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Evil Empire

33000 Bordeaux
France

Date : 05.03.2021
Reference : AFJV-ETES1697-19578

Evil Empire

*Small_ Independent_Big Projects

Evil Empire is a new-ish studio formed in early 2019 by a few ex-Motion Twin people with the intention of creating more Dead Cells and using that as a stepping stone towards making our own games. We work in the same open space as Motion Twin and regularly beat them in Nerf wars and Smash.

The name of our studio is a dig at some of the shadier aspects of the game industry and, if you have a sense of humour, a signal that we're all about being the exact opposite (also, some people didn't like the "Cat Nap Studio" suggestion...in spite of it clearly being the better choice).

As we start work on new projects, alongside continued support for Dead Cells, we need to ensure that we're working with the latest technology and bringing in a talented and experienced team capable of leading ambitious projects.

While we're currently growing rapidly, we pay a lot of attention to ensuring that we maintain small autonomous teams (10-15 people max). This not only means we work on a more "human" scale, but also that everyone can really impact the game with their ideas and initiatives.

*What We Do Differently

If you're working at Evil Empire you will NEVER crunch (it's nuts that this has to be said), you will have excellent health cover, five weeks paid leave (plus public holidays), subsidized meals, flexibility with work time, free fruit and other noms and of course as much coffee as you can drink.

We also do regular trips to some of the most legendary gaming events in the world, including excursions to National Parks and other such shenanigans (team building right ? ), so there's plenty of opportunities for motivated people to get out and see the world. Well, at least, we were doing this before Covid happened, and plan to do it again if events are ever a thing in the future...

While we're an indie company, our financial stability allows us to offer the kind of work environment that we always wished we could have, so we're always scheming new ways to make our work lives enjoyable.

*Comfortable Work Environment

We're always open to suggestions regarding new tech and hardware, learning resources like books, patreon subscriptions, or training and of course everyone gets to pick what goes in the junk food cupboard. So you should always have access to everything you need to be happy in the office.

In addition, Bordeaux is an awesome city as it's big enough to have plenty to do, but small enough that you can walk across it in half an hour. Beautiful 19th century architecture and more restaurants than you can poke a stick at make it a great place to live. You're also 45 minutes drive from the beach and 3 hours from the ski slopes. While access to a very well connected airport and a 2 hour high speed train ride to Paris mean you're never far away from anything.
Evil Empire recrutement

QA & Release Manager


Permanent contract Bordeaux (33)

Position Duties

You will join a growing team of 20 people working on several projects simultaneously.

As a QA&Release Manager at Evil Empire, you will be in charge of :
  • Providing support to our production teams by testing each iteration of the build and testing all features developed.
  • Bugs : Identifying and writing documentation with clear reproductive steps for each one, and work on priority & scope for each bug.
  • Maintaining and updating the bug base.
  • Analyzing the content of the game and proposing constructive criticisms/improvements to the team of designers, when asked.
  • Being the guarantor of the quality of deliverables for all projects (version numbers, localization, validation process of console builds etc....)
  • Coordinating data storage, access and archiving.
  • Framing the whole release process, for all projects (testing, uploading, certifications and archiving).
  • Working with our marketing team to get the builds certified on time on PC and consoles for all of our major releases.
  • Creating and updating documentation about the different storefront specifications, their lead-in times, etc. Staying up to date with any modifications that could impact your Release Manager role.
  • Keeping an eye on the market (competing games, new developments, technological aspects....)

Candidate Profile

The perfect candidate will tick all the following boxes :
  • You have previously gained a decent amount of experience (+/- 3 years) in QA roles.
  • You're able to manage the job independently and have a clear vision of the scope of the role.
  • You are a rigorous and methodical person.
  • You are comfortable with a version management software such as Perforce, Git or SVN.
  • You have good knowledge of the different PC and consoles backends (Steam, EGS, Nintendo Developer Portal, PlayStation Partners, etc.).
  • You have excellent relationship management skills and enjoy teamwork.
  • You are able to work fluently in English, both written and spoken, and have good writing skills (EN/FR).
  • Video Game culture is essential, you've got to love games !
Bonus point : having already participated in the release of at least one video game from start to finish would be a real advantage.

Additional Information

Your salary will depend on your experience, but we'll pay to secure the right profile. In any case we're always competitive within the industry standards, you can get an idea of the current averages here : www.afjv.com/url/26 (French)

The position is a permanent full time (35 hours/week) contract.

On top of what we offer : comprehensive health care, subsidised public transport, flexible working hours, access to our library of books, games and professional development resources, work from home if you've got a little cold (and would ordinarily have come in), your own noise cancelling headphones, regular team lunches and events, accommodation for sporting life and staying fit, subsidised lunch (restaurant tickets), and a bunch of other stuff designed to make work life better for everyone.

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Resume - cover letter - web site - references ... (as many things as possible to prove your passion....)
To: Recruitment manager
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