Lead Game Designer

Fluffy Dog Studio
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March 18, 2024
Full Time
North America
$85,000 - $100,000 a year

Founded in 2019, Fluffy Dog Studio is a small independent game studio founded in Vancouver, Canada. Now fully remote, we have employees across North America.

Fluffy Dog aims to create story-filled worlds while fostering a creative studio environment that believes that diversity and inclusivity means strength (half of our workers are female-identified and cultural backgrounds vary significantly).

We are currently seeking an experienced Game Design Lead to join our rapidly growing team working on the ongoing development of flagship Neopets products! The role will also be critical in guiding the development of our future original IPs.

The Game Design Lead will work with stakeholders from all teams in order to carry out the best and most engaging versions of our projects, while aligning design decisions with our product vision.


Who you are:

  • You are detail-oriented and familiar with game design principles.
  • You can own initiatives from start to finish while collaborating within a team environment.
  • You can communicate effectively with technical and non-technical people.
  • You can provide insight on the pros and cons of design choices to find the best solutions.
  • You thrive when making collaborative decisions with teammates.
  • You are not afraid to speak up and humble enough to listen.
  • You are familiar with game economy concepts.


What you’ll do:

  • Work collaboratively with designers and help create experiences that many audiences will love.
  • Provide input to overall game direction and be called upon to make key decisions.
  • Lead design brainstorming sessions and provide constructive feedback in Design Reviews.
  • Participate in playtests, give feedback and provide input on how we can make the game better.
  • Help create clear and complete game design documentation for game content and features.
  • Help define team workflows and practices to streamline productivity and creativity.
  • Mentor and provide leadership to other members of the Game Design team.
  • Manage design sprint planning and resources across projects.


What you know/have:

  • 5+ years of experience in the gaming industry as a Game Designer.
  • S-Tier design documentation abilities.
  • Maxed out on your communication stats.
  • High agility for schedule changes and can respect at a moment’s notice.
  • Rich character backstory that features computer, mobile, and console games.
  • Low defense and offense stats when giving and taking feedback.
  • Unlocked some perks in the Unity Engine skill tree.


Bonus points:

  • You have a fluffy companion.
  • You have experience working on a live product.
Fluffy Dog Studio

Fluffy Dog Studio is always on the look out for creative and talented people to join our team! We look for people who can wear multiple hats while still drilling down on a core discipline. Our team is from all walks of life and are are passionate about the work we do, which is of course, building and playing great games! Come join us.


Our Values

We’re not only in the business of making great games, we’re investing in the people that build great games.

  • Fun. We’re fun people making fun games! Fun is the heart of every game we build and the core of what we strive for as a studio.
  • Quality. We're not afraid to iterate. We take our time to produce high quality games.
  • Collaboration. Everyone is encouraged to contribute their ideas. We believe that this creates better games and happier teams.
  • People. We want everyone to feel welcome and comfortable, and for each contribution to feel meaningful and fulfilling.
Featured Game

Build Neopet homes, restaurants, parks and more in Neopets: Island Builders! Decorate your town with a variety of secret treasures. With hundreds of craftable items, you have everything you need to create your perfect island town!

Navigate the Labyrinth Tower by building pathways, picking up artifacts, and advancing through the world. Encounter colourful new characters as you find your way through the Labyrinth. Learn all about them and make new friends! The more friends you meet, the more powers you unlock!


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