Some people say that the dream job is to play video games, write about those games, take videos of them, etc. That job does exist and Stardock is looking to hire someone to do it.
The job is called Content Developer.
What does this job entail? Basically, playing our games and helping us get the word out to people what we’re doing via video, articles, screenshots, etc.
Here’s an example using our friends at Firaxis as an example: http://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/civ-vi-spain-reveal/
This person plays the games, takes screenshots, takes video, edits the video and helps make sure people know about it. It’s partly a marketing job and partly a game developer job.
Historically, I’ve done this job myself. So I can say with some authority that it’s a pretty awesome job. But as much as I love doing it, I am supposed to be writing AI, fixing bugs, attending endless meetings and talking to partners.
I did this video:
Here is the original version we worked from (and yea, that's my voice with my script):
In the Offworld Trading Company video, I wrote the script, captured the video, edited it together in video and then recorded it. Then, once we had the pacing down, I worked with Mohawk to get the right voice actor to read the script and then a final pass with the art team to clean up any remaining rough edges.
And I did the above while working on Ashes of the Singularity and being President of Mohawk, CEO of Oxide and Stardock along with my other jobs. The point being, it’s a fun enough job that we’ve all hung on to doing this ourselves for a long time.
- Love of PC games
- Good writer
- Comfortable taking screenshots and having an eye for a good screenshot
- Able to capture video and edit it in something like Adobe Premiere
- Comfortable using Twitch and YouTube and social media in general
- Able to take the initiative to write articles
- Willing to write and hang out online with other gamers and talk to them even when they’re being crazy
- Comfortable talking to the gaming press and demoing the game
- Comfortable with Twitter, Reddit, forums, etc.
Here are some examples of really good content developers:
Cruasder Kings II: Developer Diary
My primitive GalCiv II AAR:
Screenshot taken of Stellaris and posted online
My Wiki entry for Ashes of the Singularity’s history:
Endless Space 2 being demoed at Gamescom
When we were smaller, we would take care of it piece meal. But in the next year or so we’ve got:
- Star Control
- Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation
- unannounced game 1
- unannounced game 2
- unannounced game 3
- Sorcerer King: Rivals
So we need someone dedicated to this stuff.
This is a full time job. While there’s a mild preference for the person to be able to be here either in Stardock Plymouth (Michigan) or Stardock Towson (Maryland) it really could be done anywhere in the world.
And yea, it is basically the funnest job in the world – which is why we haven’t hired someone to do it. We love doing this stuff.
To apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org