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Location: Novato, California
Hello! We’re starting up a new team here at 2K to - surprise! - make a video game. A first-person shooter to be precise. We are a small, scrappy group with a ton of ambition AND the resources to see it realized. That’s pretty rare these days. Think of us like a well-funded startup but without all the gross tech culture trappings. This is an opportunity to join an incredible project on the ground floor.
We’re also hard at work creating a supportive and inclusive culture. Here’s what’s important to us:
Honesty. We do our best to tell it like it is. No information hoarding. No passive-aggressive manipulation. We care about keeping the lines of communication open and uncluttered.
Diversity. Games are better when they are created by people of diverse backgrounds and experiences. Accessibility matters to us – and this is not just about mechanics. All players should be able to relate to the experience we’re creating. And we can’t be more accessible if we’re not actively trying to increase representation on the team and in our game.
Collaboration. So this is on every job posting ever and then the experience is totally the opposite. We’re going to do our best to mean what we say. We’re not sticking people into discipline silos. You’ll probably be working in a pod – collaborating (see!) with people from diverse disciplines and backgrounds.
Opportunity. We believe that people good at what they do shouldn’t be promoted out of their discipline. They should be recognized and rewarded for their talents, not prevented from doing what they excel at. As a result, we’ve instituted a Principal track. You can continue being amazing at what you do without feeling like you’ve hit a dead end or missed out.
Your Well-Being. Work-life balance is important to us and we assume it’s important to you. We’re going to do our best to avoid a lot of the traditional pitfalls that lead to crunch. We’re not into negative reinforcement or creating a culture of fear.
What We Need:
We are looking for a veteran Rendering Engineer to help bring our stylized game to life. You will be working in close collaboration with concept artists, the Art Director, and other engineers to push Unreal Engine 4 towards your combined vision. You will be likely modifying core shaders, developing new rendering technologies, and potentially working to integrate third-party solutions for particular problems. You will be otherwise developing new and interesting systems for world and character rendering.
Who We Think Will Be A Great Fit:
We are looking for someone who can look at a piece of concept art or hear an art director's pitch and translate that into rendering code, shaders, and systems. You should be comfortable helping to design new tools and systems to achieve artistic visions. You should be equally comfortable thinking about how to make use of offline third-party tools like Houdini and marshalling their data into the runtime. It is important that you are able to effectively communicate directly with artists and help direct them towards performant solutions.
Interested? Apply now.
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