Lead Visual Effects Artist

New Westminster, BC, Canada

About Offworld Industries:

Offworld Industries Ltd. (OWI) is the independent studio behind the successful military first person shooter game, “Squad”. OWI was formed in 2014 by more than 15 developers who had worked together on the well known Project Reality mod for Battlefield 2. The founding purpose of the team was to bring a standalone successor of this acclaimed mod to market and build a game development studio and a livelihood from that foundation.

Fast forward to 2022, OWI has nearly 120 employees and is rapidly growing. We have been expanding the studio into serving as a publisher supporting mods and have just announced our 2023 upcoming title “Starship Troopers: Extermination”, a 12-player PvE first-person shooter based on the 1997 cult-classic film.

We are built on passion, unified spirit and continuing efforts to break the mold. We strive to become a leader in creating large-scale multiplayer games as well as supplying others with the ability to do the same. We are looking for a talented Lead Visual Effects Artist for our current and upcoming Unreal Engine based multiplayer games. If you are passionate about making great games and a team player, we are looking for you!


Job Duties:

  • Technical setup, integration, and troubleshooting of VFX in a Unreal Engine 4
  • Establishing and maintaining high standards for effects artwork whilst seeking ways to push the quality bar
  • Design, create and implement custom and re-usable “real-time” particle effects, simulations and effects animations for gameplay, cinematics and scripted events
  • Oversee the correction of the team’s bugs
  • Become familiar with game design documents, and identify special effects opportunities and needs
  • Check with Programmers to see if the intended effects are viable in the engine, and propose alternative solutions and/or developments where needed
  • Assist with the development and improvement of the VFX pipeline
  • Work with lead artists and the art director to ensure timely completion of VFX assets
  • Provide reviews to the Producer on the progress of the work carried out by the team


  • A minimum of 4 years creating real-time special FX for video games
  • Experience with creating consistently brilliant, eye-catching, real-time FX using UE4 and in-game FX systems (Niagara)
  • Proficient with 3D graphics, particle systems, physics, ribbons, etc.
  • Working knowledge of real time rendering engines, and a good understanding of the render thread in UE4
  • Organizational skills in handling large VFX libraries
  • Solid game design awareness and an exceptional game design-oriented collaborator
  • Self-driven, excellent communicator

Desirable traits:

  • Previously shipped PC or console titles as a VFX artist
  • Experience authoring custom materials, a good understanding of how to optimize in the vertex and pixel shaders
  • Skill in one or more related disciplines – modeling, animation, or technical art
  • Experience in Houdini and other simulation FX systems outside of particles and sprites


This is a full-time permanent position.

This role offers:

  • Competitive salary
  • Health and dental benefits
  • Wellness spending account
  • Retirement savings plan
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • 3 weeks paid vacation and 2 weeks paid studio shutdown over the December holiday period
  • Wonderful colleagues!


If you meet the above qualifications, and OWI sounds like the kind of company you want to be a part of, please apply now with a cover letter and a copy of your resume, and a copy of your portfolio of work in digital format (website, blog, online album, Dropbox, etc.). Physical media will not be accepted.


Offworld Industries is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, language, citizenship, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, physical and/or mental handicap, financial ability or any other characteristic protected by law.

You'd fit right in?

Great, we'd love to hear from you! Please apply with CV and your portfolio where applicable and tell us why exactly you'd be the perfect fit for our team!

Apply now