Summer Game Tester

Finji
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Posted
May 18, 2022
Contract
Grand Rapids, MI
Remote

It's me, your friendly neighborhood Adam Saltsman, director and co-founder of Finji, a hybrid game developer (Overland, Canabalt) and publisher (Tunic, Chicory, Wilmot's Warehouse, Night in the Woods) located in Grand Rapids, MI. We are seeking a real stickler to help us test a 2D story game this summer.

This is a paid, full-time, work-for-hire contract position local to the Grand Rapids, Michigan area, with a duration of at least 3 months. You would be working closely with our existing QA team to find and document system and visual issues, and check the submitted fixes for those issues. Finji works with a diverse set of collaborators and folks from under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

We will be accepting applications until Monday, May 23rd, 2022.

The Job

This position requires regular attendance at our Grand Rapids office. Finji management and staff take the safety and health of our collaborators seriously. We have agreed to protect each other by requiring n95 masks and up-to-date vaccinations in our GR office. We will happily talk to you about our commitments to safety.

Full Contract Responsibilities

  • Downloading and installing updated builds on the test hardware.
  • Playing the game repeatedly, and thoroughly, in a meticulous and rigorous way.
  • Writing appropriately detailed tickets documenting the specific issues encountered.
  • Comparing builds on different devices to make sure they’re as closely matched as possible.
  • Comparing output HDR and SDR output to make sure they’re as closely matched as possible.
  • Full playthroughs to check achievements and statuses.
  • Checking performance in all areas of the game.

We will expect you to work closely with the rest of the team to make the best game we can. This role does not require or expect any travel.

Compensation

  • Competitive base pay (distributed at the start of each month)
  • Summer holiday PTO.
  • Studio commitment to a sustainable work-life balance and strict no-crunch policy.

About You

You are delighted to discover discrepancies, and deeply satisfied when they are addressed. You are less invested in “breaking the game” and more interested in developing a strong understanding of quality goals at appropriate levels of detail, and helping developers meet these standards by identifying issues that they couldn’t see on their own.

You’re a good communicator, and are confident that you can clearly describe strange things in writing. You also know where language is simply no substitute for screenshots or video. When you don’t know how to do something, you research it and make a plan. Most of these plans are good, but you’re open to feedback and ideas from people outside your discipline. You clearly understand what problem we’re all trying to solve before getting to work on a detailed solution.

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Finji is a hybrid game developer and publisher located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We develop our own original IP and publish games made by small teams from around the world. Our first original IP was Canabalt (2009) and we just launched Overland on Apple Arcade in late 2019. Finji also publishes several award-winning titles, including Tunic, Chicory: A Colorful Tale, Night in the Woods, and Wilmot's Warehouse. In addition to our own next game, we're also supporting I Was a Teenage Exocolonist, and The Glory Society's untitled project.

Finji maintains a creative, collaborative, product-focused environment, where we rely on and can also mentor good communication. We deeply value our collaborators' time and are continually refining our development process to uphold a higher standard. Our local studio space is open again, but we will continue to rely on our 10+ years as a remote developer, coordinating our projects through Notion, Slack, Trello, Github, Discord, and Jira.

How to Apply

We’re funneling all interested parties through a new email address, summertester@finji.co. Please include the phrase “finji summer tester” in the subject line. We will reply to all serious inquiries in a timely fashion.

What to Submit

  • Short cover letter
  • Portfolio site
  • Resumé or CV
  • Current location

You should expect to provide references or letters of recommendation if your application advances.

Final Thoughts

Even if you don’t have the longest resumé or the biggest portfolio, we’d still love to hear from you. We are looking for candidates that like to solve problems in creative ways and who are good at communicating and collaborating. In our …experience, experience doesn’t guarantee those particular qualities.

A majority of Finji staff are from backgrounds under-represented in games, so even if you don't see yourself represented in the game industry at large, this might be a good place for you.

About Our Games

Take care of a group of travelers on a post-apocalyptic road-trip across the United States in Overland, a turn-based survival game. Fight scary creatures, rescue stranded survivors, and scavenge for supplies like fuel, first aid kits, and weapons. Decide where to go next, whether it’s upgrading this wrecked car, or rescuing that dog. Just remember, there are consequences for every action. Get ready for close calls, dramatic escapes, hard choices, arguing about whether or not that dog gets rescued, and the end of the world.

Escape the destruction of your city with just one button! Canabalt, the game that popularized the infinite runner genre is back with two-player mode and new challenges. Play any of the 8 new game modes with one or two players, dash across rooftops with four different runners, or just chase that high score in the classic futile race for survival.


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