Position Description

Data Analyst
Location Firaxis (Baltimore, MD)
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General Description:

Firaxis Games, creator of some of the most successful and award winning strategy games of all time (including the Sid Meier’s Civilization and the XCOM series) and home of legendary game designer, Sid Meier, is looking to hire an experienced and passionate Data Scientist to work with our designers, engineers and producers to transform player behavior data into actionable insights that improve the overall player gameplay experience.  Our games are enjoyed by millions of players so you will have a rich dataset to play with and a direct path to drive and implement meaningful changes and outputs.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities Include:
  • Analyze player gameplay and economy telemetry data to understand player behavior and suggest actions to improve the player experience
  • Create statistical models than can predict and analyze player behavior, wants, and needs. Create models to optimize engagement, post-launch feature creation, and monetization efforts
  • Understand the underlying story in the data and apply statistical models and analyses to answer business and game design questions
  • Work closely with development teams to provide insights into game quality, difficulty, and fun
  • Establish and distribute regular performance reports based on simple telemetry and advanced models
  • Liaise with other team members and departments to determine project needs and requirements

Qualifications & Requirements:
  • Minimum of 3- 5 years of experience data mining & analytics, building models with very large, complex and multi-dimensional data sets
  • Experience with predictive modeling techniques and accomplished in use of R or Python machine learning and related modules
  • Expert in relational databases, SQL data carpentry. Experience with big data technologies such as Spark or NoSQL DBs, columnar databases like Vertica a plus
  • Experience with data visualization tools, Tableau preferred
  • Excellent communication skills, with a proven track record of working across various disciplines of an organization - having the information is one thing, you must be able to disseminate and educate
  • Drive to solve problems, meet deadlines, and build whatever is necessary along the way
  • Experience understanding the strengths and weaknesses of different modeling approaches and can effectively reason about when to apply different combinations and iterate
  • Demonstrated expert communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills to effectively present, explain, influence, and advise within cross-functional teams
  • Video games industry experience and/or gaming familiarity very helpful
  • Basic programming experience with C++ in large code bases a plus

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