Game Designer (Gameplay)

Millions of Monsters
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April 10, 2024
Full Time
Austin, TX

Founded in 2023, Millions of Monsters is all about game design innovation. We’re inspired by games that raise the bar on gameplay, and we’re wiring ourselves to be able to quickly discover innovative game ideas and successfully bring them to market. We’re fully funded by all-star investors. Our team is highly passionate & enjoys working hard on games that inspire us!

Our first game is an innovative PC PvP strategy game inspired by classic chess, and it has shown very positive results in early community playtesting.


What you will achieve

  • Create content & drive implementation across all gameplay design disciplines (systems, combat, level)
  • Work with engineers to help think through better design tools
  • Collaborate with other disciplines (e.g., art, tech, product) on cross-functional decisions


What will make you successful

  • 1-3+ years of experience as a professional game designer focused on gameplay. Preferred experience on PvP strategy games
  • Passion for and depth in the PvP strategy genre. Deep understanding of major PvP games across PC and mobile, especially in strategy (e.g., especially RTS and MOBA, but also tactics, mobile mid-core, CCG, and autobattlers)
  • First principles mentality. Our game is highly innovative and in a new genre, so you will also need to think from first principles without being able to directly mimic things from other games. Often demonstrated by prototypes / explorations on side projects (let us know if you have any)
  • Excellent judgment and problem solving skills. Strong judgment and ability to make decisions considering many factors (including game design, business models, and different player archetypes) and many core principles the team is focusing on (e.g., low skill floor, high skill ceiling, spectatorship, elegance/simplicity, emergent gameplay stories)
  • High ownership, autonomy, and accountability, as well as comfort with ambiguity


What we offer

  • Competitive salary based on experience level, with company equity package
  • Real studio culture with in-person work expectations in Austin (flexible schedule)
  • Competitive health, dental, vision, and life insurance
  • 15 days PTO + holidays off
Millions of Monsters

We’re game developers who are obsessed with innovation. For us, this is about raising the bar on game design while still delighting many players. We believe there are countless such games waiting to be found, and we’re dedicated to discovering them.

Not everyone thinks like this. For many, game development is a science, with formulas for success and clear guardrails. But we think the best things happen when you abandon what you know, hop over the guardrails, and venture far outside your comfort zone.

We’re looking for those who are excited by the challenge of innovation, and those who see opportunity where others see risk.

We want adventurers. We want contrarians. We want Monsters.


What We Make

We don’t focus on specific genres, platforms, or business models, and we’ve been experimenting with a big range of ideas. Monsters believe you have to take risks and get your hands dirty to find great new ideas.

Our first game is code named Project Checkmate. It’s a PvP strategy game inspired by classic chess, fusing together the things we love about tactics, MOBA, RTS, and mobile mid-core.


Are You a Monster?

Monsters are different from normal people. They aspire differently, they think differently, and they work differently.

If you’re a Monster, we definitely want to know you, and we likely want to work with you.

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