Senior Writer

3+ years industry experience

£30-40k pa depending on experience

Job spec:

  • Full time

  • Could be in-house or remote depending on the candidate, but the ability to travel to London for meetings is important

  • Work will focus on narrative design on a project currently in pre-production, as well as writing/editorial tasks on the same once the project moves into full production

  • Role will also involve helping build a team, as well as mentoring junior team members

Suitable for:

  • An experienced writer and narrative designer with some experience on mobile F2P games, looking to be involved in an exciting new project with an excellent team

For all applications:

  • We do not expect candidates to satisfy every requirement to the letter. If you feel you exemplify some but not all of these qualities and still feel like the role might be a good fit for you, please apply

  • The requirements listed in this job spec are intended to give a rough picture of what we’re looking for. A good applicant will satisfy some of these requirements, but you do not need to satisfy all of them

Ideal candidate will have some or all of the following:

  • 3+ commercial games shipped including at least one mobile game

  • Expert understanding of how story is used in mobile free-to-play games

  • Familiarity with common KPIs in the F2P space

  • Knowledge of the F2P mobile narrative market, particularly games that compete directly with Fusebox products

  • Formal experience supporting junior members of the team

  • Strong technical proficiency of English language, and ability to teach this to Junior Writers

  • Excellent research skills

  • Proveable ability to craft compelling storylines, characters, and experience writing story treatments, character bios, environment guides, in-game scripts and other narrative documentation

  • Experience doing editorial work on commercially released project

We want to see:

  • A one-page cover letter explaining who you are and why you think you’re suitable for the role

  • A CV

  • A portfolio containing several samples of work according to the guidelines below

We are:

  • Fusebox is a London-based narrative games studio best known for our work on the top-grossing Love Island The Game

  • We’re a small, growing studio aiming to create the best writing team in the games industry

  • We aim to enforce a crunch-free environment where every member of the team feels supported. We aim to be a diverse employer so enthusiastically welcome applicants from all backgrounds

Portfolio guidelines:

Definitely include:

  • As our games are 90% dialogue, we want to see dialogue-driven writing. This could constitute screenplays, comic scripts, longform prose dialogue, game scripts, or any other dialogue-driven form

  • Work must be character-driven. We want to see characters interacting with one another. We want to see work that foregrounds bold, naturalistic, relatable characters interacting with one another. Strong characterisation is key. The best work will demonstrate the ability to create a strong sense of a character’s identity even in a short extract

  • The most important element of our games is that they’re funny. In order of importance, a good portfolio will demonstrate proficiency with: 

    • Humour/Comedy 

    • Romance

    • Conflict/Drama

  • Work submitted must be original. We don’t want to see you writing with someone else’s characters. We want to see what you have to offer

Include if you have it:

  • Interactive Fiction done in Ink, Twine, Inform, or similar

  • Anything that demonstrates facility writing choices and consequences

  • Samples of game writing, particularly for mobile games

Don’t include:

  • We refuse to accept any portfolio submissions containing work based on Fusebox products. When we say we want to see original work, we mean it. We’re unable to accept fan fiction of our games or stories involving our character as substance to support a job application

  • In particular, we don’t want to receive spec scripts for Love Island The Game. If you send a spec script for this or any of our other games, we’re not legally allowed to read it