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Roblox is recruiting a Director of Customer Service and Moderation in San Mateo August 2, 2011

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The online 3D building game ROBLOX has an opening for a Director of
Customer Service and Moderation. This individual will lead the
expansion of both these organizations, which will include developing
best practices, reporting and tools, adding technology infrastructure
and enhancing team structures for scaling.  We currently have roughly
10 customer service representatives and 20  moderators.

Maintain standards of excellence in customer care and safety for the
global customer base of ROBLOX.
Performance metrics will include:
Customer Satisfaction
Response time to critical threats
Team efficiency
Speed into new markets (defined by languages)

Job Description:
Develop processes for growing global customer service and moderation
systems while maintaining quality and safety. Systems must handle:
Website and game safety
Website complaints
Emails to support
Calls to support
Tweets about problems
Maintain COPPA Compliance
Recommend and spearhead deployment of new or upgraded tools/applications
Manage growth of customer service and moderation teams into
international markets

Ideal candidate must be passionate about customer satisfaction.
Must have previous experience managing CS/Mod organization scaling
from 10 to 100+.
Self-starter that can execute on projects from start to finish with
minimal supervision.
Must be excellent communicator and highly detail oriented.
Previous experience with moderation processes and teams management,
game companies or family oriented companies is a big plus.

ROBLOX.com is one of the top ranked and fastest growing gaming sites
on the internet with over 5 million unique monthly users. We are
looking to scale this to 10x in the next 36 months. We are a unique,
innovative and exciting four year old company with fantastic revenues,
a cohesive work environment and a fantastic team of very smart people.
We are about to enter into an explosive growth period and this is a
great time to come on board.

Let me know if you’re interested, I’ll give you the contact detail…

ROBLOX is located in San Mateo, Ca.

Online/mobile games @MindJolt is hiring a business development person June 21, 2011

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Job Description:
MindJolt Games, a leading online game portal, is looking for a stand-out fantastic Content Specialist to join the Business Development team. The Content Specialist is responsible for finding and securing a steady pipeline of games for MindJolt to license (ie, we?re looking for someone to play games for a living!). Position involves light data-driven reporting and may also involve some game producing.
Desired Skills & Experience:
Candidate must have a passion for online casual games, a positive, can-do work ethic, strong interpersonal skills, the ability to set and achieve goals, and a diligent, detail-oriented attitude. The ideal candidate has prior experience working in licensing/game acquisition for an online casual games portal. Experience producing online games is a plus. Candidate must have basic knowledge of excel and be able to flex that knowledge with intermittent data-driven reports. The Content Specialist will be based in San Francisco and report directly to the Director of Business Development.

Let me know if you’re interested, I’ll tell you who you can reach!

PS: for those who doesn’t know, Mindjolt is the Company acquired by Chris DeWolfe, co-founder and former CEO of MySpace.

Kinect Hacks for Dummies by @tomoto335e June 21, 2011

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Zynga: seeking talented iOS/Android Mobile Engineers! May 6, 2011

Posted by Phil Jeudy in Gaming, San Francisco, startup.
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Zynga is looking for strong software engineers to join our growing Mobile team! You will be responsible for owning the development and architecture of both our up-and-coming as well as existing current hits. Are you ready to put your ideas into games that will be played instantly by millions?
We make social games that are free and accessible for everyone to play!

The best candidates will have solid experience developing mobile applications utilizing for either iPhone or Android devices. Facebook platform and scaling experience is a huge plus.
This candidate will be addressing critical issues on some of our biggest game titles, which have several million users across multiple social networks. You must be able to write coherent, organized code and be comfortable working on a complicated code-base with high levels of abstraction.

Required Skills:
* Minimum: Bachelors Degree in Computer Science or equivalent
* Experience developing and maintaining mobile gaming applications
* iPhone SDK experience
* Extensive knowledge of Objective-C and Cocoa OR Java
* Open GL a plus
* 3+ years software development experience
* Passion for software development and OO Design
* Familiarity with all of the following: Linux, Apache, MySQL
* Excellent teamwork skills, flexibility, and ability to handle multiple tasks
* Experience with version control systems such as Subversion or CVS a must

Nice to Have:
* HTML5/JavaScript/CSS3 knowledge a plus
* Strong Facebook and/or MySpace platform experience
* Comfortable working with huge data sets and massively high concurrent-user load
* Experience with memchache a plus
* Experience with sharding and/or sharded databases a plus

Let me know if you’re interested !

Zynga is one of top startups those days in San Francisco. And they need to improve on mobile, I don’t think they reached to POS (point of success) on smartphones yet.

Mobile is really specific, and gamers don’t need the same experience than with a traditional web experience:

– they’re in a mobile situation, they want mobile specifications (something short, simple and necessarily different),

– mobile is a magic device, they want something magic, I mean additional. Use pictures for something extra, well put a Team in front of a white board and just fill in post-its!

– connection on casual gaming with geo-locations for example could create a real interest and engagement…

A Bit Lucky is recruiting a Product Manager April 19, 2011

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No, it’s not a joke. A Bit Lucky is a Company. The new generation of transplatform online social gaming.

Zynga has inspired many guys in gaming area, and Frederic Descamps is one of them. Yes, French people are good in gaming Business.

Although he has a Stanford diploma, Frederic had a French education. Infogrammes yesterday, Ubisoft today, Gameloft in mobile gaming, French touch is not a legend, it’s a fact.

A Bit Lucky has raised $5 million in new funding from South Korean gaming company Nexon.  So it’s all good for a while.

So A Bit Lucky is recruiting a product manager to lead the Product Management and Analytics Team. As the founding member of our Product Management function, your position will be highly visible and vital to the company’s success. You will work in a central role between the Development and the Publishing Teams to manage P&L across all our games. Your main responsibility will be to improve and maximize the key performance indicators of our games, including virality, on-boarding, retention, conversion and monetization. You will be responsible for defining a detailed product and features roadmap to achieve higher performance for user management and revenues. A great part of the job entails working directly with our game designers at prototyping, content design and feature development with a metrics-driven mentality. Your work will be seen across all of Facebook, other social networks and mobile platforms. Relocation is available for exceptional candidates. Principals only, please.

La suite ici.

Good luck Fred.

Mechanical Butterfly Studios is hiring a Lead Engineer April 1, 2011

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Mechanical Butterfly Studios is an independent game development studio located in San Francisco. A company is only as good as their technical ability allows it to be.  Great tools, solid, clean code and efficient and stable development processes allow teams to excel when it comes to creating compelling games.
MBS is looking for a wizard of an engineer to be part of the founding team.  A person that can handle and feels comfortable with overall game architecture, pipeline creation, tool development, graphics, optimization and gameplay code.  A self-starter that is disciplined, easy going and fun to work with, and can adapt to the challenges inherit to a start-up.

As a founding member of the company, this is more than just a job.  If you are looking for a steady pay check and nothing else, this is not the right position for you.  This is a position for someone with vision and courage to create their own path and to help shoulder the risk and burden it takes to create a studio.  We have all worked for companies that started out small and modest and grew into noteworthy studios.  To get there, their founders required faith, hard work and perseverance.  If that has been a dream of yours and your of the spirit and mind to do it, then please get in contact with us now.

More here

Avatar Navigation in SL using Kinect March 23, 2011

Posted by Phil Jeudy in Fun, Gaming, Geek, Geektrip.
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I’m glad we might see the demo IRL (si je peux m’exprimer ainsi) very soon during next Geektrip in April. Stay tuned!

Project Segalen: Implementation of avatar navigation in Second Life using the MS Kinect Camera

See one New World Notes for more.

Videogame schools in France February 26, 2011

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I’ve been asked by some Ukrainian friends if there were any schools in France dedicated to videogame.

France is still a country that matters in this industry, just check what Ubisoft (or Gameloft) are doing, the number of French companies at GDC this year, and the number of French guys working on gaming companies in Silicon Valley, etc.

2 schools to consider:

Supinfogame in Valenciennes (North of France),

ENJMIN in Angouleme.

Follow Supinfogame on Youtube

PS: the picture is representing one of the Hetman of Ukraine, more here

Carnivores Dinosaur Hunter hits number 2 on US Appstore February 17, 2011

Posted by Phil Jeudy in Gaming, Ukraine.
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As co-organizer of iAppContest, the competition that took place last Spring online and in Ukraine, dedicated to all iOS applications launched by Ukrainian developers in this country full of talents, I’m very proud to see TatemGames being number 2 on US Appstore with Carnivores Dinosaur Hunter.

Back from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, iAppContest has very good news for the fabulous community of developers in Ukraine. Stay tuned guys, and see you in one week in Kiev!

Meet the Team at GDC in San Francisco, ask for Igor Karev.

Here the teaser from next games of Tatem Games:

Carnivores Dinosaur Hunter video:

(fr) T’as ton badge ?! February 17, 2011

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Reponse : “Non, mais alors lequel tu voudrais ?”

Je suis de la génération de ceux qui ont été marqués par ce spot publicitaire :

Par contre, je ne suis pas de la génération de ceux qui voit dans le “checkin” le plus ultra des actes sociaux, mais la n’est pas mon point. Laissons l’avenir répondre a la question (et voir comment la fameuses courbe d’usage évolue) et laissons le temps aux spécialistes du domaine, dont Foursquare, de voir comment ils vont transformer cet usage en un geste de tous les jours.

Ce qui me parait indiscutable, c’est l’intérêt que trouvent un grand nombre d’utilisateurs de smartphones à jouer grâce a la dynamique des réseaux sociaux, et il y a aujourd’hui beaucoup trop de succès dans ce domaine (Foursquare, Gowalla – NDLR incroyable je fais du Techcrunch, MyNationSCVNGR et ses 15 millions tout frais et sa valorisation a 100 Millions, et allez Plyce pour faire plaisir aux Francais et a Marc) pour dire le contraire. Tout ce petit monde commence a faire quelques millions de checkins et d’utilisateurs.

Là ou je veux en venir, c’est qu’en fait j’ai envie de vous écouter plutot que vous me lisiez presentement. Imaginez vous comme un usager de Foursquare 2 minutes…

Vous êtes un usager du métro Parisien, et vous ne trouvez pas votre bonheur parmi les badges que l’on vous propose de gagner… Vous êtes alsacien, et vous voulez trouver un moyen de montrer votre fierté régionale… Vous êtes un fan des Musées, et vous voulez faire savoir votre culture et l’afficher… Vous rêvez de gagner le Badge Tour Eiffel… Vous pensez impossible qu’un badge Sonic The Hedgehog existe…

La question est de savoir en définitif : quel type de badge aimeriez-vous gagner ?

La balle est dans votre camps. Dites moi en commentaire ci-dessous quel est le badge français que vous aimeriez bien gagner, et vous verrez peut-être un jour votre vœu s’exaucer.

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