Lead Level Designer (remote)

Berkeley, CA /
Design /
/ Remote
Disruptive Games is a veteran development studio specializing in multiplayer and online experiences. We are an independently owned studio working on a AAA, fully-funded title with original IP!

We’re expanding our fully-remote team with people who share our passion for collaborative, multiplayer gameplay.

We are looking for a skilled and experienced Lead Level Designer to join our team and help create unforgettable gaming experiences for our players. As the Lead Level Designer, you will be responsible for designing and implementing open-world environments that align with the game's creative vision and technical requirements. You will build and lead a team of level designers, providing guidance, feedback, and mentorship throughout the development process to ensure the timely delivery of high-quality game worlds.

What You'll Do:

    • Champion a cohesive level design vision that upholds the game’s pillars
    • Guiding the level design team to ensure every level and world achieves its full potential
    • Translate Director level goals into plannable, actionable, and trackable tasks for your team to ensure feedback is executed
    • Develop and oversee the rules and metrics for gameplay spaces
    • Use Unreal Engine 5 to design, whitebox, validate, iterate, and polish game worlds that deliver valuable experiences to players
    • Use Unreal Blueprints to prototype, script, implement, tune, and debug your level design features
    • Collaborate with other departments to integrate them into the level design pipeline ensuring all needed resources are accounted for in the production schedule
    • Share knowledge, maintain relevant documentation, mentor other designers, and raise the studio’s competence in level design
    • Regularly playing the game and providing constructive feedback to other members of the team
    • Uphold our company values and participate in interviews to build out the Disruptive team

What You'll Bring:

    • 10+ years of professional video game industry experience
    • Completed at least two full product cycles on prominent game titles (PC and Console)
    • Experience as a Lead, Principle, or Senior Level Designer on a shipped 3D title (PC and Console)
    • At least one shipped title using Unreal Blueprints
    • Experience in Multiplayer/Online game development
    • Experienced planner with a deep understanding of game development pipelines to ensure that level designs integrate smoothly with both other departments and the overall game.
    • Strong knowledge of game design, design theory, existing game mechanics, and how they interact with level design
    • Strong problem solving as well as problem identification skills
    • Ability to deliver negative feedback while maintaining a work atmosphere that encourages creative but calculated risks
    • Self-motivated and eager to contribute in many different areas of development
    • Ability to learn new tools and workflows
    • Ability to work autonomously and push features to completion while meeting deadlines
    • Strong cross-departmental communication skills, especially in a remote work environment
    • Avid Gamer, with a wealth of knowledge across a wide range of games and a passion for multiplayer games

Bonus Points:

    • Computer science, engineering, mathematics, or related degree
    • Fluency in C++ or C#
    • Expertise in more than one design specialization field (e.g. AI, camera, characters, combat, 1st or 3rd person shooters, levels, open world, racing, roguelike, RPGs, simulation, systems, etc)
    • Experience with Unreal Gameplay Ability System (GAS)
    • Experience with vehicles
    • Experience with outsourcing vendors and co-development studios
    • Shipped at least 1 game with online features
    • Experience supporting a live service title
Disruptive Games is a fully remote studio with employees all over the world. Regardless of where you live, we ensure you’re paid a fair market rate. Our salary offers are informed by market compensation data, which takes into account each positions unique job function and your location.

In the United States, the compensation range for this position is typically between $96,000 - $144,000 USD.

United States Employee Perks & Benefits 
Health, vision, and dental insurance plans
Generous paid time off and holiday schedule
401(k) with matching contributions
New hire home office set up
Flexible work schedules
Incredible, collaborative team
Engaging virtual office environment

Disruptive Games is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We recruit, interview, and hire people of all backgrounds, orientations, identities, and expressions.