Principal Stylized Visual Effects Artist

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Guerrilla Games, most recently known for Horizon Forbidden West, is a dynamic and innovative leader in the gaming industry dedicated to creating immersive and engaging experiences for players worldwide. We’re currently looking for a Principal Visual Effects Artist to join our team.

What you will do

  • Become part of the visual effects team and be responsible for creating, visualizing and implementing particle and shader effects.
  • Act as a champion for artistic vision and quality standards while mentoring and helping guide others, fostering growth and development while maintaining high standards of creativity and excellence.
  • Work on a wide range of stylized character and weapon effects. Collaborate with cross-functional teams including art, design, and engineering to integrate visual effects seamlessly into gameplay mechanics and narrative elements.
  • Ensuring that your work runs within performance requirements.
  • Setting up logic that drives your effects, using our visual scripting language (similar to Unreal Blueprint).

Who you are

  • You have 5+ years of professional experience as a VFX Artist in the gaming industry with first-hand knowledge working on more stylized FX.
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills with the ability to collaborate effectively within a multidisciplinary team and provide constructive feedback.
  • Strong technical and artistic skillset, good understanding of animation principles and a passion for building expressive stylized effects shaders.
  • Experience with Maya or similar 3D packages and node-based shader building tools (Unreal Material editor, Unity Shadergraph, etc.)
  • Strong understanding of particle systems (Niagara, VFX Graph, Houdini, etc.)
  • Experience with visual scripting languages
  • Happy to learn and explore new software
  • Pro-active in solving issues that might arise during production.


  • Experience with other engines and toolsets such as Unreal, Unity, etc.;
  • You have shipped at least one title. (Bonus for Live Service)
  • Experience in drawing effect textures and 2D flipbook animations


If you are up for the challenge, hit the “apply now” button to submit your application to us. Be sure to submit your CV, motivation letter, and link to your reel or portfolio that shows your best and most recent work. We would love to see structured programming as code examples and a demo presenting relevant work to the position.

Please note: This position is based in our studio in the heart of Amsterdam. Guerrilla offers relocation and immigration support.

At Guerrilla, we believe that our team’s varied backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives help us create games that resonate with a diverse audience.

As an equal opportunities employer, we strive to create an inclusive environment, empower employees and embrace diversity.

We encourage everyone to respond as we consider all candidates on the basis of their merit, unique strengths, and perspectives they will bring to the role.

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Frequently asked questions


Q: Does Guerrilla offer remote positions?

A: Unless stated otherwise, our vacancies are based on-site, in our studio in Amsterdam. For qualified candidates, we offer visa, permit, relocation and immigration support. Depending on role, we do offer hybrid work models allowing our employees to work from home one or more days per week.

Q: I don't have any work examples. Can I still apply for a job?
A: It's essential that you can prove to us that you have the necessary skills for the job. Rushing into an application without supplying the required materials won't leave a good impression. In general, it's a good idea to put together an excellent portfolio before you start applying for jobs.  

Q: I have no experience in the games industry. Can I still get a job with you?
A: Games industry experience is certainly a bonus, but it's not always necessary. It's important to put together an excellent portfolio that demonstrates your skills and your understanding of the game development process.  

Q: I applied for a job with you, but I haven’t heard back. What happens now?
A: We aim to respond to all applications within three weeks. Due to the volume of requests, this sometimes takes a little longer. If you have not heard from us within three weeks, your application was most likely unsuccessful.  

Q: How can I arrange a job interview with you?
A: We receive so many applications that we are only able to arrange interviews with the most suitable candidates. It's important that your application stands out from the crowd. Go ahead, impress us!  

Q: I'm considering working at Guerrilla in the future. Is it possible for me to come for a tour of the studio?
A: Because of the confidential nature of the projects that we are working on, we cannot allow visitors into the studio. The most impressive job applicants will be invited for an interview, and will have an opportunity to visit some of the development areas.  


Q: I'm a university student looking for a company that can help me with a (master) thesis assignment. Can we arrange a meeting to look at the different possibilities?
A:We like to help out with university level assignments when we can! However, due to time constraints and deadlines this isn't always possible. Please send a brief e-mail outlining the aims of your assignment and what input you would need from us. We'll let you know if we are able to help you.  

Q: I'm a high school student and I have to do a school assignment on media and entertainment. Can I make an appointment for an interview with one of your employees to discuss this?
A: Due to the sheer number of requests we receive, we regret that we are unable to participate in interviews with school students.  

Q: I have a great idea for a game. How can I submit it to you?
A: All of our game concepts are developed by our internal designers, in conjunction with our publishers. It is company policy not to accept game concepts from third parties.  

Q: I'm still in school and I want to get a job in games in the future. What kind of education and skills do I need to achieve this goal? Can you provide me with information on the schools that teach this discipline?
A: The skills required to work in the games industry are very broad, as there are many areas in which you can work. In development there are roles in art, animation, programming, design, and project management. Other industry roles include sales, marketing, PR, and testing. The most important thing is to get an education in subjects that you enjoy and that you are good at. Your career adviser should be able to give you guidance as to which careers are suitable for an individual with your particular skills.  

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