How long does the candidacy process take?
We are very thorough in our process here at Gearbox so the length of time can vary. We want to make sure that not only are you a good fit for Gearbox but that you believe Gearbox is a good fit for you. We want to test your skills but then we want you to come see our studio space, visit with our team, and ask any questions that you might have. So the process may take some time but it’s definitely worth it!
If I get an offer, can we negotiate?
Of course we can negotiate. We try to make the best offer possible up front but if you have any questions or concerns please let us know. We’ll be happy to discuss this with you and assist in any way we can.
Is there flexibility in start date?
Absolutely! We understand that people have other things going on in life, may have to leave a notice for a current employer, or may need time to move to the Dallas area. We are super flexible.
Tell me more about compensation?
Gearbox has a very unique compensation structure. As a developer you will receive profit shares and royalties in addition to your base pay. Forty percent of profits generated from the sale of Gearbox games are shared with our employees!
Tell me more about the studio?
The Gearbox studio is located in Frisco, TX just north of Dallas. We have a brand new studio that we built to enable folks to build the best games possible. With specialized space dedicated to recording, motion capture, and playtesting, we can do nearly anything you can think up right in the building.
Do you have any internship opportunities?
Yes, we call that the COGS program here at Gearbox.
What is the COGS program?
COGS stands for Contractors Of Gearbox Software. It’s an exciting opportunity for those of you that don’t have any professional experience but do have a passion for making games to work at Gearbox on a contract basis. Work for a AAA studio, learn from the best, and show us your drive, grit, and talent. If we like what you have to offer then we may offer you a full-time position at Gearbox!
Even if you are not offered a full-time position you walk away with some great experience on your resume.
How do I get into the Games industry?
You may want to consider one of the many schools that now offer degrees in gaming. Here are a few of the local schools where we have found great talent: SMU Guildhall, University of Texas Dallas, Art Institute of Dallas.
Look for studios that are offering Internships
Play test for studios (if you are local to the Dallas area, Gearbox is always looking for Play Testers)
Networking through Conferences/seminars, IGDA, LinkedIn, Forums, etc.
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