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VFX Artist

Lionheart Games

Bigger, Badder VFX

There are no subtle VFX in anime games, you will be free to make the most bold, artistic, and incredible effects you have ever worked on.

Make Anime

We’re one of the only studios in the United States creating anime games. From characters to world-building, you will give life to our own anime.

Enjoy Creative Freedom

Since we work in small teams, there is no one dictating what you can make. Be a team player, but let your creativity flow and produce art players will love. 

Lionheart Games is looking for an experienced VFX Artist (Unreal Engine and Niagara preferred — though we are evaluating new engine options due to Epic Games vs. Apple lawsuit, so other candidates are free to apply) with a strong desire to contribute to every creative aspect, and who knows what it means to take responsibility and deliver excellent results. You have the skills and knowledge to visualize how a game should look and feel, and you can translate that into a scalable and sustainable creative process.

Joining us means being part of a team with the passion and inherent drive to create innovative, high-performing games. We are intellectually curious and excited to apply the latest game development innovations to our projects. In this role, you will have the opportunity to be part of an entrepreneurial environment that embraces new and different ideas. Everyone at Lionheart Games is excited about creating the best anime games possible, and we empower one another to learn and grow from our collective experiences. All of this means more chances for you to unleash your ingenuity, energy, collaboration, and dedication.

 

Responsibilities

  • Create and implement incredible visual effects that match an anime art style

  • Strong ability to develop gameplay and user interface VFX for mobile games

  • Team up with non-art developers to build and improve our games, emphasizing results

  • Collaborate with external art developers abroad, reviewing and integrating their work

  • Understand and articulate art and design trade-offs; solve for best player experience

  • Keep up to date with industry-related art developments and harness that knowledge for the benefit of our games and teams

Qualifications

  • Anime-focused or exaggerated-style portfolio demonstrating your game-ready work in a matching art style

  • Deep experience in creating, implementing, and optimizing VFX for mobile games, using timing, form, lighting, weight, and more to create exciting moments in both gameplay and user interface

  • Experience working with outsource partners as an integral and visually consistent part of the game art pipeline

  • Great interpersonal skills; humility and respect when receiving comments from your team

  • Passion for mobile games and/or anime

  • IMPORTANT: All applicants must be willing to take and pass a hardcore art test. Even if you have 10+ years experience in professional game development, we need to see what you can accomplish on your own in our target art style.

Preferred

  • Strong knowledge of user interface design (including how VFX can best augment UX when applied to UI)

  • 5+ years of applicable games industry experience

  • Experience creating and optimizing game art for mobile devices

  • Unreal Engine 4 and/or mobile game development experience

  • Bilingual: Mandarin, Korean, or Japanese (oral and written, fluent or professional only)

Apply

Our team at Lionheart Games enjoys best-in-class benefits and amenities, which include competitive compensation, profit-sharing plans, 401(k) with matching contributions, medical, dental, vision, and more. At the studio, we make sure your favorite snacks and beverages are stocked. We also offer free gym memberships, as well as a great creative environment located at Atlantic Station with shopping, restaurants, and entertainment. To apply, please complete the entire form below.

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Frequently Asked Questions

For Careers at Lionheart Games

With COVID-19, are you accepting applications for remote employment?

While everyone is encouraged to work remote during the pandemic, all positions require relocation to Atlanta, Georgia within 30 days of acceptance. Once you move here, you may continue to work from home or come into the studio — the decision will be up to you until we feel it’s safe to return.

I'm worried about joining a start-up. How can I know if it's right for me? What if you run out of funding?

Lionheart Games is well-capitalized, and our CEO maintains a strong relationship with our investor. But, of course, there are no guarantees our studio will continue forever — which is true for most businesses (even very successful, large studios have layoffs). You shouldn’t worry about funding, but instead focus on what it means to be an entrepreneur with us.

Game development is challenging, and you will work a lot. If that doesn’t bother you and you’re passionate about making games with people who love them, watching anime in theaters, discussing anime in great detail, collecting waifus/husbandos in gacha games, and giving your very best even if that means less time for other things, then we might be a fit for you. If you aren’t bothered by ambiguity, are self-improving, love to learn on your own, and want to be the best professional you can be, then we might be a fit for you. These are questions to focus on, and to be honest with yourself about. Our studio is not for everyone, but for the people here it’s pretty great.

 

I don't see any open positions for internships or co-ops, do you accept applications for those?

Yes — but on a per project and as needed basis. If you are local to Georgia, we do our best to post these opportunities on your school’s job board. However, feel free to contact us directly with your credentials and cover letter even if you don’t see a posting. We don’t accept interns or co-ops from outside Georgia.

Do you offer relocation assistance?

Yes, we provide reimbursement for qualified relocation expenses up to a specified cap in your offer letter.

I heard Lionheart Games is "flat," what does that mean?

That’s correct; we don’t use formal job titles (except for certain outward facing roles) and there are no managers. When you are surrounded by people with substantial knowledge, skills, and experience in their disciplines, it’s better to trust them and move out of the way than to manage them. Of course, this leads to greater responsibility and risk in the hands of individuals, but we enjoy this model and feel it works well to remove traditional barriers that sometimes stifle creativity and greatness.

How long will it take for me to hear from you?

Due to volume, we do not respond to all applications. If you are selected for an interview, you will typically hear back from us within 1-2 weeks. However, on some occasions, we may keep your application on file and reach out much later than that when there is an open position that matches your qualifications.

If you apply and do not hear from us, don’t be discouraged and feel free to re-apply in 6-12 months when you have built up more experience in the relevant field.