Founding Game Designer

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February 28, 2023
Full Time
S.F., Seattle or Remote

Elsewhere is hiring a Founding Game Designer to help build a new kind of co-op multiplayer game. Our game captures the aesthetic and soul of indie games, the replayability and depth of roguelikes, and the ambition to become a forever game that reaches millions of players.

Our founders include a successful repeat entrepreneur and a games industry veteran, and we’ve teamed up with top Silicon Valley investors. We’re an idealistic team that loves video games and deeply believes in their potential: both as a creative medium and as a way for us to socialize and play together.


Your Profile

  • You bring a founder’s mindset to game design. That means you’re comfortable with ambiguity. Being part of a founding team excites you. You’re ready to roll up your sleeves and you’re hungry.
  • You like to multiclass. You’re a game design generalist, capable of owning design of gameplay, lore/narrative, progression systems, level design, and more.
  • You love games. You’re well-versed in everything from modern indie and AAA hits to the old school pioneers that inspired them.
  • You like to ship. You’re eager to share messy prototypes and half-baked ideas, both internally and with external playtesters.
  • You’re ambitious. You want to build something with massive reach that players are going to absolutely love. You want to push the envelope of games as a medium.
  • You’re collaborative. You’re excited to work closely with the founders, game artists, game engineers, our community, and more.
  • You’re experienced. You have at least three years of experience as a game designer, and have shipped at least one game.


You might also have:

  • Experience working on a small team, ideally in a startup environment.
  • Experience working on an online game, or some kind of game-as-a-service.
  • Experience with game systems design, especially in a roguelike or multiplayer game.
  • Ability to code functional prototypes of your designs.


We offer:

  • Generous equity compensation.
  • Relocation assistance (San Francisco Bay Area or Seattle).
  • Top-tier benefits, including medical, vision, and dental insurance.
  • Unlimited PTO (with an enforced minimum).
  • A small, tight-knit team of humble and hard-working gaming weirdos. :)


This is a rare opportunity to directly shape a game with massive potential from its earliest stages. If that sounds exciting, we’d absolutely love to hear from you, regardless of whether you meet exact requirements.


Interested? Want to learn more?

Click the apply button to reach out over email.



Elsewhere is a startup game studio. We’re a pack of life-long gamers that deeply believe in the potential of games as a creative medium.

We’re working on a new multiplayer game that captures the magic and creative anarchy of indie hits with the depth of a “forever” game that you and your friends can play together for thousands of hours.We’re backed by some of the best investors and angels in Silicon Valley. Our founding team consists of game industry veterans and repeat successful entrepreneurs. It’s our goal to push the envelope on video games as a medium, both creatively and technically.

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