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Smoking Gun Interactive, a Keywords Studio, is an industry-leading game development studio founded in 2007 by award-winning industry veterans. SGI is fearless in creating IP and boldly partners with renowned brands to develop a wide range of world-class, immersive titles and interactive experiences that resonate with strategy gamers worldwide and entertain millions of casual players every day.

We offer competitive salaries, great benefits, and a creative and driven work environment with our passionate team of talented professionals on high quality projects.

Job Purpose

As a Lead Game Designer with Smoking Gun Interactive (SGI), you’re a talented, passionate natural leader with at least five years of industry experience in game design. You have demonstrable hands-on experience designing systems and balancing gameplay mechanics as well as a strong literacy in game design and the ability to clearly and concisely communicate ideas in both written and verbal forms is key. You’re a naturally flexible, collaborative individual who is excited to work closely with art and programming teams to achieve excellent results. Additionally, you’re able to examine pipelines and workflows and suggest actionable improvements.


In this role, you will:

  • Collaborate with the Creative Director to deliver on driving the creative vision for the project;

  • Lead & mentor a design team in creating, improving & tuning features to create engaging player experiences

  • Build strong creative game designs that are original and imaginative

  • Track and analyze game data, and create reports with suggested design changes based on gameplay data

  • Evaluate and iterate on live game features and events to improve retention and monetization on live games;

  • Collaborate with art and programming disciplines to achieve project goals;

  • Ensure a high level of quality in all aspects of your team and your work;

  • Take initiative in problem-solving and collaborating as needed to facilitate effective resolutions;

  • Help liaison between the Design team and QA.

To be successful in this role, you must have:

  • 5 to 7 years’ experience as a game designer on a Mobile and PC product;

  • Shipped at least three titles as a Senior/Lead game designer;

  • Taken games all the way from concept development to live operations;

  • Experience with freemium game mechanic, KPI’s, and monetization strategies

  • Experience with Word, Excel, Photoshop;

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, able to communicate ideas clearly;

  • Ability to accept and provide direction, work well under pressure, and handle multiple tasks;

  • A naturally self-driven demeanor, taking initiative when needed – demonstrated ability to work independently;

  • Willingness to push the envelope and innovate within game parameters;

  • A positive attitude and a great team-player.

It would also be helpful if you had:

  • Direct experience creating, and tuning strategy titles;

  • Multi-platform development experience (ideally, with various mobile platforms);

  • A bachelor’s degree.


  • 10 days vacation leave

  • 5 paid days personal leave

  • 7 paid sick days

  • Life Insurance & Accidental Death & Dismemberment

  • Dependent Life Insurance

  • Long Term Disability (LTD)

  • Extended Healthcare Benefit

  • Dental Care

  • Hybrid working

  • Training & Development