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Game Designer - NBA Clash

Design | Greater Chicago Area | Full Time

Job Description

Are you ready for your next big career move in sports gaming? Nifty Games is seeking a Game Designer to join our growing NBA Clash mobile team! The ideal candidate has experience designing and balancing game systems for mobile free-to-play games, with a data-driven approach. The Game Designer will work across a wide range of NBA Clash systems, with the goal of delivering high quality content that promotes engagement behaviors throughout the player journey. If you love sports, games, and want to be part of a tremendous team, this is the job for you!


  • 2-4 years in a design role on a mobile F2P game team

  • Excellent spreadsheet skills and familiarity with Excel or equivalent

  • Strong math and analytic skills

  • Comfortable developing in Unity3D and/or Unreal


  • Work directly with the Lead Designer to design statistical growth and player progression systems that drive high LTV for our target audience

  • Build layered systems that evolve throughout the player journey, with respect to monetization and player compulsion

  • Partner with artists and engineers to implement systems, drive acceptance criteria, and iterate to delivery quality gameplay experiences

  • Work with Product teams to bring game systems to life in the form of live events, tournaments, and promotions that support product KPI’s

  • Collaborate with external partners, contractors, and remote teammates to keep the project on track at all times

Desired Qualifications:

  • Passion for mobile gaming, sports gaming, and professional sports including NBA basketball is highly desirable!

  • Familiarity with current free to play card-collection games with daily multi-session behaviors; you play these games and know them inside and out!

  • Highly organized with strong problem solving skills, able to prioritize and stay on task in a fast-paced environment

  • Possess a team-player mindset, be comfortable with game development and live operations of mobile games, and know agile development processes

  • Excellent communication and time management skills (verbal and written), familiar working with JIRA and Confluence or equivalents

Nifty Games, Inc is an equal opportunity employer with offices in Chicago, the San Francisco Bay Area, and the Greater Los Angeles region. This role can be placed in any location. Nifty Games is a venture-funded games developer & publisher focused on quick session, head to-head sports games for mobile devices. Nifty Games is a proud partner of the NFL, NFLPA, NBA & NBPA.  Learn more at Nifty Games, Inc is an equal opportunity employer. During the current COVID-19 pandemic, we will be exercising caution with all employees, and are not requiring employees to work on-site at this time. This role will likely be starting in a "work from home" capacity until conditions allow for a safe return to the office.