Overview

Some people don’t believe in magic. Others have lost their faith in tech. At Tover, our trust in both grows each day. One smile at a time. One game at a time. Co-designing purposeful games that delight and stimulate people with cognitive challenges, calls for a full-hearted approach and an inventive mindset. Our solutions may be playful, but we solve serious care and education issues. To maximise our impact, we need to enthuse care providers, teachers, and researchers globally. By inspiring them with relevant metrics. By constantly reinventing our propositions. And by always putting smiles on users’ faces. Ready to infuse your career with a healthy dose of purpose? Dare to care with us!

What is your purpose?

To enhance the lives of roughly a million Tovertafel players. Given our target audience – people of all age groups who face cognitive challenges or dementia – the stakes are impressively high. But so is the pay-off. While we adore Super Smash Bros (feel free to challenge your colleagues!) and admire the animations of Elden Ring’s bosses, we need to approach our games differently than titles for a general audience. After all, we operate in a function over form setting. Eye candy is sweet but, ultimately, subservient to the gameplay. We are all about evoking smiles and enriching lives. This is a much worthier experience. You will infuse a broad range of games with your brand of artistic magic in 2D. Games for varying target groups, and with varying degrees of complexity. For examples, just check our website.

Together with the team – currently consisting of the Head of Games, to whom you report, a colleague Game Artist, the Game Developer, and our in-house Game Designer – you will run team projects end-to-end. From ideation to conceptualising and co-creating. Obviously, as our resident Game Artist, you mostly zoom in on technical design aspects, transforming abstract ideas into well-functioning end products in 2D. Whether you create compelling characters from scratch, animate inanimate objects or Bob Ross entire worlds (do include happy little trees) into existence: you wow us with visual productions that exude charisma and player-centricity. In this role, you will always team up with the software developers who provide you with clear frameworks: blank canvases don’t really exist in purposeful game settings, but you have plenty of opportunities to express your creativity and shine!

The TL;DR version

Translate game concepts into concept art to visually communicate the vision of the game to all key stakeholders
Create visual elements, such as characters, world elements, and illustrations
Research upcoming projects to map out the path towards realistic designs or animations
Animate models and hand key frame animations
Design and produce visual assets for games; mainly sprites and animations
Join meetings and freely share your views and ideas: how should areas and characters look, and why do you think those choices resonate best with our audiences? Work with (game) designers to get from a concept art to a finished product

What you bring to the Tovertafel

A relevant bachelor’s degree (e.g., HKU Games and Interaction) and 5+ years of experience in this exact or a closely related role, preferably (also) in the serious gaming sector
Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, and Blender (3Ds Max / Maya) interface elements are your homes away from home. If you ‘own’ even more relevant mansions, great!
You’re a 2D Artist
You’re anything but a one-trick pony: your portfolio immediately demonstrates that any visual style suits you just fine
Experience in asset production for interactive media products is a must
You thrive in fluid settings and quickly adapt to new situations
Both your English and Dutch are fluent (level B1 and up)
You love what we do and the people we do it for.

What’s in it for you?

A salary up to €3.600,- a month and 25 paid holidays days for full-time.
Non-stop development opportunities: when you grow, we grow, so the sky is the limit.
Fun company events and drinks on our rooftop terrace with great views of Utrecht.
NS Business Card, Laptop and all facilities for a pleasant home office.
An inspiring home away from home, in the old court building next to the Dom
The opportunity to infuse your CV with a generous measure of purpose.

Want to work your magic with us?

Hit the apply button. Want to find out more first? You can call or WhatsApp Marin (Talent Partner) at 06 28 55 62 65 to discuss the position over a virtual cup of coffee.