Careers Category: Game Design
Careers location: Austin, TX, Bay Area, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Remote, US, Remote, Canada
Connected Worker Type: Offsite
Requisition Id: R_109757
Zynga is looking for a Senior Game Design Principal to join our NFT/Blockchain organization (ZBC)
Our mission within Zynga Blockchain Games is to empower players to invest, own and earn through fun, high-quality and enduring blockchain games they can trust. If you want to help shape the future of gaming with a world-class team, we look forward to hearing from you.
You have a passion for games and have mastered your craft in free-to-play design. You see the paradigm shift into NFT, blockchain gaming and are excited to pioneer the movement of open crypto economies and governance models. Your deep understanding of complex game systems and economies has prepared you to collaborate closely with ZBC’s key stakeholders to deliver designs from concept to implementation.
In your role with ZBC you will have a consistent record of owning and delivering experiences to players that raises-the-bar from innovation whilst thriving in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
Apply your design masteries to pioneer new best practices in systems design in NFT, blockchain gaming and pave the road for the ZBC pipeline
Conceptualize, design, and prepare documentation for new features and content including game modes, meta progression, social rule-based events and tokenomics models.
Create economy models and tuning/balancing simulations to find harmony in your systems and economy design.
Lead the design of NFTs (and NFT drops), new tokens, and other on-chain items (tokenomics), always designing from the player perspective to ensure the highest level of usability, playability, and balance.
Work with Producers to schedule and scope features, providing them with the necessary system design documentation and mockups to deliver to art, engineering, and QA teams.
Research the latest blockchain and free-to-play design models and implement these best practices into the economy
Explore and provide guidance around decentralized governance
Work hard and lead by example.
5+ years of systems design, economy modeling, and tuning data simulations. Direct experience operating a top grossing game is a plus.
Knowledge of macro, microeconomics, pricing theory, and statistics, especially in the free-to-play gaming industry, with the ability to model problems into quantitative systems, formulate ratios and indexes specific to each game
Ability to model and simulate planned changes, overall sinks, and sources while anticipating downstream effects with post-launch analysis to ensure expected outcomes are reached
Advanced understanding of Excel, SQL, and/or Python + R, SPSS, SAS or other statistical analysis software
Collaborative and excels in communicating with product managers, analysts, and executives.
Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Finance, Statistics, Computer Science, Engineering, or another quantitative field
Love for games
Intrigued by blockchain and NFT technology
Understanding of web3, blockchain, defi, gamefi and crypto is a plus.
Understand between economics (predictive goals) and tokenomics (design goals).
Understanding of free-to-play games and live ops
Experience contributing to risk and profitability decisions in a marketplace setting
A background in building MMOs is also a plus
Masters or PhD in Economics with a focus on Mechanism Design
Competitive salary, discretionary annual bonus scheme, Zynga stock allowance and employee stock purchase plan
6 months fully paid maternity leave or 3 months fully paid paternity leave
Medical and Dental Coverage
Life insurance and critical illness insurance
Discounted gym memberships
Flexible working hours and remote working opportunities
Dog friendly workspaces!
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