What is a game designer?

Take command of our brilliant development staff!

Game development is the process of manifesting a producer and director’s ideas into reality. The driving force behind this process, which provides detailed direction and motivation to our entire staff from artists to programmers, is our team of game designers.

No matter how talented your staff is, they can’t create a truly classic game without strong direction. As a game designer, you won’t make visuals. You won’t compose music. But your ideas will shape the world of the game most directly of all.

Nobody says leading a team of talented, opinionated and creative individuals is easy, but bringing everyone together for the good of the game is one of the most fulfilling experiences in the games industry.

Create unforgettable play experiences

Game development isn’t over until players climb inside what you’re created. How can you make their experience the best it can be? How can you delight and thrill them? How can you move them? It’s a game designer’s duty to ensure that their designs are the best they can be, for the players’ sake.


We’re looking for:

  • Applicants with an unstoppable passion for creating video games
  • Applicants who favor a positive, collaborative approach, adding enjoyable elements rather than rejecting elements they dislike
  • Flexible applicants willing to engage with others’ perspectives
  • Applicants with the communication skills to clearly convey their ideas to other ream members


All applicants must have some experience designing games. PlatinumGames is an equal-opportunity employer and does not base hiring decisions on the race or citizenship of applicants.

Language Requirements:

For you to be your best at PlatinumGames, either Japanese or English is needed for communication with other members of our team.


To apply, please prepare the documents and materials described below, and submit them either through our Online Application** or by postal mail.

**When preparing files to submit through the online application form, please ensure that your name is included in each filename. Please note that only PDF, JPG, PNG and GIF file types can be directly uploaded, and that there is a maximum size of 5 MB per file. If you need to upload files greater than 5 MB in size, or in formats other than those listed, please feel free to use external services such as Dropbox, firestorage, YouTube or Vimeo, or your own online portfolio. If you do so, please provide the URL where your materials are located with your application.

Required materials
  • Your resume, clearly specifying your desired position, and including your e-mail address and a recent photograph
  • Your curriculum vitae, describing your work experience and formatted at your discretion
  • Work samples (see below)
Please be aware that we will not be able to return submitted materials. Please submit copies of any essential documents.
Contents of applications are kept strictly confidential.
Work samples Please describe relevant experience you have in the games industry, including detailed descriptions of your duties and responsibilities in any completed projects. Please also submit any relevant design documents you’ve created. (Formatted at your discretion.)
Application period We are always accepting applications for this position unless otherwise noted. Please be aware that the availability of positions may change in accordance with our needs.

Please address your application materials to:
PlatinumGames Inc. Attn: Hiring manager (web)
Tower West 8F, Umeda Sky Building
1-1-30 Oyodonaka, Kita-ku, Osaka
531-6108, Japan

Selection process

Applicants are initially screened based on the application materials outlined above.
All applicants will be notified of the results of this screening within ten business days after receipt of their application. (Please be aware that extenuating circumstances may delay this reply.)
Applicants residing in Japan who pass this initial screening will proceed to in-person interviews at our offices in Osaka. Interviews for applicants residing outside of Japan may be conducted over Skype.