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Game Design Director, Stockholm Studio

  • Stockholm
  • Stockholm

Creating the next big mobile RPG

Rovio Stockholm is the studio behind the hugely popular Angry Birds 2, the bigger, badder and birdier sequel to the global phenomenon that put Angry Birds on the map. Following up a phenomenon is always a huge challenge, and it has been extremely rewarding to see the sequel thrive. While we continue to expand and improve that title, we are developing new IPs and exploring new game ideas, specifically within the RPG genre.

Our mission is to become the best mobile RPG developer in the west. That’s no small task, but we believe that we have a unique possibility to mix this studio’s experience of creating accessible, inclusive mass-market games with our love for RPGs. Our design pillars are: dynamic, character-driven, and highly social. We strive to create mid-core games that are both approachable and challenging.

In the Stockholm studio, we keep a flat hierarchy, a high level of transparency, and open communication. Our team is always trying to find ways to improve our projects, tools, communication, and ourselves, while keeping the atmosphere friendly, inclusive, respectful and super supportive. With paid overtime and zero crunch we also respect each other’s time. We make sure that we learn both from our mistakes and our success as we grow in number and in experience. At the Stockholm Studio you will be working with great co-workers in a team-oriented, informal, international, and inspiring environment.


Game Design Director for Rovio Stockholm

We are looking for a passionate Game Design Director to join our successful Stockholm Studio in Sweden.

This is a leadership role at the studio with possibility to influence the whole of Rovio Games. You’ll need some mixture of experience, aptitude and passion in the following key areas.

You have vision. We need someone who is able to drive studio’s design activities and design team’s competencies to the direction that combines casual approachability and great content from RPG games with novelty and depth. You know both casual and mid-core games’ systems and mechanics by heart and have critical thinking to know when to improvise and come up with something new. Help us define what our audience wants, what creates true emotional connection to the games we make, to make our players to think about the game even when they are not playing it.

You are intellectually curious. You absorb new knowledge every day, and see new challenges as learning opportunities. You want to understand human psychology and social dynamics to really tick players intrinsic motivations and needs. We expect you to have strong opinions, but always to engage in fruitful discussions about them.

You want to coach and elevate your team. You will be the team lead for our studio designers ranging from very talented juniors to seasoned industry veterans. You get joy out of finding great new people to join us and from bringing out the best in people and seeing them grow and become even better. You continuously improve yourself and people around you. When you speak, you speak persuasively, and people want to listen; you frequently help co-workers focus on the right things, mentor others in design, and push products in order to avoid mistakes and find opportunities. We want someone who wants to develop and grow as a big part of a great, diverse team and help create a fantastic culture that makes amazing mobile F2P games.

You'll fit in our flock if you want to:

  • Create and execute a vision for the studio’s game design direction_._
  • Lead the execution of whole studio’s game design activities and people to meet the creative, technical and commercial aims of the teams
  • Continuously learn and keep improving.

You’ll need these skills:

  • Recruit, coach and manage talented designers.
  • Very strong core game design as well as system design skills.
  • Previous commercial success with mobile F2P games.
  • Vast experience in creating and leading game concepts.
  • Passion, methods and skills to drive the high level design strategy from the inception to the nitty gritty details.
  • Experience from live ops.
  • You follow the trends and play actively mobile FTP games.
  • A breadth and depth of entertainment interests outside of games.
  • We love hard problems. I hope you do too.

What you get when you join us:

  • Career development: we help you grow and achieve your professional goals.
  • 5 week holidays per year.
  • Relocation assistance.
  • Competitive salary based on Stockholm’s cost of living.
  • Flexible work hours.
  • Occupational health care (assistance for work-related issues)
  • Statutory insurances; Health, Occupational injury, Pension (Pension contributions paid by the employer for persons +25 years old) and Life Insurance.
  • Mobile phone & laptop/ PC: You get to choose from a list of the latest mobile phones and laptops available, and you will receive a phone subscription for it as well during your employment.
  • Free monthly massage.
  • Fresh fruits and refreshments every day.
  • Mingle with your colleagues on a weekly Monday breakfast.

If you are interested, we're looking forward to receiving your application (CV, portfolio)!

Work with great people

Victor Lemeshev
Senior Backend Developer
"What I personally like most about my job is that I can always expand in new directions, when there is a need for that."
Nicole Yang
Data Analyst
"Our Stockholm office is the best. Comfy surroundings and also working on some of the most popular mobile games in the world. All in a day’s work."
Marc Olivier
Senior Game Designer
"At Rovio, I found that teams have the freedom of an indie and the kind of support only a major developer can offer."
Jan Lidtke
Art Director
"Making games is awesome, but the good vibes in the office and beautiful Finnish scenery are the icing on the cake."

Great Place to Work

  • Flexible hours

  • Growth opportunities

  • Rewards and recognition

  • Inclusive atmosphere

  • Support for families

  • Relocation support

About the company

Rovio is a games-first entertainment company that launched to worldwide fame with 2009’s Angry Birds. Along the way, their games have been downloaded over 4 billion times, they have sold over 1.8 billion licenced products, and they have conquered cinemas around the world with The Angry Birds Movie, which opened at number one in 50 countries in 2016.

Rovio’s three game studios are actively developing and supporting free-to-play mobile games in a wide variety of genres, both under the Angry Birds brand and also with new, original IPs. 2019 promises to be a big year for Rovio. With The Angry Birds Movie 2 coming to theaters in August, and the 10th anniversary of Angry Birds coming later this year, it is an exciting time to be part of the team.


Alexei Ryan | Hiring Manager

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