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.

You will be reporting to the Development Director.

Location (Hybrid): Vancouver, Toronto.

We are looking for a VFX Artist to join our growing Maxis team and bring The Sims to life. You will work within our proprietary tools and systems using visual scripting to create whimsical effects to entice our players. You will help grow our VFX team by serving as an individual contributor in all things visual effects related. Often you will be the connective tissue piecing features together while making sure our performance targets are met.

This is a 12-month contract role.


  • You will create stylized interpretations of real-world visual effects within the confines of real-time engine memory and performance constraints

  • You will collaborate with the VFX team, Direction, and other cross-discipline partners to achieve the project's aesthetic vision

  • You will be contributing to the design and technical implementation of VFX from brainstorming through the testing and bug fixing

  • As a VFX Artist, you will assist with defining and setting priorities, contributing creative solutions to technical challenges and inspiring others through knowledge sharing and documentation

  • Other duties as assigned


  • You have 3+ years of experience as a VFX Artist contributing to all phases of game production on a AAA title

  • You have experience creating advanced real-time visual effects in Maya through use of particles, static and animated textures, lights, post processing, materials, meshes, and shaders

  • You have experience developing visual language across an ecosystem of effects, and working with engine lighting, post effects, and physically based shading models

  • Experience with physics-based animation, impact interactions, destruction, and water

  • Experience creating 3D assets, materials, and hand painted textures in other packages (e.g. Photoshop, After Effects)

  • Technical comprehension in relation to visual scripting environments such as Unreal Engine's Niagara & Blueprints, Unity's VFX Graph

  • Experience using GPU profiling tools such as PIX or GPAD

  • Working knowledge of creating shaders within a Unity or Unreal shader graph

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The base salary ranges listed below are for the defined geographic market pay zones in these locations. If you reside outside of these locations, a recruiter will advise on the base salary range and benefits for your specific location.

EA has listed the base salary ranges it in good faith expects to pay applicants for this role in the locations listed, as of the time of this posting. Salary offered will be determined based on numerous relevant business and candidate factors including, for example, education, qualifications, certifications, experience, skills, geographic location, and business or organizational needs.


  • British Columbia (depending on location e.g. Vancouver vs. Victoria): ยบ $89,300 - $123,000 CAN Annually

Base salary is just one part of the overall compensation at EA. We also offer a package of benefits including vacation (3 weeks per year to start), 10 days per year of sick time, paid top-up to EI/QPIP benefits up to 100% of base salary when you welcome a new child (12 weeks for maternity, and 4 weeks for parental/adoption leave), extended health/dental/vision coverage, life insurance, disability insurance, retirement plan to regular full-time employees. Certain roles may also be eligible for bonus and equity.

About Electronic Arts

Everything we do is designed to inspire the world to play. Through our cutting-edge games, innovative services, and powerful technologies, we bring worlds with infinite possibilities to millions of players and fans around the globe.

Weโ€™re looking for collaborative and inclusive people with diverse perspectives who will enrich our culture and challenge us. We take a holistic approach with our benefits program, focusing on physical, emotional, financial, career, and community wellness to support our people through every chapter of life. We provide comprehensive benefit packages and support for a balanced life with paid time off and new parent leave, plus free games and so much more. Our goal is to provide a safe and respectful workplace that empowers you to thrive in both work and life.

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. We will also consider employment qualified applicants with criminal records in accordance with applicable law. EA also makes workplace accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities as required by applicable law.