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Senior Economy Designer - Berlin or Helsinki

We are Neon Koi. We are a PlayStation Studio. Our mission is to make mobile action games with epic stories that foster lasting connections with players around the world. Our aim is to amass a stellar portfolio over the next decade by focusing on building highly collaborative, experienced and empowered teams in Helsinki & Berlin.

We offer you the chance to join a rapidly growing international team of passionate and talented game makers, just like yourself. As a young company, you, as an early employee, will have a genuine opportunity to contribute significantly to the culture and operations.

Neon Koi is formerly known as Savage Game Studios.

Why do our people love it here? 

Our team can be summed up as being hungry, humble, and people-smart. We genuinely love what we do and aim high. To succeed as a diverse international team spread across two locations (Helsinki & Berlin), effective collaboration and communication are key. While we are all talented individuals, the sweetest achievement is succeeding together as a team.

 

Fair Play To us, fairness stands for treating people justly, and not letting your personal feelings bias your decisions about them. We strive to preserve a culture, which doesn’t have glass ceilings or hidden decision-making processes. A transparent culture where teams can thrive and get rewarded for the work they put in and the results they achieve.

When people don’t play by the rules, we act swiftly. At the same time, we reward individuals and teams who embrace our values.

Powerful Together - We believe that excellence is reached by effective team collaboration and ongoing, open feedback.

We are constantly curious to learn from each other. Understanding and hearing each others’ perspectives enables us to make the best decisions. We get inspired by each other to strive for higher standards and ultimately become a better version of ourselves.

You can rely on each other when facing difficult challenges. We encourage everyone to speak up, ask for help and bring up hard conversations. Most importantly, we put a lot of effort into hiring the right people who enjoy spending time with each other.

Players First - We work for the players. Understanding them at deeper levels than just demographics is crucial for our success.

We’re player informed. Ultimately we, and not our players, are responsible for making the right decisions for our games. We realize that what players want and what they need may often differ.

We’re committed to creating a diverse team. If you feel that you might be interested in the role, even if you don’t hit 100% of the criteria, please don’t let that put you off. Get in touch with us. We believe in passion and potential. 

The Role 

We are seeking an accomplished and innovative Senior Economy Designer to join our game development team. As a pivotal member of our design department, you will be responsible for shaping the in-game economy, ensuring balance, player engagement, and overall economic systems that contribute to a rewarding player experience.

Responsibilities 

  • Develop and implement robust in-game economies that align with the overall game design and monetization strategy. Balance virtual economies to ensure player progression, retention, and a fair play experience.

  • Collaborate with the product  team to integrate effective and player-friendly monetization features within the game economy. Implement strategies that strike a balance between player satisfaction and revenue generation.

  • Utilize analytics tools to gather and interpret player data, making data-driven decisions to optimize the in-game economy. Regularly analyze economic trends, player behavior, and feedback to inform adjustments and improvements.

  • Work closely with other designers to integrate economic systems seamlessly with game features, ensuring a cohesive and enjoyable player experience. Implement and refine virtual goods, currencies, and progression systems.

  • Create comprehensive documentation outlining the design and mechanics of the in-game economy. Collaborate with other designers to ensure consistency between economy design and overall game design.

  • Gather and analyze player feedback related to the in-game economy, iterating on designs to address player concerns and enhance satisfaction.
     

Requirements 

  • 8+ years of relevant experience as a Game Designer, with a proven track record as an Economy Designer. 

  • In-depth knowledge of free-to-play and monetization models in the gaming industry. 

  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills with the ability to interpret player behavior data. 

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and has the ability to clearly articulate economic designs and concepts to cross-functional teams.

  • Strong sense of what makes a fun and compelling game system

  • Passionate and knowledgeable about games with deep experiences across a wide range of games and genres
     

The ideal candidate will also have 

  • Demonstrable portfolio showcasing successful implementation of in-game economies

  • Experience working as a supervisor or mentor

Why join us? 

Although we’re a new company, we’re committed to making this a great place to work, so this is only the beginning of our benefits: 

  • Annual bonus 

  • Paid lunches 

  • Budget towards commuting costs 

  • Gym or sporting subscription to spend as you wish 

  • Home internet or mobile phone plan

  • Educational budget: for language learning, self-training, attending conferences, buying games and books etc 

  • Financial and practical assistance with relocation through our relocation partner and a relocation budget 

  • Twice yearly off-sites, this year we held one in Berlin and one in Helsinki 

  • PBG - Pizza, beer and games on the last Friday of every month 

  • 30 days holiday plus additional days for Wellness and between Christmas and New Year

  • Discounts on PlayStation products and games 

 

We're an equal-opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

 

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Sony is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All persons will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender (including gender identity, gender expression and gender reassignment), race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, marital or civil partnership status, disability, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity, trade union membership or membership in any other legally protected category.

We strive to create an inclusive environment, empower employees and embrace diversity. We encourage everyone to respond.

PlayStation is a Fair Chance employer and qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records will be considered for employment.

Last updated on Feb 6, 2024

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