Careers - Housemarque

CAREERS

Join us!

Housemarque is looking for aspiring and experienced talent who want to grow with us. We are working on exceptional unannounced projects and we want you to play a part in making them happen.

We have a track record of 20+ years of developing critically acclaimed games with tight gameplay, impeccable audiovisual execution, and technical excellence. No matter the genre, we want you to continue this tradition. It’s the perfect workplace for talented people with interest in self-development and a big passion for games.

 

We exist to:

  1. Be a great workplace, where people can develop professionally and as a person
  2. Develop great games that bring joy & happiness to gamers and our fans

 

We offer:

  • Competitive salary and benefits
  • Extensive health insurance
  • Annual sports and cultural allowance
  • A job with flexibility, responsibility and challenge
  • Cool place to work with highly skilled professionals and fellow gamers
  • All the help you need with relocation if you are moving to Finland from abroad

 

Helsinki as a place to work

Helsinki, the world’s second-most northern capital, is a true gem. Many global magazines and websites have cited it as one of the world’s best places to live. In fact, Helsinki has been ranked as one of the top 10 world’s most liveable cities by the Economist Intelligence Unit in 2017. It has extremely high marks in stability, infrastructure, education, healthcare, and environment. There’s always something to do, the people are extremely friendly, and the quality of life is unbeatable.

Housemarque’s offices are located in central Helsinki, surrounded by tasty restaurants, hip bars and cool shops, including the Nordic countries’ biggest department store. All work is done in Helsinki and we want our employees to have a home here with us.

OPEN POSITIONS

Programming

Lead Gameplay Programmer

Lead Gameplay Programmer

Housemarque is looking for a Lead Gameplay Programmer!

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Build and maintain production-quality C++ code
  • Directly manage several engineers, providing support, mentorship, constructive feedback, and career development advice
  • Help drive our game vision forward
  • Seeing the big picture impact of decisions and critically evaluating them

 

REQUIRED

  • 5+ years of professional software development experience as programmer within the games industry or equivalent
  • Strong C++ skills
  • Strong math skills
  • Experience leading, managing, mentoring and guiding engineers through planning, developing, and shipping
  • Ability to easily collaborate and communicate with both engineers and non-technical people alike
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English

 

PLUS SKILLS

  • Professional Unreal Engine development experience
  • Console or PC programming experience
  • A strong passion for video games
  • Knowledge and understanding of game design fundamentals

 

Please post you application, CV and work sample to

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with a subject “Lead Gameplay Programmer”. Position will remain open until filled.

Game Programmer

Programming

Housemarque is looking for a Game Programmer!

We’re looking for motivated candidates who enjoy variety and challenges. As a Game Programmer you will be part of a team of coders. Your responsibilities will be individually crafted to match your interests.

 

REQUIRED

  • Strong C++ skills
  • Strong math skills
  • Ability to easily collaborate and communicate with both engineers and non-technical people alike
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Good problem-solving skills

 

PLUS SKILLS

  • Previous experience from games industry
  • Prior experience with Unreal Engine 4
  • Experience designing and implementing game systems and features for commercially released games
  • Console programming experience
  • Knowledge and prior experience with other programming and scripting languages
  • A strong passion for video games
  • Knowledge and understanding of game design fundamentals

 

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with a subject “Game Programmer”. Position will remain open until filled.

UE4 Game Programmer

UE4 Game Programmer

Housemarque is looking for a UE4 Game Programmer!

We’re looking for motivated candidates who enjoy variety and challenges. As a UE 4 Game Programmer you will be part of a team of coders. Your responsibilities will be individually crafted to match your interests.

 

REQUIRED

  • Prior experience with Unreal Engine 4
  • Strong C++ skills
  • Strong math skills
  • Ability to easily collaborate and communicate with both engineers and non-technical people alike
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Good problem solving skills

 

PLUS SKILLS

  • Previous experience from game industry.
  • Console programming experience
  • Experience designing and implementing game systems and features for commercially released games
  • Knowledge and prior experience with other programming and scripting languages
  • A strong passion for video games
  • Knowledge and understanding of game design fundamentals

 

Please post you application, CV and work sample to

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with a subject “UE4 Game Programmer”. Position will remain open until filled.

Art / Animation

Art Director

Art Director

Housemarque is looking for an Art Director!

Housemarque is looking for an Art Director with proven track record and portfolio of designing games, levels and graphics styles. Your responsibility would be to create a vision of the game visuals and direct an art team towards that goal. You also would work together with an Outsource Manager in directing the look and feel of  outsourced assets. You will also need to be proactive and capable of handling pressure, as well as being able to work and solve problems independently.

 

REQUIRED

  • At least 2 years of experience as an Art Lead/Art Director in a current generation console or PC game project
  • Strong understanding of modern game graphics requirements, technologies, 3D softwares and tools
  • Experience in outsourcing pipelines
  • Ability to get your hands dirty and create some of the graphics by yourself
  • Possess a good eye for decoration, composition, detail, light and color
  • Good ey for bipedal/quadruped movement and animation
  • Knowledge of storytelling and ability to design and direct cutscenes when necessary
  • Be able to think visually and see the broader picture to co-ordinate effectively
  • Understanding on how good looking graphics can be used to support gameplay
  • Have strong leadership skills, to motivate and direct a team

 

PLUS SKILLS

  • Art degree
  • 2D concepting skills
  • 3D modelling skills
  • Previous experience in working as an artist
  • Knowledge of any other game development skills

 

Please post you application, CV and work sample to

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with a subject “Art Director”. Position will remain open until filled.

Art Lead

Art Lead

Housemarque is looking for an Art Lead!

As an Art Lead you will work closely with the Designers and Artists to provide visual solutions to design challenges and create finished assets. You will build good working relationships with other departments, and plan together on high level goals and break those down to smaller more manageable tasks. Your main task is to keep the art team working like a well-oiled machine.

 

REQUIREMENTS

  • Self-motivation, good communication skills, and a great team-oriented attitude
  • Be able to manage people, time and resources
  • At least 4-5 years of experience as a Game Artist in a current generation console or a PC game project or at least one shipped title for any of the following platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PC
  • Good foundational skills of drawing and concepting ideas
  • You have good understanding of requirements of current and next generation visuals
  • Mentor and train junior Artists on aesthetic and production skills
  • Solves problems with visual design; fills in the gaps between concept art and modeling
  • Solid experience in texturing models and good understanding of creating PBR textures
  • Has passion for art and is willing to learn new workflows and share the knowledge to other Artists
  • Fluent spoken and written English

 

PLUS SKILLS

  • Art degree (BA, MA, etc.)
  • Experience with Substance Designer and Substance Painter
  • Experience with Unreal Engine

 

Please post you application, CV and work sample to

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with a subject “Art Lead”. Position will remain open until filled.

Houdini Technical Artist

Houdini Technical Artist

Housemarque is looking for a Houdini Technical Artist!

As a Houdini Technical Artist you’ll support the diverse team of artists and identify pipeline issues. You’ll also work with other Technical Artists to develop solutions.

 

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must Houdini knowledge:
    • Geometry nodes
  • Plus Houdini knowledge:
    • Render operators
    • Shading operators
    • Object nodes
    • Knowledge of Vex
    • Knowledge of Python
  • Self-motivation, good communication skills and a great team-oriented attitude
  • Able to work with minimum supervision
  • Ability to perform visual and analytical problem-solving
  • Fluent spoken and written English

 

PLUS SKILLS

  • Art degree (BA, MA, etc.)
  • Experience with Unreal Engine

 

 

Please post you application, CV and work sample to

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with a subject “Houdini Technical Artist”. Position will remain open until filled.

Concept Artist

Concept Artist

Housemarque is looking for a Concept Artist!

As a Concept Artist your job is to sketch, ideate and iterate brave new worlds, creatures and basically everything we want the game to have. Mostly your day to day is coming up with quick visual ideas. Production art isn’t pretty, idea behind the design is that what matters not the quality of the artpiece. But don’t worry! Your job is also to do polished marketing illustrations and mood paintings. So good draftsmanship and painting skills are required.

 

REQUIRED

  • Good foundational skills of 2D drawing and painting
  • Good understanding of lighting, color theory, perspective, composition and design fundamentals
  • Good understanding of human and animal anatomy
  • You can adopt to different styles and develop your own as well
  • Good communication skills
  • Excellent visual storytelling skills
  • Fluent spoken and written English

 

PLUS SKILLS

  • Art degree (BA, MA, etc.)
  • Experiece with ZBrush, 3D-Coat or any other 3D program
  • Experience with Unreal Engine

 

Please post you application, CV and work sample to

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with a subject “Concept Artist”. Position will remain open until filled.

Tech Artist

Tech Artist

Housemarque is looking for a Tech Artist!

As a Tech Artist your responsibility is to help manage art tools pipeline. You will also need to be proactive and capable of handling pressure, as well as being able to work independently, if needed.

 

REQUIRED

  • At least 2 years of experience as a tech artist in a current generation console or a PC game project or at least
  • One shipped title for any of the following platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PC
  • Strong skills in Python, with Houdini, Maya or Modo
  • Good skills with HLSL or VEX language
  • Proactive – able to work as an own unit, if needed
  • Good communication skills. You gather and share information, and tackle day-to-day problems with efficient face-to-face communication
  • Fluent spoken and written English
  • Not afraid of challenge and responsibility

 

PLUS SKILLS

  • Good knowledge of Houdini
  • Good knowledge of Maya
  • 3D modeling skills
  • Game hobby projects and game jam participations
  • Knowledge of any other game development skills

 

Please post you application, CV and work sample to

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with a subject “Tech Artist”. Position will remain open until filled.

Senior 3D Artist

Senior 3D Artist

Housemarque is looking for a Senior 3D Artist!

As a Senior 3D Artist you work as part of the art team, together with other artists and designers. You’ll develop great looking visuals that match the game vision and support the gameplay. Your main task is to do visual problem solving with designers, from smallest prop to biggest set piece. You’ll be able to creatively participate in all steps of the project, from early concept to final product. You have an ability to meet deadlines under tight schedules, willingness to receive direction and work closely with the team.

 

REQUIRED

  • At least 3-4 years of experience as game artist in a current generation console or a PC game project or at least one shipped title for any of the following platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PC
  • Good foundational skills of drawing and concepting ideas
  • Advanced knowledge of Maya, Modo, Blender or any equivalent 3D modelling software
  • Good knowledge of Zbrush
  • Good high poly modelling skills
  • Good understanding of low poly topology, retopology workflows and baking textures from high poly models
  • Solves problems with visual design; fills in the gaps between concept art and modeling
  • Solid experience in texturing models and good understanding of creating PBR textures
  • Passion for art and willingness to learn new workflows and share the knowledge to other artists
  • Fluent spoken and written English

 

PLUS SKILLS

  • Art degree (BA MA, etc.)
  • Experience with Substance Designer and Substance Painter
  • Experience with Unreal engine

 

Please post you application, CV and work sample to

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with a subject “Senior 3D Artist”. Position will remain open until filled.

3D Character Artist

3D Character Artist

Housemarque is looking for a 3D Character Artist!

As a 3D Character Artist your responsibility is to create game characters in wide range of roles, from protagonist characters to compelling NPC characters and all the way to weird and disgusting alien creatures and bosses. You have solid understanding on game character readability and ability to design characters to portray different gameplay requirements. You work closely with animators and riggers to ensure models deform correctly and achieve a high level of functionality and design aesthetics. You have an ability to meet deadlines under tight schedules, willingness to receive direction and work closely with a team.

 

REQUIRED

  • At least 3-4 years of experience as game artist in a current generation console or a PC game project or at least one shipped title for any of the following platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PC
  • Strong drawing, sculpting, and conceptualization skills with an ability to adapt to established styles
  • Advanced knowledge of human and animal anatomy
  • Advanced knowledge of Maya, Modo, Blender or any equivalent 3D modelling software
  • Understanding of clean edge flow and best practices for modeling for animation performance
  • Advanced sculpting experience with Zbrush
  • Advanced knowledge of retopology and baking maps
  • Solid experience in texturing characters and understanding of creating PBR textures
  • Proactive, actively participates in technical and artistic problem solving
  • Fluent spoken and written English
  • Not afraid of challenge and responsibility

 

PLUS SKILLS

  • Art degree (BA MA, etc.)
  • Marvelous designer experience
  • Experience from facial animation, knowledge of making wrinkle maps
  • Experience with Unreal engine

 

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with a subject “3D Character Artist”. Position will remain open until filled.

Senior Animator

Senior Animator

Housemarque is looking for a Senior Animator!

As a Senior Animator your responsibility is to be in charge of the animating, the rigging and the implementing of the animations in the state machine driven animation system. You will need to be proactive and capable of handling pressure. You are not afraid to take responsibility and are able to work independently, if needed. You boldly tackle new challenges and deeply understand how animation works with the gameplay.

The tasks for a senior animator at Housemarque allow expressing oneself with a wide spectrum, all the way from animating humans to weird alien lifeforms and everything in-between, from gameplay animation to cutscenes.

We would kindly like to underline, that all senior animator applicants must meet the required qualifications listed below. This position is suitable only for a firmly experienced game animator, who knows what a full modern development cycle demands and doesn’t need to be taught the basics of a modern game animation pipeline.

 

REQUIRED

  • At least 4 years of experience as an animator in a current generation console or PC game project AND at least one shipped title for any of the following platforms: PS4, XBOX One, Wii U, PC, Switch
  • Firm production experience in working with animation statemachine systems/trees
  • Strong keyframing skills – ability to produce high quality animation within set time limits
  • Strong understanding of gameplay animation restrictions and needs
  • Strong understanding of human and animal locomotion
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Strong skills in at least one major animation software, but experience in Maya is preferred
  • Able to rig and skin on a modern game production level
  • Solid understanding of “quality meets productivity”
  • Proactive and able to work as an own unit, if needed
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to draw down animation ideas, rough storyboards and thumbnails
  • Fluent spoken and written English
  • Not afraid of challenge and responsibility

 

PLUS SKILLS

  • Art degree (BA, MA, etc.)
  • 2D animation skills
  • 3D modeling skills
  • Mocap experience
  • Experience in cutscene related tasks
  • Facial rigging and animation experience
  • Directing and/or storytelling skills
  • Game hobby projects and game jam participations
  • Knowledge of other game development skills (T-shaped employee)

 

Please post you application, CV and work sample to

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with a subject “Senior Animator”. Position will remain open until filled.

Animator

Animator

Housemarque is looking for an Animator!

As an Animator your responsibility is to be in charge of the animating, the rigging and implementing of animations in the state machine driven animation system. You will also need to be proactive and capable of handling pressure, as well as being able to work independently, if needed. As our motto is “Game is King”, you need to have a solid understanding how animation can serve the gameplay.

The tasks for an animator at Housemarque can vary all the way from animating humans to weird alien lifeforms and everything in-between, from gameplay animation to cutscenes. Housemarque has developed a greatly varying catalogue of games, which reflects directly to the opportunities for expressing oneself.

 

REQUIRED

  • At least 2 years of experience as an animator in a current generation console or a PC game project or at least one shipped title for any of the following platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PC
  • Experience in working with animation trees
  • Strong skills in at least one major animation software, but experience in Maya is preferred
  • Strong keyframing skills – ability to produce high quality animation in the given time frame
  • Strong understanding of gameplay animation restrictions and needs – understanding the gameplay first mentality
  • Strong understanding of human locomotion
  • Able to rig and skin on a game production level
  • Solid understanding of quality meets productivity
  • Proactive – able to work as an own unit, if needed
  • Ability to draw down animation ideas, rough storyboards and thumbnails
  • Good communication skills. You gather and share information, and tackle day-to-day problems with efficient face-to-face communication
  • Fluent spoken and written English
  • Not afraid of challenge and responsibility

 

PLUS SKILLS

  • Art degree (BA, MA, etc.)
  • 2D animation skills
  • 3D modeling skills
  • Understanding of quadruped animal locomotion
  • Mocap experience
  • Experience in cutscene related tasks
  • Facial rigging and animation experience
  • Directing and/or storytelling skills
  • Game hobby projects and game jam participations
  • Knowledge of any other game development skills

 

Please post you application, CV and work sample to

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with a subject “Animator”. Position will remain open until filled.

Design

Senior Game Designer

Senior Game Designer

Housemarque is looking for a Senior Game Designer!

Housemarque is looking for Senior Game Designer. The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of what’s fun and not fun – and why. Candidates tasks will be focusing in designing, tweaking, and optimizing the player experience.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Design, oversee and implement systems for players experience; from traditional feedback and control systems to mini-games, action beats, weapons and role-playing mechanics
  • Take ownership of multiple game systems and drive them to final quality
  • Prototype new ideas and systems with existing tools
  • Contribute to the overall game design

 

REQUIREMENTS

  • 3+ years of experience shipping AAA console, PC, or mobile titles in design roles
  • Experience with modern game editors such as UE4, CryEngine, Source or equivalent
  • Must have some programming or scripting experience
  • Ability to conceptualize, prototype, and iterate on features
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary, iterative environment, while delivering under deadlines and time constraints
  • Ability to accept constructive feedback, ability to listen
  • Excellent communication and critical thinking skills; ability to identify and solve key problems creatively with minimal guidance

 

PLUSES

  • Experience in a non-design development role (Artist, Animator, Audio, Engineer, etc…)
  • 3Cs experience (Character, Controls, Camera)
  • Excellent knowledge of video games
  • Extensive interests outside of games

 

 

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with a subject “Senior Game Designer”. Position will remain open until filled.

Level Designer

Level Designer

Housemarque is looking for a Level Designer!

Housemarque is seeking highly motivated Level Designer to join our studio. You are passionate about games and the craft of level design. You take initiative and find creative solutions to complex problems. You are creative, team-spirited and result oriented.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Design 3D layouts and work with programming and art to create fun experiences
  • Own and drive major design initiatives from start to finish
  • Create exciting experiences using an array of game mechanics
  • Contribute to all aspects of game design

 

REQUIREMENTS

  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • The ability to evaluate and understand the mechanics of a game and create 3D layouts that complement the experience
  • Proficiency with modern game editors such as UE4, CryEngine, Source or equivalent
  • Overall knowledge of level design processes (level flow, engagement design, pacing, storytelling, etc.)
  • Clear understanding and appreciation of schedules and milestone

 

PLUSES

  • Level Design experience on a AAA title
  • Mod community experience
  • Architecture background
  • Experience working on games with action elements
  • Understanding of basic programming or scripting languages
  • Maya experience

 

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with a subject “Level Designer”. Position will remain open until filled.

Senior Level Designer

Senior Level Designer

Housemarque is looking for a Senior Level Designer!

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • You will be expected to own level designs from conception to the final stages of polish
  • Degree of self-drive: knowing where to focus without continuous guidance
  • Proactively drive communication and coordination with different departments
  • Prototype the environment, establish the layouts and learn ways to use interactive and non-interactive means to create emotion for the player
  • You understand how to control the accessibility, clarity and difficulty of the level
  • You know how to implement the desired gameplay in the levels
  • You know how to work under time constraints and focus on the most important parts
  • You are self-driven to actively play through levels, actively finding ways to improve them and keeping them up to date

 

EXPERIENCE

  • 3+ years of experience in the games industry working in a level design capacity, shipping at least one title
  • Knowledge and experience working with next-generation 3D level editors (Unreal, CryEngine, in house 3D tools etc.) or other 3D software packages
  • Experience working with a game engine, using scripting tools to orchestrate events, and implementing 3D work into the pipeline.
  • Experience in rapid prototyping to test feasibility of concepts, layouts and encounters
  • Experience in working with levels from early prototyping to release

 

SKILLS

  • Dedicated to contributing towards a friendly team environment
  • Passionate, positive and solution oriented about crafting memorable gameplay experiences
  • Extensive knowledge across a wide range of games. Why they work / don’t work
  • Ability to go through multiple iterations and versions of levels without heavy loss of motivation
  • Understand the aesthetics of different environments, function vs. form relationships
  • Good knowledge of encounter design, pacing and how to use gameplay elements in a meaningful way
  • Ability to self-critique and accept outside critique from leads, publishers and other team members and channel it into improving the product
  • Demonstrate a willingness to keep an open mind to coworker’s ideas, incorporating suggestions when applicable
  • Clear verbal/written communication skills in English

 

REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS

  • Portfolio
    • Portfolio should include visual examples of your work
    • We will not consider you without one
  • Cover letter which must include
    • Why do you want to work at Housemarque
    • What games you are currently playing

 

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with a subject “Senior Level Designer”. Position will remain open until filled.

Open Application

Please send your application, CV and work samples/portfolio (for programmers, we also require sample C++ code) to: