Senior Encounter Designer

We are looking for a savvy game designer interested in shaping the creatures our players fight. Do you love combining interesting characters, stories, and gameplay into compelling experiences for players? Are you a problem solver who loves to look for creative ways to create new experiences? Do you consider yourself the type of person who can’t wait to learn more about tools and discover all the things they can do? Are you an advocate for the player experience? Do you love the feel of collaboration and coming up with solutions as a team? Are you experienced at creating compelling and unique encounters? If any of this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you!


The Design team at ArenaNet are responsible for creating the content and systems that players interact with in the game. We collaborate closely across multiple disciplines to bring our knowledge to bear on a wide array of problem sets and are a critical part of taking ideas and turning them into interactions for players. It is our job to build the stories, events, quests, creatures, and worlds that the players experience. We also believe that a healthy team is the first step to making fun, engaging games. And a healthy team is one of mutual respect, psychological safety, and diversity. We believe that new perspectives and voices help us to improve our game and find the best ideas.

As a Senior Game Designer, you will utilize your love of games along with your innovation and creative problem-solving skills to define and craft experiences that affect our players over the lifetime of their relationship with the products that we (and you) develop. You will collaborate across disciplines with other developers who bring their creativity and expertise to work every day. You will own the design of major encounters and be responsible for delivering them at a high quality level.


  • Experience owning creatures, bosses, and encounters from paper design to final implementation
  • Experience leading a team, providing standards, and giving feedback
  • Experience crafting encounter experiences with multiple available difficulty options.
  • You have experience with MMO or open world encounter design
  • Success in this role will rely heavily on your ability to translate designs from ideas to final implementation in the game
  • Experience creating encounters that are visually clear and have easily understood mechanics
  • You’ll be experienced at giving and receiving constructive design feedback
  • It will be essential to the success in this role for you to be able to communicate clearly with a variety of different disciplines, to drive consensus, and to always be a voice for the player experience


  • Experience with implementing content in a live game
  • Familiarity with Guild Wars 2
  • Experience with scripting or programming languages such as lua or python
  • Familiarity with user experience best practices
  • Experience leading a team or owning the vision of a product
ArenaNet is looking to hire a Senior Encounter Designer at their Bellevue, WA, USA location. Job contains the tags Senior, Python and Lua.
Job discovered on 7/20/2022