Game Designer Internship

Position Summary:

Maliyo Games is seeking a game designer intern to assist in game design from conception through release and beyond. This ideal candidate would be required to develop the characters and define the objectives that drive the player experience, ensuring authenticity, marketability, and delivering high player retention. The Intern would possess the right mix of creative and technical skills to succeed in the job.

Position: Game Designer Internship

Status: Full-Time

Location: Remote

Application Deadline: 31st December, 2021

Company Overview

Maliyo is a Lagos-based game development studio that creates African-inspired games for mobile users with over 40 games in our portfolio. Maliyo infuses the continent’s lively culture and experiences into everything we create. Our goal is to embed Africa’s vibrant culture into video games through storylines, character development, immersive environments, captivating sounds, and strong visuals.

Essential Functions:

  • Design and implement gameplay experiences, such as levels, enemy encounters and mini games
  • Research target audience to understand what they want in the game
  • Develop characters, rules, settings and stories for new and prototype games
  • Write storyline, character bios, dialogue, plot points, game objectives
  • Storyboard and script in-game cutscenes and experiences
  • Define user interface, menus and controls
  • Contribute to the development of the Game Design Document (GDD)
  • Work with programmers to design the back end of the game
  • Produce sound effects, dialogue, musical score, sound mix and sound edit
  • Conceive elements of the game including rules, setting, objects, vehicles, weapons, etc. and execute action sequences 
  • Assist in quality assurance testing, and follow up on feedback
  • Support the marketing and distribution roll-out


  • Computer science, computer engineering or similar technical skills 
  • Proven creativity in designing games, characters, storylines and visual style
  • Solid knowledge of gaming industry
  • GameUp Africa alumni
  • Solid knowledge of game industry, including mobile games, free-to-play and major industry trends. 
  • Basic knowledge of 3D animation, illustration, programming languages, Unity (or other game engines) and system building to effectively manage production schedule of creative and technical teams 
  • Prior app development experience in Android or iOS is desirable
  • Analytical, problem-solving, communication and collaboration, organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to innovate and improve on game design concepts
  • Personal commitment to improving your own knowledge and skills with a proactive and enthusiastic approach to work
  • Work requires continued attention to detail in establishing priorities and meeting deadlines
  • Must be able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously while adhering to deadlines and within a fast-paced environment
  • Flexibility and the ability to work with cross-functional teams in-person and remotely
  • Portfolio welcome

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