Senior PvP Designer

ZeniMax Online Studios @ Hunt Valley, MD, US | San Diego, CA, US | Austin, TX, US


ZeniMax Online Studios is seeking a Senior PvP Designer to work with the Lead PvP Designer and the rest of the project team in the development of our next AAA game. This is a chance to join an experienced group of developers in pre-production for a new IP.

This role will collaborate with PvP design leadership to help drive the vision and execution on a major feature of the game. This will include the concepting and prototyping of fun, innovative multiplayer combat spaces; fully detailed PvP-centric designs for new game modes, metasystems, progression and social features; and prototyping, iteration and implementation of these features.


  • Drive critical areas of the PvP design
  • Help establish best practices for PvP design
  • Design and prototype fun, dynamic PvP combat spaces
  • Design and implement innovative, appealing PvP game modes
  • Design PvP metasystems (progression, social features, etc.)
  • Create and maintain documentation for new and existing systems
  • Clearly and effectively pitch new modes and features using multi-media tools
  • Develop expertise on all in-game systems behavior and interdependencies including proprietary toolsets
  • Provide feedback and suggestions regarding the optimal workflow for content creation and tools development
  • Function effectively as a team member in collaborative, cross-disciplinary feature teams
  • Provide, receive, and integrate feedback on all aspects of PvP development
  • Utilize analytics to drive data informed decisions
  • Mentor and act as a resource for junior designers


  • 5+ years related experience in PvP design (gameplay and level design experience)
  • At least 3 shipped titles in the AAA console/PC space
  • Highly creative and innovative thinker
  • Broad range of knowledge of PvP games
  • Ability to understand not just how a game works, but why it works
  • Ability to drive collaboration and consensus across multiple disciplines
  • Ability to execute high-level direction in a timely manner
  • Strong organization, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Comfortable with a development schedule that is playtest-driven, focused on iteration/polish
  • Strong methodology and problem-solving ability
  • Technical writing familiarity with close attention to detail
  • Self-motivated and results-driven
  • A positive attitude that welcomes feedback and criticism, and enjoys working in a collaborative, iterative, agile process

Preferred Skills

  • Previous experience with 3D world and level building tools such as UE4, Unity, etc.
  • Scripting experience, either in visual or other forms
  • Experience with software to aid in design documentation (MS Office Suite, Adobe Suite, Confluence, etc.)
  • Prior experience working on in a live-service environment
  • Familiarity with Agile development methodology 

We embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion in everything we do – from recruiting for our studios, publishing and operations to fostering safe and respectful workplaces that encourage collaboration. Our culture is based on principles of respect, inclusion, and fair treatment and we welcome anyone into our family without regard to race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or age.

Our diversity fuels our innovation and inspires us to create game worlds that bring us closer to the global community of players we serve.

What to Expect

Submit to a Position

You will receive an automated email confirming we have received your resume.

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Recruiter Call

If you are selected, you will be contacted by our team for an initial phone screen to chat about your previous experience.

You may go through one or two phone interviews, and possibly a follow-up Skype call.

If your qualifications do not match the criteria of a current position, your resume will be kept on file.

Site Visit

The next step will be an invitation to come out and meet the team at the studio for onsite interviews.

In the event that we choose not to move forward at any point in the recruiting process, we will let you know.

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