Character Artist

Job Description

We are looking for a Character Artist to help us build the home of Esports!

We'd love to find someone who is an experienced Character Artist in games, with a balance of hard surface, organic modelling, and texturing skills and an eye for both aesthetics and technical optimization.

You would be involved the creation of a wide variety of characters, cosmetics and items that are either original or based upon some of the biggest brands in esports, gaming and entertainment.

We are a growing studio, so this requires plenty of hands-on work creating, iterating, and tuning systems/mechanics. It would be great if you're comfortable operating in an ambiguous environment where goals and constraints are mostly team driven and where change, big and small, is a critical part of the process.

Job Requirements

Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the Art & Design teams to both design and development of a diverse range of player avatar & avatar cosmetic designs
  • Using Blender, ZBrush, and Substance painter create high fidelity avatar models, with an emphasis on unique player expression in VR
  • Further support 3D asset creation with items, equipment, and set pieces for new gameplay experiences
  • Use your strong sense of human/creature anatomy to push character quality to its fullest potential
  • Taking ownership of larger art tasks and seeing them through to completion

Ideal experience:

  • 3+ years of experience as a Character Artist in game development
  • Experience creating high quality, stylised 3D character art
  • Superb 3D modelling and texturing skills with both organics & hard-surface
  • Understanding of character modelling, rigging and skinning in preparation for animation
  • Portfolio that demonstrates a breadth of both technical and artistic execution of Character Art

It would be extra awesome if you have:

  • Passion for Esports, VR or live events
  • Extensive experience in developing character models and textures in a variety of styles
  • Experience using the Unreal Engine would be an advantage, but not a necessity
  • Experienced working with animation blueprints, rigging, control rigs and animation retargeting
  • Experience with Version Control such as Perforce, etc

Benefits

  • Ability to work fully remotely (limited to UK and European time zones to facilitate collaboration).
  • In place of traditional PTO, we have unlimited holiday but we expect you to use 20 days minimum each year.
  • Learning and Development budget to explore fun stuff outside of your day-to-day role.
  • Latest VR equipment for all team members.
  • Play fund to support you exploring VR games and other social apps.
  • Annual budget for attending esports events.
  • Relocation support to the UK if you are interested in moving and working from the studio/office in London.
  • Workplace pension scheme for UK residents.
  • Private healthcare for UK residents or a budget towards a local provider outside of the UK.
  • We are a registered UK Visa Sponsor.
  • Stock Options.

Who We Are

As big fans of esports, we began to envision virtual stadiums and a 3D viewing experience a long time ago! With the Virtex Stadium application launching on PC and VR in 2021, we want to make that dream a reality by allowing esports fans to view gameplay live in 3D, in the centre of a virtual stadium. Partnering with the wider esports ecosystem (incl. publishers, leagues, teams), we are working towards building the virtual home of esports.

At Virtex, we’re powered by a team who have taken part in esports live events as competitors, organisers and dedicated fans so we know what makes a good live show and we’ll choose the stadium over the stream every time. 

Just like our favourite teams, we know it takes different types of skills to win and while Virtex Entertainment is headquartered in London, UK, we support fully remote team members all over Europe so you can work wherever you work best!

Vision & Mission

We want to contribute and make watching esports an exciting place, because we believe it is the future of gaming and entertainment. Creating a VR and cross-platform experience for esports feels like a perfect fit for us because all of our favourite games are already 3D, whether they are a PC, console or a mobile game.

Our vision is for fans to experience the intense excitement and joy only a live event with with a crowd can provide. Our mission starts as a virtual stadium that allows us to create previously impossible experiences, opens up completely new territory with endless creative opportunities but we're not stopping there.

With everything we do, we aim to bring fans closer to the shows, games and teams that they love while creating experiences everyone can enjoy. We know this is the future of esports and we want to be the ones who bring this vision to life; Watching on the stream? No, we'll see you in the stadium.

How to Apply

To apply please email jobs@virtexstadium.com

Please include the following:

  • The job you are applying for in the subject line
  • CV
  • Portfolio / Website / Demo Reel (if available)

Virtex is 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.