Game Designer

Madison, Wisconsin, United States Full-time

PerBlue is looking for a talented Game Designer to join our team. We make massively multiplayer, free-to-play mobile RPG and strategy games played by millions of people around the world.

The Game Designer works with Product Owners and other stakeholders to understand requirements for new game features and content and then works closely with a small cross-functional production team to create and tune designs 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 adapt and embrace design iterations. 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 specifications for new features, heroes, in-game rewards, and scalable game systems.

  • Create design solutions that encompass game theme, mechanics, economy, and social features to meet desired product goals while optimizing engagement, retention, and monetization.

  • Closely monitor, analyze, and respond to gameplay data and user feedback for your designs through their entire lifecycle from development to testing to live-ops.

  • Balance test new features and suggest mechanical changes to improve player experience.


Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Experience designing and tuning free-to-play game economies and game mechanics from conception, to development, to live-ops.

  • Experience with monetization and MMO / RPG / Strategy 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.

  • Proficient at creating numerical designs and analyzing their impact on game balance and game economy.

  • Proficient with Google Sheets / Excel, and experience creating visual designs or rough mock-ups for game screens.


Details & Perks

We offer 6+ weeks of paid vacation and health, dental, and vision insurance as well as a well-matched 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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