FX Artist

Blizzard Entertainment
Irvine, CA, USA
Job type: Permanent

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Job Description

As a player, there’s nothing like experiencing visceral, heart pounding combat for the first time. From the distinctive flash of light as Tracer blinks out of view, to the rolling smoke that encases Reaper right before he unleashes hell upon his foes… These will be the moments that are etched into the memory of the next generation of Blizzard fans, and they will be created by a VFX artist like you!

As a VFX artist on Overwatch, you'll work with 3D packages and in-game FX systems to create a wide range of visual effects for both characters and environments. An understanding of how good gameplay marries with exceptional visuals is required.  You will jam with designers, engineers and artists to develop exciting new heroes that will pop off the screen thanks to your ability in creating the textures, geometry, materials, and particle systems needed for stylized VFX.

If you’re ready to tackle the challenge of helping realize the next epic Blizzard title, we want to hear from you!

Responsibilities

  • Creation of handcrafted visual effects to be used in real-time game assets.
    Technical setup, integration, and troubleshooting of VFX in a real-time game engine.
    Work with lead artists to ensure timely completion of VFX assets.
    Serve as an active participant in team art discussions, critiques, and reviews.

Skills & Requirements

Requirements

  • Experience with creating consistently brilliant, eye-catching, real-time FX using Photoshop, Maya, and in-game FX systems
  • Able to paint stylized FX textures from scratch, matching an established style
  • Proficient with 3D graphics, particle systems, physics, ribbons, etc.
  • Working knowledge of rendering engines
  • Solid game design awareness and an exceptional game design oriented collaborator
  • Self-driven, excellent communicator

Pluses

  • Previously shipped AAA PC or console titles as a VFX artist
  • Experience with Houdini
  • Experience authoring custom materials and graphics shaders
  • Scripting experience in Lua, Python, etc.
  • Skill in one or more related disciplines – illustration, modeling, animation, or technical art
  • Understanding of the visual style of Blizzard games and a desire to push it to the next level

How to Apply

Please visit our website here:

https://careers.blizzard.com/en-us/openings/oDO04fwf

Required Application Materials

Portfolio of work in digital format (website, blog, online album, Dropbox, etc.). Physical media will not be accepted
Resume
Cover letter

About the Company

Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft® and the Warcraft® , StarCraft®, and Diablo® franchises, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment’s track record includes nineteen #1-selling games* and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company’s online-gaming service, Battle.net®, is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active players.