Senior Game Designer

NZ residency or work visa required

About PikPok

We love games, so we make games people love to play! Since 2009, PikPok has been making quality mobile games for the whole world to enjoy.

We focus on engaging and delighting players with high quality art, intuitive gameplay and rewarding in-game experiences.

Our team is based in Wellington, NZ, and is made up of talented folk from all over the globe.

We’ve released successful original games including Rival Stars® Horse Racing, Agent Intercept™, Into the Dead® 2, Flick Kick® Football Legends and Shatter™. We also work with top-notch partners to create fun, entertaining games that are enjoyed across the globe.

PikPok values the contributions of people with diverse backgrounds, experiences, skills, and perspectives. We want our games to reflect the diversity of the people playing them now and in the future. People with curiosity, a sense of ownership, and who actively collaborate will fit well with our values.

In return, we commit to being an employer who balances fun and delivery. We pride ourselves in providing a work environment where it is safe to be yourself. Our teams enjoy the satisfaction that comes from creating success and joy, entertaining the world, and working together.

PikPok is dedicated to delivering exceptional player experiences. If you have the same drive to support the delivery of quality of service to our customers, then you might just be the Senior Game Designer, we’re looking for!

We’re PikPok, and we make games!

About the Design Division

PikPok’s Design Division incorporates Game Design, Narrative, UX, Games User Research, Market Research and Audio

The purpose of the Design Division is to improve company revenue through designing highly engaging, entertaining and retaining games with systems that maximise the monetisation potential in the target audience.

We work closely and collaboratively with all other divisions to help achieve product, divisional and company goals.

About the Role

We are looking for a Senior Game Designer to help create amazing play experiences that engage and entertain, balancing both company needs and player experience.

You will have worked in the games industry and have first hand experience of the game development process from end-to-end. You will be enthusiastic about Free to Play games and have a great understanding of player motivations & behaviours, as well as compelling game loops & economies.

Senior Game Designer is a senior level position. You will have excellent communication skills, be able to present to groups and work closely with other disciplines, showing autonomy and collaboration while being able to take and receive feedback with empathy. As you learn more about the way we work, you will help drive the vision of products and work with design management to improve the overall direction of the design division.

You may take additional responsibility as a lead designer (project dependent) or, over time, progress to be a principal designer or design manager.


  • Contribute to the design and development of games, according to the goals and specifications of the project. Design responsibilities include, as needed:
    • Designing systems, progression, game loops, and monetisation
    • Designing mechanics, levels, and other gameplay content
    • Balancing the gameplay, progression, and economy for a strong free-to-play experience
  • Align with the project vision and take ownership of your design responsibilities.
  • Deliver the goals of the design division while collaborating well across all departments.
  • Be flexible and prepared to work on a variety of projects with a variety of needs.


  • 3+ years professional game design experience.
  • Skilled in Unity.
  • Skilled in MS Office Suite or Google Suite, particularly writing and flowchart tools.
  • Good understanding of the game development process.
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong desire to learn and to collaborate.


  • Experience with mobile games (specifically free to play games).
  • Familiarity with the Agile framework and philosophy.
  • Analytical & results driven with a strong drive to find out the why’s and the how’s.
  • Good ability to communicate patiently, enthusiastically and effectively with a range of people and disciplines.
  • An approachable, empathetic, and encouraging personality.
  • Commitment to PikPok’s values to Be Curious, Take Ownership, and Collaborate Well.
  • Other related experience, such as programming, UX/UI, mentoring, and more – tell us what you bring to the table.

To Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:

  • Send an email to with the following:
    • Your resume/CV, including game design and related experience.
    • A cover letter telling us about yourself and why you want to work for PikPok.
    • Links to your portfolio of work/writing samples, if you have them.

Successful candidates can expect at least two online interviews and a design test.

Applications close

December 31, 2021

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