrate the core gameplay experience for our players.

In addition, we expect that candidates have great people skills, boundless creativity, extensive knowledge of World of Warcraft, and a longstanding passion for playing games.

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 Irvine, CA.

Responsibilities:

  • World Building and Level Layout, composing environments using asset placement and terrain sculpting and painting.

  • Communicate and work with designers and other artists to create convincing and thematic environments that feel natural and compelling.

  • Closely follow art and design concepts.

  • Have a thorough understanding of pipelines and art integration into the game.

  • Contribute to the creative process through original ideas and inspiration.

  • Participate in critiquing your work and the work of other artists.

  • Work with the entire development team in an energetic and creative environment.

  • Own the creation of levels from blockout through final set dressing and lighting.

  • Gather art, design and playtest feedback and translate it into iterative improvements.

  • Help drive the aesthetic and gameplay vision for the game.

  • Assist in scoping work for on time milestone deliveries.

Requirements:

  • A minimum of 5 years' experience as a Level designer / World Builder

  • Portfolio of work demonstrating strong proficiency as an Environment Artist and/or Level Designer

  • Strong sense of level design, scale, pacing, and gameplay flow

  • Excellent composition skills

  • Excellent understanding of environmental design and its functions within a game

  • Strong understanding of lighting, mood, and color

  • Ability to work closely with many other disciplines and be a team player

  • Experience with any proprietary terrain sculpting tool is a plus

  • MMO experience a plus

Required Application Materials

  • Resume which must include:

  • A link to your portfolio with visual examples of your favorite game spaces you have created in your career

  • Cover Letter, while not required, should include:

    • Why you are interested in working at Blizzard

    • Your experience and relationship with World of Warcraft

    • What games you are currently playing

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.

Our World

Our ability to build immersive and innovate worlds is only enhanced by diverse teams working in an inclusive environment. We aspire to have a culture where everyone can thrive in order to connect and engage the world through epic entertainment. We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ - we’ve got our employees covered!

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 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.

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.

Rewards

We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ - we’ve got our employees covered! Subject to eligibility requirements, the Company offers comprehensive benefits including:

  • Medical, dental, vision, health savings account or health reimbursement account, healthcare spending accounts, dependent care spending accounts, life and AD&D insurance, disability insurance;

  • 401(k) with Company match, tuition reimbursement, charitable donation matching;

  • Paid holidays and vacation, paid sick time, floating holidays, compassion and bereavement leaves, parental leave;

  • Mental health & wellbeing programs, fitness programs, free and discounted games, and a variety of other voluntary benefit programs like supplemental life & disability, legal service, ID protection, rental insurance, and others;

  • 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 https://www.benefitsforeveryworld.com/.

In the U.S., the standard base pay range for this role is $97,200.00 - $179,900.00 Annual. These values reflect the expected base pay range of new hires across all U.S. locations. Ultimately, your specific range and offer will be based on several factors, including relevant experience, performance, and work location. Your Talent Professional can share this role’s range details for your local geography during the hiring process. In addition to a competitive base pay, employees in this role may be eligible for incentive compensation. Incentive compensation is not guaranteed.