Welcome to Maxis, home to tinkerers, craftspeople, & storytellers. Our drive is to inspire everyone to make a better world through creative play. As the developer of The Sims, we create games and experiences for millions of people around the world and are always looking for new ways to inspire our players. Maxis is a place where you can do what you love and help others grow while doing it; a place where your unique voice can be heard and seen. We put creativity and inclusivity at the core of our work and don’t settle for seeing the world only as it is, but strive to build a world as it could be. Read on to see how you can join our team and dream big.
As a Senior Game Designer on The Sims 4, you'll work with a team of enthusiastic industry craftspeople from all walks of life. You will use your passion and knowledge to design player-first experiences that surprise, delight, and invite millions of Simmers around the world to Play with Life.
You will report into our European Senior Development Director.
Design and own features from concept through implementation to completion.
Establish player experience goals for designs, implement and tune features to meet those goals.
Mentor more junior members of the team and provide feedback to other Designers.
Improve designs based on play test feedback, game metrics, team input and community feedback.
Think creatively using the tools and time available to build unique and fun experiences for players.
Adopt and become proficient in new or proprietary development tools to implement and debug your work.
Think about the future when implementing content, resulting in smartly scripted scalable systems and good design patterns and practices.
Collaborate with all team disciplines, including artists, animators, modelers, engineers, quality assurance, and producers to get support from the team and guide a project from initial design to final production.
Advocate for the design vision and get the team excited to work on it.
Balance your design vision with input from your peers to find practical solutions that achieve the intended player experience.
Become an expert on the game and our community, drawing from our large, varied player base and our past games to make and defend intelligent design choices going forward.
Help establish best practices for the team and improve process and efficiency.
Shipped a AAA HD title.
Excellent creative skills with experience creating detailed design documentation and maintaining it throughout a project life cycle.
Design and implementation experience with game features that focus on open-ended player creativity.
Effective at working both autonomously and in groups of different profiles.
Experience with games in The Sims PC franchise and other simulation games.
Other desirable skills:
Led and mentored a small team of Designers.
Comfortable with Visio, JIRA, online collaboration suites such as Confluence.
More About Maxis:
Many team members have a tenure of over a decade. Here are some top reasons folks join our team and stay:
Work life balance. We work diligently to ensure we make incredible products while prioritizing our team member’s wellbeing. We uphold a people first mentality.
Commitment to diversity. We take immense pride in the diversity of our team members. We know unique perspectives and experiences are critical to our success as a team in order to produce the leading simulation game in the world.
Creative autonomy. We firmly believe good ideas come from anywhere. Joining the team means contributing to the whole production process, from concept through final in game experience.
Purpose. We provide meaningful content that impacts our player’s in game and real world experiences, motivating us to push the boundaries of what’s possible.
Community. We thrive at Maxis because of our incredibly supportive and creative colleagues and players that bring fun and positivity into doing what we love.
About EA We exist to inspire the world to play. Through innovative technology and immersive storytelling, we deliver new ways of experiencing worlds of interactive entertainment for our millions of players worldwide. Our strength lies in the diversity of our people, combining creativity, innovation and passion. We fully champion inclusive culture, and provide opportunities for growing, learning, and leading that allows for the most impactful and rewarding work of our teams’ careers. We put our people first, and we make sure they’re taken care of both in and out of the office. As we reflect on our learnings and successes from remote work, we aim to provide dynamic, collaborative and flexible work environments for our teams. Our employees connect through our Employee Resource Groups, which are actively involved in driving business decisions every step of the way. But our support doesn’t end at the workplace—we also encourage a balanced lifestyle with paid time off and new parent leave, free video games, fitness reimbursement and more. Our goal is to provide a safe, respectful and inspiring workplace for all of our employees. Through our diversity, equity, inclusion and social responsibility programs, we’re doing the work to give everyone the space to be their full selves while giving back to our community. We’re looking for problem-solvers, game-changers, innovators, dreamers, doers—people that are ready to move the needle and build on our success. As our industry accelerates, we aren’t just keeping up—we’re staying ahead of the game. Electronic Arts is an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, religion, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, family status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Electronic Arts also makes workplace accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities as required by applicable law.