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Wizards of the Coast

Sr VFX Artist

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Wizards of the Coast
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Renton, WA

For decades, Wizards of the Coast has connected people around the world through play and imagination, with core games that have defined their genres - Magic: The Gatheringยฎ and Dungeons & Dragonsยฎ. We want to offer more ways to connect and play as the company grows. And thatโ€™s where you come in.

The Senior VFX Artist Role

We are seeking an experienced, proactive Senior VFX artist to build industry-leading visual effects for our games. You will combine technical proficiency and superb aesthetic sensibilities to bring the world of Magic: the Gathering to life! The Senior VFX Artist utilizes a variety of tools to build performant and beautiful effects. You will collaborate with other artists, animators, and UX designers to deftly balance visual direction with the information needs of the game.

Day to Day Experience

  • Work with designers and engineers to define, clarify, and visualize asset requirements for everything from individual features to entire game VFX style guides.
  • Build original particle systems, game piece animations, shaders, models and ambient scene assets that combined together form outstanding VFX. Invent unforgettable experiences for players that dazzle even after hundreds of viewings!
  • Develop visual benchmarks to ensure you are making a unique and remarkable user experience.
  • Collaborate with technical artists and art leads to define game asset priorities, and to build and implement VFX pipelines.
  • Work with the Art Director to lead the vision for VFX assets, adapting them to both the needs of development iteration and live game feature addition and change.
  • Innovate on new asset types that merge appealing visualizations with sophisticated information designs for information dense games.
  • Optimize game assets and implementation as needed for both performance and platform specialization.
  • Mentor other artists in the techniques and standard methodologies of VFX visualization so that the entire art team gains in skill and appreciation for the subject area.

What You'll Bring

  • 5+ years as a VFX Artist for real-time games, or equivalent experience
  • Love for games and game development
  • A dazzling portfolio of VFX creations
  • Strong drive for artistic growth and maintaining currency with evolving technology
  • Experience in balancing conflicting priorities of visual quality, CPU and memory performance, and development time, to produce the best results for the project
  • Proficiency in animation and art fundamentals
  • Skill at shader creation and optimization, 3D modeling in Maya, and texture painting in Photoshop
  • Strong understanding of asset integration and management with Unity
  • Self-motivated and excellent time management
  • Outstanding problem solving skills in devising imaginative and efficient visual solutions for design challenges
  • Great communication and collaboration skills

Pluses

  • Proficiency in 3D art techniques such as modeling and animation
  • Experience working with Unity shader system and/or other equivalent shader languages such as HLSL, CG
  • Mobile game development experience

We are an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer

The above is intended to describe the general content of and the requirements for satisfactory performance in this position. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of the duties, responsibilities, or requirements of the position.