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VFX Tech Artist - Merge Dragons

Other Toronto, Canada

Position at Zynga

The VFX Tech Artist has a strong understanding of animation principles and the ability to use a range of techniques to drive high quality visuals and bring our games to life through VFX. They are excellent at communicating both up and down, estimating, and costing work.

They are proactive, organized and methodical. They provide critical support to the project with a deep understanding of process, pipeline and platform requirements. They communicate between disciplines, proactively solving problems and encouraging good relationships across team and studio.

The VFX Tech Artist will work closely with artists, producers, and designers as part of an experienced team where both their technical skills and creative vision will help shape the creative content. They will be expected to perform at a Senior Level while refining and detailing best practices and setting the visual effects style and quality bar. They help mentor, inspire, and empower their team.

Key Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Using your creativity and imagination to improve our game through VFX.

  • Demonstrate expert understanding of how VFX supports gameplay and narrative with the ability to communicate these to the team.

  • Expert knowledge of Unity and able to create particle effects and shaders for mobile platforms with optimizations.

  • Responsible for the implementation and testing of layouts and animations in game; instill best practices.

  • Identify and create methods to improve art pipelines and visual quality.

  • Proactively identify new technologies and techniques that will improve the game.

  • Create detailed, easy to read documentation of workflows that the team can rely on.

  • Assist in areas of game art production to help assure the timely delivery of the project.

  • Be aware of the wider industry developments, ensuring we are using the latest techniques to create the highest quality and performance friendly assets.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of Unity and its particle system.

  • Experience creating shaders.

  • Technical proficiency in areas such as rendering, texturing, and lighting.

  • Exposure to C#

  • Excellent at both technical and creative problem-solving.

  • Solid understanding of mobile platform rendering technology and the ability to optimize for it.

  • Good communication and organizational skills.

  • Know how to generate ideas and have the willingness and ability to inspire and mentor others.

  • Excellent draftsmen-skills and ability to reiterate quickly.

  • Excellent showreel.

Would also be phenomenal if you…

  • Have bone animation experience using Spine.

  • Basic knowledge of UI/UX


What we offer:

  • Competitive salary, bonus plan, Zynga RSU’s (Restricted Stock Units), ESPP (Employee Stock Purchase Plan)

  • RRSP Company Match Contribution

  • Extended Health coverage, dental, disability, critical illness, EAP, and life insurance

  • Virtual mental health and neurodiversity support programs

  • Goodlife fitness annual membership

  • Open vacation policy

  • Family planning support program

  • Generous paid maternity/parental leave

  • Subsidized Back-up child care

  • Zynga happy hours and frequent employee events

  • Casual dress every single day

  • Culture of diversity and inclusion including employee resource groups

  • Work with cool people and impact millions of daily players

Our mission at Zynga is to connect the world through games by building games around core social experiences. More than that, we seek to bring talented, fun, engaged people together to help develop our next hit title.

Zynga is an equal opportunity employer. We are proud of our diverse community; we do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, disability, or any other class or characteristic protected by applicable law. We welcome candidates, players, employees, and partners from all backgrounds. Join us!

Zynga will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable law.

Zynga is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need an accommodation during the interview process, please let us know.