Senior Game Designer, Gameplay

Irvine, CA

About Pahdo Labs

We are a gaming startup building an Anime-themed massive multiplayer dungeon building RPG game, blending the best qualities of top-notch sandbox games, role-playing games, and game creation tools into one beautiful social experience. We have raised over $2M in seed funding from BoxGroup, Neo, Pear, a16z GP Andrew Chen, Zynga founder Mark Pincus, Kevin Hartz, and other a16z partners who focus in gaming.

We are seeing an explosion of interest in Anime in the US: Attack on Titan, Genshin Impact, League of Legends (Battle Academia skins) are early indicators of a greater long-term trend. As Anime fans ourselves, we are incredibly excited to be building a 2D multiplayer world with an Anime-inspired theme, where players can make their own islands and games (starting with dungeons!) within a single shared world, and add custom art and stories to their creations.

The Role

As a senior game designer on the team, your expertise in game design, player psychology and a love for gaming will help drive our vision for the core gameplay loops for our platform. This is a rare opportunity to play a crucial role in to help build a highly ambitious title that is a unique blend of UGC and traditional MMO gameplay. You will design features, modes, and systems that will delight and engage our players, have them come back for more, and if we are successful, be experienced by players for decades. You will work closely with art and engineering to help bring our vision to life.


  • Design fun and engaging experiences for our players
  • Own the game design process from idea through implementation, with high autonomy
  • Be willing to frequently iterate on and tune features based off prototypes and player feedback
  • Synthesize input from teammates to inform the systems design of our game, while staying true with the game's original mission statement

Required Qualifications

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • 3+ years of experience in professional Game Design
  • Experience shipping at least one video game in game design role
  • Ability to wear many hats in an intimate and tight-knit working environment
  • Player-focused, scrappy, and innovative

Desired Qualifications

  • Passion for Anime
  • Experience with...
    • MMORPGs like World of Warcraft, MapleStory, Runescape, and Guild Wars
    • 2D isometric games like Dofus, Wakfu, Hades, and Tree of Savior
    • Content creation games like Minecraft, Terraria, and Roblox
    • Action RPGs like Hades, Diablo, Torchlight, and Path of Exile

Our Perks:

  • Unlimited paid time off with 2-week vacation minimum
  • 100% employer-paid medical, vision, and dental insurance for the employee
  • Flexible and remote work culture

If interested, please email us at hello@pahdolabs.com with a resume, and links to any portfolios that you can share!