Game Designer (Poker)

Job Type:
St Julian's, Malta

The role:

We are looking for a Game Designer (Poker) to join our busy and dynamic team based in our Malta service office.

Why we need you:

For this role, you’ll be focusing on the Group’s “PokerStars” branded Real Money gaming products.

You’ll be joining the Poker Innovation team and you will be designing and prototyping new game features, variants & formats that are compelling to both our current and new audiences. You will have proven experience in game design, ideally within the genre of strategy, casino and/or card games. You will demonstrate strong knowledge of poker mechanics, rules, formats and strategy, have a deep understanding of game theory, an aptitude for critical thinking and analysis, boundless creativity, and enjoy working in a dynamic, data-driven environment.

As a Game Designer, you will work closely with the Lead Game Designer, Poker Innovation Manager and the Director of Poker Innovation and Operations to establish the vision and direction of games and the product roadmap. Your main focus will be to deliver compelling game experiences - you`ll become our champion of user experience. You will design complex systems & implement/fine tune them with prototypes and simulations.

We always strive to deliver the best quality solutions and therefore you`ll organize and participate in play-testing sessions. Well-structured software documentation is one of our main priorities and you`ll be responsible for its development and maintenance, including but not limited to mechanics, pay-out systems, variants, formats, guidelines, UI flows, core game loops and progression. Last but not least, you are passionate about the latest industry trends: new game genres, new game design methods, and emerging platforms.

Who are we looking for:

We are looking for an experienced game designer with in-depth knowledge of poker mechanics, theory & strategy. Your experience mostly includes crafting multiplayer strategy games, you are able to balance and tweak complex game-systems and overall you are truly passionate about games. You are also aware of the newest trends and best practices in game design & development.

Your excellent written and verbal communications skills will help you work creatively in a demanding team environment. Your organizational skills and detail-orientated focus will help you write clear specifications for software developers & product managers.

As the ideal candidate, you will have:

You have delivered at least one game in the genre of strategy, casino or card games. You are familiar with the online poker industry and its history of product innovation. You have analytics and/or mathematics background and coding & prototyping skills. Professional poker experience and being a lifelong gamer are also desirable attributes.

What’s in it for you?

The salary for this job is based on experience, so whilst we are not able to provide such details at this stage, we can confirm that we do offer an excellent salary and benefits package. Our benefits include a discretionary annual performance bonus, premium health and dental insurance for you, your partner and your children (providing you all live at the same address), and a generous company contribution into a private pension scheme every month.

We have an Employee Assistance Programme where you receive complimentary and confidential support from professionals who offer independent advice 24/7. To support you in developing your skills and career, we will provide ongoing training. 

We contribute €5.25 daily towards a lunch allowance and in addition, there is free fresh fruit, snacks and drinks. As an advocate of work life balance, we offer PIA; an annual personal interest allowance where we encourage personal learning outside of working hours; e.g. driving lessons, cookery classes and circus training (to name a few that our people have used this towards).

What happens next?

We will aim to get back to you as soon as possible. If you meet the criteria, then we’ll invite you to a phone interview and if that goes well we’ll meet you for a face-to-face interview

The Group

The Stars Group is the ultimate owner of industry-leading gaming brands such as PokerStars, PokerStars Casino, BetStars, Full Tilt, and the PokerStars Live brands, and through its ownership of Sky Betting & Gaming, a mobile-led leading online gaming operator, licenses the Sky Bet, Sky Vegas, Sky Casino, Sky Bingo and Sky Poker online gaming brands. Collectively, these and other brands of The Stars Group have millions of registered customers globally, forming one of the world’s largest publicly listed online gaming companies. This role is in the Group’s Malta office in the Poker Product & Innovations department.