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Scarlet City Studios

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Scarlet City Studios is an innovative studio based in the suburb of Kingsland, Auckland in beautiful New Zealand. We like to do things differently; in fact, our byline is "Telling an alternative story". We are all passionate gamers, and we know from first hand experience how immersive and life-changing a good game can be. Our team has fond memories of everything from The Legend of Zelda, Zork, King's Quest, Commander Keen, GoldenEye, and Command and Conquer to today's releases.

As a studio, we are on a mission to tell an alternative story of how both educational and faith based games can be. So, our goal is to build a multiplayer online adventure game for 10-12 year olds based on the story of the Bible, and to do it really well. In fact, we are aiming to be the premiere provider of Christian gaming experiences in the world. Our flagship game - The Aetherlight - is brimming with quality art, engaging gameplay, and exceptional design - because we believe in employing skilled people to do great work. You don't need to be a Christian to work with us, just love gaming and supportive of our vision.

Who are we looking for?

You are passionate about video games, have extensive experience leading a testing or QA department and love getting into the nitty gritty of a game to find all of its bugs so that end users don't have to. You have no problem leading a team of people and are more than happy to work with inexperienced testers to teach them the ropes and mentor them into being as good at finding bugs as you are. To go with that you are a master of documentation and your attention to detail separates you from the rest.

Requirements

- Proven ability to oversee and manage the Quality Assurance department of the studio, and ultimately take responsibility for the quality of releases.
- Proven ability in developing testing plans and strategies, incorporating documentation, testing processes, release schedules and reporting structures.
- Work with other leads to own and develop the ongoing QA Strategy
- Technical knowledge or background is a definite bonus
- Game testing background preferred but not essential
- Proven experience in managing teams, able to manage workload of interns doing QA testing
- Provide feedback on staff performance

Benefits

Working in a game studio is definitely as fun as it sounds! We have a funky, modern open plan office with a great team atmosphere. Lunch is provided once a week, and we are located in Kingsland with access to great local eateries, cafes, and bars. Kingsland is also on the western train line and major bus routes, as well as close to motorway onramps and the CBD.

You will be reporting directly to the Executive Producer.

Please note, if you are a recruiting agency we request that you not make contact with us as we are recruit for staff ourselves.

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Scarlet City Studios is a game Studio based in Kingsland, Auckland. We believe in the power of games to create immersive and effective learning experiences that can bring about positive behaviour, and as such we design and build educational games for children. We have a passion for education and for children to be encouraged to make a positive impact on their local communities and environments. Our studio is owned by a Christian Trust whose vision is to create game based resources that open up the story of the bible in fun and engaging ways for 21st century kids. You don't need to be a Christian to work with us, just passionate about gaming and supportive of our vision.

We're building a children's multiplayer adventure game based on the storyline of the Bible and we are looking for another developer to join our team. We have built our game client over the last 18 months and our next milestone is to get the iPad version of the game working.

The kind of person we are looking for loves to optimise things so that they run smoothly and efficiently on all target platforms. Ideally you would have experience in optimising games for tablets (in particular iPad), but optimisation for any mobile device would also be relevant. In addition, we would expect that you would also play a role in adding more 'developer firepower' to our team. We are looking for someone with a proven track record of game programming, especially in Unity3D and C#. Sorry recent graduates, this is unlikely to be a role for you!

  • Lots of experience in memory/processing optimisation of Unity3D-based games running on low-end tablets (think iPad 2nd gen)
  • Strong coding skills, including the ability to design and write good code that others can use and understand
  • A good understanding of object oriented design and maintainable code principles
  • An understanding of Gameplay programming
  • A passion for quality and an intuitive understanding of smooth and positive player experience

You will be reporting directly to the Technical Lead, and working in a team of 6 developers.

In other news, our offices are bright, fun, and open plan. We have a great team atmosphere here, with a team lunch once a week, Nerf battles, and the usual studio banter. Our studio is a great place to work, with a full team of 20. We have a great culture and aim for high levels of collaboration and having fun together.

Please note if you make the short list we may require you to take a technical test to determine your suitability for the role.

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