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Team Name:

Unannounced Project

Job Title: Animator – Unannounced Game

Requisition ID: R022920

Job Description:

Your Mission

At Blizzard, we craft genre-defining games and legendary worlds for all to share. Through unparalleled creativity and storytelling, we create immersive universes and iconic characters that are beloved across platforms, borders, backgrounds, and generations – only made possible by building a work environment that nurtures the artistry of game development and unleashes the aspirations of our people.

We are looking for an Animator to help us craft Blizzard’s next great game. You will be responsible for delivering high-quality animation through artistic and technical knowledge. You understand how to author and integrate a variety of animation work while collaborating effectively across departments. You are comfortable operating in a dynamic environment, navigating fluid deadlines and changing priorities with purpose.

This role is anticipated to be a hybrid work position, with some work on-site and some work from home. The potential home studio for this role is Irvine, CA.

What you bring to the table:

Priorities can often change in a fast-paced environment like ours, so this role includes but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:

  • Undertake tasks across all aspects of gameplay and cinematic animation creation, including keyframe and motion capture workflows, from prototype to completion.
  • Collaborate with designers, artists, code, and VFX departments to hit game design goals to a high standard.
  • Proactively raise any animation workflow, pipeline, and rigging issues with technical partners.
  • Assist the wider animation team in establishing and adhering to best practices in animation across the team.
  • Remain current on industry trends including advancement in commercial game engines and workflow efficiencies.


Minimum Requirements

Experience

  • 3+ years of experience in AAA game Animation.
  • Proven experience, having worked on major game titles in a relevant role.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Experience working with a AAA game engine with a strong understanding of implementation and integration into the pipeline.
  • A portfolio with examples and detailed breakdowns, showcasing your practical work.
  • An understanding of how to use animation to add quality to the satisfying feel of gameplay.
  • Experience collaborating to develop technology and improve Animation pipelines and tools.

Key Attributes

  • A team-oriented approach to your work, understanding the importance of collaboration, and partnering with all departments.
  • An enthusiastic approach to improving core skills.


Extra Points

Experience

  • Experience working through early development R&D phases of a project is a plus.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Solid understanding of the work that goes into Character Art creation and Technical Animation work.
  • An interest in Cinema and Animated Film.
  • Experience participating in Motion Capture shoots and performance capture.

Key Attributes

  • Passion for playing a variety of video games.


Your Platform

At Blizzard Entertainment, we pour our hearts and souls into everything we create. Best known for iconic video game universes including Warcraft, Overwatch, Diablo, and StarCraft, we’ve been creating genre-defining games for millions of players around the world for more than 30 years. We’re on a quest: bring our dreams to life and craft the most epic entertainment experiences…ever. Hard work, iteration and polish go into the Blizzard “secret recipe,” but the most important ingredients come from talented people who share our vision. If that sounds like you, join us.

Our World

Best known for iconic video game universes including Warcraft®, Overwatch®, Diablo®, and StarCraft®, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard, which was acquired by Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment experiences. Blizzard Entertainment has created some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed and genre-defining games over the last 30 years, with a track record that includes multiple Game of the Year awards. Blizzard Entertainment engages tens of millions of players around the world with titles available on PC via Battle.net®, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android.

Our ability to build immersive and innovate worlds is only enhanced by diverse teams working in an inclusive environment. We aspire to have a culture where everyone can thrive in order to connect and engage the world through epic entertainment. We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ – we’ve got our employees covered!

The videogame industry and therefore our business is fast-paced and will continue to evolve. As such, the duties and responsibilities of this role may be changed as directed by the Company at any time to promote and support our business and relationships with industry partners.

We love hearing from anyone who is enthusiastic about changing the games industry. Not sure you meet all qualifications? Let us decide! Research shows that women and members of other under-represented groups tend to not apply to jobs when they think they may not meet every qualification, when, in fact, they often do! We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage you to apply.

We are committed to working with and providing reasonable assistance to individuals with physical and mental disabilities. If you are a disabled individual requiring an accommodation to apply for an open position, please email your request to [email protected] General employment questions cannot be accepted or processed here. Thank you for your interest.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status, among other characteristics.

Rewards

We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ – we’ve got our employees covered! Subject to eligibility requirements, the Company offers comprehensive benefits including:

  • Medical, dental, vision, health savings account or health reimbursement account, healthcare spending accounts, dependent care spending accounts, life and AD&D insurance, disability insurance;
  • 401(k) with Company match, tuition reimbursement, charitable donation matching;
  • Paid holidays and vacation, paid sick time, floating holidays, compassion and bereavement leaves, parental leave;
  • Mental health & wellbeing programs, fitness programs, free and discounted games, and a variety of other voluntary benefit programs like supplemental life & disability, legal service, ID protection, rental insurance, and others;
  • If the Company requires that you move geographic locations for the job, then you may also be eligible for relocation assistance.

Eligibility to participate in these benefits may vary for part time and temporary full-time employees and interns with the Company. You can learn more by visiting https://www.benefitsforeveryworld.com/.

In the U.S., the standard base pay range for this role is $29.81 – $55.14 Hourly. These values reflect the expected base pay range of new hires across all U.S. locations. Ultimately, your specific range and offer will be based on several factors, including relevant experience, performance, and work location. Your Talent Professional can share this role’s range details for your local geography during the hiring process. In addition to a competitive base pay, employees in this role may be eligible for incentive compensation. Incentive compensation is not guaranteed.

Tagged as: Collaboration, Creativity, Design, Home Studio, Integration, Requisition, Rigging, Storytelling, Workflows

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