Welcome to Lightspeed LA (Irvine), the first U.S.-based, AAA game development studio for Tencent Games, where we are focused on building open-world games that emphasize an ambitious living world, sophisticated player-driven gameplay, and mature, thoughtful storytelling!

Why join Lightspeed LA (Irvine)?

Creation is the soul of our studio. For us, it’s not only about the exciting, new AAA open world game we’re developing, but also about team values and studio culture. We foster an open and transparent environment where everyone feels comfortable providing constructive feedback about all aspects of our games.

  • We encourage the showing of work that’s still in progress
  • We don’t attack or question unfinished work, we celebrate its promise
  • We have a No Blame Culture where we blame the problem, not the person

This is a safe place to fail, and we don't view failure as a negative, but as the natural result of pushing boundaries and exploring new ideas.

We create together. We face challenges together. Most importantly, we succeed together.

 

LightSpeed LA is seeking a talented and enthusiastic senior tools and pipeline technical artist to join our new AAA studio in sunny Irvine, California. The ideal candidate will have a strong passion for games and supporting artists and animators in delivering stunning real time visuals for our players. Join our team of industry veterans and help shape a world class team that embraces a culture of respect, diversity, and inclusion.

As a Senior Tools and Pipeline Technical Artist at Lightspeed LA, you will work with the Technical Art, Art, and Animation teams to automate workflows and build systems that streamline art asset creation and organization. This includes building out tools to manage assets from DCC software into the game engine, automate production software tracking and data, and ensuring that assets are optimized. You will support artists and resolve technical issues as they arise during production, and guide on best practices to ensure consistency in process and data-flow between departments and teams.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Help to build a core pipeline for Art and Animation teams
  • Support Art and Animation teams in production and remove technical roadblocks throughout
  • Automate and optimize inefficient workflows and processes
  • Develop tools and systems across departments and digital content creation software (DCC)
  • Serve as the bridge between Art and Engineering, and collaborate with engineers on technical design and workflow solutions

 

Requirements:

  • 5+ years of experience as a tools and pipeline technical artist in the games industry or similar
  • Experience with Unreal, Unity, or similar 3d game engines
  • Advanced knowledge of Python scripting and related UI frameworks (PyQt / PySide)
  • Expertise in DCC applications like Maya, Houdini, Designer
  • UX / UI experience
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to translate between technical and artistic language
  • Experience working in R&D environments

 

Additional Desired Knowledge:

  • Strong 3D Math skills
  • Experience with C++
  • Experience with production management software such as JIRA, Shotgun, etc
  • Experience with Motion Capture pipelines and workflows

 

Perks and Benefits:
Just some of the benefits of working with us here at our newly built studio in Irvine, CA.

  • Beverages, fresh fruit, and snacks
  • 401k with employer match
  • Monthly Cell phone bill reimbursement
  • Financial wellness sessions
  • Flexible spending account
  • Team building and company outings
  • Parental leave for new parents
  • Company paid health insurance
  • Life and disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Wellness training
  • Travel insurance
  • Preventive care

To prioritize health and safety during the pandemic, we are working remotely until further notice, and will be conducting interviews virtually. The position is still expected to be 100% onsite in Irvine, California as soon as it is appropriate.

 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Tencent:
Diversity, equity and inclusion are important, interdependent components of our workplace. As an equal opportunity employer, we firmly believe that diverse voices fuel our innovation and allow us to better serve our users and the community. We foster an environment where every employee of Tencent feels supported and inspired to achieve individual and common goals. 

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