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Lego looking for Game Designers

Folks,

Lego is currently looking for game designers. Check out the details here:
http://jobsatlego.com/dk/billund/product-design_-development/game-design...

Thanks,
Darke

Comments

Probably...

It sounds to me that they are looking for someone who will work in-house with them where they are. They are looking to fill a position, not take game submissions. I doubt a "game design" degree is required, if you've published games that are comparable to what they want to do (i.e. children's games). They say they are looking for someone who can market their ideas with confidence, and if you can market yourself with confidence, that will probably go a long way.

However...

They are looking someone to relocate for 4 months, in which it overtime work sounds certain, and there is no guarantee that they will keep you on for longer. If I was single AND currently unemployed, I would jump at the chance, but otherwise, it sounds like a pretty weak offer. Kind of like the "star architects" in Berlin who paid students pennies to work long hours for them just so they claim to have worked for so-and-so.

If your single and unemployed, go for it! Otherwise, if LEGO ever gets smart and calls for submissions from freelance designers, I'm in--it's a flexible system that can support all kinds of games--as well as many variations (as you can change the games around!).

What a fantastic opportunity!

A few thoughts:

1) Dream job! Wow.

2) Degree requirements: If you genuinely think you have life experience that's equivalent to a degree and two years' experience in the industry, apply anyway.

3) Other requirements: The German language requirement is pretty important, I bet. Living in Europe would be a big "plus."

I'd hop on this in an instant if my German was better, even though I don't have the degree requirement. I'd point 'em at the Game of the Month section of Invisible City Productions as proof of ability.

OMG! I have an astonishingly good idea for a LEGO game now. Wow.

Well

Knizia has done a few of their games, correct? I am certain he does not have a design degree. With that being said, they are looking to hire an in house designer, not contract out designs on a case by case basis, so they can be more selective about their needs. I think they are more likely to find candidates that meet their needs in Europe than in the US, but I appreciate that they shared it with us anyway, since we do have a loyal international member base here.
-Darke

I don't get it...

So what are we like trying to "design" a game AROUND Lego??? Or are we involved with video game development and will be designing a computer game in which there are Lego characters??? Last time I check there were no "rules" to Legos... That's what was so COOL about them: you could build whatever you liked! I just remember going to a sorta Lego Con where people used to build all kinds of stuff (Astronauts - those I remember)...

Are we to design new Lego toys (actual Lego kits)? Because they talk about "writting the rules"... Are they talking about those manuals to do step-by-step lego toys (Like a Police Station or a Spaceship)???

I'm just confused with the whole "designer" + "write rules" part...

questccg wrote:So what are we

questccg wrote:
So what are we like trying to "design" a game AROUND Lego??? Or are we involved with video game development and will be designing a computer game in which there are Lego characters??? Last time I check there were no "rules" to Legos... That's what was so COOL about them: you could build whatever you liked! I just remember going to a sorta Lego Con where people used to build all kinds of stuff (Astronauts - those I remember)...

Are we to design new Lego toys (actual Lego kits)? Because they talk about "writting the rules"... Are they talking about those manuals to do step-by-step lego toys (Like a Police Station or a Spaceship)???

I'm just confused with the whole "designer" + "write rules" part...

Lego has a line of board games

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgamepublisher/734/lego

Degree

LEGO wrote:
You hold a degree within Game Design, Product Design, or equivalent. Preferably, you have worked for 2+ years within the gaming/toy industry and have previously developed your own games. You understand basic game principles and mechanics, and are able to translate this in to fun and intuitive games appealing to our core target group – kids. You possess excellent English skills and preferably you master German or an additional language.

could be interesting but i don't have a design degree :(

Their Loss :)

my skeptical eye wonders if

my skeptical eye wonders if living in Billund is a requirement, and also doesn't like the "You hold a degree within Game Design, Product Design, or equivalent" part... there are very few non-video game design degrees, but they'll take "product design" degrees, which are more common, and (usually) effectively means "you don't need to really understand game design, you just need to know how to make toys".

my non-skeptical eye says "i just bought 24 lego dice last month, and i do have a passport..."

realy looking for a game designer?

For me "You hold a degree within Game Design, Product Design, or equivalent" proofes that LEGO is still far away from the board game bussines. And I think they are not realy interrested in someone who designes innovative games, but for a product designer that mixes a theme that sells good with simple mechanincs. Maybe I´m wrong, but I´d say the gemes released yet confirm my thesis.

Your Thesis has been reviewed

Markus Hagenauer wrote:
For me "You hold a degree within Game Design, Product Design, or equivalent" proofes that LEGO is still far away from the board game bussines. And I think they are not realy interrested in someone who designes innovative games, but for a product designer that mixes a theme that sells good with simple mechanincs. Maybe I´m wrong, but I´d say the gemes released yet confirm my thesis.

Your Thesis has been reviewed and requires no additional revisions. I hereby grant you a degree in Game Design.

(Disclaimer: The perceived legitimacy of any degrees I grant may vary from state to state and country to country).

I did not know they created

I did not know they created new games. I thought there were only releasing Hasbro games as Lego games.

Indeed, it should be very hard to be accepted. Unless you are a very popular designer, I doubt that a regular board game designer could be accepted. They will take instead a video game or toy designer do to the job.

larienna wrote:I did not know

larienna wrote:
I did not know they created new games. I thought there were only releasing Hasbro games as Lego games.

actually, sort of the opposite, from my understanding- it looked like Hasbro got annoyed when Lego stepped into the board game market, so Hasbro started making their games in "U-Build-It" versions. (The motivation is pure speculation on my part, clearly)

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