VFX Artist

Greensky Games
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January 19, 2024
Full Time
CA$80K – $120K

Greensky Games build the kind of VR games we believe will define the platform: intense, physical, flow-state inducing. Our first title, SWARM, is the #1-rated Action title on the Quest.

We're working on our next game and looking for great developers and artists that share our passion for building original and outstanding VR gameplay experiences.

Attention all VFX Wizards and Visual Magic Makers! Are you ready to unleash your creative powers on some truly epic productions, bringing virtual worlds to life? Well, get ready to cast your spell, because we’ve got the perfect opportunity for you!

Greensky Games is seeking a talented and imaginative VFX Artist to join our team of creative sorcerers. We’re looking for someone who can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary and elevate our game productions to new heights.

We are a small indie studio; no minions here! Every member of our team plays an integral part of the production, shaping the creation of the game from the very beginning. You’ll have the opportunity to work with a team of like-minded creative experience makers, collaborating to bring the vision of the game to life. Unleash your potential and make your mark in the industry by joining us on this exciting journey.


Adventure Perks:

  • Greensky Games is a work-from-home studio and will always support that option
  • Annual team offsite, somewhere warm
  • Competitive salaries
  • 5 weeks paid vacation, and we observe all major holidays
  • Extensive healthcare benefits package covering dental care, prescriptions, and more for you as well as your spouse/domestic partner and children
  • The annual base pay range for this role is between $80,000.00 and $120,000.00 CAD + benefits, + profit-sharing.


Call of Duties:

  • Collaborate with the Art Director, Creative Team, and Engineers to create visual effects that match support gameplay systems and environmental storytelling, ranging from stylized real world effects like weather, fire, smoke etc, to UI, etc.
  • Ability to take art direction with or without concept art, maintain a given style across a variety of assets, and to expand that style to fit the requirements of new assets
  • Handle all aspects of the VFX pipeline, which includes creating content from pre-visualization concepts to final polished assets in game
  • Recognizing what VFX are needed, early in prototyping stage and supporting pre-production with VFX previsualization and prototype VFX
  • Designing, creating and integrating VFX from start to finish
  • Rendering animated loopable and/or tileable textures
  • Working closely with animators and designers to develop and integrate gameplay VFX
  • Set dressing of environments and cinematics with VFX
  • Testing, debugging, solving problems and fixing bugs
  • Performance testing and optimizing VFX for different platforms
  • Provide schedule estimates for asset production
  • Finding and addressing bottlenecks in the VFX production pipeline, assessing tools needs and finding better workflows.
  • Oversee optimization and debugging to fix the issues raised by testers


If you don’t meet all of the qualifications, but you're convinced you can do this job, WE WANT TO TALK TO YOU, PLEASE APPLY. We’ve just written these qualifications as a guideline, we don't require college degrees and welcome people who’ve had non-linear career paths. Just include a few short sentences (less than 5) about why you’d be a good fit, and apply through the button at the bottom of this JD.


Unlocked Abilities:

  • Strong Demo reel / portfolio demonstrating high level of visual artistry
  • Ability to create diverse, detailed and visually appealing VFX
  • Expert knowledge of Unity
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Self-motivated, independent, and has proven ability to self-manage and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to adapt to new processes and pipelines
  • Excellent sense of scale and composition/framing
  • Ability to adhere to a cohesive aesthetic as set forth by the Art Director
  • Understanding of rendering techniques, real-time shaders and lighting
  • Knowledge of environment asset creation, scene construction and lighting
  • Ability to create high quality animated, tileable and loopable textures
  • Proficiency in generating assets in Modo, 3ds Max, Maya, Houdini and/or similar software for use in fx
  • Understanding of performance optimization and technical limitations
  • Works in an organized and timely fashion
  • Good time management skills and efficient development processes
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills


Power Ups:

  • Experience working with VR or VR tools
  • Passion for VR games
  • Experience working at an indie studio
  • Passion for gaming
  • Interest in new VFX technologies – real-time and offline rendering
  • Experience with both rapid prototyping and shipping highly polished experiences
  • Keeps up to date on new tech and industry trends
  • Working knowledge of industry leading 3D modelling packages
  • At least 1 shipped AAA title in the Sr. VFX Artist Position
  • 3 +years game industry experience
  • You arrived at platform 9 3/4


Ready to go back to the future?

You have a hunger for gaming and a thirst for creating that needs to be fulfilled. You want to work with our unique and quirky team creating groundbreaking games. You are a problem-solver at heart with a verve for bringing creative projects to life.

At Greensky Games, we believe in operating with integrity, treating all individuals with dignity and respect, and fostering a culture of growth and excellence. As a company, we value transparency and make it a priority to always choose what is right over what is easy. We are committed to building a workplace that supports diversity and inclusivity and we do not discriminate on the basis of anything.

We welcome you to be a part of our mission as we create the next wave in gaming experiences. Together we will strive not only to win but to grow as individuals and as a team. Join us and embark on a journey of growth, learning, and exciting new challenges. 

For the right candidates within Canada, we may offer to cover relocation expenses.

Greensky Games

Greensky Games was founded with one mission: bring VR into the mainstream by building games that couldn’t possibly exist on any other platform.

‍We believe the immersiveness and physicality of VR will fundamentally change what a ‘game’ is, bringing ‘gaming’ to a massive audience, far beyond what’s now considered the ‘gaming market’.  

‍Humans didn’t evolve to sit on the couch, with a craned neck, small controller in hand and stare nearly motionless at a glowing rectangle. VR frees us to use the full capability of our bodies, and has an unparalleled ability to engage all of our senses, just like ‘real life’. 

‍Ten years from now, the VR games played by hundreds of millions of people won’t be adapted from 2D, they’ll be designed specifically for VR and inherently social.

‍We’re building the kinds of VR experiences we believe will define the platform.

‍Greensky Games was founded in San Francisco by veteran VR developers and is funded by Y Combinator and other top tier VCs. The company's first game, SWARM was released in Spring 2021, and is currently the #5 highest rated app overall, and #1 rated action title on Quest.


Working With Us

  • Exceptional games. Creative Control. 
    We make great VR games - the games we want to play. As a successful independent studio we’re able to build new titles while maintaining complete creative control.

    We’re assembling a world-class team, passionate about shaping the future of VR, and gaming.

  • Fully remote. Fully committed. 
    Greensky is a remote-first studio based in Montreal. We’ve been intentionally building the best remote gaming company from the very start. We believe if the games you make are exceptional, you don’t need ‘crunch’.

    Do your best work from a place that’s productive for you, and stay connected with your team – that’s all that matters.

    We’re about work and life, balanced.

  • The Future of Gaming. 
    We believe the immersiveness and physicality of VR will fundamentally change what a ‘game’ is, bringing ‘gaming’ to a massive audience, far beyond what’s now considered the ‘gaming market’.

    We’re building on our track record of success to create the premiere VR studio, which will release platform defining experiences.


Our Values

  • Fostering a Growth Culture. Learning and development is a key part of working at Greensky and we make sure you receive mentorship to develop your skill set and push your career forward. We prioritize career advancement through a culture of continuous feedback and forward-looking performance reviews.

  • High Trust, High Autonomy. We’re a small team of highly talented people and we are a flexible work environment that uses goal-setting to help you prioritize your work. We promote autonomy and trust you to work in a way that is best for you and the team.

  • Make a Creative Impact. We have full creative control of every title we make and want everyone on our team to have a creative impact. We believe the best ideas, whether for a feature, or an entire game, come from within and we want to hear yours.
Featured Game

"SPIDER-MAN WITH GUNS — this is what VR was made for!"

SWARM is a fast-paced, arcade-style grapple shooter, with quick sessions, bright colorful worlds and globally competitive leaderboards that will take you back to the glory days of Arcade Games.

Armed with just a grappling hook and your handy pistols, you’ll be plunged into a flow state as you grapple, shoot and battle your way to the heart of the SWARM before it’s too late. Twitch reactions won’t be enough to carry you through, you’ll need to think strategically and plan your next move to stay alive.

Intense. Demanding. Exhilarating.

Did we mention hard?

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