Grinding Gear Games is Hiring – Item/Micro..

March 3, 2023

Grinding Gear Games is looking to hire an Item/Microtransaction Concept Artist to design items and microtransactions for Path of Exile and Path of Exile 2 from our office in Auckland, New Zealand. It’s especially important that you play Path of Exile for this role because we want to make sure that our cosmetic microtransactions have unique ideas that feel integrated with gameplay. We’re looking to the community to find a talented artist who both plays the game and has an eye for what fits the aesthetic of Wraeclast.

The position includes the following duties:

  • Develop item/cosmetic microtransaction concept art, maintaining a consistent aesthetic across the game
  • Show initiative, push ideas and innovate within your duties
  • Be aware of project/task schedules and deliver work to deadlines
  • Engage with the Game Directors and Producers
  • Knows the game well

We are seeking someone with:

  • 3+ years experience as a game concept artist
  • An understanding of Path of Exile, its gameplay and themes
  • A superior eye for lighting, value, colour, texture and details
  • A firm grasp of composition and anatomy as it relates to games
  • A passion and ability for creating realistic, ‘dark and gritty’ visually appealing item, character and cosmetic designs.
  • An ability to take direction and work well within a team environment
  • Problem-solving skills and the ability to evaluate time requirements
  • A proactive and self-reliant approach to working
  • Excellent communications skills, and able to work within a team environment
  • A strong, relevant portfolio


  • A traditional arts background and/or a BA in Fine Art or 3D/Game Art

Portfolio, and/or reel demonstrating relevant artistic skills required. Must be willing to complete an art test if requested to do so.

To apply for this role, please email [email protected] with your CV and portfolio. This role is a full-time position at our office in Henderson, Auckland. Please only apply if you currently reside in New Zealand/Auckland or are willing to relocate. We can assist with applying for a work visa for this role. Excellent written and verbal English communication skills are essential and detailing your experience in Path of Exile through a cover letter would be very helpful.