Game Statistician
Central Studio/Operations - Santa Monica, CA

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Great Games Start with Great People! This is a significant time in our company's history - and one of the most exciting times to join us!

Activision Blizzard, headquartered in Santa Monica, CA, is the premier worldwide publisher of interactive entertainment software. Activision Blizzard's portfolio includes such best-selling video game franchises as Activision Publishing's Call of Duty, Spider-Man, X-Men, James Bond, and Transformers, in addition to Blizzard Entertainment's StarCraft, Diablo, Warcraft and the #1 subscription based massively multi-player online role-playing game, World of Warcraft.

Basic Function:
Build statistical models with large datasets to derive meaningful insights that effect actionable business decisions. You are a seasoned statistician who wants to polish your statistical modeling skills in a fast-paced business environment, with a passion for video games. Because you also understand gamers' mindset, you reliably are able to qualitative deduce and draw quantitative conclusions from player behavioral data that directly influence game design, play balance, player retention and marketing approach. If these sounds like it may be the perfect role for you, it probably is.

Drive exploration and analysis of large, complex data sets representing hundreds of millions of real-world play sessions. Establish the feasibility of critical studies, choosing the right tools and techniques to mine the data in a timely way, iterating on data visualization, and draw quantitative conclusions from player behavioral data that directly influence game design, play balance, and player retention.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Develop robust statistical models to support immediate and long-term business decisions, and provide recommendations to satisfy business need

Work with game developers to identify key performance metrics and benchmarks related to user behavior, user segmentation, and user retention

Work closely with the live game teams to optimize play balance, game economies, and to identify and close out exploits.

Mine current game data and user trends to inform the production of the next generation of products. Evaluate and quantify the effect of ongoing changes to games through statistical methods

Effectively communicate with other members of the team to build and implement statistical model

Principal Working Relationships:
Director of Studio Analytics and the studio analytics team, the Data warehousing team, and senior game design staff

Position Qualifications:
Educational Requirements

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MS or PhD degree, preferably in Statistics, Economics, Applied Mathematics, or related disciplines

Special Knowledge, Skills

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(Tools and Technology, Technical Skills)

Proficient use of statistical analysis tools, such as SAS, R, SPSS

Working knowledge of distributed data storage system like Hadoop

Knowledge of other advanced analysis techniques, such as machine learning

Prior Experience/Previous Positions related to current position:

Experience building and validating statistical models with large datasets

Experience with statistical methods like Linear Regression, Logistic Regression, CART,

Experience with reporting/analytics tools like Excel, Access, MySQL as well as a working knowledge of SQL

Principle Component Analysis, Time Series, K-means Clustering, Treenet, etc.

Proven ability to clearly translate statistical modeling results to business stake holders

Strong understanding of the realities of working with large, rich datasets

Demonstrated ability to compromise and improvise while driving for results

Must be committed to finding useful answers to fascinating questions

Able to work and problem solve independently, to organize workload and priorities, and complete tasks on time

Proven ability for high-quality execution, technical innovation/adaptation, and initiative

Avid gamer with a strong interest and knowledge of the video game industry

Job

Studio Operations/Administration

Primary Location

United States-California-Santa Monica

Other Locations

Canada

Organization

Central Studio/Operations