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Game Design Director, Amazon Games, Amazon Games, New York, New York

Job typeFull Time
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
CityNew York
Job summary

We are looking for a Game Design Director to join our Editorial team at Amazon Games. This is a new leadership role, with reporting to our Chief Creative, and a high level of interaction with our publishing and development teams, as well as our senior leadership group.

At Amazon Games, we believe that games have the power to connect communities at a massive scale. We believe in a future where everyone is a gamer and everyone can create, compete, collaborate and connect through games. We believe that games will produce some of the most influential voices in media and art, and we are looking for the right people to help us build that future.

You are someone who enjoys pioneering into unknown frontiers. Someone who seeks out the most ambitious work, is relentlessly optimistic, is passionate about developing others in their careers, and has a strong ability and appreciation for the importance of rolling up their sleeves and getting their hands dirty.

You already have experience in building wildly inventive and successful games, and are excited to shape the future of Interactive Entertainment. You will help shape our portfolio and influence the development of multiple original games and intellectual properties by:

  • Serving as a strategic partner to the Chief Creative and the Leadership team for the overall vision of Amazon Games
  • Partnering with game development teams to strengthen and enrich their game designs, from high level concepts to low level play mechanics
  • Being a leader in our transmedia initiatives, by championing our Games within Amazon's Global Media Entertainment group
  • Setting standards for the highest quality execution of our gameplay mechanics and game system
  • Helping evaluate new projects opportunities
  • Being part of a multi-disciplinary brain trust that will help raise the quality of our games at key moments of their development cycles

If you'd like to come join us, here's some things that are key to success in this role:

  • Have a passion for video games
  • Have high expertise in game design, including system design and gameplay mechanics design
  • Have a deep and broad culture of entertainment and pop culture
  • Be curious, innovative, inspired and inspiring
  • Be a self-starter who is able to work alone or as a member of a team
  • Be able to work on multiple concurrent projects with multiple teams around the world
  • Be able to take the high strategic view as well as dive deep and execute great game design by yourself.

A day in the life

Amazon Games applies the principles of Amazonian culture to the world of game design. We have a diverse team of talented, creative people pairing their love of making games with the unique strengths that come with being part of Amazon. Across all of our teams and locations, we are united by a common purpose: to share great gaming experiences with customers around the world. We believe in a future where everyone is a gamer and everyone can create, compete, collaborate and connect through games, and we are looking for the right people to help us build that future. With the power of Twitch and AWS at your fingertips, you will have the chance to innovate in gameplay, creativity, marketing, and technology, while working alongside some of the smartest and most creative minds in the industry.

About the team

*Inclusive Culture, Work/Life Balance, & Career Growth*

We embrace our differences and are committed to furthering our culture of inclusion. We offer ten employee-led affinity groups with 190 global chapters, innovative benefits, and annual and ongoing learning experiences (including our Conversations on Race and Ethnicity (CORE) and AmazeCon (gender diversity) conferences). Our team also puts a high value on work-life balance and offers flexible working hours. We believe striking the right balance between your personal and professional life is critical to life-long happiness and fulfillment. Additionally, our team is dedicated to supporting you with mentorship and pathways for ongoing development. We have a broad mix of experience levels and tenures, and are building an environment that celebrates knowledge sharing and promotes career choice.


  • 10+ years of Games Industry experience
  • 2+ full cycles of AAA game development, from inception to live operations
  • Expertise in game development toolset and pipelines
  • 5+ Years People Management or Mentorship
  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent Experience


  • Adept leadership in evaluating, understanding and integrating various design methods and approaches
  • Experience in Consoles, PC and Mobile
  • Insatiable will to get stuff done
  • Ability to look across disciplines and effectively collaborate with engineering, animation, narrative, and art teams

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.

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