Contract Unity VFX Artist

Pixile Studios
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May 3, 2024

Pixile Studios is the indie team behind Super Animal Royale, and we’re looking for a skilled Unity VFX artist to join our team on a contract, part-time basis, with the possibility to expand to full time.

Our team is united by our love of animals, multiplayer games, and commitment to polish and pushing creative boundaries everywhere we can to surprise and delight our players. As a team we value transparency, growth, perfecting our crafts creatively and having fun (we’re making a game after all). Our team operates fully remotely, allowing us to work with talented individuals from any timezone, although our founders are based in Vancouver, Canada.

The artist will be responsible for creating and implementing visual effects for Super Animal Royale (which is built in Unity 2019.4). This may include effects for explosions, guns, water, and other dynamic interactions that match the game’s distinctive 2D, flat art style. We’re looking for someone as passionate as we are about making this game and elevating its style and level of creativity and polish at every available opportunity. We’re only looking for experienced candidates for this role, but will base our evaluations primarily on your portfolio.


Your Responsibilities:

  • Design and implement high-quality visual effects using Unity’s particle system, shaders, and frame-by-frame animation techniques as necessary.
  • Collaborate with the game’s other artists and developers to ensure visual effects align with the game’s art style and gameplay needs.
  • Propose creative solutions and ideas to not only match the game’s current style, but also elevate the game’s visual effect style.
  • Optimize VFX to maintain performance across various devices.
  • Communicate with the team through Discord, providing regular updates and receiving feedback on ongoing projects.



  • Proven experience as a VFX Artist in the games industry, specifically with Unity.
  • Strong portfolio showcasing high-quality visual effects, preferably with examples that demonstrate an ability to create effects in a similar art style to Super Animal Royale.
  • Proficiency with Unity’s standard renderer (we don’t use Shader Graph), particle system, and other relevant VFX tools.
  • Ability to work asynchronously with a globally distributed team and available for coordination during PST late morning to evening hours.
  • Excellent communication skills in English (especially written since we primarily work through Discord chat).
  • Ability to work autonomously and ask for feedback and clarification whenever needed.
  • Creative thinker with a keen eye for detail and aesthetics.
  • Strong drive for creative excellence.


Bonus points:

  • Experience with 2D animation and creating effects in a similar style to Super Animal Royale.
  • After Effects experience (we use it for our animated series, Super Animal Royale Tonight).
  • A proven track record with contributions to 1-2+ released PC or console games.
  • Familiarity with Super Animal Royale and its visual style and gameplay mechanics.
  • If you’re already working as a freelancer or have previous experience working remote, that’s ideal!


Important Details:

  • Job Title: Contract Unity VFX Artist
  • Company: Pixile Studios
  • Game: Super Animal Royale
  • Location: Fully Remote
  • Rate: As a freelance, remote position, we’re open to a range of rates based on experience level and location.


Application Process:

To apply, please send an email with your resume, cover letter, and a link to your portfolio demonstrating relevant VFX work. As a bonus, let us know what some of your favorite games are and why! Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Pixile Studios

Pixile was founded in 2011 by Michael Silverwood and Chris Clogg to create multiplayer games that expand the boundaries of their genres in fun and unique ways. Stratosphere turned tower defense into a competitive multiplayer experience, playable 1v1 on a single iPad. Super Animal Royale, in development since October 2017, takes a whole new perspective on the battle royale genre.

The Pixile team is spread out between Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia, but is united by their love of games, art and animals.

Featured Game

Super Animal Royale is a frenetic top-down 2D twist on the battle royale genre. Up to 64 adorably murderous animals fight fight tooth, claw, and machine gun across the varied landscape of an abandoned safari park, each vying to be top dog (or cat, or sloth...). To reach the top of the food chain, players must master an intuitive fog-of-war system and a quirky menagerie of weapons.

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