VFX Artist


Firaxis Games

Who We Are:


Founded in 1996, Firaxis Games is a world-renowned game development studio with an unwavering mission to “build games that stand the test of time”. The name Firaxis, a fusion of “fiery” and “axis,” communicates the company’s dynamic development process that results in the creation of ground breaking titles with unparalleled gameplay delivered to gamers around the world. Under the creative direction of industry legend Sid Meier, Firaxis has released dozens of hit games on multiple platforms and is recognized as an industry leader in game development.

Core values:

  • Let gameplay drive decision making
  • Deliver great work for the studio, the team & yourself
  • Maintain an environment where people are happy
  • Find opportunities to contribute and collaborate
  • Put effort where it pays off the most

We are looking for a skilled VFX Artist to join one of our upcoming AAA projects. In this role, you will create high quality assets that enhance the player’s experience and bring life and spectacle into the game world.  The ideal candidate must have an excellent grasp of particle systems, material creation, modeling and texturing skills, as well as a strong working knowledge of tools and skills listed below.

What You Will Do:

  • You will be encouraged to create the highest quality visual effects, both in appearance and performance, while adhering to the project’s artistic vision.
  • Collaborate closely with the tech, engineering, design, animation and art teams to create beautiful and believable effects that offer creative solutions to design challenges, add life to the game world, and create wow moments for the player.
  • Implement your FX into gameplay animations and visualization systems.
  • Work with engineering and tech teams to help establish pipelines for efficient creation and implementation of all visual effects.

Who Will be a Great Fit:

  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience in game development as a visual effects artist.
  • At least 1 shipped product as a VFX artist.
  • A proven understanding of form, color, and lighting.
  • Phenomenal painting, texturing, and 3D modeling skills.
  • Experience with real- time VFX, Houdini, Unreal Engine, EmberGen and procedural asset creation a plus
  • Self-motivated, Self-directed, well organized, and a great team-player.
  • Outstanding communications skills, both oral and written.
  • A passion for making games.


Named World’s #1 Developer of the Year by Game Informer Magazine in 2012, Firaxis is very proud of its legacy of developing award-winning titles. We have won multiple BAFTAs, D.I.C.E Awards, Game of the Year titles, and category awards (from “Best Strategy Game” to “Best PC Game”) across our products.

Additionally, our company was also featured in SmartCEO’s “Best-Run Book” for company culture and praised for a focus on “family, fun and flexibility.” Firaxis was also named a finalist in SmartCEO’s Healthiest Company Awards for 2016.

Firaxis Games prides itself on maintaining a quality of life inside and outside the studio – when our team members are happy and healthy, creativity can thrive. We offer boot camp fitness and yoga classes at the office, a free gym with shower, regularly catered lunches and breakfasts, biweekly Friday Happy Hours, company events and parties, and a “FunZone” complete with billiards, foosball, video games, and tabletop gaming space. We are also a philanthropic studio and offer employees the chance to volunteer with local charities and nonprofits throughout the year.

Full time employees can also take advantage of Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage, 401K retirement savings, a wellbeing initiative with the opportunity to earn cash rewards, an Employee Assistance Program, and paid time off and paid holidays.

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Location: Sparks Glencoe, Maryland, United States

Date posted: 2023-01-03