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Why Raven?

Here at Raven, we pride ourselves on our unique vision for the industry that continues to inspire us after more than 30 years. We developed a team that cares about one another, our games, and our players. We treat each other with respect. We bring no egos. We focus on what is best for the game. We hire stunning peers. We own our mistakes. As we enter the next exciting chapter of our story, we are looking for people to grow with us. If you want to work with a world-class team, on exciting new projects, then apply today! We look forward to hearing from you.

Your Mission

Your mission is to play a key role in lighting realistic game environments evoke captivating visuals for a game played by millions. You are a self-sufficient, ‘fire-and-forget’ teammate who takes ownership of critical lighting tasks, proactively and independently solve challenges, and delivers high quality work in a timely manner. You also have an agile and flexible attitude, and excellent and persuasive communication skills, as you will actively partner with some of the most dedicated and hardworking developers in the industry. Above all, we are seeking an innovative and dedicated leader to help tell our story.

You Will…

  • Share your deep passion and knowledge of lighting and composition, and your drive to develop compelling visual narratives.

  • Research subject matter relating to objectives to ensure an authentic experience.

  • Be a proactive self-starter that can independently implement high-level direction.

  • Collaborate with Creative Directors, Designers, Engineers, Artists, Producers, and Animators to deliver epic visual content for world-class player experiences.

  • Work in Radiant to augment play-spaces with lighting that supports game and story objectives.

  • Spearhead lighting development for specific map locations from start to finish.

  • Champion standard processes and advocate towards streamlining tools and processes.

  • Be a trusted gatekeeper for performance, efficiency, and quality.

  • Inspire and mentor fellow lighters as a role model of initiative, accountability, and attitude.

  • Encourage lighters to thrive on open and welcome constructive feedback.

  • Contribute creative and original ideas towards all aspects of game production and development.

You Bring…

Minimum Requirements:

  • 5+ total years in the games industry working in a lighting capacity, and/or film or equivalent experience.

  • Welcomes feedback, and enjoys a collaborative, iterative, and agile process.

  • Strong affinity for CGI lighting techniques, color theory, and post-process effects for console hardware (Xbox, PS, PC).

  • Possesses in-depth understanding of game engines, pipelines, and processes.

  • Ability to lead by example.

  • Rock-solid communication and problem-solving skills.

  • Proven ability to thrive in an ambitious and often ambiguous environment.

  • Strong understanding of in-game lighting with ability to clearly discuss modern trends.

  • Inspiring reel demonstrating a focus and commitment to realistic lighting techniques and knowledge.

Extra Points:

  • Experience in a secondary area such as texturing, modeling, scripting, animation, or vfx.

  • Passion for the Call of Duty franchise.

  • Experience and comfort in Radiant and/or Unreal.

  • Strong traditional art foundation.

  • History of playing a variety of game genres both digital and physical.

About Raven

Founded in 1990, Raven Software is the developer of numerous award-winning games including Hexen, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance and most recently, a major contributor to the blockbuster Call of Duty® franchise. We are based in Middleton, Wisconsin, a suburb of Madison, annually ranked on numerous lists as one of the top places to live and work.

We each bring a unique set of experiences from dozens of cultural backgrounds. Our shared values unify our direction and decisions, helping us touch the lives of more than a billion people every single day.

About Activision

Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), is one of the world's largest and most successful interactive entertainment companies and is at the intersection of media, technology and entertainment. We are home to some of the most beloved entertainment franchises including Call of Duty®, World of Warcraft®, Overwatch®, Diablo®, Candy Crush™ and Bubble Witch™. Our combined entertainment network delights hundreds of millions of monthly active users in 196 countries, making us the largest gaming network in the world!

Our ability to build immersive and innovate worlds is only improved by diverse teams working in an inclusive environment. We seek 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.

Raven Software is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable law and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.


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

In the U.S., the standard base pay range for this role is $80,800.00 - $149,400.00 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.