Game Designer (Poker)

Job Type:
Sofia, Bulgaria

The role:

We are looking for a Game Designer (Poker) to join our busy and dynamic team based in our Bulgaria 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 go into detail at this stage, we can say that we offer great salary packages and also like to throw in a discretionary annual performance bonus. In addition, we provide advice and financial relocation assistance to those moving to Bulgaria.

We offer health and dental insurance for you, your partner and your children (if you all live at the same address). In addition, you are entitled to a personal allowance interest which encourages our employees to upskill themselves or pursuit a hobby. A baby bounty is offered to our employees as well, granting 1000 BGN upon the birth of a child.

Our in-house training and development team deliver fantastic support in terms of developing your skills and helping you progress your career. In the office there is always free fresh fruit, snacks and drinks. In addition, we contribute a certain amount to the transportation and lunch expenses of our employees.

Our employees can always enroll to our sports program, and in terms of relaxation, we have a playroom, including a PlayStation and a pool table. Our social team organizes great events; including our sensational summer and Christmas parties.

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 Bulgaria office in the Poker Product & Innovations department.