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A Complete List of Game Industry Job Boards

Job boards are one of the quickest and most straightforward ways to apply for jobs. Luckily, the games industry has a whole bunch. The advantage of industry-specific job boards is that they are much more targeted than general listing sites like Indeed or Monster, meaning you don’t have to wade through a ton of FinTech and web development listings on the hunt for your dream job creating games. The downside being that industry-specific boards are usually smaller and are often community-run, meaning they can’t be as diligent in getting every single listing.

To help everyone looking for their place in the industry, I searched far and wide to find every job board I could and put them all right here, in one easy to find location. Better yet, I also included some information for anyone looking to advertise jobs in the industry. So (hopefully) we can make it easier for everyone to get what they need.

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What Is an Online Job Board?


An online job board is any site that posts job listings for people to search and use in order to apply for jobs. Most online job boards are searchable and allow you to search by position, location and company, with other criteria, such as whether a job is remote or not, becoming more and more common.

That being said, the term has become a little blurred of late with other formats such as classifieds, Facebook groups, and forums serving the same or similar purposes. Most of the boards on this list are traditional job boards through and through, but I did stretch the definition a little to include a couple of entries that keep to the spirit of a job board, while not necessarily matching the format completely.

International Job Boards


First up, we have the broadest boards within the industry. The job boards below list positions globally, although they may still favor specific regions (often English speaking ones).

The following list is in alphabetical order. I also included two standard info fields for each entry:

The first is Paid Listings, which I added so that potential employers who have a hiring budget can tell which boards offer the opportunity for you to boost your listings. It’s also useful info to have for job seekers who want to know if the listings you are seeing are completely unbiased because not all paid listings are clearly labeled as such.

The second is Account Required, which tells you if you need to create an account in order to see or apply for listings. I included this because I know from experience that having to make accounts for a dozen different sites when you’re on the job hunt is a soul-crushing experience. That being said, some sites that require accounts do make the tedium worthwhile by offering additional functionality like tailored job recommendations or the ability to post an open CV that’s searchable by employers. 

The following list is organized alphabetically.

ArcadeJobs

Paid Listings: Yes
Account Required: No

ArcadeJobs is a fairly recent job board, that launched in 2019. It was created by the owners of CreerSonJeu.fr a website that offers French language tutorials and guides on game making.

ArcadeJobs also offers an online community that’s hosted on Discord and aims to aid people in exchanging ideas and advice on how to find jobs and contribute to the industry in general.

ArtStation

Paid Listings: Yes
Account Required: No (But making an account allows you to create a portfolio)

ArtStation is a hugely popular site with its monthly visitors’ measures in the tens of millions, rather than the thousands that most of the sites on this list pull in.

Most of those visitors are there to see the massive amount of beautiful art that is shared and sold on the site in the form of portfolios and the digital marketplace. Along with the social and educational tools that are available.

Sitting there, however, unassuming amongst all the other options on the site, is the jobs tab, which when clicked, will take you to a job board. That board allows you to peruse studios for open positions. With most-all of the options offered, understandably, being art or VFX related.

The search tools are a non-existent, meaning it’s a case of clicking on each studio till you find something interesting and smaller or indie studios are not very visible but if you’re an artist looking for a job in games, there’s definitely something of value to be found here.

Chris Mayne Spreadsheet

Paid Listings: No, the board is funded by donations
Account Required: No

This Google Sheets spreadsheet is a carefully curated list of games industry jobs that was created and is maintained by Chris Mayne, an Animator in the games industry. The spreadsheet is actually called ‘Animation/VFX/Game Industry Job Postings’ so as you would expect, the jobs on it lean towards the art and animation side of things but there are some more varied positions listed occasionally.

Considering this sheet is run by one person who originally started it to keep track of his own personal job prospects, the quality of jobs and frequency of updates is pleasantly surprising. As you would expect from a spreadsheet, there’s nothing fancy here, just a list of jobs with some relevant info and a link to where you can apply.

If you are lucky enough to find a job by using this resource, I urge you to give a small donation to say thank you to Chris and all his hard work.

CreativeHeads.net

Paid Listings: Yes
Account Required: No

CreativeHeads.net calls itself the home of ‘Jobs for the right brains’. The job board itself is pretty bare-bones but that by design as the creators stated goal is to “provide Employers with a highly economical, effective tool that streamlines their staffing and recruitment process, and also offer Job Seekers access to job opportunities across multiple creative content industries”  

Jobs are updated fairly regularly and you have the option to either make an account on the site to apply for jobs or to follow the provided link and go directly to the career site the job is hosted on.

datascope

Paid Listings: Yes
Account Required: Yes

datascope is a recruitment agency that specializes in the games industry. Their job board does not have as many listings as some of the boards in this article but they claim to work with select game studios and publishers on an exclusive basis, meaning that jobs from those sources are only posted on the datascope board and nowhere else.

They also anonymize a lot of their job postings, requiring you to make an account and apply through their site.

Gamasutra

Paid Listings: Yes
Account Required: No (unless you want to be searchable by potential employers)

Gamasutra is another hugely popular source of news and resources for those interested in the games industry. Aside from their job board, they also have a lot of useful resources such as a career guide site and listings for games industry contractors.

The only downside to the job board is that the design is a little dated, as is the case with the rest of Gamasutra. Otherwise, the board is active and it’s even possible to make an account and leave an open CV for potential employers to search.

Gamesindustry.biz

Paid Listings: No
Account Required: Yes

Gamesindustry.biz is one of the most popular sources of games industry business news. They also happen to have a very active job board. Active enough that they regularly have a large number of less common games industry jobs listed, such as those for marketing, HR, and games journalism.

Their job board is also truly global, with listings regularly found from throughout Europe, Asia, and beyond.

Gamesmith

Paid Listings: No
Account Required: Yes

Gamesmith calls itself a discovery platform for the proffessional games industry and it includes a whole bunch of tools for game proffesionals including a fully functional job board.

I’d characterize Gamesmith as a jack-of-all-trades with its other tools such as the Salary Calculator, the Game Dev Map, and the social tools offering more broad appeal than other boards on this list. The job board itself if functional but rather bare-bones. Applying for jobs, like most of the services on the site, requires you to make an account and sign in.

Game Dev Jobs .io

Paid Listings: Yes
Account Required: No

Game Dev Jobs .io is a slick and functional job board that offers a wide range of tags for use in making your job search easier and it even has the option of using your GPS location to search for jobs in your area.

This job board scraped its jobs directly from game studio sites, meaning it’s updated regularly, but that the jobs listed are not particularly well-curated or unique.

GameFilmHub

Paid Listings: No
Account Required: Yes

GameFilmHub is one of the more flashy sites on this list. Launching in 2019, GameFIlmHub specializes in animation and FX jobs for the film and games industries. The first thing you’ll notice when landing on the site is that it’s kind of a lot.

The design is image-heavy with each listing accompanied by a large banner image and ads filling up the left side of the screen (on PC). It’s clear that this board is trying to be anything but boring but there are times when the flash seems to get in the way of the function with simple things like posting a job listing requiring you to recognize the ‘Submit Data’ button rather than the standardized language used by other sites.

That being said, there is some nice functionality available like the ability to bookmark desired jobs and to filter by ‘Game’ or ‘Film’ jobs. One important caveat worth mentioning is that the logo for the site does indicate it as still being in Beta.

There is also an accompanying YouTube channel which is headlined by a very hyperbolic trailer.

Game Job Forum

Paid Listings: No
Account Required: Yes if you want to reply to listings on the forum but many give application instructions as part of the listing

Game Job Forum is unique on this list, as it’s a forum. As a forum, anyone can post a listing for a job or a project which applicants can then reply to publicly.

The forum is active and off-topic chat mostly seems to be restricted to the separate general discussion section provided. There is also a section for freelancers to post their skills and experience so that employers can peruse them at their own leisure. 

Also, if you’re into oranges, you’re in luck, because this forum doesn’t skimp on the branding

Game Job Hunter

Paid Listings: Yes
Account Required: No

Game Job Hunter is a popular job board with all the functionality you would expect, as well as a sprinkle of extra features for flavor. One nice touch is that each job listing shows how many other active jobs a studio is advertising within the listing itself so you don’t have to go searching to see if a studio has other jobs available.

Another interesting feature is something the site calls the ‘Job Scanner’, a tool which shows you which cities (in North America) have the most studios and active jobs, and ranks them by ‘Job Opportunity Rank’.

GameJOBS

Paid Listings: Yes
Account Required: No

GameJOBS is a small job board with a functional but not particularly slick design. The number of jobs posted on here does not seem to be as high on other boards and the focus of those jobs is broader than you would expect. Despite their tagline being “Jobs in the Video & Computer Game Industry®” (No the registered trademark symbol was not added by me), there are listings on the site for a ‘Smartphone Repair Technician’ and an ‘Ortho Equipment for Sale’ whatever that means.

That last oversite in particular speaks to a poorly moderated job posting process. Also, despite it not specifying anywhere on the site that listings need to be based in the US, all of the ones I saw on the site were.

GameJobs.co

Paid Listings: No
Account Required: No

GameJobs.co is an extremely bare-bones job board. It’s made up of plain text job listings with little else. The only tools that are available are aimed at searching or finding related jobs. That being said, the board is extremely active with lots of relevant listings, many of which are presented in the studios’ native language.

Games Jobs Direct

Paid Listings: Yes
Account Required: Yes

Games Job Direct is a popular and well-designed board that makes its numbers public in a way that most job boards do not. At the time of writing, Games Jobs Direct had over 2 thousand listed jobs and over 67 thousand applicants.

One thing that seems fairly unique about the board from an employer’s perspective is that they not only allow you to pay to have listings promoted but they also have what they call a ‘Studio Spotlight’ where a studio can pay to be heavily featured on the front page of the site and at the top of every relevant page.

On the job seekers’ side of things, anyone who makes an account is able to shortlist jobs they like for later, the search tools seem pretty robust and the site’s blog offers a decent selection of useful resources and info to help in the job search.

Game Jobs Global

Paid Listings: Yes
Account Required: No

Game Jobs Global is a fairly new job board that manages to be slick and easy to navigate, while still offering all of the functionality one would expect. Jobs can be searched for by company and each job listing offers recommendations for similar jobs to consider.

Paid listings are given a prime spot at the top of each search but they are also clearly labeled as being promoted so there is unlikely to be any confusion about which listings have been paid for.

Grackle HQ

Paid Listings: No
Account Required: Yes if you want to reply to listings on the forum but many give application instructions as part of the listing

Grackle HQ is a listing aggregate board that scrapes most of its listings straight off studios’ jobs pages, although employers are also able to submit listings themselves manually.

Grackle also has a Discord community.

Hitmarker

Paid Listings: Yes
Account Required: Yes (although the listing includes which company is hiring openly)

Hitmarker is one of the largest game industry job boards. They have a full-time staff of 6 (as of writing) who manually aggregate jobs from around the web and curate every single job to make sure there are no duplicate listings or listings which are no longer open. Every job is also categorized by Contract, sector, and seniority level.

Hitmarket also is also the place to get a job in esports as they market heavily in that area, although according to Hitmarkers managing Director Richard Huggan, Esports jobs make up “less than 10% of the total available (on the site)” Also, Huggan was pleased to report that they are planning on having Brazillian, Spanish and Japanese versions of the platform available in the near future.

Interactive

Paid Listings: No
Account Required: Yas

Interactive is a company that specializes in recruiting and headhunting executive-level staff in the games industry. With an emphasis on increasing opportunities for women and minorities.

Aside from their core business, they also have a job board on their site which does not seem to be limited to executives. Unfortunately, the job board only has 20 listings at the time of writing and does not seem to be particularly active or well designed.

Leaderboard

Paid Listings: Yes (pay what you want)
Account Required: No

Leaderboard is an independent job board with a clean aesthetic and basic functionality Outside of the jobs themselves you’ll find a weekly newsletter and a resources section for prospective job seekers.

And that’s… kind of it… No frills, just jobs. Even the the perfunctory blog has a grand total of two fairly standard posts.

Remote Game Jobs

Paid Listings: Yes
Account Required: No

Remote Game Jobs is a board that recently sprung into life to address the increased need for remote work in the games industry that arose due to the pandemic.

Made by the creator of the game development showcase platform Skirmish https://blog.remotegamejobs.com/the-time-for-remote-work-in-the-game-industry-is-now/ Remote Game Jobs focuses on listing jobs that are in some way remote, with a special 100% remote badge given to listings conform to the platonic ideal of remote work. 

For anyone looking for remote work in the industry, this board is a great choice, as it’s active and easy to use.

Work With Indies

Paid Listings: Yes
Account Required: No

Another unique niche, Work With Indies focuses on listing jobs at indie studios with the goal of ‘helping connect job seekers with the most rewarding, most inspirational, and most fun jobs they’ve ever had.’

At the time of writing the number of listings on the site was fairly small but there were a lot of exciting indie companies accounted for (as well as AAA-games publisher Epic for some reason) advertising for roles I had not seen while looking at the other boards on this list. That’s not to say the listings are definitely unique to this board, but they’re certainly easier to find. If you are interested in joining an indie studio, Work With Indies should be a no-brainer.

XP Game Jobs

Paid Listings: No
Account Required: No

XP Game Jobs is a functional board with a clean design and regular updates. You are able to search by position and location, you can share listings on social media or favorite them for later consideration.

XP avoids even the slightest hint of any vestigial elements like a blog or resource centre. If you go to their site, you do it for the jobs and nothing else.

Regional Job Boards


Aside from those advertising jobs internationally, there are also a number of jobs that only feature local jobs. I have ordered the following boards alphabetically by country and have chosen to not give a detailed description of each as many of the boards are offered in languages other than English. 

It’s also safe to say I did not get every board as there are many many countries not represented. If you know of any I have missed, please let us know and I’ll add them.

China 

China is one of the fastest-growing markets in the industry and there are more studios popping up in China seemingly every week.

Careers Insights

Paid Listings: No
Account Required: Yes (but the company names are given)

Denmark

Denmark has a burgeoning game development scene with IO Interactive, the makers of the Hitman series, being just one of dozens of game studios doing exciting things in the country.

Interactive Denmark

Paid Listings: No
Account Required: No

Europe

The following job board covers a wide variety of countries in Europe that create amazing games every day. From the well-established Nordic and Western European gaming markets to the increasingly prevalent Eastern European market.

gamejobs.eu

Paid Listings: Yes
Account Required: No

Finland

Finland has a booming games industry with enormously successful companies like Rovio (Angry Birds) Supercell (Clash of Clans) and Remedy Entertainment (Control) leading the charge.

Game Jobs Finland

Paid Listings: Yes
Account Required: No

France 

France is a frontrunner in the games industry that’s home to wildly successful companies like Ubisoft (Assassin’s Creed) Quantic Dream (Detroit: Become Human) and Arkane (Dishonoured) to name a few.

afji EMPLOI

Paid Listings: Yes
Account Required: Yes

Germany

Crytek (Crysis) is just one of the many game studios in Germany releasing fun and successful games.

Games Jobs Germany

Paid Listings: No
Account Required: No

Ireland

Both Ireland and Northern Ireland have a rich game dev scene supported by the following board.

gamedevelopers.ie

Paid Listings: Yes (It is possible to make a ‘small donation’)
Account Required: No

Iran

Iran had a late start in the games industry with the early gaming boom of the late 70s and early 80s mostly passing it by due to the limited contact with the west at the time. Since then, there has been a slow but steady rise in local game creation, and in 2016, Clash of Clans was the first western game to be published locally and the market for games has since boomed, creating a lot more demand for not only games but also game development positions. Side note: Anyone interested in the history of games in Iran should read this great article on the topic.

gamejobs.ir

Paid Listings: Yes
Account Required: Yes

Netherlands

We may be biased as Tiny Hydra is based in the Netherlands. But the games industry here is great! You have large AAA studios like Guerrilla Games (Horizon Zero Dawn) and indie powerhouses like Ronimo Games (Awesomenauts) and the recently shuttered Vlambeer (Ridiculous fishing). Not to mention all the new game makers working on exciting new projects every month at the Dutch Game Garden.

gamejobs.eu

Paid Listings: Yes
Account Required: No

New Zealand

New Zealand may be a small country that’s a long way away from everything but they have a rapidly growing game industry that’s shown it’s more than willing to compete in the global market.

NZGDA

Paid Listings: No
Account Required: No

Oceania

Oceania incompases Australia, New Zealand and the surrounding area.

Tsumea

Paid Listings: No
Account Required: No

Poland

Poland has been punching well above its weight in the global market with more game development studios within its borders than some countries several times its size. The most well-known of which is CD Projekt Red the makers of the phenomenally successful Witcher series (and the as-of-yet far less successful Cyberpunk 2077).

SKILLSHOT.PL

Paid Listings: Yes
Account Required: Yes

Scotland

As a Brit, I’m duty-bound to say that Scots are a bit rubbish. I will concede they make some decent games though. And whisky. That’s it though, whisky and games… *sips whisky, plays Lemmings*

The Scottish Games Network

Paid Listings: No
Account Required: No

Spain

Spain has found success in the industry of late with both homegrown studios like Socialpoint (Dragon City) and large foreign companies like Ubisoft, Gameloft and Scopely all setting up shop on its sunny shores.

STRATOS

Paid Listings: No
Account Required: No

Non-Industry Specific Job Boards


As you would expect, games industry jobs regularly get posted to industry-agnostic job sites. There are plenty of resources out there for how to use such sites so I won’t go into too much detail, but for the sake of completeness I’ve listed some of the most common ones below:

Indeed

Monster

LinkedIn

Honorable Mentions


There are a number of other tools and communities that aim to help people find jobs in the industry. Some of those include:

Subreddits

There are a number of subreddits that are based on sharing jobs or sharing information on how to get jobs. The following subs feature job listings directly.

r/gameDevJobs

r/gameDevClassifieds

r/PythonJobs

Freelance Marketplaces

There are a number of sites where employers can either post a ‘project’ for freelancers to bid on or freelancers can post their services for employers to purchase. These can be great for anyone looking to make some supplemental income or to build experience. But the competition is fierce, it’s often a race to the bottom for price and quality is extremely variable. The most commonly used marketplaces in the games industry are listed below:

Fiverr

Upwork

Are Job Boards the Best Way to Get a Job?


Job boards should not be the beginning and end of your job hunt. Instead, they should be a single tool you use as part of your job search strategy. Simply applying to every relevant job listing you see is unlikely to work if the rest of your strategy has not been well thought out.

As well as applying to job boards you need to make sure that you:

  • Identify any relevant experience and/or education
  • Have a clear and easy to access CV/portfolio
  • Update your LinkedIn with any relevant experience
  • Leverage your personal network for recommendations and references

If you do most or all of the above well, you’ll be setting yourself up for success when applying for jobs through any of the job boards in this article.

Are Job Boards the Best Way to Fill a Job Opening?


In the same way that using job boards to find a job is not a silver bullet, using them to find a candidate isn’t either. They are just one tool in your toolbox.

As always, a company should leverage its personal network to help find candidates in the same way you would when looking for a job. Assuming, though, that no one within your company knows the perfect person to fill your position (in which case a job listing might not be necessary) the only way you’re going to find talented people is if those people know your job exists. 

The more awareness you raise for a position, the more applicants that position will receive and the higher the chance of finding the right fit. Job boards are a valid and effective way to raise awareness, alongside social media and word of mouth.

Once you choose to use job boards the question then becomes, how much effort can you afford to devote when filling a position? You could manually post your listing on every job board in this article and pay for promoted listings where possible, but that would be time and cost-prohibitive.

Luckily, if you’re a fairly established studio and you post your job listing on your own website, a lot of the job boards in this article will already grab that information and feature it on their boards automatically, cutting out some of the work for you. If those boards haven’t found you yet, many of them allow you to submit your site to be included manually, meaning future listings will be included automatically.

Then, I recommend choosing one to-three boards that either get high-traffic or are extremely relevant for the position you are trying to fill and posting your job to those.

Should I Pay for a Job Listing?


If you want to pay for a job listing is dependent on your budget, how much time you have, and how much importance you place on the role you’re trying to fill. You want everyone in your company to be of the highest quality possible but it makes a lot more sense to spend money on boosting the listing for a creative director than it does for an intern.

Overall, paying for a listing can be beneficial as it generally brings in more applicants but it’s best to judge it on a case by case basis.

Many job boards don’t expose their pricing publicly and require you to contact them directly with sales questions. The ones that do offer their prices publicly vary wildly in both cost and how they approach pricing.

Some, like creativeheads.net offer a monthly subscription that will run you between $500-$750 dollars depending on how many months you commit to. Such a subscription comes with unlimited job postings for as long as you keep paying.

Others, like ArcadeJobs and Remote Game Jobs, ask for $27 and $29 for a single 60 day or 45 day listing respectively.

No matter the price, it’s worth looking at if the board gets sufficient traffic to justify the cost and what other perks they offer such as sharing your listings on their social media or community newsletters.

What Are Secret Job Boards?


One final thing to address is the existence of secret job boards. Secret job boards are private boards, spreadsheets, or communities where jobs are shared. They’re often used to share jobs before they are posted publicly and by their very nature, they can be hard to gain access to. 

My advice for anyone new to the industry is to not worry about secret job boards for now. The vast majority of jobs are posted publicly (eventually) and jobs that only get posted to such boards are usually looking for someone experienced or within their existing network, to begin with.

The only reliable way to access such boards is by networking and building a reputation for yourself, which is one of the best things you can do anyway if you want to advance your career. It’s easy to feel like you’re being excluded from something, but the truth is that no job board, secret or not, can do for your career what a good CV and portfolio will.


There we go! I hope somewhere in this article you managed to find a nugget of info that helps you land your next job. Once you start interviewing, make sure to take a look at our article on red flags to look out for during a job interview.

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