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System Design Lead

Epic Games

Epic Games

Montreal, QC, Canada
Posted on Friday, June 7, 2024


At the core of Epic’s success are talented, passionate people. Epic prides itself on creating a collaborative, welcoming, and creative environment. Whether it’s building award-winning games or crafting engine technology that enables others to make visually stunning interactive experiences, we’re always innovating.

Being Epic means being a part of a team that continually strives to do right by our community and users. We’re constantly innovating to raise the bar of engine and game development.


What We Do

Put your design skills to work at a cutting-edge company that challenges the norm. From character and level design to competitive gameplay and system design, help shape the future of interactive entertainment at Epic.

What You'll Do

Epic Games is looking for a Lead Systems Designer to join our dynamic team and contribute to various aspects of systems design for our collaboration with Disney. You’ll be at the heart of the team, designing and implementing game systems that delight, engage, and retain players. You’ll also be a key figure in discussions around new features, using your experience to help steer early ideas in the best direction.

In this role, you will

  • Design, prototype, and iterate on various complex design systems that support the core gameplay and creative vision
  • Work closely with Leads to develop and validate a thoughtful metagame experience
  • Work with Production and your Leads to identify and prioritize work essential for creating these systems
  • Take charge of driving the design and implementation of these systems to a high standard
  • Generate documentation and use spreadsheets and flow charts to model game systems and account for how different types of players will interact with them
  • Fine-tune the player experience through playtesting, iteration, game balancing, and rebalancing, and continuously look for ways to improve or expand on the game experience

What we're looking for

  • 7+ years of experience shipping multiple AAA titles as a Game Designer
  • 2+ years in a Lead Game Designer role, including experience managing or leading a team
  • Excellent knowledge of development tools, game engines (preferably UE 4/5), and pipelines
  • A solid understanding of game design principles including core experience, retention, player progression, player motivations, balance, and more
  • Ability to take ownership and communicate initiatives to ensure they are completed on time and in line with the design vision


We pay 100% for benefits for both employees and dependents and offer coverage for supplemental medical, dental, vision, critical illness, telemedicine, Life and AD&D, long term disability insurance as well as weekly indemnity (short term disability) and a retirement savings plan with a competitive employer match. In addition to the EAP (employee assistance program), we also offer a robust mental well-being program through Modern Health, which provides free therapy and coaching for employees & dependents


Epic Games spans across 19 countries with 55 studios and 4,500+ employees globally. For over 25 years, we’ve been making award-winning games and engine technology that empowers others to make visually stunning games and 3D content that bring environments to life like never before. Epic’s award-winning Unreal Engine technology not only provides game developers the ability to build high-fidelity, interactive experiences for PC, console, mobile, and VR, it is also a tool being embraced by content creators across a variety of industries such as media and entertainment, automotive, and architectural design. As we continue to build our Engine technology and develop remarkable games, we strive to build teams of world-class talent.

Like what you hear? Come be a part of something Epic!

Epic Games deeply values diverse teams and an inclusive work culture, and we are proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer. Learn more about our Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy here.

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