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Keep warm, stay fearless, play around

We build genre defining games,
set in immersive worlds, that
bring shared adventures
to millions of players.

ABOUT US

We’re Midwinter, a Seattle based independent game development studio building a tribe of fearless explorers, united through play.

We believe community is born in the face of adversity, by solving difficult problems together. We strive to create meaningful connections by designing experiences that demand co-participation.

We're currently hard at work on our first game, Scavengers.

WHO IS MIDWINTER?

JOSH HOLMES

PRODUCTION & DESIGN

Josh is driven by a lifelong obsession with player narrative, expressed through complex game systems. Before co-founding Midwinter, Josh was Studio Head, Executive Producer and Creative Director for the Halo franchise. Earlier in his career, Josh was the co-founder of Propaganda Games in Vancouver and co-creator of the NBA Street and Def Jam franchises for EA.

In his former life, Josh was a washed-up child actor.

JOSH HOLMES

PRODUCTION & DESIGN

FREDRIK PERSSON

ENGINEERING

Fidde doesn't know how to use any social media apps, and his wife posts for him on his Facebook page. Loves bourbon, snowboarding and programming problems. He fancies himself as kind of a cool guy, but he really is quite nerdy.

In his spare time Fidde gorges himself on Kalles Kaviar while playing a mediocre brand of poker.

FREDRIK PERSSON

ENGINEERING

PETER BURZYNSKI

ENGINEERING

Peter is driven by a desire to make games that keep players coming back for more – games where players create and share their own stories with friends. Before co-founding Midwinter, Peter was the Principal Engineer leading Multiplayer, Networking and UI on the Halo franchise. Prior to that he was a Senior Engineer for FASA Studio.

Peter grew up in the warmth and sun of the Bahamas, which makes his decision to settle down in the wet cold of the Pacific Northwest puzzling.

PETER BURZYNSKI

ENGINEERING

DARYL ANSELMO

ART & UX

Daryl is a curious tinkerer, whose love of art and animation is inspired by the demo scene and classic games of the 80's and 90's. Before co-founding Midwinter, Daryl was the Art & Creative Director for Farmville 2, a Narrative Director at Visceral, the co-founder of Propaganda Games and co-creator of the NBA Street and Def Jam franchises.

An avid cyclist and obstacle racer, he also has an unhealthy relationship with Pop Tarts.

DARYL ANSELMO

ART & UX

RISA TANEDA

ART

Risa has always held a deep love for characters, animals and the human form. She has been building characters in games for over 15 years including the Battlefield franchise at DICE in Sweden, the Mercenaries franchise at Pandemic Studios in LA and most recently, as the Lead Character Artist and Art Manager for Valkyrie Entertainment here in Seattle.

Risa’s family originally hails from Japan, where her great grandfather was a Samurai working for Hosokawa, Lord of Kumamoto.

RISA TANEDA

ART

JIMMY NILSSON

ENGINEERING

A dedicated and passionate gamer, Jimmy is obsessed with building game mechanics that feel great and create fun for players. Before joining Midwinter, Jimmy was a Senior Gameplay and Physics Engineer on the Battlefield and Battlefront franchises. While at DICE, he was also a part of the team working on the Frostbite engine. Earlier in his career, he spent many years making open world and racing games at a variety of different studios.

His proudest moment was at Pandemic Studios, where his last name was given to one of the characters in Mercenaries.

JIMMY NILSSON

ENGINEERING

JOSHUA COLINDRES

TECHNICAL ART

One part artist, one part tinkerer, Joshua is driven by his passion for the art of animation and expression. Prior to joining Midwinter, Joshua began his career as a lead technical artist for the visual effects studio Hive-Fx, creating realistic creature rigs, and developing/maintaining pipeline tools. Joshua has also been working as a freelance/contract artist for various gaming studios including Liquid Development and Oculus.

In his leisure time "Other Josh" enjoys plein air painting and eating cheese.

JOSHUA COLINDRES

TECHNICAL ART

ANGEL VILLEDA

FINANCE & OPERATIONS

Angel has a passion for figuring out what makes a business tick and a life-long love for gaming. Before Midwinter, he led the Business team at 343 industries, where he oversaw the financial and business operations, delved into the mystical arts of strategic planning, and partnered on the design of monetization systems. Before 343, he held several finance roles at Microsoft.

As a Mexico City native, he’s in a never-ending quest for a great taco in Seattle (no luck so far…) but has found a passion for great coffee (French Press FTW!)

ANGEL VILLEDA

FINANCE & OPERATIONS

JACK MCKELVIE

ART

Part artist, part gamer, part avid sleeper; Jack is driven by an unquenchable passion making some of the best game environments around. Prior to joining Midwinter, Jack began his career by starting his own freelance/outsource studio working on various titles. Later he joined Sledgehammer to contribute on Call of Duty: WWII.

In his spare time, you'll probably find Jack playing games, making them, or visiting new and fun places.

JACK MCKELVIE

ART

JUSTIN LIPPERT

DESIGN

A lifelong gamer, Justin is passionate about creating fun and driving user engagement. Before Midwinter Justin was briefly a Designer at Respawn Entertainment after a long tenure at 343 Industries working on Halo.

When Justin isn't working he can be most often found chasing after his toddler and golden retriever as they cause all sorts of mischief. Otherwise he is usually in front of some sort of screen playing games.

JUSTIN LIPPERT

DESIGN

MIKE TIPUL

DESIGN

Tips hasn't stopped making games since he discovered DOOM mods while growing up on a blueberry farm in Ohio. After losing a duel with a pony, he fled west and joined forces with Pandemic Studios, then Bungie. Before respawning at Midwinter's bonfire, Mike stole the dark arts of combat design from his former masters and conjured House of the Dying Sun.

He is currently wondering how to get his souls back from that fucking dragon.

MIKE TIPUL

DESIGN

CLINTON CRUMPLER

ART

Most recently, Clinton was a Senior Look Development Artist at the Coalition working on the Gears of War Franchise. Previously, he worked with Bethesda, Kixeye, and various other studios as an environment artist, and also teaches classes on CGMA on modularity for games.

Vices that always get him excited include Visual Storytelling, Pomeranians, Time Travel and Post Apocalyptic Settings. He hides a picture of Abraham Lincoln is almost everything he makes, see if you can find them :P

CLINTON CRUMPLER

ART

DANIEL ALEXANDER

ANIMATION

Since having been introduced to his father’s old Intellivision & Commodore 64 as a small child, Daniel has been a life-long gamer. Later, in his teens, after discovering a passion for animation, he set off to pursue the path of incorporating the two together. He is driven to go beyond his passion for creating and developing games, by infusing life into them through his love and fascination for movement, body mechanics and strong, interesting character performances. Before Midwinter Daniel had the pleasure to be a part of many freelance, indie projects, and most recently, WBgames and Lead Animator for HardsuitLabs.

Daniel’s blood is 3/4 coffee and enjoys spending his free time hitting the city in search for new favorite restaurants and breweries.

DANIEL ALEXANDER

ANIMATION

REECE MILLS

ANIMATION

Reece is a 3D artist and technical animator, joining Midwinter after fourteen years in the Canadian games industry, where he had the privilege of leading gameplay animation on titles like Punch-Out!!, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, and Super Mario Strikers. He is really passionate about making interactions feel just right through animation and gameplay.

In his spare time, you can find Reece reluctantly renovating his house, but he would rather be pvping or drinking a really strong coffee.

REECE MILLS

ANIMATION

DAVID TUFT

ENGINEERING

David loves channeling his enthusiasm and excitement into solving problems. Before joining Midwinter, David worked on the halo franchise doing AI, gameplay, and leading the UI Core team. Before Halo, David worked in 3rd party outreach and also 3rd party publishing helping developers with graphics and kinect. David’s pre-gaming background is in general purpose GPU programming. Prior to being a grown-up, he was the 4th grade running long jump champion of Burley, Idaho.

David’s great passion is in teaching his kids to appreciate the roots of the great games and mold them into talented engineers!

DAVID TUFT

ENGINEERING

DANIEL WIKSTEN

DESIGN

Wix grew up in the north part of Sweden where his passion for games was sparked by board games and pen and paper RPGs at an early age. Career paths considered growing up: Scientist, Rockstar or Game developer. Turns out he was more talented at game development than the other things combined. He has worked in Sweden and the US where he did gameplay design on Halo, Battlefield, Medal of Honor and Star Wars games.

Wix often gets told he looks like a mix between a Viking and Jesus, and footage of his eye was used in an E3 video to promote the “highest quality pixels.” Dreamy.

DANIEL WIKSTEN

DESIGN

KYLE LARSON

ENGINEERING

When he's not perfecting his stand-up routine, Kyle is hard at work learning new technology. As a recent Game Design & Development graduate from RIT, Kyle has worked at various companies, including an internship at 343 Industries, before finding his home at Midwinter. From New York City to Seattle, Kyle is the resident expert at knowing which coast is the best.

You may catch Kyle at the local Improv scene, where he is sure to be in a heated discussion about the latest episode of The Bachelor.

KYLE LARSON

ENGINEERING

Midwinter was founded by global game industry veterans.

OUR WORK

Collectively, the games we've created have won hundreds of awards, reached over 500 million players and generated $4B+ in revenue.

JOIN

At Midwinter we're on a quest to create ground-breaking new games and a thriving community of gamers who play them. We’re bringing together top talent with a shared passion for creating fun. We value people from diverse backgrounds with differing perspectives, who are unafraid of taking on new challenges.

As a studio, we offer:

Great Compensation

Competitive salaries & profit sharing

Complete Flexibility

Flexible hours & paid vacation

Excellent Benefits

Excellent medical, dental & vision benefits for employees & dependents

Strong Teamwork

Enjoy being a big part of a small, tightknit team

Outstanding Culture

We believe in a gameplay-first, developer-centric culture

We’re currently seeking experienced developers for a variety of positions in Engineering, Art and Design. If you’re interested, please reach out and tell us about yourself.

OUR VALUES

PLAY AROUND

Play is a powerful and important part of the human experience; an opportunity to explore ourselves and the world around us. The game is the truth. We value working software over comprehensive specs. We believe original ideas are best discovered through playful experimentation, so don't take yourself too seriously - take time to play around today.

PUSH YOUR LIMITS

Growth happens when people take on new challenges that push them outside of their comfort zones. Failure is an expected, inevitable consequence of doing something challenging. Learning from our mistakes means taking responsibility and caring enough not to repeat them. The fear of being judged should never prevent us from taking risks. We raise difficult issues and speak our truth even when controversial. We always question action that isn't consistent with our values.

STICK TOGETHER

Community is born in the face of adversity; by solving difficult problems together. We strive to create meaningful connections by designing experiences that demand co-participation. Our tribe is our greatest asset. We believe in reciprocity; that by treating the player and each other with respect, people are more likely to give us their support in return. We're all in this together.

BE KIND

Others may not always agree with our views or like every decision, but we strive to treat our players, and each other, with dignity. Sometimes we have to deliver difficult messages, and when we do, it is done with courage and consideration. Judge the art, and not the artist. While only the best ideas make the cut, all perspectives are worthy of consideration and respect.

WORK SCRAPPY

Our time is precious, it's the one resource we can never get back. We value action over process, and clever solutions with existing resources. We strive to put work in front of people early, and welcome the uncomfortable chaos that comes along with being nimble. We believe in continual improvement, and calling something finished before diminishing returns kick in. Sure, it's good to have high standards, but not to be crippled by perfectionism.

PITCH IN

Creative work with other people is hard. New problems come up all the time, and we each have different approaches to solving them. If something is causing pain or frustration, complaining about it doesn't help us achieve our goals. Come to the table with a solution. Better yet, roll up your sleeves, get your hands dirty and fix it yourself.