Story Lead

Permanent employee, Full-time · Amsterdam

Your mission
​We are Vertigo Games, leader and award winner in the field of immersive entertainment development and publishing. We have studios in Rotterdam and Amsterdam with a team of nearly 200 talented individuals. Are you looking to take your story telling skills to the next level and join us in the world of immersive entertainment?

We're seeking a Story Lead to join our Amsterdam team with strong writing skills, game development expertise, and exceptional creative leadership. This role involves working on an ambitious narrative driven VR game based on a globally renowned IP. The focus of the role is to create an outstanding story and advocate for its integration across all disciplines within the development team. While hands-on game engine skills are a plus, they're not mandatory. We're interested in candidates with a proven history of providing effective creative leadership for a team of narrative designers on console or PC titles.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
 
  • Oversee all project writing, collaborate with internal and external talent to ensure consistency, quality, and IP compliance.
  • Manage the status and accuracy of story assets, including scripts, character bios, world-building, and narrative arcs.
  • Own casting and planning of recording sessions to ensure top talent and budget efficiency.
  • Coordinate cross-discipline alignment for the planning and execution of performance/motion capture and voice action recordings.
  • Lead an internal team of narrative designers, responsible for designing and implementing story assets in the game engine.
  • Champion the story's implementation, driving collaboration across animation, game/artistic direction, and production.
Your profile
  • Proven writing ability, from high level story shaping to screenplay and dialogue. Both solo and in collaboration with external writers and within IP lore.
  • Experienced in planning for and executing performance capture/voice recording, and is comfortable in offering feedback to actors.
  • Strong English communication and organizational skills tested by working across discipline in a team of 50+ people.
  • 2-3 years’ experience in a leadership role on a successful narrative driven console action-adventure title.
Bonus points for
  • Hands on knowledge of implementing story content in the Unreal Engine – familiarity with managing animation and audio data and hooking it up using the sequencer and blueprints.
  • Good understanding of the challenges and opportunities of writing for VR.
We offer
  • A company culture that values a healthy work-life balance.
  • A hybrid working model with two office days per week. 
  • 30% Income tax reduction for eligible expats.
  • Relocation cost compensation depending on your situation.
  • 26 standard vacation days with an option to buy 5 more.
  • Free train commuting to and from the office.
  • Free pension plan.
  • A healthy lunch in our canteen.
  • Group activities and an annual VR game jam.
  • Thursday afternoon drinks.
  • The latest VR hardware and titles which you can borrow and take home.
  • Whilst working from home we provide all the relevant hardware, budget for a desk and chair and a contribution toward your energy costs.
About us

Vertigo Games is a multi-platform VR  entertainment company with offices in Rotterdam & Amsterdam (NL) and Los  Angeles, California (USA).

With experienced teams in the areas of Studios, Publishing and Arcades, the company develops, publishes and distributes a growing portfolio of quality VR games that offer a novel, powerful and full-featured gaming experience both in- and outside of the home.

In 2020, Vertigo Games joined the leading producer and distributor of digital entertainment products, Koch Media, now PLAION (a subsidiary of the Embracer Group), adding VR gaming to the Group’s global network.

        

In 2021, the company announced it has five more high-end titles in the pipeline for the coming years.

     
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