Live Game Designer

Work Responsibilites

A live ops game designer is able to plan resources for live ops games after reviewing proposed designs and roadmaps.

  • Creating designs for in-game campaigns/events
  • Designing and producing assets for monetization systems
  • Balancing
  • Coordinating with respective stake holders
  • Designing UI/UX focused on usability

The Ideal Candidate has…

  • 3+ years experience in game design, development, and/or live ops
  • Experience with design that can influence KPI, based on data insight and user-first principles
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • The ability to design within limitations
  • The ability to facilitate internal communication and increase group productivity
  • The ability to create something from nothing
  • The ability to visualize user experience cases

Necessary Skills and Experience

  • Console game development experience
  • Project management skills related to budgets, quality, and tasks
  • The ability to deconstruct necessary components of gameplay and communicate them correctly to others
  • The ability to research and document information on competing titles (CBT/OBT)
  • Deciphering base KPI value to utilize in live ops systems and development plans
  • The ability to design the following elements:
     ・Live ops (Monetization/Gacha)
     ・Social (Notifications/Friends/Guilds)
     ・Resources (Growth/Rewards)
     ・Server-based design
  • The ability to move ideas through a team skillfully
  • The ability to write game proposals

Desired Skills

Senior Game Designer (Live Ops) candidates should also have:

  • The ability to provide adequate direction for gameplay elements that motivate user retention (game cycles, social features, etc)
  • Experience leading large-scale user testing
  • Experience managing other live ops game designers
  • The ability to negotiate with staff inside and outside of the studio


Game industry experience is required for this position.


Employment Type

Full-time employee
Probationary period: 3 – 6 months

Payment Method

Annual salary with payments on a monthly basis
Salary is determined based on employeesf level of experience and ability, rather than age.



Work Hours

Discretionary working system; employees may determine their own working hours at their discretion, with a work day beginning at 9:30 and ending at 18:00 as a base
Employees are expected to take at least one hour of break time during their work day.

Allowances and Stipends

A commuter allowance of 20,000 yen per month, included in regular pay
Allowance for 40 hours of overtime, included in regular pay
Extra payments are made for any overtime in excess of 40 hours, late-night work, and work on holidays.
Relocation stipends:
Employees moving from within Japan, but over 150 kilometers away from our Osaka or Tokyo office, are eligible for a relocation stipend of 300,000 yen.
Employees moving to Japan from outside the country are eligible for a relocation stipend of 500,000 yen.

Child allowance:
Employees with dependent children under 18 years of age are eligible for a stipend of 5,000 yen per child per month.

Holidays and Leave

The following days are holidays for employees:
Saturdays and Sundays
Japanese national holidays
Company summer holidays
Year-end Holidays (from 12/29 to 1/4)

Company founding day (typically 2/2)

Employees receive paid leave days; the amount recieved is contingent on when the employee joins the company, with a maximum of 10 days in the first year.
Bereavement leave and other special leave is available when employees need it.

There were 127 days off of work in 2018.

Retirement Pay


Mandatory Retirement Age

60 (Can be extended to 65 upon employee’s request)

Social Insurance

Health insurance
Welfare pension insurance
Employment insurance
Worker’s compensation for job-related accidents


Employee savings system (with interest)
Endowment insurance
Group Long-Term Disability (GLTD) insurance
Employee shareholder association
Free drink service (water and vending machines with a variety of tea, coffee and soft drinks)
Mental healthcare services, including counseling with an occupational physician
Company support for employee club activities
Special payments for weddings, childbirth, sickness, etc.
Free access to the Umeda Sky Building fitness gym *
Free massage service *
Lunch delivery (230 yen per meal) *
* These services can only be used at our Osaka office.
Please see this page for more information on the benefits we offer.

Salary Increases

Employees are eligible for a pay increase evaluation once per fiscal year, in June.


How to Apply

Please prepare the “Application Materials” listed below and submit them through our online application form.

The online application form accepts the following file formats: PDF, JPG, PNG, GIF.
There is a maximum file size of 5 MB per file. Please ensure that your name in alphanumeric characters is included in the filenames of any data that you submit.

If you need to send files larger than 5 MB, or in a format other than those listed, you may use services such as Dropbox, firestorage, Youtube, Vimeo, etc., or a personal online portfolio site to host them. Please clearly specify the URL we should visit to find your materials.
Please do not use services that require an account to view your files, as we will not be able to view them.

Application Materials

  • Resume, including a recent photograph
  • A document explaining your work history, formatted at your discretion

Please go into detail about projects that you have lead or managed and the results you’ve achieved.

Application Flow

After receiving your application materials, we will begin the initial screening process. You will be notified of the results of this screening within a week to ten business days after we receive your materials.
Applicants who pass the initial screening will move to the interview phase.

1. Application submission
2. Aptitude test
3. Initial interview with your section head
4. Final interview with your section head and company representative

A job offer may be made after a successful final interview.
The aptitude test is simply to gauge your potential place in our workplace environment and has no bearing on whether you will proceed to the interview stage or not.

Interview Location

Initial interviews are held on weekdays at our Tokyo office.
Final interviews are held on weekdays at our main Osaka office.
In cases where this is not possible, we will try to adjust our schedule and interview methods to meet your needs, pending discussion.


  • The company will cover travel expenses to and from interviews, for applicants traveling from over 150 kilometers away from our offices.
  • Applicants hired at our Tokyo branch office will be expected to spend two weeks to one month in training at our Osaka main office within a year of joining the company. The timing of this training is open for discussion.