Senior Game Designer (Systems)

Madison, Wisconsin, United States Full-time

PerBlue is looking for a Senior Game Designer who focuses on systems design to join our team. We make massively multiplayer, free-to-play mobile games played by millions of people around the world.

The Systems Designer works with Product Owners (Executive Producers) and other stakeholders to understand requirements for new game systems and features and then works closely with a small cross-functional production team to develop and tune design systems that bring these goals to life.


Our ideal candidate is collaborative, analytical, and proactive. You should thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and have a willingness to embrace design iteration. You must be a passionate gamer who understands the RPG and strategy genres overall, and the free-to-play mobile aspects of these genres in particular. You can expect to have a significant impact on the games you work on.



  • Create detailed specifications for new features, scalable game systems, and in-game rewards.
  • Ensure that games mechanics, systems and economies meet product goals around engagement, retention, and monetization.
  • Closely monitor, analyze, and respond to gameplay data and user feedback on your designs through their entire lifecycle, from development to testing to live in game.


Requirements and Qualifications:

  • 3+ years of working as a game designer in a development studio
    • Mobile, free to play, and/or MMO experience preferred
    • RPG and/or strategy genre experience preferred
    • Experience working on live, successful games preferred
  • Expert at creating numerical designs and modeling their impact on game balance and game economy.
  • Expert spreadsheet skills using Google Sheets/Excel.
    • Proficient and comfortable with a wide range of Sheets/Excel functions.
    • Excellent math skills.
  • Experience designing and tuning free-to-play game economies and game mechanics from conception, to development, to live operations.
  • Experience with monetization strategy for free-to-play game systems.
  • Ability to synthesize game-play data to optimize game balance and economies.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with producers, developers, QA, and management.
  • Ability to understand big picture product goals and business objectives, while having a meticulous attention to detail along the way.


Details & Perks

We offer 6+ weeks of paid vacation and health, dental, and vision insurance as well as 401k. We have a catered lunch program, a snack-stocked kitchen, and a refrigerator full of liquid refreshments. You'll get membership to our local hackerspace Sector67 and enjoy our regular socials. You'll be part of an energetic and collaborative environment, and work with a great team. We have flexible hours and are located in a vibrant neighborhood in beautiful downtown Madison.

PerBlue is an independent game development studio based in Madison, WI with a highly skilled team of amazingly talented people. We’ve been named a “Top Developer” by Google, a “Best Place to Work” by Madison Magazine, and “Madison's Favorite Tech Startup” by the Isthmus.

This is a full time position based in Madison, WI. Compensation is competitive and based on experience.

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