Team Name:

Job Title:
Senior Character Artist – Overwatch 2

Requisition ID:
R022789

Job Description:
Tracer, Winston, Pharah, Hanzo… these are just a few of the memorable heroes that inhabit our world. We put our heart and soul into bringing these unique and visually stunning characters to life, and our ranks are growing. We want to meet a Senior Character Artist who is ready to help us grow the Overwatch universe.

Blizzard is looking for a highly motivated and dedicated Character Modeler to join our Overwatch art team in Irvine, California. In this role you will use your modeling and surfacing skills to bring new characters and creatures to life and expand the horizons of Overwatch.

Your broader experience with game development and the character pipeline will help you work collaboratively with designers, concept artists, technical artists and animators to ensure that you are always putting gameplay first when it comes to developing amazing characters.

In short, you’ll be part of a close-knit, collaborative community of artists, engineers and designers whose sole goal is to make a truly epic and immersive game experience.

Sound fun? If you’re up to the challenge of helping realize the next epic Blizzard title, we want to hear from you!
Responsibilities

  • Create both high resolution 3D sculpts and final low polygon and texture game assets
  • Couple hand crafted techniques and next-gen materials to achieve our unique style.
  • Feeling comfortable to operate in an open and iterative production environment.

What you bring to the table:

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in game development as an artist specializing in character modeling using Maya, Photoshop and Zbrush
  • Exceptional understanding of next generation asset creation pipelines and tools
  • Demonstrated proficiency in traditional hard-surface poly modeling techniques
  • An exceptional understanding of sculpting form, shape, structure, and silhouette.
  • Great eye for light, shading, color, and detail in creating texture maps
  • Self-motivation, outstanding communication skills, and a great team-player attitude
  • Able to work creatively as part of a large or small group
  • Proven problem-solving / prototyping ability
  • Able to effectively collaborate with every department of a game development team (game designers, programmers, tech art, animation, etc.)
  • Understanding of the visual style of Blizzard games and a passion to push it to the next level
  • Passion for video games

Extra Points

  • Experience in creating visual designs that support gameplay oriented goals
  • Skill in one or more related disciplines – illustration, animation, visual effects, or technical art
  • Have shipped an AAA PC or console title as a character artist

Submission / Portfolio requirements

  • Cover Letter is required
  • Portfolio and / or reel demonstrating relevant artistic skills required
  • Only online artwork submissions will be accepted (e.g. website, blog or online album).
  • Must be willing to complete an art test if requested to do so

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.

Accommodation Request: 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 [redacted]. General employment questions cannot be accepted or processed here. Thank you for your interest.

Our World

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.

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 advised by the Company at any time to promote and support our business and relationships with industry partners.

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 $80,800.00 – $149,400.00 Annual. 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: Artwork, Illustration, Maya, Prototyping, Requisition, Surfacing, Visual Effects, Zbrush

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