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Burbank Team 2018

Join Tic Toc Game’s team of talented, motivated game developers as they set out to create innovative, fun and FACEMELTING games. We pride ourselves in providing our staff a good work life balance, without compromising quality. We develop for all platforms including mobile and console.

Join us as we develop games you can be proud of!

Current Job Openings

Lead Game Designer
2D Character Designer
2D Background/Prop Concept Artist
Art Director
3D Character Generalist
3D Animator

Lead Gameplay Engineer
Game Systems Designer
Producer, Mobile Games
Tech Artist – Unity/iOS/Android

Perks & Benefits
Medical, Dental, Vision Plans.
Wonderful people and a great working environment.
401k Plan.
Unlimited vacation.
Monthly Game Nights!
Game Launch Parties!

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Lead Game Designer

Job description

Tic Toc Games is seeking a Lead Game Designer with outstanding communications skills and a proven track record of shipping high quality free-to-play mobile games. The ideal candidate should be able to cast a clear vision for game features, create thoughtful wireframes & specs, write easy to understand user stories, and drive game design at all stages from conception through live ops.

Responsibilities:

  • Own the process of distilling product and business needs into elegant, delightful designs informed by data and player feedback.
  • Design addictive game systems such as live events, progression & reward structures, economies, and social features that delight, engage, retain and monetize players.
  • Manage design team through mentorship, task allocation, and collaborative spec reviews.
  • Proactively seek peer & customer feedback and distill into inflective solutions.
  • Breakdown product (both ours & the competitors) to understand what is compelling, articulate why it works, how to adapt it to other contexts and how to measure its success.
  • Create clear, efficient wireframes and feature specs that can be converted into User Stories effortlessly.
  • Work with tech artists and programmers to ensure features are accurately and consistently represented in the game.
 

Requirements

  • Knowledgeable and passionate about Free-to-Play games.
  • 5+ Years of Experience as a Game Designer.
  • Shipped multiple high quality products as a Game Designer (Mobile F2P game preferred).
  • Outstanding communication and relationship-building skills
  • Unrelenting self-motivation and initiative to make the game better.
  • Familiarity with design for mobile space – understanding of device constraints, user context, interaction trends and conventions
  • Ability to work well within a dynamic, cross-discipline, iterative environment.

Pluses

  • You have developed your own games for fun.
  • You’re proficient in multiple design tools (Lucidchart, Balsamiq, Adobe XD, etc)
  • You love console and pc gaming.
  • You love sketching your ideas.
  • You are familiar with basic game analytics.
  • You have a personal website that showcases your games!

Required Application Materials

  • Resume.
  • Cover Letter which should include:
    • Why you are interested in working at Tic Toc Games.
    • What games you are currently playing.

Qualified Candidates should submit their cover letter and resume to jobs@tictocgames.com for consideration.

2D Character Designer

Job description

Tic Toc Games is seeking a 2D Character Designer with a love of character, storytelling, RPGs and a desire to work on high quality indie console games!

US-based applicants only.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Art Director to create interesting, unique, and diverse characters (Main Characters, NPCs, Bosses, etc) from initial concepts to final renderings and model-ready turnarounds.
  • Match project art style by working in a cartoony/stylized manner using exaggerated proportions, sharp angles, flat colors and cel-shading.
  • Iterate on existing concepts to push designs and infuse characters with your personal creative ideas and inspiration.
  • Iterate on designs to ensure they are easily translated into a 3D space.
  • Think independently — we want someone who will be empowered to bring their unique perspective to this project.
  • Communicate with producers and the art team to ensure art quality deadlines are met.

Requirements

  • 2+ years practical art/design experience working in interactive media or animation.
  • Strong Draftsmanship, attention to detail, knowledge of anatomy, and character posing.
  • Ability to take concept from loose sketch to full render in sharp, flat, cel-shaded style.
  • Ability to create accurate turnarounds for 3D modelers.
  • Think independently and creatively, pushing the boundaries of existing concepts and iterating on them.
  • Strong sense of color and lighting.
  • Expert Adobe Photoshop skills w/ strong painting and rendering skills.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work within a team environment.
  • Unrelenting self-motivation and initiative to make the art better in our games.
  • Looking forward to working and learning agile/scrum development.
  • BA in related discipline or technical equivalent.

Pluses

  • Graphic design skills: knowledge of form and color design.
  • Storytelling abilities: sketching, wireframing and storyboarding abilities on paper and screen.
  • Previous experience with motion graphics, animation and special effects.
  • Developed your own games for fun.
  • 3D Modeling Skills, knowledge of Maya or Blender.
  • Love console and pc gaming.
  • Passion for illustrating.
  • Have a higher educational degree.

Required Application Materials

  • Resume.
  • Digital Portfolio submissions such as website, blog or online album.

Qualified Candidates should submit their cover letter and resume to jobs@tictocgames.com for consideration.

2D Background/Prop Concept Artist

Job description

Tic Toc Games is seeking a 2D Background/Prop Concept Artist with a love of environment & prop design, illustration, storytelling, RPGs and a desire to work on high quality indie console games!

US-based applicants only.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Art Director to create interesting, unique, and diverse 2D prop concepts.
  • Work with the Art Director to create interesting, unique and diverse 2D environment concepts for buildings, vehicles, natural terrain, plants, indoor and outdoor spaces in a variety of different locations.
  • Work from loose, initial concepts to final renderings, illustrations, and color keys.
  • Create spec sheets and documentation to ensure 2D designs are ready for a 3D modeler.
  • Work with the Art Director and game designers to design 2D concepts that are both visually pleasing and would be easy for a player to navigate and explore in 3D.
  • Iterate on designs to ensure they are easily translated into a 3D space.
  • Match project art style by working in a cartoony/stylized manner using exaggerated proportions, sharp angles, flat colors and cel-shading.
  • Iterate on existing concepts to push designs and infuse environments and props with your personal creative ideas and inspiration.
  • Think independently — we want someone who will be empowered to bring their unique perspective to this project.
  • Communicate with producers and the art team to ensure art quality deadlines are met.

Requirements

  • 2+ years practical art/design experience working in interactive media or animation.
  • Strong Draftsmanship, attention to detail, knowledge of perspective, architecture, and prop design
  • Ability to take concept from loose sketch to full render in sharp, flat, cel-shaded style.
  • Ability to create accurate renderings and spec sheets for 3D modelers.
  • Think independently and creatively, pushing the boundaries of existing concepts and iterating on them.
  • Strong sense of color and lighting.
  • Expert Adobe Photoshop skills w/ strong painting and rendering skills.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work within a team environment.
  • Unrelenting self-motivation and initiative to make the art better in our games.
  • Looking forward to working and learning agile/scrum development.
  • BA in related discipline or technical equivalent.

Pluses

  • Strong passion for turn-based/JRPG games. 
  • Knowledge of and/or passion for wrestling
  • Graphic design skills: knowledge of form and color design
  • Storytelling abilities: sketching, wireframing and storyboarding abilities on paper and screen.
  • Previous experience with motion graphics, animation and special effects.
  • Developed your own games for fun. 
  • 3D Modeling Skills, knowledge of Maya or Blender
  • Love console and pc gaming. 
  • Passion for illustrating. 
  • Have a higher educational degree.

Required Application Materials

  • Resume.
  • Digital Portfolio submissions such as website, blog or online album.

Qualified Candidates should submit their cover letter and resume to jobs@tictocgames.com for consideration.

Art Director

Job description

Tic Toc Games is looking for an Art Director! As the Art Director, you are working with the Game Directors as their key partner in establishing the visual style for our games. The role requires you to work with our internal and external resources as a leader, manager and artist.

As a leader you will be a motivational catalyst for the artists you work with. As a manager you will make sure you are finding the right resources for the work keeping the schedule, vision and cost in mind. As an artist, you will help define the full visual art target for our titles while providing feedback and redlines to the art team.

You Are:

  • A Leader: You lead by example as well as mentor and coach other team members to ensure growth within the company.
  • An Excellent Communicator: You are the champion who sets the visual bar for the project by staying in constant contact with the Game Director, bringing their vision to life using clear communication to manage artists, both local and outsourced, and redline work like a ninja.
  • A Problem Solver: Let’s be honest, game development has a lot of moving pieces! You can identify risks early and often while offering suggestions on how to clear roadblocks that are currently in front of your development team, even if it takes multiple paths to one potential solution.
  • A Perfectionist: You don’t like doing the bare minimum; you always strive to be the best and not being just vanilla; you encourage others to also always be their best!
  • A gamer (this is critical): You love video games and care about their artistry. You want to be part of a game development team, get your hands dirty, and release beautiful, innovative games.

Responsibilities

  • Partner with Game Directors to establish the vision of their game by defining our environment, character, animation, font and VFX targets. 
  • Be comfortable with providing detailed feedback on all art aspects of your game: User Interface, VFX, animation, illustrations–everything related to Art.
  • Equip Producers with solid task estimates to ensure schedules and plans meet business and project needs.
  • Manage and expand our freelance talent pool to scale the efforts of our in house team. 
  • Provide in depth written and redline feedback to our internal and external resources. 
  • Refine art production pipeline continuously so we are both effective and efficient.
  • Research, speak and reference work from competitive game titles making sure we are visually competitive and leading the way.

Requirements

  • You love video games, and you play video games in your spare time.
  • You are excited about making both Mobile and Console titles.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience crafting video game art or equivalent. 
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience as a lead artist/art director or equivalent. 
  • You can improvise, adapt and overcome challenges with a positive attitude. 
  • Thrives in a collaborative work culture.
  • Art direct multiple art disciplines.
  • MUST have a working knowledge of the principles of animation.
  • Manage multiple projects and resources at once, being able to switch tracks daily as needed keeping everything moving smoothly. 
  • Works closely with Game Directors to ensure art enhances the player experience.
  • Able to explore a wide variety of ideas quickly to help establish the visual look of a title.

Pluses

  • Have worked in Unity. 
  • You have experience making your own animations.
  • You make your own games. 
  • Basic knowledge in SCRUM or Agile development methodologies
  • Basic knowledge in project management tools, including but not limited to: JIRA, GreenHopper, Confluence, Excel, Microsoft Project, etc.

Required Application Materials

  • Resume.
  • Digital Portfolio submissions such as website, blog or online album.

Qualified Candidates should submit their cover letter and resume to jobs@tictocgames.com for consideration.

3D Character Generalist

Job description

Tic Toc Games is seeking a 3D Character Generalist with experience in modeling, texturing, and rigging highly stylized, angular and cartoony 3D Models. They must have a love for character design, storytelling, and be a creative problem solver. This position is freelance to start, with potential for longer term employment.

US-based applicants only.

Responsibilities

  • Work off of provided 2D turnaround spec sheets to model, UV map, texture, and rig 3D characters (3,000-4,000 polys) to create high-quality, animation-ready 3D characters.
  • Work with the Art Director to iterate on 3D designs, using critical thinking and creative problem solving to adapt stylized 2D designs to 3D space while preserving original design’s intention.
  • Use existing documentation to create bipedal character rigs with IK/FK switching.
  • Create UV maps and textures based on provided designs.
  • Create UV maps that are easy to understand and usable for 2D artists.
  • Thoroughly test character rigs and skin weighting to identify clipping/bending issues and ensure models are animation-ready.
  • Creatively address issues in rig when clipping/bending issues arise.
  • Use existing documentation to create facial rigs and test them on models, finding creative ways to push expression and emotion.
  • Work with the Art Director, Animators, and programmers to revise and iterate on rigs and adjust them as necessary to fit the game’s needs.
  • Communicate with producers and the art team to ensure art quality deadlines are met.
  • Work with tech artists and programmers to ensure art is accurately and consistently imported in the game.

Requirements

  • 2+ years practical art/design experience working in interactive media or 4+ years of education in interactive media.
  • Expert knowledge of Maya.
  • Expert knowledge of the entire 3D pipeline: modeling, UV-map and texturing, rigging.
  • Ability to export game-ready assets and provide implementation team with all necessary documentation
  • Expert understanding of IK/FK Switching in rig creation.
  • Strong attention to detail, organization, naming conventions and file structure.
  • Ability to create clean, animation-ready rigs that follow easy-to-understand naming conventions
  • Able to adapt to various different rigging situations to improve mobility for various props, environments, costumes, etc.
  • Able to work well in a team environment and communicate effectively with all development disciplines: programming, art, design, and production.
  • Unrelenting self-motivation and initiative to make the art better in our games.
  • Experience with ZBrush.

Pluses

  • Traditional (2D) animation skills.
  • A good understanding of the pipeline for game development.
  • Knowledge of 3ds Max.
  • Developed your own games for fun. 
  • A strong interest in mobile, console, or PC gaming 
  • BA in a related discipline or technical equivalent.
  • Experience in agile development.

Qualified Candidates should submit their cover letter and resume to jobs@tictocgames.com for consideration.

3D Animator

Job description

Tic Toc Games is seeking a 3D Animator with a love for character acting, action/fight choreography, and a desire to work on indie console games.

You would be creating high quality, production level 3D character animation.

Responsibilities

  • Work with the Art Director to create visually appealing, high quality animation.
  • Create dynamic, energetic action animations based on provided reference and carefully follow instructions for linking/transitioning between different animation states.
  • Communicate with Producer and Art Director to ensure art quality deadlines are met.
  • Follow direction and feedback in order to revise animations, if necessary.
  • Work in an organized manner, keeping close track of formatting and naming conventions.
  • Deliver video playblasts in addition to working files (ie .mb, .3ds).
  • Export game-ready animations in FBX format with clear, usable directions for programmers/implementation team.

Requirements

  • We are looking for an animator who wants to create the highest quality animation possible, experienced in keyframing strong acting poses.
  • Experience with combat/fighting animation and character acting.
  • 2+ years practical animation experience working in interactive media or film. 
  • Experience working with IK/FK rigs.
  • Expert knowledge of Maya or 3DS Max.
  • Strong knowledge of character posing, animation timing, and the 12 principles.
  • Able to work well in a team environment and communicate effectively with all development disciplines: programming, art, design, and production.
  • Unrelenting self-motivation and initiative to raise the bar of animation quality in our games.

Pluses

  • Passion for wrestling!
  • Previous experience with Fighting Game animation.
  • Traditional (hand drawn) animation skills.
  • Strong passion for Free-to-Play games.
  • A good understanding of the pipeline for game development
    Graphic design skills: knowledge of form and color design
    Previous experience with motion graphics and special effects.
  • Developed your own games for fun.
  • A strong interest in mobile, console, or PC gaming.
  • Passion for illustrating.
  • Experience with ZBrush.
  • BA in a related discipline or technical equivalent.
  • Experience in agile development.

Qualified Candidates should submit their cover letter and resume to jobs@tictocgames.com for consideration.

Lead Gameplay Engineer

  • Full time
  • 5+ Years Experience

Job description

As Lead Gameplay Engineer at Tic Toc Games, we are looking for you to bring your team leadership.  You will be working closely with our Production and Design teams to bring exciting gameplay features to life! You will not be limited to coding, but deeply involved in the design and the direction of our games. Every one of our employees loves playing games and creating games. You are excellent at breaking down large gameplay features into components and communicating the level of effort required.

The right candidate

  • Loves games. Dedicates themselves to creating magical experiences.
  • Communicates well, has a positive attitude, manages uncertainties, and can adjust to tackle challenges as needed.
  • Has experience taking a game from concept to release.
  • Practices Data Oriented Design and Data Driven Programming. Eg: Keeps model data separated from views.

Responsibilities

  • Break down large gameplay features into smaller components and communicate the level of effort required to producers.
  • Help determine the scope of a project and estimate the level of effort for new features.
  • Work with production staff to identify technical risks and breakdown gameplay into user stories and scenarios.
  • Encourage fellow engineers to keep code quality high.
  • Prioritize which tech is high priority for a game’s launch and what tech should have lower priority.
  • Provide mentorship to less experienced programmers.
  • Helps keep team morale high when searching for solutions to difficult problems.
  • Program gameplay and application features in Unity for mobile, online, and console games.
  • Collaborate closely with art and design team members to deliver polished, visually impressive, optimized games.

Skills/Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience
  • Minimum 5+ years of experience in game development
  • Shipped one or more titles played by thousands or millions of players. Console experience a plus.
  • Strong debugging skills with ability to work in large existing codebase, learn new systems/concepts and implement them quickly and efficiently.
  • Comfortable working in a 3D space.
  • Knowledge of basic kinematics. Eg: Able to create a parametric equation that outputs the 3D position of a ballistic projectile over time.
  • Able to collaborate with other engineers and designers
  • Ability to work well in a fluid, changing environment as creative challenges evolve over the course of a project
  • Mastery in several domains, such as 3D, Math, Shaders, Animation, AI, and Networking

Benefits

  • Medical Dental Vision
  • Unlimited vacation
  • 401k
  • Studio Social events

Qualified Candidates should submit their cover letter and resume to jobs@tictocgames.com for consideration.

Game Systems Designer

TicToc Games is seeking a Systems Designer with a strong grasp of RPG systems design and excellent wireframing and design analysis skills. We are looking for someone who can create intricate engaging systems designs which all interact elegantly to create a world class in game experience. 

Responsibilities

  • Create elegant, easy to implement systems, which drive user engagement.
  • Create clear and efficient wireframes and feature designs that can be converted into User Stories effortlessly.
  • Work in tandem with the Game Director to ensure all systems support the holistic game vision.
  • Collaborate with engineers to ensure smooth implementation and execution of your systems.
  • Create and manage all data tables to adjust in-game tuning and balance.
  • Analyse, critique and adjust systems in response to stakeholder requirements.
  • Champion your systems in internal and external meetings, ensuring clarity and alignment.
  • Contribute to all design brainstorms and work collaboratively with other designers and disciplines to help shape the entire game.

Requirements

  • A minimum of two years experience in systems design including significant experience designing deep rpg systems.
  • A knowledge and understanding of RPG best practices and current successful rpg titles.
  • At least one shipped title in a systems design role.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
  • Able to work well in a team environment and communicate effectively with all development disciplines: programming, art, design, sound, and production.
  • Expert understanding of spreadsheet software i.e. Excel, Google Sheets, etc…
  • A passion for gaming, particularly deep rpgs.

Pluses

  • Experience working on free-to-play mobile games.
  • An understanding of basic game analytics and data driven design.
  • Scripting experience
  • A strong understanding of Unity

Required Application Materials: 

  • Resume

Qualified Candidates should submit their cover letter and resume to jobs@tictocgames.com for consideration.

Producer, Mobile Games

Job description

TicToc Games is seeking a Game Producer with outstanding communication and people management skills who can organize, write easy to understand user stories and subtasks, and has a proven track record of shipping high quality mobile games!

Responsibilities

  • Run and facilitate the standard meetings within the SCRUM framework. Daily Standups, Sprint Planning, Sprint Review, Sprint Retrospective and Sprint Backlog Refinement
  • Facilitate team members when their production is blocked.
  • Estimate resource requirements and budget.
  • Maintain project budget for internal and outsourced resources.
  • Maintain project documentation.
  • Work directly with external publishers to communicate project status.
  • Coordinate resource needs with other teams to creatively meet the needs of a project.
  • Manage multiple simultaneous projects

Requirements

  • Knowledgeable and passionate about Free-to-Play games.
  • A minimum of 3 years as a Game Producer or Associate Producer in video game development.
  • Shipped multiple high quality products as a Game Producer or Associate Producer.
  • Outstanding communications and relationship-building skills
  • Recognized ability to guide and inspire development teams
  • Able to work well in a team environment and communicate effectively with all development disciplines: programming, art, design and sound.
  • Exhibited ability to coach and mentor employees at all levels of an organization
  • Unrelenting self-motivation and initiative to make the game better.
  • Excited to learn new software and game development processes.
  • Ownership on creating a positive highly productive work environment.

Pluses

  • You have a good understanding of Agile development with SCRUM
  • You know how to read and make queries in analytics systems.
  • You have developed your own games for fun.
  • You love console and pc gaming.
  • You have a base knowledge of Unity
  • You have a higher educational degree

Qualified Candidates should submit their cover letter and resume to jobs@tictocgames.com for consideration.

Tech Artist – Unity/iOS/Android

Are you a creative and technical self-starter who is passionate about games? We want to meet you!

Responsibilities

  • Build animated UIs in Unity from concepts and wireframes
  • Create Visual FX in Unity that range from highly stylized 2D to hyper realistic 3D, following Art Director’s concept
  • Use Photoshop and 3D tools (Max or Maya) to build and animate objects for use in both 2D and 3D games
  • Integrate art into Unity, using Unity Tools (e.g. animation editor), plugins (e.g. NGUI, Play Maker, Smooth Moves), shaders, and script components to implement the artistic vision of the game
  • Take direction from the Art Director and Lead Artist and make changes as needed
  • Be a communication bridge between artists and engineers
  • Deliver high quality work on-time and within budget
  • Work with a team in a collaborative Scrum environment
  • Work within constraints set by the technology and target platforms (polycount limitations, texture sizes, etc.)
  • Work with engineers to develop new Unity components as a game’s art pipeline demands

Requirements

  • 3+ years experience working on shipped game titles
  • Ability to use art tools–both internal and external to Unity–to create beautiful UIs, environments, and visual FX
  • Fast learner who can pick up tools and plugins quickly and research 3rd-party solutions as needed
  • Understanding of platform features and limitations for mobile devices
  • Possess a solid understanding of modeling for limited-poly, real-time game pipelines
  • Ability to work with components in Unity (not necessarily to write scripts, but to work with existing component libraries)
  • Ability and experience in working within technical constraints of game engines and editors
  • Possess a solid understanding of shaders (not necessarily writing shaders, but knowing how to find and use them to achieve a desired effect)
  • Passion for gaming
  • Ability to take direction well and to play well with others. No prima donnas!
  • A desire to grow your skills and experience
  • A terrific sense of humor
  • Candidates without a portfolio WILL NOT be considered. Please include samples (or links to samples) of your work

Pluses

  • Scripting experience with CG/HLSL, C#
  • Understanding of hardware rendering pipelines
  • Strong portfolio demonstrating an ability to work with a broad range of subjects and styles from realistically detailed to stylized
  • Demo reel that shows off your real-time FX chops (++ if done in Unity)

Qualified Candidates should submit their cover letter and resume to jobs@tictocgames.com for consideration.