WHAT CAN THE FUTURE HOLD FOR YOU?

Intrepid Studios is always in search of talented, team oriented, self-driven and passionate individuals. The gaming industry can be a turbulent storm of hiring cycles and layoffs. We’ve set out to do something different, to break this cycle and create an independent studio capable of withstanding the chaos of this industry. We’ve brought on-board a team of professionals that hold a diverse set of skills, and who all share a singular goal: making fun games. The studio is designed to be an open place for collaboration and communication, a place that is conducive to team building and success. Our goal is to build a family that will laugh together, play together, succeed together, and stay together.

Our 17,000 square foot studio in San Diego, CA is currently accepting applications for the following positions (all posted positions are on-site, full-time, with medical benefits, paid sick/vacation days, and 401k)

Current Careers

Senior QA Automation Engineer

The Senior QA Automation Engineer is responsible for assuring the quality of Intrepid Studios internal and customer-facing applications using automation as well as manual black-box and gray-box testing techniques. Duties include trouble-shooting and resolving test code, test environment and infrastructure issues, as well as working with test case management, issue tracking, source control, database, requirements management, reporting, and other tools. In the course of performing this function, the Senior QA Automation Engineer relies on his or her extensive background in software development, QA, system administration, script automation, frameworks, and associated organizational processes. The Senior QA Automation Engineer is a member of the QA team, reports to the Automation Manager of Quality Assurance, and collaborates closely with the Development and System Infrastructure teams.

Responsibilities

  • Develop, execute, and maintain automation scripts and tools using Python, Ruby, Javascript, C/C++, Rest, Jmeter, and similar.
  • Perform API, UI, DB and Performance testing of Intrepid's internal and customer-facing applications by analyzing applications and requirements and designing and executing automated test cases.
  • Integrate, support, use and maintain issue tracking systems such as JIRA and source control tools such as Github and Perforce.
  • Work with QA team members, software developers, and system and database administrators to trouble-shoot test failures in the various test environments. This may include trouble-shooting database issues using SQL queries, reviewing web server and application server logs, etc.

Required Background and Skills

  • Minimum of 5 years' experience with automation scripting using Python, Ruby, and/or Javascript, and Jmeter
  • A minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related software engineering discipline, or equivalent
  • Strong knowledge of programming in Python (or Ruby) and Javascript
  • Experience with web application servers such as Express, and Web servers like Nginx
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • A team player who does not need extensive supervision
  • Ability to work constructively with developers, QA, Systems, and Project managers towards a common goal
  • Solid knowledge of Relational Database and SQL queries
  • Solid knowledge of Non-relational Databases such as MongoDB and Redis
  • Experience with Agile development methodologies such as Scrum

Additional Considerations (Pluses):

  • Experience testing React, Vue, and/or Angular based Applications
  • Knowledge of AWS technologies
  • Knowledge of C/C++
  • Experience working with Unreal Engine 4

Required Application Materials

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter which should include:
  • Why you are interested in working at Intrepid
  • What games you are currently playing
Apply

Lead Character Artist

Create gaming history at Intrepid Studios! We are seeking a Lead Character Artist who is passionate about creating high quality, realistic characters in a grounded fantasy style, and is eager to join us in our drive to push MMO gaming to the next level.

Responsibilities

  • Sculpt high-resolution characters
  • Create clean game topology, UV's and textures
  • Collaborate with Production to organize, schedule, and manage the character art team's day to day activities
  • Assist in character concept and design
  • Work with our Art Collective Committee to drive and maintain high visual quality of character models
  • Partner with engineers and tech artists to develop an effective character art pipeline
  • Mentor the internal and external character teams through verbal and written feedback
  • Communicate the visual design and development of the characters through art specifications, style guides and reference material
  • Deliver feedback to outsourcing partners

Required Background and Skills

  • Previous character lead experience within a Triple A game production environment
  • Shipped at least two high quality game titles
  • Excellent understanding of anatomy, weight and silhouette
  • Strong Maya or similar 3D modeling software
  • Expert sculpting skills using Zbrush
  • Expert knowledge of PBR texture/material workflows
  • Understanding of rigging and skinning techniques
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Passion for collaboration with other artists, designers, and programmers
  • Critical eye for detail

Additional Considerations (Pluses):

  • Experience with aesthetics for fantasy themes and visual stylings
  • Cloth simulation techniques
  • Advanced hair and fur techniques
  • Unreal Engine, Shader and Blueprint Experience
  • Conceptual Art skills 

Required Application Materials

  • Resume
  • Link to portfolio
Apply

Technical Artist

Intrepid Studios is looking for a Technical Artist who is proficient in creating tools, scripts, and processes to support our art department in the development of our epic MMORPG Ashes of Creation.

Responsibilities

  • Drive the development of advanced tools and scripts that enhance and streamline processes
  • Focus on Character Pipeline and assets
  • Work as the bridge between engineering and art to optimize tools and graphics features
  • Ensure art assets can be easily integrated into the game without sacrificing the artistic vision or exceeding technical limitations
  • Develop character pipeline and workflows within the game engine and Maya package
  • Pre-production planning to define and address technical design requirements and issues.
  • Review technology deficiencies for the art department

Requirements

  • 3+ years of experience creating complex character based rigs and supporting the technical aspects of game art development
  • Bachelor's Degree in arts or engineering or equivalent ability or experience
  • Robust knowledge of Maya and Motionbuilder
  • Strong understanding of techniques and technologies relating to character rigging and animation
  • Experience building tools to improve animation and automate character pipelines
  • Knowledge of all stages of asset creation as required by a game development pipeline
  • Unreal Engine experience
  • Animation Blueprint
  • MEL and Python scripting experience
  • Batch processing and Middleware management tools
  • Ability to analyze artists' needs and effectively develop tools to address them
  • Strong communication, collaboration and interpersonal skills

Additional Considerations (Pluses)

  • Facial Expression pipeline experience
  • Published Console or PC game project experience
  • Experience with Houdini
  • Experience with Terrain Systems

Required Application Materials

  • Resume
  • Online portfolio
  • Cover Letter which should include:
    • Why you are interested in working at Intrepid
    • What games you are currently playing
Apply

Customer Service Lead

Intrepid Studios is currently looking for an energetic and experienced Customer Service Lead to build out and develop our growing customer service department, which provides support for our massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) Ashes of Creation, and its prequel, Ashes Of Creation Apocalypse. The ideal candidate will also maintain customer satisfaction by providing problem-solving resources and managing staff.

Responsibilities:

  • Provides daily direction and communication to employees so that customer service requests are answered in a timely, efficient, and knowledgeable manner.
  • Provides continual evaluation and documentation of processes and procedures
  • Responsible for suggesting methods to improve area operations, efficiency and service to both internal and external customers.
  • Provides statistical and performance feedback and coaching on a regular basis to each team member.
  • Ensures employees have appropriate training and other resources to perform their jobs.
  • Creates and maintains a high-quality work environment so team members are motivated to perform at their highest level.
  • Works as a member/leader of special or ongoing projects that are important to area/process improvement.
  • Works with internal cross-functional teams to ensure that high-impact in-game or account issues are escalated properly.
  • Shares continual responsibility for deciding how to manage the employees, ensuring calls are handled efficiently and effectively.
  • Establishes work procedures and processes that support the company and departmental standards, procedures and strategic directives.

Requirements:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skill
  • Previous Customer Service experience within the gaming industry
  • Previous Management experience
  • Robust troubleshooting and technical proficiency
  • Strong motivation and high level of commitment
  • Strong multi-tasking ability
  • Experience working with confidential customer account information
  • Strong knowledge of Windows-based operating systems
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, G Suite, CRM software, or equivalent tools
  • Able to deal with customer issues over a range of channels
  • Advanced typing skills

Additional Considerations (Pluses)

  • Knowledge and passion for Intrepid Studios games
  • Passion for video games, movies, graphic novels, science fiction, and other elements of pop culture
  • Experience in QA (preferably within the gaming industry)

Required Application Materials

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter which should include:
    • Why you are interested in working at Intrepid
    • What games you are currently playing
Apply

Network Software Programmer

Intrepid Studios is looking for a Software Programmer with a background in Networking to join our team of talented developers! If you are a self-driven and passionate developer, looking for a highly collaborative and creative environment, then this position is for you!

Responsibilities:  

  • Design and implement high performance network software applications 
  • Contribute to our code base, systems, and software architecture as a member of our engineering team, with an eye towards making our software (both application and infrastructure) more scalable, reliable, and performant

Requirements: 

  • 3+ years' experience building reliable, highly available and scalable platforms
  • Experience building in a cloud environment
  • Expertise working with C#, C++, CI/CD, Python, and Virtualization Technologies
  • Knowledge of Linux & Windows environments, source code control systems, and release management
  • Strong coding, testing, algorithm design, and debugging skills
  • Working knowledge of how switches, routers, firewalls or load balancers work
  • Solid software engineering experience with large code bases (>100k lines of code)
  • Skill in developing techniques and methodologies to resolve unprecedented problems or situations.
  • Must be a self-starter that requires only limited supervision/guidance.
  • Honesty, integrity and confidentiality must be maintained at all times.
  • Must be a team player
  • Have good interpersonal communication skills 
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast paced changing environment
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize
  • Excellent knowledge of scripting languages (Bash, Perl, Python, etc.)
  • Deep understanding of networking protocols including TCP/IP, DHCP, DNS, Radius, and SNMP 
  • Experience with multi-core/multi-thread programming

Pluses: 

  • BS Degree in Computer Science (or equivalent)
  • Experience with .NET Core, Unreal Engine 4.x, and Wireshark/Tcpdump/Netcat
  • Experience with integrating with third party APIs (including social networks and payment/billing systems)
  • Experience in the gaming industry
  • A passion for games, specifically MMORPG's

Required Application Materials

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter which should include:
    • Why you are interested in working at Intrepid
    • What games you are currently playing
Apply

Senior Graphic Designer

Intrepid Studios is looking for a talented and well-rounded graphic designer to support our marketing and community department. The ideal candidate will be comfortable understanding marketing goals and strategic insights, leveraging the Intrepid art style to create a wide range of compelling art across multiple mediums, including but not limited to web graphics, social media, photography, and videos.

This designer should be an experienced storyteller, experienced in creating art assets which resonate with audiences across marketing channels. They must be versatile in creating and manipulating art assets into polished, usable formats across the same wide range of mediums. Additionally, this designer must be flexible and enjoy working on a variety of different projects while being able to manage multiple overlapping deadlines. Prior experience with high quality media for popular social media platforms is a requirement!

Responsibilities

  • Create and manage persuasive and visually compelling work
  • Create assets for Intrepid websites, social media, and other external communication.
  • Create and edit video assets for broadcast and streaming.
  • Manipulate image composition, and perform basic paint overs when necessary.
  • Maintain knowledge of digital media requirements for social platforms.
  • Navigate game clients and editors to set up and capture print-quality screenshots for relevant Intrepid's IP.
  • Provide key assets to regional teams and ensure localization is feasible.
  • Review and provide input to communication style guides with brand marketing and the game team.
  • Review and provide input to UGC content creators for spotlight opportunities.
  • Collaborate with teams within Intrepid

Requirements

  • A minimum of 4 - 6 years' professional experience as an artist
  • Bachelor's Degree in media art or related field or equivalent work
  • Understanding of the art styles of Intrepid Studios's IPs
  • High levels of creativity, and demonstrated ability to generate innovative concepts, designs, and ideas
  • Exceptional eye for composition, contrast, and color
  • Extensive knowledge of social media platforms, associated media requirements and best practices
  • Advanced knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Advanced knowledge of video editing principles
  • Understanding of web technology trends
  • Able to work under pressure in a fast-paced, high-volume environment with frequent priority shifts
  • Effectively communicate across verbal and written form.
  • Strong customer service skills and a professional attitude
  • Able to work well in a collaborative team environment, and within an iterative design process
  • Proficiency in G Suite

Additional Considerations (Pluses)

  • Knowledge and passion for Intrepid Studios games
  • Experience working in marketing agency
  • Experience with the game industry
  • Experience working on social marketing campaigns
  • Traditional art skills experience
  • Passion for video games, movies, graphic novels, science fiction, and other elements of pop culture
  • Experience with digital photography, and / or Machinima
  • Experience with game level editors

Required Application Materials

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter which should include:
    • Why you are interested in working at Intrepid
    • What games you are currently playing
    • A link to any relevant art portfolios

Everyone at Intrepid Studios is focused on building games that help bring people together. Part of what makes us who we are is that ability to connect with others, and we adhere to this design principle throughout our development process. Since the beginning, Intrepid has held to the philosophy of making games with no pay-to-win or cash grab elements -- we respect our players and believe that these tactics aren't necessary if we simply build games that players want to play. That philosophy, combined with a commitment to transparency and communication with our community, reflects the most important values that we as developers can uphold. We've worked hard to foster a collaborative and creative environment, a diverse and passionate employee culture. Our family is everything. Our core values are real, and our mission has never changed. We are dedicated to creating the most epic entertainment experience…ever. Join us!

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Full-Stack Engineer

Intrepid Studios is looking for a Full Stack Web Developer with specific experience developing high traffic & scalable backend systems in NodeJS.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Platform Engineering team to develop updates to and maintain internal API endpoints, account services infrastructure, website infrastructure, tools and other platform related services
  • Work with artists, producers, and other developers to make sure updates are properly scoped and carried out in line with modern standards
  • Implement new web features to support day to day operations of all platform services and marketing sites
  • Participate in standups and code reviews

Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of professional web development preferred
  • Experience working on high traffic back end systems, preferably in NodeJS
  • Strong Object Oriented JavaScript experience - with an understanding of Async/Await, and other modern JavaScript Engineering principles.
  • Experience with a templating engine such as Pug, Jade, Underscore, EJS, etc
  • Experience with one or more single page web application technologies (VueJS, React, Angular, etc)
  • Familiarity with a version control system like Git/Perforce/SVN
  • Experience with MongoDB, and bonus points for using a NodeJS interface such as Mongoose
  • Experience with a modern MVC pattern
  • Experience with a CSS compilers such as SCSS or LESS
  • Some familiarity with AWS or other modern cloud computing services
  • Self starter, with strong sense of ownership and attention to detail

Bonus:

  • Experience in the video game industry
  • Experience developing ecommerce or account management systems

Required Application Materials

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter which should include:
    • Why you are interested in working at Intrepid
    • What games you are currently playing
    • Link to a strong portfolio of work, or a GitHub profile containing passion projects/open source contributions (if not already included in resume)
Apply

Front-End Web Developer

Intrepid Studios is looking for a Front-End Web Developer with experience developing high traffic graphical marketing websites & user focused web interfaces.

Responsibilities:

  • Scope, develop, and deploy updates to ashesofcreation.com, intrepidstudios.com, and other web properties based on design specs & stakeholder input.
  • Work with artists, producers, and other developers to make sure website updates fall in line with modern standards and best practices
  • Implement campaign tracking for marketing initiatives using Google Analytics and Tag Manager
  • Aid engineering in frontend work for the Intrepid Studios account systems
  • Work as needed to assist with other frontend development work on ancillary systems such as our game launcher

Qualifications:

  • 3-5 years of professional web development preferred
  • Experience working on high traffic marketing websites
  • Strong JavaScript experience
  • Experience with one or more of the follow backend technologies (NodeJS, Ruby on Rails, or PHP)
  • Experience with a templating engine such as Pug, Jade, Underscore, EJS, etc
  • Experience with one or more single page web application technologies (VueJS, React, Angular, etc)
  • Ability to create web ready assets from a PSD file
  • Familiarity with a version control system like Git/Perforce/SVN
  • Experience with a CSS compiler such as SCSS or LESS
  • Self starter, with strong sense of ownership and attention to detail
  • Experience consuming API endpoints

Bonus:

  • Experience in the video game industry
  • Experience with a modern headless CMS system

Required Application Materials

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter which should include:
    • Why you are interested in working at Intrepid
    • What games you are currently playing
    • Link to a strong portfolio of work, or a GitHub profile containing passion projects/open source contributions (if not already included in resume)
Apply

Technical Animator

Intrepid Studios is looking for a passionate and talented Technical Animator. The ideal candidate is organized and self-motivated and must work well with others, enjoy and seek out collaboration.

Responsibilities:

  • Quickly learn an existing AAA game animation system and pipeline
  • Train animators in pipeline, tools and anything else surrounding implementation of animation assets into the game-engine
  • Supervise integration of animation assets into the game engine
  • Have good knowledge of existing engines and animation packages within the industry
  • Communicate with Engine and Animation Programmer
  • Provide constant technical support of the tools and engine to the animation team and communicate regularly the technical restrictions and their rationale
  • Assist the design, integration and validation of animation assets

Qualifications:

  • 4+ years professional experience in animation, 2 years of experience in a similar position
  • Experience in AAA games
  • Excellent knowledge of Unreal Engine, Maya and MotionBuilder
  • Excellent knowledge of Human Anatomy
  • Able to write technical documentation
  • Good communication skills

Required Application Materials

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter which should include:
    • Why you are interested in working at Intrepid
    • What games you are currently playing
    • Link to portfolio or reel
Apply

Tools Engineer

Intrepid Studios is looking for a Tools Engineer proficient in C#, C++, and Python to join our team of talented developers! If you are a self-driven and passionate developer, looking for a highly collaborative and creative environment, then this position is for you!

Responsibilities:

  • Compile and understand IT development needs and assess their feasibility so as to best serve the production team.
  • Analyse existing functions in the engine and see how they could be enhanced to fulfill the intentions of the project.
  • Suggest improvements by designing and implementing new systems.
  • Collaborate with Technical Directors to enhance the production pipeline.
  • Support the production functions and systems: production workflows in the editor, third-party application plug-ins (3DSMax, Maya, source control, etc,), and productivity tools (compilation, build process, etc.).
  • Determine and correct the tools bugs identified by people from other crafts and the tools testers (and eventually the quality control team)

Qualifications:

  • Minimum 1-3 years' experience in software programming, ideally in the video game industry or equivalent
  • Proficient in C# and C++
  • Ability to understand user needs and take them into account when programming
  • Possess sense of initiative
  • Attention to detail
  • Great interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Adaptable and results-oriented

Required Application Materials

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter which should include:
    • Why you are interested in working at Intrepid
    • What games you are currently playing
Apply

Gameplay Engineer Generalist

Intrepid Studios is looking for a Gameplay Engineer (Generalist) to join our team of talented developers! If you are a self-driven and passionate developer, looking for a highly collaborative and creative environment, then this position is for you!

Responsibilities:

  • Develop online gameplay features in Unreal engine.
  • Learn and adopt the coding standards and development philosophies that are embraced by the team.
  • Work with game designers, artists, and other engineers to create compelling experiences.
  • Break-down design goals into smaller technical tasks.
  • Provide feedback on gameplay and offer suggestions for improvement.
  • Evaluate and communicate the potential impact of code changes to stakeholders.

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated proficiency in C++.
  • Experience with implementing networked gameplay features.
  • Solid understanding of basic trigonometry.
  • Bachelor's degree in CS, Math, Engineering, etc. or equivalent ability or experience.
  • Minimum of 2 years game industry experience, or equivalent.
  • Ability to prioritize, plan, and organize work.
  • Must be an effective communicator, both verbally and written.
  • Positive attitude, strong work ethic, and the desire to work in a highly collaborative team environment
  • Passion and enthusiasm for video games.
  • One or more shipped AAA multi-player titles preferred.
  • Experience working with visual scripting environments (e.g. Blueprints).
  • Perforce and Jira experience is a plus.
  • Understanding of linear algebra is a solid bonus.

Required Application Materials

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter which should include:
    • Why you are interested in working at Intrepid
    • What games you are currently playing
Apply