Senior Game Designer

Located in Chicago’s River North area, Level Ex’s fast-growing game studio is transforming the way physicians hone and refine their skills in our industry-leading mobile, AR, and VR titles. 

Our games are designed to engage and entertain medical professionals, with gameplay challenges that leverage their hard-won skills and domain expertise in creative and enjoyable ways. Our target audience, design goals, and business model are unique in the industry, and you are guaranteed to tread new territory as a Senior Game Designer at Level Ex. We are aiming to map the latest approaches in free to play mobile game design to engage and retain doctors across multiple medical specialties and procedures; you will need to have top-level game design skills, analytical abilities, and an openness to new approaches if you are to succeed at this position. This job is not about goosing DAU or squeezing pennies to increase ARPU -- it is about finding solutions to problems no one else has even considered. 

This position is for our core team, working on mobile games that credibly reference medical specialties across a diverse range of fields. Translating medical concepts and procedures into entertaining game modes, cases, and engagement loops is a challenging task, but you’ll work alongside a team of medical researchers augmented by physician consultants who are at the top of their fields. Your colleagues in the design department are creative, driven, and highly diverse, committed to exploring new design concepts with socially relevant ends. If you are looking to apply your knowledge of free to play design strategies and analysis outside of the typical goals of mobile gaming, this is an ideal opportunity.

Our engine has earned the trust of the country’s leading physicians; plus, we’ve custom-built GPU-based real-time fluids, tissue shading, and soft-body systems that enable a wide range of new game mechanics in mobile and VR. Our team unites award-winning game designers, developers, and artists with industry-leading surgeons, all passionate about using game design approaches to keep doctors across the world performing at the top of their game

We’re looking for an experienced, creative Senior Game Designer to join our team.

What You’ll Be Doing with Us  
  • Defining and managing all aspects of gameplay for mobile products: high-level goals, balance, scoring, controls, and other areas
  • Ideating concepts and approaches to create new games focused on medical specialties and procedures
  • Analyzing popular free to play mechanics and translating them into medically credible designs
  • Detailing case designs and requirements with supporting documents and reference materials
  • Taking charge of scripting gameplay that defines the overall gameplay experience
  • Working with our lead product manager identifying game events and data to be tracked in the analytics system for future gameplay optimization
  • Coordinating design goals with production, product management, artists, and engineers
  • Working with doctors and medical researchers on technical specifications, plus finding ways to incorporate their feedback as part of compelling and exciting gameplay mechanics

Who We Want To Meet
  • 6+ years of hands-on game design experience, including senior/lead design roles on mobile and free-to-play/freemium games with an audience of 1M+ players
  • Shipped two or more games on mobile, PC, or console platforms
  • Deep understanding of the psychology of game design, and experience applying those principles in new kinds of design and game mechanics
  • Working knowledge of at least one industry-standard analytics tool (Leanplum, DeltaDNA, Unity Analytics, etc.)
  • Unity or UE4 in-engine experience
  • Experience optimizing and re-balancing a live game product post-launch based on user feedback and data
  • Experience designing social games and understanding the dynamics of collaboration and competition
  • Experience creating, revising and maintaining game design documentation
  • Proven ability to document and communicate design ideas, and make smart tradeoffs
  • Experience communicating and championing the larger vision of games across numerous types of stakeholders

Bonus Points For
  • Experience designing social games and understanding the dynamics of collaboration and competition
  • Experience managing and mentoring other game designers
  • Experience doing technical and or simulation-based game design
  • Strong Unity or UE4 in-engine experience
  • Economy design experience
  • C# experience
  • Familiarity with medical and anatomy concepts

How We Make You Happy 
  • Multiple health insurance plans with 100% company-paid premiums
  • 401(k) with company-paid match
  • Dental and vision insurance 
  • Pre-tax flex spending and commuter accounts
  • Paid vacation, sick days and holidays
  • River North loft workspace convenient to public transportation, and plenty of nearby food options
  • Unlimited cold brew and gourmet coffee, kombucha, Bevi sparkling water, and craft beer
  • Full kitchen and food options including breakfast, and both healthy and comfort snacks
  • Team after-hours events, like Board Game Night

Interested?  
For the fastest consideration please send us your resume along with a cover letter detailing why you’re a fit for this important role. We look forward to hearing from you and exploring the possibilities.

Level Ex is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

No agencies or recruiters, please.
Candidates must be authorized to work and accept new employment in the U.S. 
We are currently unable to accept resumes from foreign countries without a sponsored visa. 

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