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If you have the same passions we do, and want to work with some of the most creative and talented minds in the industry, then we want to hear from you.

DOES THIS SOUND LIKE YOU?

“I *love* video games. Video games are the best entertainment in the world. I have wanted to make video games so much that I have spent an absurd amount of time learning. I have modified video games and I have used game development tools to create new and original things. I think I’m ready for the next step, but whenever I look for opportunities at my favorite game development studios, I can never find any openings for someone without years of experience and shipped titles already under their belt. That’s crap! I *know* I’m going to rock this and that I’m ready, but I need a foot in the door! I have been making cool things, but it’s time for me to go to the next level – to join a game development team and to be the best as I move forward and grow with the best. I just need a chance to prove myself!”

If you’ve said any of these things to yourself, you’re in the right place!

THE DOOR IS OPEN, WILL YOU WALK THROUGH?

The COGS program at Gearbox Software is designed for future game developers to get a chance to start their careers by becoming embedded with the veteran, professional developers at our world-class video game development studio and actually contribute to a commercial video game project. It’s the real deal. This is the foot in the door. This is the chance to prove yourself.

The COGS program differs from a traditional internship because Gearbox Software will actually pay you during your time at the studio. What?! Did you read that right?! Yes, we’re going to pay you to prove yourself. We must be nuts.

But forget about us being nuts for a minute - the COGS program is as real as Clap Trap’s malfunctioning artificial personality.

COGS stands for Contractors of Gearbox Software – you will get a contract and it will say that you have become an actual, official, paid professional inside the studio that is home of Borderlands, Duke Nukem, Brothers in Arms, Homeworld, Battleborn and Randy Pitchford’s flamboyant shirts. The contract terms can be for as little as three months or as long as a year, depending on the timing and the role. During that time you’ll get free soda. Also during that time you’ll contribute to a real commercial product at our AAA development studio earning valuable experience and credit that will not merely be rewarding and insanely gratifying, but will also set-you-up to be very valuable and sought after by the industry. And there’s free snacks to wash down with the soda. Did I already mention the soda? It’s a cool deal.

WAIT! CAN I REALLY DO THIS?

Anyone *can* do it, but only a few *will* do it. Women or man, black, white or green tartan – we don’t care what you’re shaped like or where you’re from– the only thing we care about is working together to create awesome interactive entertainment. Is that what you care about? Good! You can keep reading then. Here’s the point: the thing that defines whether people are liked and admired and respected at Gearbox Software is all about each individual’s drive and cooperation towards making the best games in the world. Our mission is to entertain the world. Simple.

THAT SOUNDS LIKE ME, WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR?

Take it easy there, Moxxi. Not quite everyone can become a COGS developer. To succeed, you’ll need much more determination than the average person. You’ll need a team-work oriented personality and character that can take criticism and make others feel good about and even inspired by the criticism you want to offer them. You’ve got to have the heart of an entertainer – the basic need to give other people the kinds of feelings from video game experiences that are what convinced you in the first place that video games are the best form of entertainment our species has ever devised. And, of course, you’re going to need to be able to show us (and make it easy for us to see) some strong evidence of your progress and potential in the game development discipline you’re focused on – whether you are a programmer, artist, animator, designer or other game-development related talent, we’re going to need to see something that makes us believe you’ve taken the initiative to get started in developing some skills with a chance at going all the way.

Basically, you’ve really got to be a badass if you’re going to make it as a COGS developer. Are you a badass? I’m not talking about muscles here – who cares about that? I’m not even talking about your loud voice (or whether or not you even have a voice). Physical stuff doesn’t matter here. I’m talking about your determination to be the best and to help make stuff that blows people away. I’m talking about your passion for game development and your need to get better and better at it. I’m talking about grit, badass!

EARN XP AND LEVEL UP!

If you feel you are a badass and have grit and enough talent and skill to get started, please let us know who you are! We’re not expecting you to have shipped a game or to have years and years of professional experience. This is the foot in the door, remember? But if you can show us enough to make us believe you have the potential to do great things in our industry, we will race at making sure you can.

Gearbox Benefits

Need more incentive to come work with us?
Here's a look at some of the benefits Gearbox Software provides its team members:

Best in Class Profit Sharing

Over $40 million in bonuses above and beyond salary paid directly to talent since 2010.

Best in Class Benefits

Industry leading Health, Dental and Life Insurance options available to you and your family.

Best in Class Retirement

401k with the company matching contributions dollar-for-dollar up to 4% of gross salary.

Best in Class Vacation

Over one full calendar month per year in officially recognized paid holidays and personal vacation time.

Best in Class Perks

Fully stocked kitchens with free food and drinks, regularly catered meals and a constantly updated robust video game library.

More Best in Class Perks

Constant celebration with legendary launch parties, holiday parties, annual events and our own annual Community Day Con.

Even More Best in Class Perks

An Annual “Level-Up” Cash Reimbursement Bonus for team members to use towards self-improvement including education, technology and hardware, gym memberships, etc.

Gearbox Studio Québec



We are thrilled to announce the opening of Gearbox Studio Québec! We currently have a number of positions open for the best and brightest at our newest location in Québec City. For more information, to see which positions are available, and to apply, please visit the Gearbox Studio Québec page.

Job Seeking FAQs

We get asked a lot of questions about how to break into the games industry. Here's a few of the more frequently asked questions as well a few things to consider when applying to Gearbox Software.

"How do I get a job at Gearbox?"

If you are interested in working for Gearbox but do not see a specific job that fits with your skill set please apply for the “Team Member” position. This will allow us to review your resume and keep it on file for any future opportunities. You can also send an email inquiry to gamejobs@gearboxsoftware.com. We are super excited that you are interested in working for Gearbox!

Do you see several job posting that you might be interested in or skilled at? Apply for all of the jobs you might qualify for. And don't be shy -- tell us what you really enjoy doing or which job listing you think would be the most interesting to you.

Always submit a portfolio or work samples with your application. And make sure that your website works, is easy to read, and we can actually see your work samples and have the ability to zoom in.

Keep your portfolio current. Remove samples that are questionable or really old. Let us see your best work first.

If we send you a test, make sure you put forth an effort and show us the passion we know you have.

The application process can be lengthy. It's okay to follow up, but please don't call or email every day.

If you are called for an interview be prepared to spend the entire day in an interview. It may not take that long but it's better to be prepared and well rested in case it does.

"Do you have any Internship opportunities?"

All job opportunities, including internships, will be posted on this jobs page. If you don't see any internships or COGS positions then we are not currently hiring for those positions.

"How do I get into the Games Industry?"

You may want to consider one of the many schools that now offer degrees in gaming. Here are a few of the local schools where we have found great talent: SMU Guildhall, University of Texas Dallas, Art Institute of Dallas

Look for studios that are offering Internships

Play test for studios (if you are local to the Dallas area, Gearbox is always looking for Play Testers)

Networking through Conferences/seminars, IGDA, LinkedIn, Forums, etc.

Living in Frisco, Texas

In September 2009, Forbes Magazine designated the Dallas-Fort Worth area as the top place to earn a living in the United States. Dallas has a financial advantage for residents with its low cost of living (one of the lowest in the United States) and the state of Texas is one of the few states in the US that does not charge a state income tax. Gearbox Software is located in Frisco, TX just a short drive north of Dallas.

Frisco offers an abundance of fun for kids of all ages in a safe, affordable and unique setting. Whether you enjoy incredible shopping & dining, are a huge sports fan, or if arts and culture is your passion, Frisco has plenty to offer. For a day of pampering and relaxation, try one of the city's sixteen day spas.

Frisco is a great place to stay, with a host of award winning hotels, from upscale to featured service, awaiting you. Enjoy minor league baseball, professional soccer and arena football, and amateur hockey.

If you're searching for the kind of shopping that brings excitement, warms your heart, and gets the job done, all while being fun, visit the Stonebriar Centre in Frisco! Packed with specialty shops, great restaurants, movie theaters and much more, Frisco has one of the premiere shopping malls in the Southwest, all surrounded by even more shopping.

A quick drive around Frisco and you suddenly realize you are surrounded by bronze cattle drives depicting the Shawnee Trail, artwork from around the world in Hall Office Park, and a one-of-a-kind Texas Sculpture Garden.

Entertainment abounds in the Dallas area! Home to 4 major sports teams including the Dallas Cowboys (NFL), Dallas Stars (NHL), Dallas Mavericks (NBA), and Texas Rangers (MLB), sports fans will never have trouble finding a great game. Food and nightlife are plentiful, with enough dining and social hotspots to suit any taste in Lower Greenville, the West End, Deep Ellum, Uptown, Addison, and the West Village. Concerts and shows hardly ever pass Dallas by and are hosted in numerous venues like the American Airlines Center, Cowboys Stadium, Nokia Theatre, and The House of Blues. Dallas is also home to a large, thriving arts district - visit the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, and the AT&T Performing Arts Center for proof! Don't forget the Dallas Zoo and the State Fair of Texas - Dallas has tons of great family-friendly activities!

Gearbox Benefits

Need more incentive to come work with us?
Here's a look at some of the benefits Gearbox Software provides its team members:

Best in Class Profit Sharing

Over $40 million in bonuses above and beyond salary paid directly to talent since 2010.

Best in Class Benefits

Industry leading Health, Dental and Life Insurance options available to you and your family.

Best in Class Retirement

401k with the company matching contributions dollar-for-dollar up to 4% of gross salary.

Best in Class Vacation

Over one full calendar month per year in officially recognized paid holidays and personal vacation time.

Best in Class Perks

Fully stocked kitchens with free food and drinks, regularly catered meals and a constantly updated robust video game library.

More Best in Class Perks

Constant celebration with legendary launch parties, holiday parties, annual events and our own annual Community Day Con.

Even More Best in Class Perks

An Annual “Level-Up” Cash Reimbursement Bonus for team members to use towards self-improvement including education, technology and hardware, gym memberships, etc.