What does it take to get a job with NCSOFT? What is it like working at NCSOFT? ACR takes a look:
Established in 1997, NCSOFT Corporation is a publisher and developer of massively multiplayer online role-playing games or MMORPGs. In addition to launching Korea’s “first highly popularized internet-based online game” titled Lineage, the company has produced popular titles such as Lineage 2, Aion, Guild Wars, Guild Wars 2, and Blade & Soul. Lineage is NCSOFT’s flagship product. Since the development of NCSOFT’s flagship product—Lineage, the company’s games have attracted millions of subscribers in Korea alone, plus millions more worldwide.
NCSOFT is based in Seoul, Korea and it has offices across the globe. Locations include Bellevue, Washington; Austin, Texas; and Aliso Viejo, California in the U.S., and Brighton, East Sussex UK; Tokyo, Japan; New Taipei City, Taiwan, and Bangkok, Thailand overseas. Combined, NCSOFT’s offices are home to an estimated 4,108 employees.
Like many gaming companies, NCSOFT is always looking for fresh talent. As of January 2015, the company had around 65 job openings in offices and studios across the U.S. Just a few open positons included:
- Character Artist
- Concept Artist
- Game Designer
- Gameplay Programmer
- Motion Graphics Artist
- Network Programmer
- Senior Game Designer
- Software Engineer
- Technical Director
- Test Engineer
- Tools Programmer
To apply for a position with NCSOFT, go to us.ncsoft.com/en/jobs/. The official NCSOFT careers page lists open positions by location. Once you have located a position you are interested in and you have read the job description and qualifications/requirements carefully, you may apply for the position online. You must enter all of your contact information, create a password, and upload your cover letter and resume.
Salaries for NCSOFT employees vary depending job responsibilities, skills, and education. The company does not offer salary information. However, job sites such Glassdoor do a great job of gathering salary information from employees and other sources. Information contained in reports from job sites such as Glassdoor will give you a good idea of what average salaries at NCSOFT and other similar companies look like.
As of January 2015, Glassdoor listed 89 employee salaries for 57 job titles. Just a few include:
- Lead Animator: $136,808
- Lead Effects Artist: $128,014
- Senior Concept Artist: $108,158
- Systems Engineer: $90,244
- Software Engineer: $85,893
- Senior Graphic Designer: $84,008
- Project Manager: $81,033
- Producer: $77,562
- Animator: $69,991
Until 2013, Game Developer Magazine conducted an industry-wide salary survey each year. While the print magazine ceased production in 2013, the survey lives on through Gamasutra—a member of the UBM Tech family. The latest survey (2014) lists average salaries for game programmers, animators, designers, and more. See how NCSOFT compares:
- Business and Management: $101,572
- Audio: $95,682
- Programmers: $93,251
- Artists and Animators: $74,349
- Producers: $82,286
- Game Designers: $73,864
- Quality Assurance: $54,833
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