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Deck Nine Games

Westminster, Colorado - United States
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Technical Animation Artist



Deck Nine Games currently has an opening for a Technical Animation Artist to join our amazing character art team. If you love collaborating with artists and animators to create expressive, quirky and memorable characters that fans fall in love with we’d love to talk with you.

You will work in close collaboration with animators, modellers, and the artistic and technical animation director in order to produce high-quality rigging and skinning with an emphasis on facial rigging.  The role will require you to jump into the unknown and solve new problems, exercising your ability to think creatively to resolve technical and artistic challenges and limitations. The ideal candidate is passionate about games and has 5 years minimum experience that covers at least one complete game development cycle.

Apply through our website:


•   Must include a link to a portfolio of your work

•   5 years minimum experience in technical art or other relevant experience

•   Shipped at least 1 game within the technical art discipline

•   Bachelor’s degree in art, design, technical discipline or other relevant training


•   Establish and maintain rigging pipelines and standards between Maya and Unreal Engine

•   Carry out the rigging and skinning to meet the needs of project animators, with a particular focus on facial rigging for real-time game assets

•   Propose and implement tools to produce the best possible results and incorporate them seamlessly into the existing pipeline

•   Mentor other technical artists and provide feedback

•   Work closely with the animation team to implement control rigs to improve and simplify their workflow

•   Liaise with Art, Animation, Mocap, Tech and Production

•   Export from Maya and set up game characters in the engine, ensuring the final result meets the artistic standards of the project

•   Set up and maintain character dynamics in Maya and in engine

•   Support the Art Team with their technical needs, find and develop solutions to content creation pipeline issues



•   Experience creating and maintaining a rigging pipeline with an emphasis on facial rigging and implementation of expressive blendshapes

•   Experience working with Mocap data

•   Advanced knowledge of Maya

•   Python, Scripting for Maya tools



•   Knowledge of MGear

•   Knowledge of scripting and programming languages such as ZScript, Javascript, C++

•   Basic knowledge of Vicon Shogun, Photoshop, Substance Painter and/or Zbrush

•    VFX Experience

•   Animation Experience

•   Experience across multiple platform types or developing to varying limitations and technical restrictions

•   Interest and understanding of human anatomy

•   Recognize proper mesh topology and give feedback to the character dept




•   Competitive salary depending on experience

•   Generous vacation time and paid parental leave

•   Health insurance for you and your family at a low cost to you

•   Dental and Vision insurance for you and your family at NO cost to you

•   Life and Disability benefits at NO cost to you

•   Optional Flexible Spending Account (including Healthcare and Limited Purpose), Dependent Care Account, and Health Savings Account available

•   Optional Supplemental Health and Life Insurance

•   401(k) Plan with an Employer Match

•   Growth opportunities for your career




Salary: DOE

About Deck Nine

Here at Deck Nine Games our passion is storytelling games. We are an independent game developer dedicated to crafting AAA interactive story games that inspire, transform, and entertain players. In 2021 we released Life is Strange True Colors, which went on to win multiple awards for storytelling and visuals, including best storytelling for 2021 and a VGA for Games for Impact. Recently we announced that we are developing a game for the hit sci-fi Amazon series, The Expanse. Our prior titles have won multiple awards, including Game of the Year and nominations for VGA and BAFTA awards. The studio is 100+ amazing people both located in our headquarters in sunny Westminster, Colorado and spread throughout the world permanently remote.

As the crafters of stories that encompass the full breadth of life’s experiences, Deck Nine is committed to building a diverse, inclusive, and multicultural team in which people from all walks of life feel inspired to do their best work. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and believe deeply in the creativity and strength built from diversity of race, religion, disability, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, nationality, and the many other qualities that make us different.

If this sounds appealing to you, please apply now!




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