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Senior Content Designer - Lightspeed LA

    Irvine, CA

Full Time

The Role

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 looking for a highly creative Senior Content Designer who has a passion for building AAA open world content. This role is responsible for creating gameplay content, scenarios, characters, and systems that enrich the open world gameplay experience. As a Content Designer, you will collaborate with Art, Design, Narrative, and Tech to bring open world experiences to life.

Required Skills:

  • Strong critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Craft compelling activities that bolster the variety of open world gameplay experiences
  • Design and implement fully realized ambient character behaviors and interactions that bring depth, texture, and believability to a living, breathing world
  • Craft ambient content that creates memorable storytelling moments in a wide emotional range, from tragic to heartfelt, from frightening to cathartic, from thrilling to somber
  • Help drive the vision for world spaces, ecologies, and theming of game systems
  • Evaluate and implement story concepts, step by step gameplay, ecosystems, characters, cinematics, and dialog
  • Partner closely with other disciplines to ensure that content complements narrative, art, technical and design decisions
  • Partner closely with other disciplines to ensure that content complements narrative, art, technical and design decisions

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expert in establishing high-level ecologies, ecosystems, factions, and AI behavior
  • Experience with modern game engines and visual scripting (Unreal, Unity, etc.)
  • A strong technical implementation background
  • 5+ years of experience in game design, including at least one shipped title AAA game from inception to finish

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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