Live Ops Design Lead - Permanent


At PlayStation London Studio, we are on a mission to make award-winning, landmark games. Our upcoming PlayStation 5 online multiplayer game will be focused on a brand-new IP we are extraordinarily excited about.

Our new game is close to our hearts, as the whole team collaborated on coming up with the concept from the very beginning. We’ve seen this idea grow from a seed, and now we’re looking for new starters to continue our journey on shaping our plans for this AAA project.

We’re also a part of the PlayStation Studios family, a collective of teams - from Insomniac to Naughty Dog and many more. As such, we have solid support system – often knowledge sharing industry advancements so that all our studios, individually lead the way to create memorable gaming experiences.

We are excited to be opening this role and would love to hear from Designers who can help us structure our game for fantastic levels of player engagement.

As a key member of our Design Steering Group, you will be responsible for forming a product strategy that allows us to continuously improve the gameplay and accessibility as well as expanding game content after launch. You will build an ethical monetisation and economy design which respects the game and offers players real value for what they choose to spend with us.

Scope of Work

Experience / Knowledge

Our ideal candidate would be experienced at Lead or Principal level as their role has a product-wide impact affecting the entire Studio.

You would have the ability to understand, conceptualise and improve the game's systems, features and mechanics to work best in a Live Service environment.

You should have experience collaborating with partners who are important to delivering an outstanding live service experience such as our Online Technology Group, analytics and user research teams

Ideally you have experience working in AAA console games, but it is more important to us that you have designed live service games professionally and have played enough on consoles to understand them as a player.

We want you to build a team of people – so leadership or management experience is highly desirable in a candidate.

Impact / Complexity

You will collaborate with the Design Director and Lead Designers to deliver on the product vision. The direction you set on our Live Ops strategy will impact the tools we build, the systems we implement and the gameplay mechanics we make. It is a crucial role to our Studio’s success.

You will need to work with the team at every level, so they understand the strategy and help you action it.

Your work on analytics will ensure we have all the data we need to make the right design decisions for the product and our players.

We would like you to share your knowledge and experience of live ops games with the wider team ensuring everything we do considers the endless expansion of the game.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

We encourage you to bring your best-unaltered self to work. Inclusivity is one of our studio values, which means we embrace different perspectives to fuel our creativity and we know that our games are stronger for it!

It is important to us that our teams are passionate about diversity and inclusion. They must understand that these words speak to people’s lived experiences that may differ to their own. We encourage our teams to educate themselves and show support and their commitment to DE&I (diversity, equity, and inclusion). As an example, some of our outreach activities include giving talks, mentoring, speaking at schools, running roundtables and much more.

We therefore welcome applications from all groups who are underrepresented in the games industry. We can offer training to upskill our team, so if you don’t feel you meet 100% of the job criteria, we still strongly encourage you to apply and look forward to hearing from you.


Our roles can be flexible in terms of work location in the UK. We will consider the individual’s preference for hybrid, remote or onsite working. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate remote working outside of the UK.

However, if you wish to relocate to the UK and require sponsorship, we can support you with the visa process.

We have so many benefits, and we felt that if we listed them all out here it might look like we are bragging! What we can say is that we have you covered, from health and wellbeing, to finance and personal development, there is something there for everyone! If you would like to know more head to our benefits and perks page!

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