Careers at Dire Wolf

At Dire Wolf, we love games, and we love the process of creating games even more. We’re looking for outstanding, energetic people who share our passion for gaming to join our growing team. We offer a creative and collaborative environment, a casual atmosphere, and competitive salaries and benefits.

Our team works hard, but we also play hard. You can find us after hours playing our favorite board games, running an RPG campaign, or just enjoying some drinks at the local bar.

Located in beautiful Denver, Colorado, you’ll never be at a loss for things to do. Whether you’re into outdoor adventures like hiking, biking, rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, or indoor adventures like world-class museums and restaurants, Denver is the perfect choice.

If you think you have what it takes to join our team, take a look at the job postings below and apply today. Please send your resume to info@direwolfdigital.com with the job title in the subject line.

Current Openings

Design
Engineering
Production
Art
Quality Assurance
Marketing

Design

Senior Game Designer

Position Type: Permanent
Pay Rate: Commensurate w/experience
Location: Denver, CO

We are looking for an experienced Senior Game Designer who will be primarily responsible for taking original feature designs from concept to completion across a variety of game genres and play platforms.

This position is located at our Denver studio. Must be willing to relocate.

Responsibilities
  • Original feature and system design for a variety of different game types
  • Play test and revise designs based on user testing and feedback
  • Guide and mentor other design team members to develop strong design skills and sensibilities
  • Troubleshoot complex problems as they arise and find player-facing solutions to unforeseen game play issues in real time
  • Manage positive and creative relationships with external partners
  • Find the fun
Qualifications
  • Experience on at least two shipped game projects and/or five (5) years relevant design experience
  • Strong communication skills and ability to collaborate with a diverse set of talented team members
  • Self-directed, self-motivated skill set with a proven ability to see develop high quality designs that turn into fun features
  • Experience with games-as-service development approach
  • A passion for all types of gaming
Pluses
  • Experience with free-to-play game feature design
  • Experience and passion for TCG’s
  • Technical design experience including scripting and data management
  • Experience with Unity game engine

Card Designer

Position Type: Permanent
Pay Rate: Commensurate w/experience
Location: Denver, CO

We are looking for a talented individual with game design experience that has a passion for card game design.

This position is located at our Denver studio. Must be willing to relocate.

Responsibilities
  • Complete tasks on time
  • Provide perspective on design goals aimed at new and experiences card players
  • Create original card and game design features
  • Iterate and improve existing card and game design features
Qualifications
  • 1+ years of game design experience
  • 4+ years of card game playing experience
  • Student of card game design theory
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
Pluses
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Technical aptitude with Microsoft Excel
  • 1 year of college level math
  • Ability to lead teams

Engineering

Senior Test Engineer

Position Type: Permanent
Pay Rate: Commensurate w/experience
Location: Denver, CO

We are looking for a full-time, Senior Test Engineer who will be responsible for planning and developing test tools and test automation on distributed server platforms and video game application clients.

This position is located at our Denver studio. Must be willing to relocate.

Responsibilities
  • Plan and drive server and client test tool development
  • Integrate test tools with internal and remote 3rd party services
  • Facilitate test automation architecting and development for all internal products
  • Facilitate test automation and test tool optimization and maintenance efforts
Qualifications
  • Minimum of five (5) years as a Software Engineer in an applicable industry
  • Strong communication skills and ability to collaborate with teammates is essential
  • Experience developing complex test tools and automated tests
  • Experience with Java, Linux and C#
  • Ability to work accurately under tight deadlines
  • Ability to learn new skills and languages quickly
  • Ability to mentor other engineers
  • A passion for gaming
Pluses
  • Game industry experience
  • Knowledge of Scala
  • Knowledge of Perl, Python, and Ruby
  • Experience with JUnit or NUnit
  • Familiarity with automated UI testing frameworks
  • Experience with Rundeck, Jenkins, and Chef

System Administrator

Position Type: Permanent
Pay Rate: Commensurate w/experience
Location: Denver, CO

We are looking for a System Administrator to help support our office and cloud infrastructure. This is a junior to mid-level position with a lot of opportunity for growth and learning. Initially it will focus primarily on traditional IT support tasks, but will evolve over time as the successful candidate demonstrates capacity to work with our diverse systems. Ultimately, this individual may be involved in the full spectrum of IT support, devops, and liveops activities.

This position is located at our Denver studio. Must be willing to relocate.

Responsibilities
  • Support office IT needs; Including user support, networking, printing, and storage.
  • Support server maintenance and deployment.
  • Participate in the on-call rotation to support our live products.
Required Qualities
  • At least two (2) years working in a System Administrator or IT support role.
  • Demonstrated Windows and Linux administration skills.
  • Demonstrated networking skills.
  • Familiarity with generally accepted IT best practices.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Strong communication skills and ability to collaborate with teammates.
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines.
  • Ability to learn new skills and languages quickly.
Pluses
  • Game industry experience.
  • Formal IT training with certification or degree in an IT-related discipline.
  • Experience with cloud computing environments and/or virtualization, especially Amazon EC2.
  • Experience with deployment automation tools, especially Chef.
  • Experience with at least one scripting language, especially Ruby.
  • Experience with version control systems, especially Subversion and git.
  • Experience administrating database systems, especially Postgresql, Mysql, and MS SQL Server 2012.
  • Experience with Cisco ASA, Windows Server 2008, and Ubuntu/Debian or Centos/Redhat Linux.

Server Engineer

Position Type: Permanent
Pay Rate: Commensurate w/experience
Location: Denver, CO

We are looking for a full-time, Server Engineer who will be responsible for architecting, developing, and delivering scalable networked server applications that run in a distributed environment supporting hundreds of thousands of concurrent players.

This position is located at our Denver studio.

Responsibilities
  • Build server applications in a Linux environment using Scala
  • Build robust fault-tolerant scalable server software
  • Run highly concurrent load tests on the server platform
  • Integrate with remote third party servers worldwide
  • Integrate and optimize database communications
Required Qualities
  • Minimum of three (3) years as a software engineer in an applicable industry
  • Strong communication skills and ability to collaborate with teammates is essential
  • Experience developing highly scalable server applications
  • Experience with Jave or Scala, Linux, and SQL
  • Ability to work accurately under tight deadlines
  • Ability to learn new skills and languages quickly
  • Ability to mentor other engineers
  • A passion for games
Pluses
  • Game industry experience
  • Knowledge of Scala, Perl, Python, and Ruby
  • Experience with PostgreSQL or MySQL
  • Experience with Redis, HBase, or Cassandra
  • Experience with AWS

Senior Client Engineer

Position Type: Permanent
Pay Rate: Commensurate w/experience
Location: Denver, CO

We are looking for a talented Senior Client Engineer who will be primarily responsible for developing, and delivering stand-alone game client features on multiple platforms including PC, Mac, and mobile platforms.

This position is located at our Denver studio.

Responsibilities
  • Build and optimize game logic and infrastructure in both new game components as well as existing systems
  • Develop user-facing features including complex UI’s and animation systems
  • Create common game modules to be used across several games
  • Help define scope and dev costing for features
  • Mentor and develop software engineers
Required Qualities
  • Previous experience as a Senior or Lead Engineer
  • Extensive user interface implementation experience
  • Experience with Unity3d Game Engine and C#
  • Strong communication skills and ability to collaborate with teammates
  • Desire to learn new skills and languages quickly
  • A passion for games and game development
Pluses
  • BS or higher in Computer Science or Computer Engineering
  • Knowledge of 3D programming techniques
  • Client/Server Networking
  • Experience with code and data optimizations
  • Game industry experience/shipped titles
  • Experience with Shader programming
  • Experience with iOS and Android programming
  • Experience with C++ and dlls
  • Plays collectible card games

Client Engineer

Position Type: Permanent
Pay Rate: Commensurate w/experience
Location: Denver, CO

We are looking for an enthusiastic Client Engineer who will be primarily responsible for developing, and delivering stand-alone game client features/interfaces on multiple platforms including PC, Mac, and mobile platforms.

This position is located at our Denver studio.

Responsibilities
  • Collaborate with team to innovate in areas of UI, UX, and graphics presentation on multiple platforms
  • Build and optimize game logic
Required Qualities
  • Experience with Unity3d Game Engine and C#
  • Strong communication skills and ability to collaborate with teammates
  • Desire to learn new skills and languages quickly
  • A passion for games
Pluses
  • BS or higher in Computer Science or Computer Engineering
  • Knowledge of 3D programming techniques
  • Game industry experience/shipped titles
  • Experience with Shader programming
  • Experience with iOS and Andriod programming
  • Plays collectible card games

Gameplay Engineer

Position Type: Permanent
Pay Rate: Commensurate w/experience
Location: Denver, CO

We are looking for a full-time Gameplay Engineer who will be primarily responsible for collaborating with world-class game designers to create game logic and features for some of the leading digital collectibles games on the market.

This position is located at our Denver studio.

Responsibilities
  • Collaborate with Design department to build fun and engaging gameplay
  • Script game entities
  • Extend gameplay features
  • Write automated tests for game features
  • Work with QA to test and debug game play
Required Qualities
  • Minimum of two (2) years as an engineer in an applicable industry
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to collaborate with teammates
  • Experience with finite state machines and automated testing
  • Experience with Java, Linux, and at least one (1) scripting language
  • Ability to work accurately under tight deadlines
  • Ability to learn new skills and languages quickly
  • Ability to mentor other engineers
  • A passion for gaming and building great games
Pluses
  • Game industry experience
  • Knowledge of Scala and Perl
  • Experience with Git

Production

Producer

Position Type: Permanent
Pay Rate: Commensurate w/experience
Location: Denver, CO

We are looking for an experienced Producer who is passionate about building teams and products through day-to-day facilitation and organization of team collaboration.

This position is located at our Denver studio. Must be willing to relocate.

Responsibilities
  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously at different stages of development from concept to completion
  • Establish development priorities and milestones on a per project basis
  • Lead internal resources to meet production schedules and maintain a coherent creative vision throughout the development life cycle
  • Establish, maintain, and enhance relationships with a variety of external partner groups
  • Seek to continuously improve the effectiveness and impact of team member activity
  • Deliver results despite circumstance while empowering a can-do attitude across the team
Required Qualities
  • Experience on at least two game projects and/or five (5) years relevant production experience
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written), time and project management skills
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Project
  • Experience operating in a Scrum development environment
  • Experience operating in a games-as-service team environment
  • Ability to mentor other team members with a solution-driven attitude
  • Proven ability to manage and communicate with all development disciplines
  • A passion for games of all types
Pluses
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Technical aptitude with project management software
  • Production experience with mobile development
  • Public and P.R. communication experience
  • Passion for TCG’s

Art

Senior Character Artist

Position Type: Permanent
Pay Rate: Commensurate w/experience
Location: Denver, CO

Dire Wolf Digital is looking for a talented Character Artist who can generate outstanding high resolution zBrush/MudBox character models and their lower poly in game mesh translations. This candidate should be willing and capable of pushing the envelope on quality and visual standards for this relatively new process.

The candidate should also be able to demonstrate their dedication to quality and excellence through a strong portfolio and listing of shipped titles and solid references or recommendations.

Qualifications
  • Two (2) or more years experience in high quality video game character modeling with a focus on zBrush/MudBox generated assets
  • Expert knowledge of 3D software, Maya/3DStudio Max and zBrush/MudBox, UV and Topology layout, Normal generation, and color map generation
  • Expert knowledge and passion for emerging character modeling and rigging technologies
  • Strong work ethic, self-motivated and willingness to drive AAA quality with regards to character modeling
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills and willingness to mentor and lead other 3D Artists
  • Demonstrable portfolio representing the above skill sets and experience
Pluses
  • Experience using the Unity game engine
  • Experience developing TCGs
  • A passion for Art and the Art of Video game production

User Interface Artist

Position Type: Permanent
Pay Rate: Commensurate w/experience
Location: Denver, CO

We have an immediate opening for a User Interface Artist for web-based, handheld and PC games. The ideal candidate is an artist who can leverage the art style of an existing IP to develop stunning user interfaces, graphics, and website layouts. This person must demonstrate a deep understanding of the benefits and limitations of the 2D medium while creating graphic designs that not only are visually appealing but also translate into highly functional, legible, and easy-to-use web pages and game clients.

Qualifications
  • Two or more credited projects as a UI Artist
  • Strong graphic design skills, artistic sense, and fluency in Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects
  • Solid understanding of the principles and elements that govern good design and animation
  • Ability to work within and improve upon an established style
  • Proven track record in creating and establishing compelling original designs
  • Demonstrate an understanding of information flow, readability, and interface usability design principles that govern good UX
  • A passion for user interface and web page graphic design
  • A passion for games
Pluses
  • Experience using the Unity game engine
  • Experience developing content for the handheld games market
  • Knowledge of video editing with Adobe Premiere (or comparable software)
  • General skills in game art discipline: Illustration, 3D Modeling, FX, 2D and/or 3D Animation

Visual Effects Artist

Position Type: Permanent
Pay Rate: Commensurate w/experience
Location: Denver, CO

Dire Wolf Digital is looking for a talented games VFX Artist who can create outstanding VFX across a variety of styles using both Unity’s suite of tools as well as other motion graphic and digital art software packages.

The candidate should also be able to demonstrate their dedication to quality and excellence through a strong portfolio and listing of shipped titles and solid references or recommendations.

Qualifications
  • Two (2) or more years experience in high quality video game VFX production including Photoshop, Affer Effects, and Motion
  • Expert knowledge of VFX-to-game pipelines, iteration, and use in both 3D and UI visual space
  • Expert colorist and well-versed in the use of motion, lighting, and color in the communication of VFX across different game genres
  • Strong work ethic, self-motivated, and a passion for creating AAA quality with regards to game VFX execution
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills
  • Demonstrable portfolio representing the above skill sets and experience
Pluses
  • Experience using the Unity game engine
  • Experience developing strategy games of different types
  • Experience with mobile, tablet, & other touch surface interfaces

Quality Assurance

Senior Tester

Position Type: Permanent
Pay Rate: Commensurate w/experience
Location: Denver, CO

We are looking for a quality assurance senior tester to join our team. Candidates must be passionate about card games, experienced in games QA, very detail oriented, and motivated to succeed in a fast paced and dynamic environment.

This position is located at our Denver studio. Only local candidates will be considered.

Responsibilities
  • Perform tests of applications in accordance with the test plan
  • Execute all assigned test cases and assignments
  • Document and report all test results, pass and fail
  • Write up clear and concise defect reports for all fail cases and bugs encountered
  • Mentor more junior testers and help keep the QA team strong
  • Manage documentation as necessary
Qualifications
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral
  • Must have basic experience using Microsoft Word and Excel
  • High School Diploma or equivalency required
  • Two years of games quality assurance experience
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Passion for TCG’s
Pluses
  • Passion for gaming in general
  • Bug tracking software experience
  • Programming experience

Associate Tester

Position Type: Permanent
Pay Rate: Commensurate w/experience
Location: Denver, CO

We are looking for a quality assurance tester to join our team. Candidates must be passionate about card games, very detail oriented, and motivated to succeed in a fast paced and dynamic environment.

This is an entry level position located at our Denver studio. Only local candidates will be considered.

Responsibilities
  • Perform tests of applications in accordance with the test plan
  • Execute all assigned test cases and assignments
  • Document and report all test results, pass and fail
  • Write up clear and concise defect reports for all fail cases and bugs encountered
Qualifications
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral
  • Must have basic experience using Microsoft Word and Excel
  • High School Diploma or equivalent required
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Passion for TCG’s
Pluses
    • Passion for gaming
    • Bug tracking software experience
    • Programming experience

Marketing

Brand Manager

Position Type: Permanent
Pay Rate: Commensurate w/experience
Location: Denver, CO
We are looking for an experienced, creative individual who can work both strategically and tactically to elevate our company’s products and brand to the next level. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, overall marketing strategy, product positioning, partnership coordination, digital marketing, engagement tactics, social media, PR, and brand building. Specific experience and passion for digital, strategy, or TCG gaming preferred.

Responsibilities
  • Create and execute both corporate and product-level marketing plans, including all aspects of execution ranging from strategy to individual promotion creation, review, and approval
  • Establish and maintain business plans and budgets for all areas of responsibility including ROI analysis of marketing and promotion initiatives
  • Work with development teams to position and promote products at launch and across their lifespan
  • Collaborate with, manage, and find external industry partners and affiliates to maximize co-marketing opportunities
  • Coordinate and manage DWD’s overall public and online presence including PR functions and community oversight
  • Use multiple objective and subjective methods to continually develop and optimize branding and marketing
  • Research and communicate current market trends and competitive activity company-wide
Qualifications
  • Passion for video, online, and mobile games. Knowledge of trading card or hobby games a plus
  • 3+ years of relevant experience in marketing, preferably with free-to-play video games with a live service component
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing or relevant area of focus
  • Dedicated attention to detail and proven ability to manage multiple, competing priorities simultaneously
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills both internally and with externally
  • Proven execution with areas covered by key duties and responsibilities manifested in a demonstrable portfolio of work
  • Established network of relevant contacts for marketing, PR, and social media functions