Principal Materials Artist (Apex Legends)
Los Angeles, CA  / Madison, WI 
Posted 2 months ago
Job Description

Founded in 2010 by the original creators of the Call of Duty Franchise, Respawn was created with the philosophy that when talented people have creative freedom, they'll make extraordinary games that achieve the unexpected. Our shipped titles include critically acclaimed multi-platform games Apex Legends, Titanfall, Titanfall 2, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond. You can learn more about our studio and values at

We are recruiting for a Principal Materials Artist to join our growing team. As a Principal Materials Artist on the project, you will be responsible for creating and maintaining a high quality library of textures and materials that will serve as the backbone for all of the game's surfacing needs.

Must be located in or willing to relocate to Los Angeles, Vancouver, or Madison, WI.

What you'll do...

  • Reporting to the Lead Environment Artist and working primarily with the Environment Team, you will build, curate, and manage a core library of textures and materials to be used across the game.
  • Address the needs of other disciplines that might benefit from a shared library, including our Hard Surface and Character team.
  • Work with Technical Art to co-develop our layered material system and customize it to suit specific needs.
  • Work with Lighting to ensure consistency in our surface response across the game.
  • Communicate across internal and external teams new and changing surface textures.
  • Create important pipelines supporting assets from Substance Designer, Substance Painter, and Megascan textures.
  • Work with production to schedule and deliver assets on time.

Ideally, you will have...

  • 4+ years of professional experience as a 3D Artist for games. Experience working on AAA game/s through the full development cycle (from concept to ship) as an embedded member of a studio development team strongly preferred.
  • Portfolio of highly detailed surfaces with a focus on realistic material development. Display a range of surface types from naturalistic, artificial, and foliage.
  • Mastery of relevant software packages such as Maya, Photoshop, Substance Designer, Substance Painter.
  • A strong service minded approach to helping other art departments.
  • A strong understanding of modern physically based rendering, especially in Unreal.
  • Experience developing your own material graphs is a plus. Technical Art will be doing the heavy lifting, but the ability to quickly prototype and communicate to Technical Art is a big advantage.
  • Experience with Unreal Engine 4/5 is nice to have, but not a requirement.
  • A desire to work in a highly collaborative, iterative team environment. Giving and accepting constructive feedback is a core value of our team.
  • Passion for making and playing games.

If this opportunity sounds like a great fit for you, please submit your resume and portfolio and we will get back to you once we have reviewed it.

In addition to opportunities for creative impact and professional growth which come with being a member of our team, working at Respawn has many other perks and benefits! Learn more at


The base salary ranges listed below are for the defined geographic market pay zones in these locations. If you reside outside of these locations, a recruiter will advise on the range and benefits for your specific location.

EA has listed the base salary ranges it in good faith expects to pay applicants for this role in the locations listed, as of the time of this posting. Pay offered will be determined based on numerous relevant business and candidate factors including, for example, education, qualifications, certifications, experience, skills, geographic location, and business or organizational needs.


* British Columbia (depending on location e.g. Vancouver vs. Victoria):
$126,000 - $176,300 CAN Annually
* California (depending on location e.g. Los Angeles vs. Sacramento):
$138,200 - $219,000 USD Annually

Base salary is just one part of the overall compensation at EA. In the US, we offer a package of benefits including paid time off (3 weeks per year to start), 80 hours per year of sick time, 16 paid company holidays per year, 10 weeks paid time off to bond with baby, medical/dental/vision insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, and 401(k) to regular full-time employees. Certain roles may also be eligible for bonus and equity. For British Columbia, we offer a package of benefits including vacation (3 weeks per year to start), 10 days per year of sick time, paid top-up to EI/QPIP benefits up to 100% of base salary when you welcome a new child (12 weeks for maternity, and 4 weeks for parental/adoption leave), extended health/dental/vision coverage, life insurance, disability insurance, retirement plan to regular full-time employees. Certain roles may also be eligible for bonus and equity.

EA is an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, religion, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, family status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal records in accordance with applicable law. EA also makes workplace accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities as required by applicable law.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Experience
4+ years
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