At Rockstar Games, we create world-class entertainment experiences.

A career at Rockstar Games is about being part of a team working on some of the most creatively rewarding and ambitious projects to be found in any entertainment medium. You would be welcomed to a dedicated and inclusive environment where you can learn, and collaborate with some of the most talented people in the industry.

Rockstar Toronto is on the lookout for a talented Gameplay Technical Designer who is passionate about gameplay and character mechanics, specifically how it relates to melee and weapon-based combat. This is a full-time permanent position based out of Rockstar’s unique game development studio in Oakville that has been involved in some of the most highly respected and widely recognized AAA titles in video games such as Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption, Bully, and Max Payne.


  • We create believable characters using both AI and animation techniques.
  • We create believable worlds that players can get immersed in.
  • We develop combat systems that involve melee, grappling, weapons, and character damage.
  • We work as a global design team across multiple studios as well as working closely with other designers, animators, and programmers.
  • We follow an iterative process where we tune and polish features.


  • Work closely with designers, animators, programmers, and technical directors to help design, tune, and balance combat systems and mechanics.
  • Work to deliver features on schedule that achieve the highest level of quality and that meet set design goals.
  • Work with in-game and in-house tools to setup and tune combat data and provide feedback for improving workflows.


  • A degree or diploma in game design or relevant experience.
  • Minimum of 4 years' game industry experience.


  • A problem solver with a strong interest in game design and has a keen eye for detail.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Motivated self-starter who can independently see tasks through to completion.
  • Passion for playing and creating cutting edge video game experiences.


Please note that these are desirable skills and are not required to apply for the position.

  • Scripting or programming experience.
  • Experience developing player character mechanics in a first- or third-person game.
  • Experience developing melee mechanics in a first- or third-person game (hand-to-hand and weapon-based combat).
  • Experience tuning firearm and damage gameplay.
  • In-depth familiarity of Rockstar products is a massive plus.


Please apply with a resume and cover letter demonstrating how you meet the skills above. If we would like to move forward with your application, a Rockstar recruiter will reach out to you to explain next steps and guide you through the process.

Rockstar is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and we are committed to hiring, promoting, and compensating employees based on their qualifications and demonstrated ability to perform job responsibilities.

If you’ve got the right skills for the job, we want to hear from you. We encourage applications from all suitable candidates regardless of age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, belief, or race.

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