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Can you turn a sketch of a pauldron and an ornate frock into a low-poly 3D masterpiece? Do you work out complicated UV unwrapping problems and paint textures in your sleep? Bungie is looking for skilled, talented individuals capable of taking a 2d concept and fully realizing it as an impeccably detailed 3d character model. This is an amazing opportunity to work with world-class art talent to develop a visually-inspired AAA title.
Estimated Duration: Long term, project (duration may be shortened or lengthened based on business needs).
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As Bungie creates new worlds for gamers to inhabit, we’ll need talented people to shed some light on the subject. The ideal candidate for this position appreciates the difference between day-break, high-noon, and the magic hour.
Bungie is looking for Environment Lighting Artists who will bring an entirely new universe out of darkness. The main function of this position is to ensure that the Art Director’s vision for lighting and materials is realized. To achieve this, you’ll work with proprietary tools built to light awe-inspiring gameplay settings.
Estimated Duration: Long term, project (duration may be shortened or lengthened based on business needs).
This role will involve supporting a highly creative team in the creation and implementation of content using our unique proprietary tools and workflows. The Technical Artist will also create visually exciting and dynamic content that requires strong technical knowledge create and implement.
Building better worlds is a crucial component of making a game that will captivate the imaginations of the people who will play it. Bungie is looking for talented individuals to help create awe-inspiring visuals for breath-taking gaming environments. This is an amazing opportunity to work with world-class art talent to develop a visually-inspired AAA title.
A game is nothing without awe-inspiring environments for the player to inhabit. These environments must be envisioned and made real by the artists that will create them. Bungie is looking for journeymen and fresh talent eager to join an incredible team of project artists responsible for adding an unprecedented level of style and scale to our next AAA title.
Can you take a sketch and drive it to reality? Do your daily activities have you crossing multiple disciplines to bring your creation to life? Can you give form to everything from jet engines to fairy dust? Can you tackle everything from rigging and animating to fooling the GPU with shader network magic? Do you have an aversion to Kyptonite?
Bungie is looking for skilled, talented individuals capable of taking an idea or sketch and fully realizing it as an impeccably detailed asset. The 3D Generalist must be capable with functionality such as mechanical props, FX, and animating simple rigged assets. This is an amazing opportunity to work with world-class art talent to develop a visually-inspired AAA title.
We’re seeking an experienced Special Effects Artist with the right blend of artistic inspiration and technical savvy to create effects for our next AAA project.
The ideal candidate should possess strong technical and artistic skills. The candidate should understand how to work with a team and navigate the challenges of modern AAA game development to produce stunning in-game visual effects that support gameplay, cinematics, and environments.
It’s the economy, stupid! Drive players to invest in our game economy by analyzing the subtleties of behavioral economics and pondering the pitfalls of specialization and free trade. Theorize why people make irrational economic choices and use the tricks you’ve learned to ensure players only make the irrational choices you want them to. Create an economic system that will fulfill a player’s needs just as much as shooting an alien in the face.
The Economy Designer at Bungie will develop a robust and rewarding game economy that drives player behavior toward intended goals and validate those systems through intense simulation, testing and iteration. You’ll design the systems and mechanics which drive in-game trade, satisfy the players’ need for possessions and wealth whilst ensuring rewards retain their intended value despite attempts to exploit or grief the system. You will determine what data is necessary to mine, ensure we have all of the hooks necessary to gather that data, and come up with all of the interesting metrics and questions we should ask of that data. You will run simulations of these mechanics based on expected player behavior and test these simulated results against actual player behavior; tuning the live system accordingly.
Were you a software engineer in a past life who has now chosen a different path? Are you always finding yourself thinking about how to do things more efficiently and in a more cost-effective way? Are you constantly sharing how-to’s, fix-it’s, tips, and hacks with other people? Have you found yourself becoming a translator and peacemaker between creatives and engineers? Are you drawn to game design? Do you seek an opportunity where you can combine your programming experience with your game design talent to solve challenging an interesting problems? If so, we have the job for you! Bungie Studios is looking for a passionate, creative and hard-working Technical Designer for our next project.
As a Technical Designer at Bungie, you will be the liaison between designers and programmers and will be working with them to set requirements for content editing and event scripting tools. Your primary role asks you to help world designers optimize their workflow, and you will be the primary “go-to” person for the implementation of complex content that stretches the capability of existing systems and projects that require heavy designer/engineer interaction. This flexible position includes both programming and design responsibilities which we will adapt to your interests and capabilities. This is primarily a game design role, but if needed you must be able to perform the duties of a software engineer. You will spend the vast majority of your time on design, but for specific projects, some of your time may be dedicated to programming.
Bungie is seeking a Multiplayer Designer to help blast a mountain of marble into a controlled masterpiece of multiplayer chaos. The Multiplayer Designer will work with our Senior Designer to create and maintain dynamic and interesting areas in which players can compete for fame, fortune, and fun.
As a multiplayer designer you will be an integral member of a small but powerful team of multiplayer ninjas. You will help develop and document the multiplayer game engine and will be responsible for designing engaging multiplayer levels. You will work directly with environment artists and other game designers, and will contribute to the vision for the multiplayer game. You will work with the engineers to design and develop multiplayer tools. You will partner with User Research to evaluate ideas and validate implementations. You will ultimately be responsible for setup and fine tuning of multiplayer maps, from object placement to player spawning and everything in between.
Bungie is seeking a passionate, creative, and omnipotent designer to build world activities within in our next universe. Your vision will become the Authority of Great Player Experiences, your ever-expanding mind will unleash the Sacred Secrets of Replay Value, and your voice will lead our players to the Promised Land.
As a World Designer at Bungie you will work with Designers, Producers, Artists, and Engineers to design our game worlds, develop engaging multiplayer experiences, and create dynamic AI encounters that will be talked about for years to come. You will evaluate gameplay pacing, flow, difficulty curves, and balance to polish all game activities for an optimum player experience. You will partner with user testing to evaluate ideas and implementations. You will ultimately be responsible for setup and fine tuning of gameplay experiences, including everything from story moments to player respawn points, and everything in between.
You can spot a security bug a mile away. Crypto suites aren’t just buzzwords to you, they’re nuanced and quirky friends. And, you can rattle off ways that smart people have accidentally misused them. You can wax poetic about online game ecosystems that have been unbalanced by exploits, then code up alternatives that would have withstood those attacks. You’re the security expert, and that luminous white glow emanating from the coatroom seems to be coming from your hat.
Bungie needs your help making sure our next game is secure from top to bottom. As a security tools programmer, you will look for the cheats, hacks and exploits that could besmear the game experience for Bungie’s legion of fans. You will mercilessly catalog these threats and neutralize them. The scope of your contribution will be massive, encompassing the end-to-end security health across both the game clients on multiple platforms and the online services backing them. You’ll work closely with other engineers to ensure that feature designs factor in security from the beginning. If you possess these skills, come and join us on our path to world domination!
Bungie seeks a scrappy, brilliant programmer to weld 50 caliber machine guns onto the back of our toy trucks, and to develop a new shovel for building bullet proof sandcastles. If you can easily hold complex, self-consistent alternate realities in your head and transcribe them into code, then we want to hear from you.
As a Gameplay Programmer at Bungie, you will play an integral role in bridging the last mile technology between game design, art and our engine. Your work will play a key role as we break new ground in game simulation, simulation driven effects and sounds, designing optimal environment representations, and improving the workflow of environment building. Most importantly you will work with a fun, dedicated, driven and energetic team devoted to creating the best and most technically impressive games in the world.
Do you love applying data to solve problems? When someone asks for your feedback do you instinctively open Excel and put together graphs? Are you excited by the idea of using data to understand players and customize their gameplay?
We’re looking for an engineer who has a passion for generating, manipulating, and interpreting terabytes of data about everything from player gameplay choices to weapon balance. Your work will have a key influence on the design and commercial success of Bungie games.
Have you ever played a racing game and wished you could trade cars with a friend using your phone? Or done something amazing in an RPG and wished everyone else who passed that spot could see a monument to your accomplishment?
Web Application Programmers at Bungie drive discussions with game designers to link the gameplay on our console game clients to the wider world of devices and other players. We’re looking for an experienced and creative developer to create and maintain a platform of scalable web/mobile facing services, generally using C# and SQL Server, working in collaboration with multiple and different disciplines.
You spend your nights browsing the mobile app store, but rather than buying anything you say, “I can write that!” When Apple releases a new version of iOS you immediately download the updated SDK to see how the API has changed. You own a museum-sized collection of smart phones and have written apps for all of them. If any of that sounds like you, than we might have the position you’re looking for.
Bungie is looking for a programmer with a passion for mobile application development. Our mobile development team is focused on establishing real time connectivity for millions of users and terabytes of data. Join our team and define the interface of Bungie’s next gaming universe to the world.
Do you love stat tracking, tech trees, and power progression systems in games? Do you sit up late at night thinking of new achievements? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to build a game economy from scratch? Do you have mad coding skills and a deep love of video games? Then come build a better “ding” experience and help Bungie in our quest for world domination.
It’s launch night. In 15 minutes, several million frenetic customers are going to race home from their game store’s midnight festivities and log on to your servers all at once. But that’s ok -- you’re prepared. You’re calm. And you have a wall of monitors around you tracking the health of nearly a hundred machines and the better part of a petabyte of storage. You’re about to launch a Bungie game.
Bungie is looking for a generalist engineer to keep our server software purring on our datacenter servers. We’re a Windows shop.
Does your heart belong to test, but your head to engineering? Do you frequently find yourself saying “there’s got to be a better way” when observing error-prone manual testing? Do you want to learn numerous facets of a game while helping many-a-tester along the way? As a Software Development Engineer in Test at Bungie, you will empower testers to be at their best. You will give them the tools to make their job easier and eliminate repetitive aspects which should have been entirely automated. The impact of your contributions will be felt across the entire test team and they will struggle to remember a time before you.
Bungie requires the skills and services of a ruthlessly competent Network Engineer to help us build on our already dizzying heights of Netcode excellence. We need a genius who understands every aspect of networking and matchmaking to power our human-fueled engine of social gaming. Bungie’s Network Engineer will own vast sections of our multiplayer game engine, matchmaking and party system and work with designers to specify and cost multiplayer features.
Long term, project (duration may be shortened or lengthened based on business needs).
At Bungie, we're building an amazing new universe, and that universe will be powered by our amazing online services. Rich interaction with other players, persistence of your accomplishments and those of your friends, security to keep it clean and fun, and never-before-seen game features that will blow your mind. You would expect nothing less of Bungie and we will not let you down.
Building a universe is not easy, so we're looking for someone with the talent and passion that will help breathe life into our creation.
As an Experienced Server/Online Engineer, you will do just that. You will work with game designers and other engineers to determine not only what to build but how. And then you'll craft it, run it, and profit. We don't believe in strict lines, so you'll be wearing a lot of hats... whatever it takes to get the job done.
If you want the autonomy to blaze your own path, to be a part of something great and something you can be proud of for the rest of your life, apply now.
Per audacia ad astra.
Do you count mouse clicks and key gestures, searching for just the right way to improve productivity by 10%? If you think of user interfaces, game loops, databases, web services, serialization and content pipelines as natural partners just waiting to be chained together, then you belong on our tools team.
As an Experienced (Content) Tools Programmer at Bungie, you’ll build software for our artists, designers, testers and engineers that they’ll in turn use to make awesome games. As the tools evangelist, you will work with just about every warm body in the studio to make their lives that much better by streamlining workflow. From forging level editors to subduing data formats, this position involves an incredible breadth of technology and features access to almost unheard of areas of software development.
We’re seeking a grizzled veteran (or some degree thereof), skilled in the arts of war and programming, to join our quest for world domination. Bring your strength to our cause, inspire awe in those around you, and make our games great. Help us conquer the beast called graphics and feast with us upon its black heart. As an Experienced Graphics Programmer, you’ll:
Have you ever played a racing game and wished you could trade cars with a friend using your phone or laptop? Or done something amazing in a game and wished everyone else could see a monument to your accomplishment?
Web UI Developers at Bungie engage with game designers to build immersive web experiences and captivating content. We’re looking for an experienced and creative web designer/developer to design and build player-facing web UI for the next version of Bungie.net.
Bungie is seeking a Senior IT Engineer to plan, deploy, and maintain its complex environments. Can you solve bizarre problems and tackle unusual technology related requests by employing the deadly art of Datacenter-fu? Then come help Bungie in our quest for World Domination.
Experience in spec’ing and implementing wan and alternate backhaul technologies. Electronic security system deployment and configuration (cardkey, smartcard auth). VOIP technology experience, including teleconferencing.
Do you know how to keep players happy? Bungie is seeking a passionate creative marketer to work on CRM in our next universe. We need someone who can help us customize our relationships with our players so that they’re not just awesome in general, they’re awesome for each player in an uniquely awesome way.
As a CRM designer, you’ll work with designers, engineers, marketers, and researchers to promote player retention through creative campaigns and communications. This is a unique job and requires a unique candidate, one who can creatively apply their marketing skills to a new domain. Strong analytic skills will be needed but this position is about designing campaigns to improve each player’s individual experience with our games.
Bungie is looking to commission a gifted Motion Graphic Design Artist to craft magnificent works worthy of the kick ass games we make. Candidates must wield an impeccable command of the production process, from initial concept, design, animation, art direction to final render, and should be able to showcase their mastery of creative design for both entertainment and marketing initiatives.
Our ideal Graphic Designer will meld multiple facets of design, including: print, web, video, PR and marketing. You will dream up unconventional designs and forge them into real world elements that will help Bungie’s brand melt faces with its brilliance.
Bungie is seeking a Senior Producer to be a critical part of launching our new universe into the hands and minds of game players everywhere. The Producer will work under minimal supervision of the Production Director, and use independent judgment to produce success in Web and Mobile devices teams.
The ideal candidate will have internal technical development experience, work well in a creative environment, be an excellent communicator, analytical, detail oriented, highly organized, and have a passion for the successful orchestration of complex projects from concept through sustained release.
This position will require the production of internal and external projects, supporting marketing and PR initiatives - balancing the external development timelines with the resource commitments of the game development team and our publisher.
Bungie is seeking a Producer with a technical flair to work with internal development teams and external partners. In this role, you would be responsible for working with engineers and testers to deliver critical parts of our new universe. You will act as the primary communication point for decision making, sign-off, budgets, and morale for teams inside Bungie - as well as a few close partners. If you are technically-minded with exceptional soft skills and a passion for making awesomeness happen, this might be the role for you!
The ideal candidate for this post will have a technical background or experience working successfully with very technical teams.
Bungie is looking for test professionals who believe that the only good bug is a dead bug. When you find an error in game functionality, do you crave total understanding of the problem? Are you compelled to dig into the bowels of that system to discover how it’s truly working? We are looking for testers who strive to see the whole puzzle instead of just a piece.
Testers in these areas must have a drive to understand complex technical systems. They’re not deterred by looking at logs and debug data all day. The ideal tester can remain unphased by not actually playing the game for most of the time. An ideal candidate comes from a technical background, and carried with them a desire to build on those skills. The person we seek strives to enhance our productivity and learn what they need to know to boost their own effectiveness.
We are looking for a passionate, talented, and hands-on tester to help us build and manage a small mobile team. Show us you can juggle a variety of smartphones while our malevolent developers hurl their blazing hot ideas into the mix and the job is yours. (Jester outfit is optional.)
We are looking for a passionate, talented, and hands-on tester to help us build and manage a small web test team. The ideal candidate knows games and loves the web. You should also be able to do a mix of manual and automated testing. If you are eager to lead a team that will help us reinvent the platform for the amazing community that is hosted on Bungie.net, please apply within.
We are looking for a passionate, talented, and hands-on tester to help us staff a small web test team. We need testers who know games and love the web. This is a job testing our website, rather than our next game. Are you eager to help us sustain Bungie.net for the community that calls it home? Can you help us anticipate the stresses that will come when they move in?
Bungie is looking for an SDET to help our Test Team ensure the overall quality of our product. As a Performance SDET at Bungie, your responsibilities will include understanding that workflow and defining performance requirements and metrics for the game. Duties also include participating in feature planning and design/content reviews and writing and maintaining test applications and automated performance test suites.
You will manage a small test team and work closely with cross functional leads to determine critical performance data to measure, evaluate, and publish. You will work with the test team in helping research and foster white box testing and tool creation from the ground up.
The tester will be responsible for running BVT cases, with precision and accuracy. The position will perform tool bvts as well as game BVTs. Tools BVT work will require working in all content creator tools (Max, Maya, and proprietary Bungie Tools) and doing baseline tasks to verify the content creator workflow. The tester will be responsible for working with the lead to end-of-life old cases, and working with content creators to add new essential cases.
Networking brings people together. Come be a part of that great movement while slowly crushing the wills of our talented engineers by breaking the game they have worked so hard to create. We are looking for a talented test lead who is an efficient, technically-minded individual with a strong desire to learn complex and anamorphous systems that others may shy away from. Familiarity with the effects of latency, packet loss, and bandwidth constriction is a must, along with a drive to use these tools to grind our game into dust (so that it will rise again from the ashes and be better for it). Background as a lead, especially in the realm of Network Test, is a huge plus.
Bungie is looking for skilled linguists to help us deliver our next game into the hands of players around the world. We need enthusiastic, detail-oriented, bilingual wordsmiths who can not only test our products in their native tongues, but also provide translations when needed and help to polish our text until it truly shines. As a member of our internal localization team, you will be responsible for ensuring the technical accuracy of all translation as well as its stylistic consistency and overall quality. Do you have a way with words in another language? Do misspellings and abuses of grammar haunt your dreams? Then you might be just who we’re looking for!
Please include a one-page French writing sample along with your English-language resume and cover letter. The subject of the writing sample should be a fictional conversation between two characters from a movie, book, or game you have recently enjoyed.
Please include a one-page German writing sample along with your English-language resume and cover letter. The subject of the writing sample should be a fictional conversation between two characters from a movie, book, or game you have recently enjoyed.
At Bungie, we have a special breed of support personnel called Production Engineers. We are part Technical Artist, Technical Designer, Engineer, Producer, and Tester. We are the glue that holds production of Bungie's games together. If helping create games by supporting content creators is not just your passion, but your calling, there may be a place for you on our team.
Estimated Duration: Long term, project (duration may be shortened or lengthened based on business needs).
Please include a one-page Italian writing sample along with your English-language resume and cover letter. The subject of the writing sample should be a fictional conversation between two characters from a movie, book, or game you have recently enjoyed.
Do you spend your free time trying to figure out how to break the games you’re playing? Do you see those bugs in games that none of your friends notice until you point them out? Are you obsessed with finding clever ways to get to the top of the leaderboards easily? Do you like breaking things and letting people know how you did it? We may have a job for you.
Testers at Bungie are grouped into teams, responsible for ensuring that an area of the game is ready to ship. This involves ad-hoc testing, flawlessly executing test passes, rigorous attention to detail, and amazing communication skills. You will work with your lead on a day-to-day basis to determine how to most effectively use your skills.
Please include a one-page Spanish writing sample along with your English-language resume and cover letter. The subject of the writing sample should be a fictional conversation between two characters from a movie, book, or game you have recently enjoyed.
From a creepy one bedroom apartment housing two dudes, to a fully-loaded game studio stuffed full of free snacks. From freedom to indentured servitude and back to freedom again (but still with some indentured servitude). There and Back Again, the story of Bungie.
Most folks only know of Bungie because of Halo, but now, learn about the studio's quiet beginnings and its sometimes dubious history.
Read about the trials and tribulations that brought us blazing to where we are now, in a rambling, halcyon view of days long past.
We’re always on the hunt for talented passionate people who desire to create the best games possible.
If that sounds like you, please send a resume to email@example.com and include the position for which you are applying in the subject line of the email (or you can use the job-specific email links included in the positions to the left).
Don’t forget to include samples of your work (attached files or URLs are great), which clearly demonstrate your artistic proficiency in a specific area. For example, if you’re applying for a character artist position, we’d love to see your strongest character work up front versus paging through several environment and vehicle shots before arriving at your gruesomely cool monsters. Detailing how your reel is broken down is also paramount; we want to know what you did and how you did it. Finally, please be sure to put your best, most polished and approved work forward. We look forward to checking it out!
Behind every great game developer is a great benefits package. We love to lavish our employees in luxurious benefits. Feast your eyes on a mere sampling of what we have to offer:
...and more!!! In the spirit of mystery and intrigue however, you'll have to apply to find out...
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