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Posted
January 27, 2021
Full Time
Chicago, IL
Remote

**This position has been closed.**

Jackbox Games is looking for a Writer to join our team in Chicago! (Though currently, we are all working from home.)

Who Are We?

Jackbox is a small game studio (~45 people) best known for our Jackbox Party Pack franchise: a set of five social party games released every fall. Since 2014, our games--like Quiplash, Drawful, and Trivia Murder Party-- have been featured on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, by Polygon, and in living rooms and finished basements across the world.

In 2020, we had over 200 million users. And we have hard evidence that one of those users was Academy Award-winner Charlize Theron.

You can learn everything you ever wanted to know about how our games work (spoiler: your phone is the controller!) and who we are and what we make at jackboxgames.com.

What’s the Job?

Jackbox Games is in search of writers who can generate lots of hilarious and smart (but sometimes dumb) content, on a deadline, for a variety of projects. The writing on these projects ranges from absurd prompts that set players up to be funny, to well-researched, surprising trivia questions that are succinct, funny and smart (but again, also sometimes dumb). A Jackbox Games writer is also expected to pitch ideas and help to make other game ideas even better.

Responsibilities

  • Write lots of funny content.
  • Do rigorous and well-documented research.
  • Participate in punch-up sessions and group brainstorms.
  • Graciously accept and integrate feedback.
  • Adhere strictly to deadlines.

Ideal Candidates Will Have...

  • A killer sense of humor that can be molded to a project’s directives and purpose
  • Computer proficiency and adaptability to proprietary writing tools
  • The ability to work well in groups
  • A love of games (tabletop games, party games, video games) with a special bonus for game design experience

Anything Else?

We only hire clever, kind, motivated and creative people. Jackbox Games is a group effort and you must work collaboratively. Everyone here shares a commitment to excellence and a desire to work in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere.

Jackbox Games is committed to providing employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, or disability.

Okay, But What Are the Perks?

  • Competitive pay and benefits. 401(k) with matching. And we pay 100% of the cost of premiums for medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance for our employees. We also cover a really nice chunk of the cost of premiums for spouse/partner/dependent medical, dental and vision insurance. Paid parental leave.
  • Casual dress and a flexible schedule. Come in a sweatshirt, jeans, or whatever (at least when we’re back to working in the office. We are all remote at the moment).
  • Creative work environment. We are lucky to work in a place that is full of talented and innovative folks. Most of the day, the place is pretty quiet (we’re a focused bunch), but this is punctuated with hilarious outbursts and general merriment.
  • Easy transportation. We’re very close to the “L” and the Halsted (#8) bus (right by the Apple Store and Mega Whole Foods if that’s your kind of thing), and we have a transit FSA that allows you to dedicate pre-tax dollars to public transportation expenses.
  • Free food. Every week, we stock our kitchen with snacks.

HOW TO APPLY

We look forward to reading your application. Make sure it includes:

  • Cover Letter - Highlight why you would be great for the job.Helpful hint: giving us the relevant information quickly (and memorably) will definitely be in your favor. If it’s longer than a page it’ll make us sad and cause us to wearily lay our heads down on our desks and forget everything we’ve read.
  • Resume
  • 3 Humorous Quiplash Prompts with Responses – Write three funny Quiplash prompts that surprise us and make us laugh… while still totally working to generate multiple responses. For each prompt, please also list five potential responses that you feel best reflect your comedic sensibilities, and demonstrate that your prompt can inspire a variety of different responses (examples of prompts/responses provided below).
  • Humor Writing Sample (2 pages or less) - Include something you think shows off your personal humor and writing skill. It can be previous work, something new, an excerpt, whatever. We want to give you an open-ended opportunity to show us what you can do and how you can broaden our voice. But seriously, keep it short.

We know it is a time commitment to prepare an application and we respect that effort by thoughtfully reviewing every complete application and responding one way or the other. But that kind of thoughtful review means that it sometimes takes us a while to get back to applicants, so please be patient with us and no phone calls.

Thanks for your interest in Jackbox Games!

QUIPLASH PROMPT/RESPONSE EXAMPLES

Here is an example of the format for the Quiplash prompt and responses (you will submit three of these):

PROMPT: A sure sign your therapist has stopped listening to you

RESPONSE 1: Snoring

RESPONSE 2: What? Sorry, I stopped listening to you too.

RESPONSE 3: They stop rolling their eyes at everything you say

RESPONSE 4:

RESPONSE 5:

And a few more examples of Quiplash prompts from our games.

PROMPT: The name of a clown you would not hire for your six-year-old’s birthday party

PROMPT: A website just for grandpas: www. _______ .com

PROMPT: There’s no “i” in team… but there is an “i” in ________


See this video for highlights of Quiplash gameplay and more prompt examples:

The tentative end-date for submissions is 5:00 pm CT on Monday March 1. We encourage you to get your audition in sooner rather than later.

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