• Technical Director Interactive Experience

    Job Locations US-NY-New York
    Requisition ID
    18-9170
    Division
    Ventures
    Functional Area
    Information Technology
  • Overview

    The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) is a world leader in live sports and entertainment experiences.  The company presents or hosts a broad array of premier events in its diverse collection of iconic venues: New York’s Madison Square Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre; the Forum in Inglewood, CA; The Chicago Theatre; and the Wang Theatre in Boston.  Other MSG properties include legendary sports franchises: the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL) and the New York Liberty (WNBA); two development league teams -- the Westchester Knicks (NBAGL) and the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL); and one of the leading North American esports organizations, Counter Logic Gaming.  In addition, the Company features popular original entertainment productions -- the Christmas Spectacular and New York Spectacular – both starring the Radio City Rockettes, and through Boston Calling Events, produces outdoor festivals, including New England’s preeminent Boston Calling Music Festival.   Also under the MSG umbrella is TAO Group, a world-class hospitality group with globally-recognized entertainment dining and nightlife brands: Tao, Marquee, Lavo, Avenue, The Stanton Social, Beauty & Essex and Vandal.  More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com

    EEO Statement

    At MSG we value diversity and are looking for extraordinary employees of all backgrounds! MSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, citizenship, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. In addition to federal law requirements, MSG complies with all applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in all locations.

    Responsibilities

     

    MSG Ventures was created to advance MSG’s goals of creating the “venue of the future,” along with immersive experiences that revolutionize the way fans, artists, and events engage and connect – both in and out of the venue.  Ventures will explore and create technologies that redefine the limits of connectivity, video and acoustics, and content distribution, with the ultimate goal of creating immersive experiences that take place before, during and after an event.  MSG Ventures will strategically invest in and partner with companies and institutions developing next-generation technologies that redefine the live entertainment experience.

     

    As MSG Ventures grows their Interactive Experiences function, the role of Technical Director will be to partner with the Principal MSG Ventures in defining the technological approach to the development of a venue-based software platform and associated content for large-scale communal interactivity, with an early focus on gaming for MSG Sphere.  As we continue to build out the function, this position will provide a structured technical strategy to support the development of the platform. This role will not only help define and drive the development of foundational technologies that will enable the creation and deployment of interactive experiences in our venues, but will also assist with the future build out of this group.

     

    The ideal candidate will be experienced in the game development space, who has been a part of building something new. Deep technical knowledge and experience with building/customizing game-engines, as well as back-end server-architectures, to support new use-cases is required. Experience working on AR/VR projects preferred. Together with the Principal, will manage internal and external development and planning, as well as coordinating with content, live services, and publisher stakeholders. He or she has the responsibility of assembling and managing a team of engineers to execute on the technological approach agreed upon with the necessary stakeholders; outlining, scheduling and tracking tasks; and making sure the project is headed in the right direction.

    • Developing a venue-based platform that enables digital Interactions between guests, content, and artists/live-acts.
    • Overseeing technical development on projects of varying scope, from rapid prototyping and testing of new concepts or technologies to the production of a complete product.
    • Defines the technological strategy for real-time interactive experiences in conjunction with the development team of each project: pipeline, tools, and key development procedures
    • Strong emphasis on multi-player gaming experiences, while still exploring other interactive experience opportunities.
    • Assist Principal in building out functional team, ensuring the interactive function is staffed with the engineering talent required to meet business objectives as needs develop and progress through the project lifecycle.
    • Lead development cycles in partnership with Product function for gaming products, and other interactive experience products
    • Strategic thinking around partner opportunities, outside vendor resources and the right mix of internal development.
    • Contributes to concept design, overall vision of the product, which includes game play, visual style, story, audio assets, cinematics, and marketing materials.
    • Assesses technical risk and mitigation plan
    • Establishes standards and procedures to track and measure project's progression
    • Scouts for and evaluates new technology and tools as opportunities for innovation and development excellence
    • Oversees technical design documentation process for correctness and timeliness
    • Provides input to the other disciplines on the practicality of initial design goals and impact to the overall project timeline
    • Evaluates software implementation on design and task thoroughness
    • Helps to identify high risk areas for the project director
    • Identifies weak software systems that need code improvement and schedules corrective action, when possible
    • Aids in all stages of post-production including during finalizing
    • Oversee quality assurance effort in coordination with internal and/or external resources.
    • Creates automated test process for system features, where possible, and contributes to the build system
    • Evaluates development teams, identifying strengths, problem areas, and developing plans for improving performance
    • Design and lead play testing procedures, evaluatio

     

    Qualifications

     

    • Bachelor’s degree and 7 – 10 years of experience in the gaming industry, or other experimental experience related work
    • Strong management skills
    • Developer of talent
    • Track record in achieving results
    • Behavior consistent with MSG values
    • At least 5+ years of experience specifically leading teams through development cycles.
    • Play testing experience is preferred.

    Education

    Candidates who have completed 60 credits of college-level coursework (representing 2 years), or have shown similar self-development through certifications, trade school coursework, etc. are preferred.

    Educational requirements may differ from job to job based on the role.

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