Happy Sunday, friends! Are you looking for a new job at the start of this year? What about an exciting first experience attending a major games conference? That’s what we’re here for! Today, we’ll be bringing you all the latest and greatest opportunities we saw crop up in the past week. With three openings in the games industry, yet another chance to attend GDC 2016, and a super special new Kickstarter, this is your chance to get your foot in that ever-illusive gaming door.
But wait just a second! This is quite possibly the most important part: please keep in mind that many of these opportunities are extremely time sensitive. You won’t have after this weekend to apply for many of them, so carefully review all the following open positions! We would hate for you to miss out on something super awesome because you absolutely deserve these opportunities.
As always, if you know of an inclusive gaming space or games project you’d love to see promoted on our Sunday Loot series, drop us a comment below or check out our contact list! We’d love to hear from you, especially about new and exciting spaces where all gamers can hang out. ✌
Black Girl Nerds [Internship]
We’ve mentioned the wonderfully talented team over at Black Girl Nerds several times now—and for good reason. They’ve been a major source for good in the geek space for quite a while, not to mention they’re all just super awesome people. With over 80K followers across all their social media platforms, it would be an utterly advantageous opportunity to join their team. And guess what? Now you can!
BGN is currently looking to fill several positions, including Social Media Curator, Podcaster, Writer, Copy Editor, Newsletter Assistant, and YouTube Vlogger. These are all volunteer jobs, unfortunately, though any work that full-time students perform may qualify for class credit. This is also an opportunity to attend conventions as press, too, which is super fun and a great experience for anyone looking to break into the industry.
If you apply, we wish you luck!
And here’s that super special Kickstarter we were talking about! There’s been quite a bit of buzz surrounding Fabulous Beasts since it won the Technology Award at IndieCade 2015. A tabletop gaming experience with a twist, up to five players can help craft and create a whole new world both physically and digitally. The team launched a Kickstarter to see their game through to the next round, and they need our help to get there.
“Most importantly, we want to start a conversation about the future of this game with YOU. We’re so excited about being able to keep adding to and improving it and we have a ton of ideas—from different game modes, to extra pieces, to hardware upgrades. With your support, we can make them all happen!”
Okay, so you’re excited about this, but you want to see Fabulous Beasts in action. Not a problem! If you want to get more of a sense of how to play this game, check out this Let’s Play featuring the talents of Cara Ellison and James Wallis. We hope you decide to back their efforts!
Five out of Ten Magazine [Paid]
As the leading source of independent games writing out there right now, this particular opportunity is one for any person who might have considered breaking into games writing. We encourage you to read Emm’s “The Beginner’s Guide to Writing in Games Journalism” first, then head on over to Five out of Ten. The team is currently looking for contributions, and of particular interest are:
- Unique, imaginative, and inspirational games criticism and cultural writing.
- Meticulously researched, thought-provoking investigative journalism.
- Voices from beyond the mainstream: we have a proud history of publishing work from women, minorities, and LGBTQ-specialist writers.
This is, in fact, a paid opportunity. If chosen, you will receive a portion of the magazine sales as well as share of their Patreon income. Please note: this opening has been out there for a little while now. We highly recommend that you pitch TODAY if you’re interested in being published!
Girls Make Games GDC Scholarship
If you or someone you know fits the following criteria, you (or they!) might be eligible for a GDC scholarship! Girls Make Games is looking to help even more people make it to this wonderful conference this year by awarding All Access Passes to a lucky few who apply by February 15, 2016. Does the following describe you?
- Low income student/freelancer or artist, designer, educator, games developer.
- Service record in games education (volunteering/art/curriculum contributions to organizations).
Those chosen will be responsible for travel costs and housing arrangements. We hope that you apply and especially that you spread the word about this opportunity! It’s important that we lend a hand to everyone in the industry who might be looking to get more involved.
IndieCade Game Manager [Paid]
We’re super excited to share this last job opening with all of you! It’s an opportunity to work with the IndieCade team as a Game Manager, which is explained below and further detailed directly on their page. (There is a volunteer position listed there as well!)
“This is a year-round position as an integral member of IndieCade’s dedicated core staff. Join our creative family with a passion for artistry and a commitment to celebrating innovation in gaming!”
The deadline for applications is TODAY. Please make sure to get all your information in as soon as humanly possible! You should send your resume and cover letter to Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org as specified at the bottom of the job opening. Good luck to any who decide to apply!