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A very odd opportunity I came across: Reality TV show for game designers

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slam's picture
Joined: 07/28/2008

It's been a while since I've posted here. Having a one year old daughter has kind of taken a lot of my attention. However, I came across something that might be of interest to the designers here.

I'm between jobs and doing the job hunt. I came across this posting today on

This is different than most job listings as it doesn't have requirements of this or that programming language or skill or this much experience necessary. Instead it has general language of being "an evangelist for the craft of game design" and "strong plus for candidates who have made independent games". Even though relocating would be a longshot for me, I sent in a resume. I got a call back hours later.

As it turns it, it seems to be a reality competition show. Sort of like Top Chef or Project Runway for game designers? That's my best guess. They want a variety of different game backgrounds, both tabletop and electronic, though the prize seems to be a job working on social media games.

The return email address says that it's a CBS show. I watch those shows all the time. However, I'm not in the point in my life where I'd want to be on one what with the one year old kid, even though they made clear that my self-publishing of games made me a very attractive candidate for the show. I told them I had to think about it and would call them back in a few hours. I'll probably tell them thanks, but no.

Anyway, if you reading this are interested in being on this show, send in your resume, and soon. They seem to be on a tight deadline to cast this thing. Maybe if it's a hit show I'll try for season 2.

Patrick Robles
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Joined: 09/10/2012
Ugh. I had a protracted

Ugh. I had a protracted involvement with a reality show about 9 years ago. Not something I'd relish revisiting.

slam's picture
Joined: 07/28/2008
That sounds like an

That sounds like an interesting story.

Anyway, here's some more info about this show:

"CBS has started making series orders for next season. On the reality side, the network has picked up The Job, executive produced by Who Wants To Be A Millionaire guru Michael Davies and Survivor chief Mark Burnett. The project, hosted by Lisa Ling, features five contestants, narrowed down from thousands of applicants across the country, who compete for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to land their dream job at one of America’s most prestigious companies. Davies’ Embassy Row and Sony Pictures TV are producing, with Burnett, Davies and James Sunderland executive producing."

From the official show page it seems that the show has five new job applicants every week, and at the end of the week an applicant gets chosen. So maybe each week it's a different company (one of which will be an online game company), as opposed to an ongoing thing like "The Apprentice".

I did wind up calling them back to say No Thanks, by the way. Just left them a message.

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