Jackbox Games Writer
Jackbox Games is best known for its rapidly expanding catalog of critically acclaimed party games, including You Don’t Know Jack, Quiplash, Drawful, Fibbage and Trivia Murder Party. We hope to build on our successful business by pushing the boundaries of party games with new technology, new game concepts and new forms of interactivity. We also hope the sandwich shop doesn’t put too much mayonnaise on our sandwich next time.
Our players interact with a game displayed on a screen using their phones or tablets as controllers. While our games are often played at home in small groups of 2-8 people, we also support large-scale games at conferences or via Twitch streaming, where thousands of users can connect and interact.
We’re a small group (around 25 people) of very talented, funny and creative individuals looking for contract writers to join our Chicago-based team. This contract is expected to last through the end of August, with the possibility of extension. Contract writers are paid on an hourly basis.
This is an in-office position and requires the contractor to work in our Chicago office during the contract period. It is NOT a remote position.
Check out our website for more info about who we are and what we make: www.jackboxgames.com.
HOW QUAINT… BUT WHAT’S THE JOB?
Jackbox Games is in search of contract writers who can generate lots of hilarious and smart (but sometimes dumb) content, on a deadline, for a variety of projects. The writing on these projects ranges from absurd prompts that set players up to be funny, to well-researched, surprising trivia questions that are succinct, funny and smart (but again, also sometimes dumb). A Jackbox Games writer is also expected to pitch ideas and help to make other game ideas even better.
What skills and experiences are we looking for?
Yes. We only hire nice, bright, funny people who are willing to work hard. Jackbox Games is a group effort, and you must be capable of working collaboratively with creative, technical and sales types. Everyone here shares a commitment to excellence and a desire to work in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere.
Jackbox Games is committed to providing employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status or disability.
ARE THERE ANY PERKS?
Great! We look forward to reading your application. Make sure it includes:
Submit your application through our hiring portal (which may be this page you’re on right now, but if not, you can find it at: https://jackbox-games.breezy.hr/
If you decide to apply, please know that every complete application will be carefully reviewed. We know it’s a time commitment to prepare an application, and we respect that effort by thoughtfully reviewing every complete application and responding one way or the other. But that kind of thoughtful review means it sometimes takes us a while to get back to applicants, so please, NO PHONE CALLS. The time we spend responding to phone calls and emails is time that we could be spending actually moving the process along–so please be patient with us!
Thanks for your interest in Jackbox Games!
TRIVIA QUESTION EXAMPLES
See this video example for typical Jackbox gameplay.
How would you read comedian Will Forte’s name if it were accompanied by the musical notation “forte”?
1. WILL FORTE!!!!!! (correct answer)
2. will forte…
3. Wiiiiiiilllllllllll Fooooooorrrtttttteeeee
4. wiLL fOrTe
Yo momma is so OBESE…
1. … she has a BMI of 10 or more!
2. … she has a BMI of 20 or more!
3. … she has a BMI of 30 or more! (correct answer)
4. ...she has a BMI of 50 or more!
Which of these lines from my screenplay uses the super-dramatic triple ellipses?
Which of these condiments does NOT represent one of the Kubler-Ross Five Stages of Grief?
1. I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter
2. I’m Really Angry that It’s Butter
3. I Keep Forgetting that It’s Butter (correct)
4. I’ve Come To Accept that This Is Butter
Which of these is actually what a SHE said?
1. "Parting is such sweet sorrow.” (correct)
2. “To be or not to be?”
3. “My kingdom for a horse!”
4. “What light through yonder window breaks?”
Which of these bears does NOT walk around with his bear ass showing?
COOKIE INTRO EXAMPLES
Hi, I’m Cookie Masterson, and if you don’t believe in mermaids, then what is this right here? Huh? [SFX: dolphin squeaks]
Hi, I’m Cookie Masterson, and not to brag, but the cashier at Trader Joe’s complimented me on my choices today.
Hey, this is is Cookie, and sometimes I enjoy gazing out this window during the game and OH MY GOD I THINK I JUST WITNESSED A MURDER!