Technical Artist

Job Description

We are looking for a Technical Artist (generalist) to join our Art team working on Virtex Stadium. You would be involved in a wide variety of technical tasks related to Art (Character, Exterior, Interior, Props, Weapons, Terrain, Vehicle and Vegetation).

You will oversee tool creation and maintenance. Working closely with our team across shaders, animation, modelling, engineers and designers, you will uncover new ways to improve workflow, support asset creation and implementation, and ensure functionality, consistency, and quality. You will make sure our pipeline is adapting correctly to the creative needs of the Virtex Stadium platform, while also helping inform our creative direction from an art content production perspective.

You will work across the entire Virtex Stadium platform to build memorable events and moments, and develop features that challenge the status quo of live events.

We are a growing studio, so this requires plenty of hands-on work creating, iterating, and tuning. You are comfortable with and even thrive 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. At the same time this is an opportunity for you to grow with the company and help shape it.

Job Requirements

Responsibilities

  • Set-up assets in Unreal Engine (meshes, animation blueprints, shaders).
  • Provide technical support to art and animation in both Blender and Unreal Engine.
  • Maintain a sustainable approach for memory/performance.
  • Prototype new art assets and build asset generation pipelines.
  • Proactively give and seek feedback, direct next steps, and communicate clear goals and outcomes to your team.

Prerequisites

If you don't match all of these requirements but feel like you have something else to offer in this role, we would still love to hear from you.

  • 5+ years of professional experience as a Technical Artist in game development.
  • Expert knowledge in using the Unreal Engine and Blueprints.
  • Ability to develop advanced custom shaders in Unreal and familiar with PBR standard.
  • Experienced in optimising and profiling.
  • Expert knowledge in Blender.
  • Diagnose and improve real-time 3D graphics.
  • Comfortable iterating on ideas using rapid prototyping techniques.
  • Excellent communication and collaborative problem solving skills.

Additional Skills (pluses)

  • Passion for Esports, VR or live events.
  • Experience creating add-ons in Blender and Unreal to assist with art asset pipeline.
  • Knowledge of procedural generation software (e.g. Houdini).
  • Experienced working with animation blueprints, rigging, control rigs and animation retargeting
  • Experience creating a range of complex custom shaders using unreal material editor
  • Experience creating audio-reactive content.
  • Familiar with Unreal Engine Virtual Production tools and pipeline.
  • Experience with Version Control such as Perforce, PlasticSCM, etc.

Benefits

  • Ability to work fully remotely (limited to UK and European time zones to facilitate collaboration).
  • Relocation support to UK incl. budget if you are interested in moving to London and working from the studio/office.
  • Latest VR equipment for all team members.
  • Stock Options depending on your previous experience.
  • Play Fund to support you exploring games and other social apps.
  • Workplace pension scheme for UK residents.
  • We are a registered UK Visa Sponsor.

Who We Are

As fans of Esports, we have envisioned virtual stadiums and a 3D viewing experience from the moment consumer Virtual Reality (VR) arrived. With the Virtex Stadium application launching in 2021, we make that dream a reality allowing Esports fans to view gameplay live, in 3D in the center of a virtual stadium. Something that's not been possible before in any other medium. Partnering with publishers and organisers, we are working towards providing a virtual stadium experience for all the top Esports games.

Virtex Entertainment is headquartered in London, UK with fully remote team members in various European countries.

Vision & Mission

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

So far we have just been playing and viewing games through 2D screens. Imagine you could only ever watch a football match on TV and never live in front of you in a real stadium?

We want fans to experience the intense excitement and joy only a live event with with a crowd can provide. VR is the ideal platform to deliver this wherever and whenever but we wouldn't be doing it any justice if we stopped there. In fact, this is where our mission starts as a virtual stadium allows us to create previously impossible experiences and opens up completely new territory with endless creative opportunities.

With everything we do, we aim to bring fans closer to the shows, games and teams that they love.

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.