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Principal Environment Artist, Amazon Games

Amazon
Irvine, California, USA
20 days ago
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At Amazon, our goal is to create great games. We believe in ground-breaking games that can redefine the boundaries of player experience and change the way the world sees digital entertainment. Games have the power to connect people at a massive scale, and creating these experiences will help us produce some of the future’s most influential visual experiences. We seek the best game developers in the world to join our team and become the architects of this vision.

Amazon Games is looking for a Principal Environment Artist to join the San Diego art team on a new AAA project. As a Principal Environment Artist, you will be instrumental in building visually stunning, performant and exceedingly fun environments. You will use your artistic and technical expertise to build AAA quality environments using the latest technology in Unreal Engine 5.

In this role, you will collaborate closely with a team of game developers who have deep, current industry experience and have notably contributed to the two of the best Unreal Engine games released over the last year. This is an enriching environment where you can continue to enhance and share your game development expertise. We are looking for artists who can communicate effectively, problem solve, and raise the project’s technical and visual standards.

Key job responsibilities
• Leverage your experience creating AAA environments to elevate the work of the environment team
• Help define and communicate the artistic vision and style for game environments, collaborating closely with the art director and other creative leads
• Concept and help direct the art style, visual language and quality across multiple worlds
• Directly contribute high quality art, tools and workflows utilizing Unreal Engine 5
• Utilize your skills in building environments, lighting, materials and node-based shaders
• Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including design, technical art, and engineering, to ensure seamless integration of assets into the game engine while maintaining optimal performance.
• Development and improvement of art pipelines, tools, and workflows to streamline environment creation processes.
• Push the boundaries of visual quality by introducing innovative techniques, technologies, and workflows that enhance the realism, atmosphere, and emotional impact of game environments.
• Stay updated with industry trends and emerging technologies to bring innovative solutions to the creation of game environments.
• Mentor your fellow artists; help to inspire and provide visual, technical, and experiential feedback

We are open to hiring candidates to work out of one of the following locations:

Irvine, CA, USA | San Diego, CA, USA | Seattle, WA, USA

Basic Qualifications

- 5+ years of Games Industry (supporting title Development, Release, or Live Ops) experience

Preferred Qualifications

- Expert in Unreal Engine
- Good eye for composition, color, lighting, form and balance
- Strong proficiency in industry-standard 3D software (e.g., Maya, Substance, etc)
- Proven experience as a Senior or Principal Environment Artist or Sr/Principal Environment Technical Artist in the gaming industry.
- Excellent communication and collaboration skills.
- A strong portfolio demonstrating exceptional environment art, concept and technical skills.

Amazon is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Amazon is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, or other legally protected status. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.amazon.jobs/en/disability/us.

Our compensation reflects the cost of labor across several US geographic markets. The base pay for this position ranges from $121,000/year in our lowest geographic market up to $291,200/year in our highest geographic market. Pay is based on a number of factors including market location and may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. Amazon is a total compensation company. Dependent on the position offered, equity, sign-on payments, and other forms of compensation may be provided as part of a total compensation package, in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits. For more information, please visit https://www.aboutamazon.com/workplace/employee-benefits. This position will remain posted until filled. Applicants should apply via our internal or external career site.

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