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Company Name:
San Francisco, California
United States
Job Type:
Visual Arts
Position type:
Full Time
Android, Browser Based Games, iOS
Experience Level:
High School or equivalent

VFX Artist

VFX Artist Art San Francisco, CA, United States

Kabam is the leader in the western world for free-to-play core games with 1st and 3rd party published titles available on mobile devices via the Apple Store, Google Play and on the Web via Facebook, Yahoo, Kabam.com and other leading platforms. In 2013 Kabam revenues grew by 100 percent to more than $360 million. Kabam has 800 employees across three continents, with corporate headquarters in San Francisco. The company's investors include Google, Warner Brothers, MGM, SK Telecom, Intel, Canaan Partners, Redpoint Ventures and Pinnacle Ventures. More information about Kabam can be found at www.kabam.com.

What You'll Do:

 The ideal candidate feels comfortable in a team environment and is able to deliver compelling visual effects for an original IP. You will work with the Art Director to create visually stunning effects utilizing the Unity engine. This is a huge opportunity for a driven effects artist to be able to help manage, research and evolve the studio art pipeline and to create amazing visual effects. Effects have to look compelling and be extremely optimized and efficient. Kabam is developing for mobile platforms.


You would work directly with Art, Engineering, Sound, and Product leads in an open table seating environment that encourages daily updates, teamwork, and data driven decision making. This working structure fosters an environment where team members get to know each other very well because the success of the entire project relies on a group effort.

Day to Day:

  •  Work closely with game designers, engineers, artists, and leads to create great game moments through AAA quality VFX.
  • Model, texture, light and animate VFX assets to design & Director's specifications.
  • Work closely with engineers and leads to establish and troubleshoot art pipelines as needed.
  • Meticulous, organized approach to creating technically efficient and visually compelling VFX assets.
  • Use visual editing tools to create, place, and trigger effects.
  • Conceptualize and animate stylized particle effects for fire, explosions, smoke, moving water, sparks, dust, clouds, exhaust, weather, etc.

Career Progression:

The candidate who excels in this position will handle increased responsibilities and have the opportunity to provide their expertise on future titles.


  • 3+ years minimum experience in the game industry with at least two shipped titles as a VFX artist on either console or mobile platforms.
  • Experienced user of Photoshop, Maya, 3D Studio Max and Adobe After Effects.
  • Expert in creating high-quality particle effects and textures.
  • A portfolio showcasing high-quality effects reel and examples of high resolution effect textures.
  • The ability to view visual reference of an effect, deconstruct it and subsequently re-create it in a real-time game engine is essential.
  • Strong knowledge of environmental effects, lighting and dynamics.
  • High proficiency in technical problem solving.
  • Knowledge of Unity and C#/Unity Script.
  • Experience in writing scripts/plugins in MEL, C#, Python, and Javascript for Maya and Photoshop.
  • Experience in creating real time shaders and post effects.


  • Full Health, Dental, and Vision
  • Stock Options
  • 401k with matching
  • $250 gym reimbursement;
  • $1000 per year educational stipend;
  • Commuter Benefits
  • Daily catered lunches and dinners
  • Tons of snacks, drinks, etc.

We will assist with relocation for the right candidate.

Kabam is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer
**Successful applicants will be asked to show proof that they can legally work in the U.S**