GAME DIRECTOR

As a game dev, Marie has had a lengthy career spanning some of the world's most famous studios and titles, while still being involved in esports on the side.


  • Creative leader with long experience in AAA game development and some mobile
  • 14+ years game dev experience, 6 years in AAA with 5 shipped titles, 1 DLC, and 1 game mode
  • Experience leading both design teams and cross-disciplinary implementation teams
  • Past as gameplay programmer and technical designer
  • Wide experience within gameplay and systems, deep knowledge in AI and 3Cs
  • Bachelor in Computer Science at Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm


Eventually, her game development career brought her to make esports games, and so she went full circle. Today, she works in gamedev as an advisor and hosts workshops - check the Services page for more info

EXPERIENCE

Game Director


Owning and driving an unannounced mobile game for META Games

  • Creative visionholder and full product ownership
  • Building and leading an implementation team
  • Strategic planning (budget, roadmap, hiring)
  • Partnerships with external parties helping development
  • Part of studio leadership
  • High level Game Design
  • Communication & design feedback with investors

Associate Game Director


Worked remotely on an unannounced title for Ubisoft Stockholm

  • Owning and supervising the whole 3C & AI division
  • Reviewing division results (development) on a weekly basis and providing feedback and direction
  • Vision holder for 3C & AI gameplay
  • Collaborating with Game Director to set top gameplay vision
  • Collaborating and aligning with peer design vision holders (eg. UX, progression)
  • Planning and setting goals for future initiatives and milestones with Production
  • Collaborating with discipline directors (eg. art, programming) on resource allocation
  • Hiring Manager and supervisor for Lead Designers
  • Mentoring and coaching Lead Designers
  • Administrative tasks such as time reports, expense approval, yearly reviews, salaries etc

Lead Game Designer


Lead Game Designer  on live game competitive multiplayer game The Cycle

  • Head of the Design Department, leading the craft and responsible for all its output
  • Long- and short term planning (e.g. milestones and backlog grooming)
  • Working together with Creative Director, setting and presenting vision
  • Organizing workshops, playtests and other designers learning and development needs
  • Setting internal creative process (workflows, approval processes, pitch jams etc)
  • Hiring manager for design positions
  • Support to the community (i.e. streams, roundtables, coaching tournament organizers)
  • Managing 9 designers ranging from combat to MTX to Narrative to UX
  • Performance reviews and regular coaching and mentoring 
  • Reviewing and ensuring the quality of all designs and feature work
  • Leading by example; hands-on implementation, teaching and mentoring
  • Designs across the board where needed

Senior Game Designer & Product Owner


Leading three major features on an unannounced online multiplayer game at Jagex

- Reporting straight to and keeping Creative Director in the loop

- Feature owner over all 3C (Camera, Controls, Character and movement), Progression and AI

- Leading design and delegating to several other designers

- Continuous coaching and feedback to junior and intermediate members of the design team

- Leading cross-disciplinary feature team with animators, artists and programmers

- Advisory in technical implementation

- Market rating analysis in collaboration with Strategy team

Game Designer & Feature Owner


Worked at Capcom as Game Designer and Feature owner on an unreleased AAA title in the Dead Rising franchise

  • Owned and designed all boss fights
  • Led creative sessions to ideate, include, involve and iterate on designs
  • Made polished high level designs intents and presented them for Directors
  • Coordinated and lead a cross-disciplinary feature team of 20 people
  • Implemented assets according to the design in engine (Unreal 4)
  • Invented some innovative AI features and tools working closely together with tech
  • Driving force in the central AI council putting together level design, tech and game design to make joint decisions, interfaces and guidelines


Game Designer & Technical Designer


Worked at Funcom (later renamed to Nvizzio Creations) on theme park simulator game RollerCoaster Tycoon World - successor to RollerCoaster Tycoon 3. Owned everything AI (which is a lot in a simulation game). Set the AI vision architected the full simulation loop, implemented initial core systems such as pathfinding, decision making and the hive mind for staff. Had one programmer to delegate to. 

Transitioned to pure Game Design during the development of RollerCoaster Tycoon World. Set a new vision for progression and drove the design and implementation, working closely to programmers, designers, level designers, producers and artists.


Also worked on Rokh, a futuristic survival game set on planet Mars. Designed various gameplay elements such as the debuff/buff system and hazards that plagued the planet. 

Gameplay Programmer


Worked at Eidos Montréal as Gameplay Programmer on Deus Ex: Mankind Divided DLC and game mode Breach. The mode was about hacking and escaping with data from stealth missions. I worked closely with designers, level designers, artists and animators to make awesome stuff, always coming with ideas and smart technical solutions to design problems.


Main features included:

  • AI systems
  • Experience/Upgrade Systems
  • Weapons


Projects:

  • Deux Ex Mankind Divided: Breach (game mode)
  • Deus Ex Mankind Divided DLC #1

Associate Gameplay Programmer


Worked as associate gameplay programmer on my first AAA: Batman Arkham Origins. C++ and UnrealScript programming. For PC and consoles, using Unreal 3+. Worked widely on almost all areas of the game, including:

  • AI
  • UI
  • 3C (Camera, Control, Character animations/movement)
  • Core Combat Systems
  • Boss Fights (Killer Croc)
  • Side missions
  • Experience/Upgrade Systems
  • Dynamic Difficulty
  • Character interactions with the world
  • Achievements
  • Tutorials


Projects:

  • Batman Arkham Origins
  • Batman Arkham Origins DLC A Cold Cold Heart

Programming Intern


IBM was researching how to use Virtual Worlds such as Second Life, ActiveWorlds in a business context, inspired by the big MMORPG games at the time (i.e. World of Warcraft). We were working on the OG metaverse. 

* Learnt the tropes of UI & UX methodology by some of the best in the industry

* Designed the UI & UX of a GM (Game Master) control panel used to conduct in-game meetings

* Implementation through programming in Java

Game Expert (TV, Freelance)


I was starring as the Game Expert in the pre-season pilot and first season of Swedish tech TV show 'MetroTeknik'. I was a member of the show's production planning team, responsible for my part of it. Each week, I came up with different topics and new content such as graphics, video clips, interview questions for the game host, phone interviews and more. A couple episodes were about esports.


Also starred several times as Game Expert at Sweden's largest morning TV show TV4 Nyhetsmorgon to talk about current game topics.

Game Reviewer


Was Game Reviewer for online game portal Nordic Gamers, testing, analyzing and writing articles and reviews about new game releases.