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June 22, 2021
Full Time


East Side Games (in collaboration with external partners) is working with an exciting IP, RuPaul’s Drag Race, to create a fun Narrative Idle mobile game that celebrates drag culture! As an Intermediate Artist/Animator, you’ll work with the Lead Artist to add sparkle to our game through glitter FX and character animation! With a focus on inclusivity and diversity, your input will help this game join the ranks of our other world-class IPs and faithfully represent LGBTQ2SA+ & BIPOC communities. Please be aware that we are a remote-first studio and do not provide an office space for employees.


  • Work with the Lead Artist to develop new game features and create lots of fun content for RuPaul’s Drag Race!
  • Add life to our Queen’s with character animation and a variety of different FX features, as we prepare for worldwide launch!
  • Utilizing Unity, Spine, Adobe Illustrator and Animate to design, build and animate optimized assets in varied styles in accordance with project specifications.
  • Work collaboratively with other disciplines to bring your tasks from initial concept to full implementation.
  • Research, analyze, and report on trends in the Mobile game industry so you can assist us in providing the best player experience possible.


  • Working knowledge of Unity and Spine is a big bonus.
  • Production-level knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite (Animate & Illustrator is a must).
  • A minimum of 2 years experience in Game Development, or related industries. Mobile, F2P, or idle game experience is a HUGE plus!
  • A portfolio of polished work that showcases vector examples, character animation and concept work that demonstrates your iterative approach to development.
  • Exceptional time management skills and an ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic studio.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both written and orally.


  • A mobile game fanatic. You are on top of the latest games, trends and what’s happening in live events.
  • Comfortable in an environment where priorities and plans change rapidly.
  • Solution-oriented, self-motivated and have the attitude to get things done.
  • Hungry and humble, you place the needs of the project first.
  • Empathic, compassionate, and curious.
  • Your values are governed by diversity and inclusion.


Working at East Side Games is a fun, rewarding experience. Our studio culture is built around hiring the best people to craft quirky games for a highly engaged and very vocal fan base. Everyone who works here keeps a sharp eye on industry trends and strives to make hit games to be proud of. No matter what your role is in making our games, your contribution counts. You will learn a lot about the business and being entrepreneurial, plus working in smaller teams means everyone has a greater sense of ownership. Check out some of the other perks that come with the job:

Benefits for Full-Time Employees

  • 3 weeks of vacation
  • 7 PTO days
  • 2 Conference days
  • 1 Volunteer day
  • 1 Anniversary day
  • Extended health benefits: health, dental, vision, and more!
  • Health Spending Accounts: top-up your extended health benefits (HSA)
  • Career development credit: $1,000 per year to use toward your own growth and learning
  • Maternity and parental leave top-up program!

Studio Resources and Activities

  • Library, game, and reference materials
  • Check out a Switch or a retro console
  • Vancouver Canucks tickets and special events with the Canucks
  • Lift tickets to our local mountain – Cypress!
  • Activities and team events: sword fighting, summer BBQ, holiday parties
  • Game Jams! Prototyping rapid and social games!
  • Weekly lunch and learn: catered lunch and epic presentations
  • Team breakfasts and coffee card for one-on-one meetings
  • Outreach and sponsorship for local events and schools
  • Networking and training with technology partners and friends
  • Giving back through social causes we support

Other Cool Stuff

  • Decent coffee!
  • Company swag that you actually want to wear in public
  • Monthly Facebook, App store or Play store research credits
  • Access to big name industry events and conferences
  • Referral bonuses for finding awesome candidates


If you think this is an exciting opportunity, please APPLY HERE. We are accepting freelance applications! Please state this is what you’re looking for in your application!

Due to a small (but completely awesome) recruitment team, only those candidates that qualify will be contacted.  Thanks for your interest in ESG and we wish you super success in your job search!

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We are East Side Games – proudly built in beautiful BC. Our mission is to create games that are easy to pick up, hard to put down, and don’t suck! We put players at the heart of our evolution, independence, and profitability. With their help, we’ve defined and become the leader in the narrative idle gaming space, writing the playbook on LiveOps in the process. Our huge IPs serve a traditionally underserved audience globally… And we’re just getting started!

Community is everything here, and that’s what makes us unique. We put people at the core of what we do. Our games and our team have the same goal; to be inclusive and for everyone. We get sh*t done and our team is on hand to step in, regardless of rank. Tackle your challenges, share your learnings, then share a drink with the studio in our weekly Cheers Friday Announcements. Have we piqued your curiosity? Then check out our amazing Culture and Benefits!


East Side Games are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion. We welcome and encourage people of all backgrounds to apply, and will utilize the strengths you bring to foster your growth and the studio’s growth.

If this sounds like everything you hoped for and more, and you’re enthused to build genre-defining narrative idle games, click the “Apply Here” button below. If now is not the right time for you but you know someone who would be a great match for us at East Side Games, check out our referral bonus here! Let’s build great games together.

We can’t wait to hear from you!

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