[HIRING] On-site Real Time VFX Artist - Grinding Gear Games

We are Grinding Gear Games, creators of the award-winning dark fantasy Action RPG Path of Exile. We’re a world-class studio of more than 180 world-class developers based in Auckland, New Zealand and we’re currently expanding the Path of Exile 2 development team.

We seek experienced VFX artists to create evocative visual effects in the dark and gritty game Path of Exile. You will develop real-time effects from concept to implementation and work to maintain a consistent aesthetic across all of the effects in the game. The ideal candidate has a firm grasp of colour, texture, timing and impact as relates to VFX and demonstrates an ability to sketch and storyboard to convey design ideas.

Location: On-site in Henderson, Auckland, New Zealand
*Relocation assistance (for the right candidate if needed)
Full-time position - 40 hours a week

This position includes the following duties:

  • Conceptualise visual effects to be implemented in Path of Exile
  • Implement visual effects into Path of Exile
  • Create real-time game effects using various software
  • Maintain a consistent aesthetic across visual effects and other art assets
  • Receive and provide objective feedback; taking into consideration lighting, value, colour, texture, timing, impact and aesthetic
  • Work to strict deadlines and schedules

We are seeking someone with:

  • One year experience creating VFX for games
  • Experience creating real-time game effects in a wide range of software
  • A superior eye for lighting, value, colour, details, and the ability to use them in creating efficient and impactful visual effects
  • Self-motivation, excellent communications skills, and able to work within a team
  • A positive attitude and able to receive and provide objective feedback
  • Passion for creating dark and gritty spells and microtransactions

Portfolio, and/or reel demonstrating relevant artistic skills required.
Must be willing to complete an art test if requested to do so.


  • Experience creating VFX in Houdini
  • Avid gamer with a deep understanding of Path of Exile and its themes

How to apply:
If you meet the requirements in your relevant job description, send us an email with a cover letter and your CV including link/s to your portfolio/reel (whichever is relevant to the role you are applying for).

Email your cover letter and resume to: jobs@grindinggear.com with your name + position you are applying for in the subject line.

No phone calls or agencies, please.