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Free Lance Jobs and Employment Opportunities in the Video Game Industry: Video Game Designers and Developers, Game Programmers, Digital Graphic Artists...

If you are a video game designer... or graphic design artist... or programmer... who's seeking freelance or full-time employment, we've put together resources to help you find the right job or freelance assignment in the video game industry.This page is an ongoing 'work in progress'. Please email us with any and all suggestions!

Video Game Job Websites, Databases, Recruiters, and Agencies

Gamasutra Jobs Board Includes the Game Developer Conference database of jobs which lists all the jobs available by exhibitors at those events. It's free for jobseekers to add their resume. "... We focus on serving the games business and avoid the distractions of trying to reach too far beyond the interactive entertainment field. We are the first, the largest, and the most comprehensive game job site serving the international business..." Free to jobseekers to post anonymous resume and to view positions. "... the unique information source for job seekers and all those interested in employment in the computer and videogames industry across the world. It is a summary of all news on jobs, employment and recruitment as soon as possible after it happens keeping you abreast of all developments in the games job market.
From offices in Los Angeles and London our editorial team scan all games news sources around the globe to bring all they think is fascinating, interesting or just relevant to job seekers working or looking to work in the games industry.
We do not report general games news. All our stories relate to jobs, employment and recruitment. This information is FREE to all job seekers, recruitment agencies and recruiting companies..." "... specialist job board serving employers as well as job seekers in the global games industry...." "... the only business in Europe dedicated to finding jobs for contractors and freelancers in the games development community. We find registered contract seekers contract jobs and freelance jobs in video games...."

Interactive Nordic Recruitment and Consulting Services "... We focus on giving recruitment support to game development companies in the Nordic region, advising the Higher Education facilities within game development and unemployment agencies on the staffing requirements within the game development industry...." "... is the market leading search and recruitment company working only in computer games and interactive entertainment. The company was founded by David Smith in 1996 with an office in London, UK. Interactive Selection enjoys working with the very best of recruiter associates in the USA and now Japan and the Nordic region (Sweden). We do not advertise. Candidates are attracted to the company by reputation and word of mouth.... Our service is free to job seekers. Let Interactive Selection do the work for you. We will advise you every step of the way looking out for your best interests.... We are dedicated to finding the best opportunities for our registered job seekers in over 200 client companies that include 2K Games, Bioware/Pandemic, Codemasters, Crytek, Disney Interactive, Eidos, Foundation 9, Funcom, Hasbro, Midway, NCSoft, Sony, THQ, UbiSoft, Vivendi Universal Games and Warner Brothers...." Job Search Tips including "... ALWAYS REGISTER WITH AT LEAST ONE AGENCY. You cannot know of all the vacancies that exist in the marketplace. It is our job to know. We don't promise to know every one, but we do know of 95% and more importantly, we know exactly who to get your CV to. Don't assume that all CVs sent to a company find their way to the right person's desk...."

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See also Get Paid Creating Flash Video Games

Internships with Game Development Companies

Eutechnyx's 'Level Up' Program "... a scheme in which we work with the best and brightest of the next generation of game developers to help them maximise their potential by giving them hands-on experience of game development, nurturing their skills and realising their dreams of working in the videogames industry....based around two core schemes: the Undergraduate Placement Program is for students looking for a position in their placement year and the Accelerated Graduate Program is for any graduate who has completed their course and looking for full-time employment at Eutechnyx.... Our philosophy is that the best way to learn is to do, so from day one until the end of your placement, you’ll be working on real tasks and on real, million-dollar game development contracts...." Located in Gateshead in the North-East of England.

Game Development Companies with Job Openings ".. an independent and privately-owned game development studio located in the beautiful town Villingen, Germany... committed to make only AAA titles. Comprised of industry veterans with a shared passion for creating fun, innovative gameplay, Acony is now developing original properties for the next generation of cross-platform multiplayer games. We seek talented people who share a strong commitment towards excellence in design, visuals, and cutting-edge technology. Acony’s international 30+ employees work in a creative environment more common to small and autonomous studios, while enjoying the financial stability and corporate support. Acony believes that everyone plays a significant role in the development process, meaning all team members contribute their ideas and are important to the success of the game...."

Black Rock Studios Located in Brighton UK. Racing genre games.Part of Disney.

Blizzard Entertainment "... Do you have the passion to create and the will to forge great games? If you seek challenge, inspiration, and strive for excellence then this is the company for you! At Blizzard, you will work with some of the most creative and talented people in the industry, working together to create the best games in the world. If you share our goals, and have the skills, we want to hear from you!..." Located in Irvine CA, USA.

Blue Castle Games "... we believe in balanced teams with a mix of experienced professionals like you and fresh, raw talent like what’s posted in our recent graduates/students section CLICK HERE. To work at Blue Castle Games, you don't necessarily need years of experience, but you must be passionate and extremely talented. We offer industry-competitive compensation and benefits, a collaborative and fun environment and extraordinary people to work with – I’m sure you’ve started to gather that from some of our videos! We are currently developing one of the industry’s most exciting Action oriented games as well as two Sports related titles...." Located in Waltham MA (Boston) Has sold over 7,000,000 copies of games. "... We’re driven to produce the best, most innovative games for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PSP, PlayStation 2, Xbox, PC and GameCube. If you share our drive the rewards can be impressive. Pay packages are generous and can include bonuses, training, relocation allowances, company car, health care, life assurance and pension schemes. So if you’re interested in being involved with the next big thing, and the rewards that go with it, give us a call...." Located in Gateshead in the North-East of England.

Infinity Ward ".... an award winning developer and wholly owned subsidiary of Activision, Inc. It is also the developer of the critically acclaimed Call of Duty 1, 2 and most recently Call of Duty 4... We are fiercely dedicated to creating the best games on the market, and strive not only to exceed the standard in game development, but define it. An incredibly talented team, an exciting and fun work environment, and competitive compensation await those people who are interested in creating cutting edge games on both the PC and all of the new next-generation console platforms...."

InWorld Studio "... a small independent game company formed by a pair of die-hard gamers and industry veterens.Our mission is to create the next generation of Virtual World/MMO PC games for kids, tweens and teens. We recognized early on that the value of 3D  MMO  technology could extend beyond the traditional Role Playing Game and into the realm of human interaction and relationships. MMO technology can be used to educate, inform, entertain and to communicate. We are dedicated to the goal of bringing 3D Virtual Worlds to the net...." Located in Los Angeles

Kaos Studios "....located in the heart of Manhattan, is always looking for talented artists, developers, and designers to join our growing team....we just completed one of the most exciting FPS titles to date - Frontlines™: Fuel of War™ (PC/XBOX360). It's already receiving great press and that's just the beginning..."

Krome Studios ".... 4 project teams, over 350 talented people and an increasing presence in the worldwide game development industry. We are always looking for talented and experienced game developers to join our teams. If you share our passion for games and want to join Australia’s largest games developer – we want to hear from you... flexible working hours, relaxed working environment, regular social events, gym membership, massages, Beer O’Clock and MORE..." Pioneer in casual gaming seeks game developers "... we are committed to developing the very best of games and entertainment experiences for the iPhone. We're looking for people who share our vision & our passion to build a great company together.... " Headquartered in San Francisco

Rainbow Studios. "... We’re always looking for exceptional talent...." Wholly owned by Thx. Located in Phoenix. Computer and video game production company headquartered in Dundee, Scotland, UK. Has vacancies in both U.S. and Scotland. "... dig into cool new technologies, build great games, and make magic happen for millions of players all over the world.  You live and breathe games, you want to make original ones, and you want to help build a great company with a fantastic creative culture that is dedicated to pushing the boundaries and creating new worlds...."

Trilogy Studios "...Trilogy Studios' primary objective is to create a studio atmosphere that enables talented people to work together to build products of which everyone can be proud. Creativity and innovation are always the focus as Trilogy aims to allow the talent of the artists, engineers and designers to be realized. We are a development organization where the only thing that matters is building great games...." Located in Sherman Oaks, CA

True Games Interactive "... Our mission is to deliver AAA social games to a free-to-play world. We believe players recognize quality. We believe that players deserve quality. We believe that players will happily pay for quality. We are a pure-play online publisher. We partner with the best developers and global publishers on the planet to focus on high-quality player experiences from the first website visit to the last quest...."

Volition "... We're always on the lookout for talented and driven professionals of any stripe...."

Xaviant (Click on 'Human Relations') Independent studio looking for bright, energetic individuals with a passion for video games and the drive to push their talents to the next level.... casual work environment, competitive salaries, and comprehensive benefits ... access to high-end, state of the art equipment to help build the next generation of console games.

ZeroScale Game Development "... an independent game development studio located in Germany's capital Berlin. We produce high quality games delivering a unique and extraordinary gameplay experience... Working at Zeroscale is combining your passion for games with the challenging business of game development. Our team consists of talented people with different skills and widespread industry experience..."

ZipZapGames, Inc. ( "... the company behind PlayCrafter, a website where anyone can easily create their own casual web games and share them with their friends. We launched PlayCrafter in July 2008 and our users have published over 6,000 games so far. Our mission is to turn video games into an expressive medium. We are a small, funded, startup located in the SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco and are easily accessible via public transportation...."

Freelance Video Game Development Opportunities

JoWooD Group "... is always looking for new games in various development stages for international publishing under the group’s internationally well-known brands. Preferably we are interested in new projects where world-wide publishing rights are available; nevertheless projects with territorial restrictions would be considered. At present, the preferred platforms are PC, Xbox360, Nintendo Wii and DS, however we are open to projects on other platforms. We do not set restrictions in regards to genre and content:  original ideas and creative projects should not be subjected in advance to limitations...." CLICK HERE for the rest of the information. JoWooD Group is headquartered in Austria, and is the parent company of some well-known brands including Dreamcatcher. The Adventure Company, SilverLine "... We’re commissioning, financing & publishing games with micro-studios & independent developers. If you're interested in collaborating email us..."

How to Write a Resume to Get a Job in the Video Game Industry

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Get the Latest News About Video Game Design Competitions... and Contests for Video Game-related Art

Screenburn at SXSW Game Design Competition "... New for 2009 is the ScreenBurn at SXSW Game Design Competition, which provides a venue for emerging designers to pitch their concept to a jury of established professionals. Participants in this event are challenged to excite the imagination with a description of the game they want to build. These proposals are entirely conceptual -- but tight organization is a must as these entries cannot exceed 200 words in length.... "

Vortex - The Game Competition (not up to date) "... was created as a reaction to the huge interest around and growth of the videogame industry in Canada. It is a great opportunity open to emerging videogame developers. Vortex itself is now in its fourth year gaining in strength and impact each time - and has built a reputation as one of the most exciting aspects of the McLuhan International Festival of the Future (MIFF)...."

Speak Visual: Design Digital (contest closes Jan. 14, 2009... but keep in mind for next year) Covers Fractal Art, Vector Art, Painting and Airbrushing, 3 D Art, Pixel Art. See also Avatar of 2009 contest and others (check the blog)

Photoshop Cafe contests (move to approprite page and update for next year)... like Design a Video Game Cover contest that ran in 2009 "The Challenge" "... Win $10,000 for best video game idea that addresses the fiscal crisis, and work with mtvU to produce your vision..." deadline Jan 14 2009..'s well-maintained and substantial list of design competitions. Some of these may work for game graphic design artists. Worth a look.

Beta Testing Video Games Information "... the unique news and information source for games testers and all those interested in playing games for a living. The site is GLOBAL with resource from the computer and videogames industry in the USA, Europe, the Far East and Australia. It features recent articles on testing, hints and tips on finding work as a tester and a directory of employment openings and games testing companies. All the news and information on this site is designed to help games testers. We are NOT an employment agency or recruitment consultancy and we do NOT have any job openings for games testers at GamesTester.... This information is FREE to all job seekers and recruiting companies...." gives you quick access to information about video games as well as classic board games, word games, card games, puzzles, Sudoku and crosswords.

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