ZeniMax Online Studios is seeking an Economy Designer to join our studio for the development of our next AAA game. This is a chance to join an experienced group of developers in pre-production for a major new IP. This role will serve under the Lead Engagement Designer to design and build business strategic systems and mechanics and hone them to industry-leading quality. A developer in this role will serve as a project specialist for game economy design and will collaborate with developers across all development disciplines in creating business strategic systems within their specialty. Post Launch, this role will be working hand-in-hand with our Product Management group and the Lead Engagement Designer to maintain and improve the effectiveness of existing economic systems. Additionally, this role will work to identify and build new economic systems in a live service environment with a player first mindset that result in positive KPI growth.
Work with Product Management and a variety of design disciplines to create fun and engaging game systems that provide business value
Collaborate with all development disciplines to bring economy systems from early vision to industry-shaping final implementation
Collaborate with our UX team to design accessible, informative, and fun experiences and flows
Effectively communicate to other team members and project leadership the reasoning and "why" behind design decisions
Construct and maintain documentation detailing the structure, important mechanics, and key details within these systems
Help model, script, and implement these designs with a cross-disciplined team
Work with and advise feature teams on economy and business goal best practices while maintaining empathy for the player
3+ years of related economy design or game systems design experience; open to candidates with alternate experience if they possess an excellent understanding of game economies
Deeply creative with a great sense of what makes for fun and engaging experiences
Excellent understanding of game economies
Excellent sense of reward pacing
Excellent understanding of game progression design
Excellent understanding of live service games
Plays AAA and/or Mobile live service games
Proven ability to employ data driven decision making while maintaining player empathy
Understanding of scripting or coding
Ability to work collaboratively in a cross-discipline development environment
Comfortable with a development schedule that is playtest-driven and focused on iteration and polish
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Proficient in the Adobe Creative Suite of products
Proficient in Microsoft Excel
Economy Designer - The typical base pay range for this position at the start of employment is expected to be between $75,000 - $165,000 per year.
ZeniMax has different base pay ranges for different work locations within the United States, which allows us to pay employees competitively and consistently in different geographic markets. The range above reflects the potential base pay across the U.S. for this role; the applicable base pay range will depend on what ultimately is determined to be the candidate’s primary work location. Individual base pay depends on various factors, in addition to primary work location, such as complexity and responsibility of role, job duties/requirements, and relevant experience and skills. Base pay ranges are reviewed and typically updated each year. Offers are made within the base pay range applicable at the time.
At ZeniMax certain roles are eligible for additional rewards, such as merit increases and discretionary bonuses. These awards are allocated based on individual performance and are not guaranteed. Benefits/perks listed here may vary depending on the nature of employment with ZeniMax and the country work location. U.S.-based employees have access to healthcare benefits, a 401(k) plan and company match, short-term and long-term disability coverage, basic life insurance, wellbeing benefits, paid vacation time, paid sick and mental health time, and several paid holidays, among others.