Get A Job: Mighty Kingdom’s Graduate Intake Program Opens Next Week

Get A Job: Mighty Kingdom’s Graduate Intake Program Opens Next Week

South Australian developer Mighty Kingdom will again open its annual graduate intake program in 2022. If you’re a fresh game dev graduate looking to get your foot in the door of the local industry, here’s a golden opportunity.

MK will be filling grad positions across Game Design, 3D Art, Tech Art, and Programming disciplines. Successful applicants receive a full 12-month contract.

Applications to join the program are open for just a week from November 30 to December 7, 2021. Your best bet for catching the link to the application page will be on Mighty Kingdom’s socials, so keep a sharp eye on their Twitter and Facebook. Only applications from those who satisfy specific criteria will make it through. You must have:

  • to have either graduated in the last 12 months, or will have graduated by March 2022
  • working rights within Australia
  • the ability to relocate to South Australia because the roles are in-person

If you can tick all three of those boxes, then you’re golden. Successful graduate intake candidates should expect to hear back from Mighty Kingdom by December 10 at the earliest, with next steps kicking off in the new year. There’s a few tests involved to gauge aptitude and ability and, if all goes according to plan, you’ll be ready to start in March.

Founded in 2010, Mighty Kingdom has since become Australia’s largest headquartered games developer. The studio that has expanded rapidly throughout the pandemic, onboarding a huge amount of new talent as it staffs up for a big year in 2022. It has previously worked on games like Ava’s Manor, Lego Friends: Heartlake Rush, Peter Rabbit Run, and Conan Chop Chop.

If you’re keen to get involved, you can find out more about Mighty Kingdom’s graduate intake program here.


    • I’m all for hating on bad developers, and I know nothing about this other than what’s included in your link and the associated ABC article, but all that appears to be happening here is a couple of dudes are bitter that Mighty Kingdom stopped backing their game after a while.

      There also seems to be an element of these guys coming in to a big game studio and expecting to just get a big pile of resources to finish their game on their own terms instead of fitting in with the normal policies and workflows and roles and financial expectations of a big game company.

      And so rather than have any actual case, they’re complaining about a half million dollar grant the company got, conveniently forgetting that they themselves got a couple of years of full time wages out of that grant and a whole bunch of other people and resources working on their game to boot.

      So what we’re left with is… they’re “in a vulnerable position when it came to intellectual property and exploitation by big companies”, except they went to a big company because they didn’t have enough expertise to develop the games on their own. I mean, at what point did they imagine that they’d just waltz into a professional game development studio and have 100% creative freedom and plenty of resources with no associated performance expectations?

      Well, one thing is guaranteed here. They’ve both now got at least a couple of years experience in a professional game development studio which they can use to keep developing games on their own if that’s their preferred model. I mean, at least one of them even got back all code and intellectual property, and this time if they want to keep developing they get 100% of any grants they want to apply for.

      • I think the implication is more that this company didn’t pass on any of the funding they got for the project. So they used the company to get the grant, then used it elsewhere while cancelling the project, effectively ripping off the contractor to secure grant money and then not using grant money on the project as one would expect.

        • Well, regardless of what was implied, this interpretation would be wrong.

          The grant was received in Feb 2018 and the game wasn’t cancelled until some time in 2020.

          Further, the state government investigated the complaint about misappropriated funds and found that all conditions of the grant had been complied with and there were no concerns about how that funding had been used.

          • Only if you’ve got confidence in government investigations in the first place. There’s been plenty of investigations over the years in NSW that cleared corruption as perfectly okay until a higher power got involved, so I still remain sceptical over the quality of those sort of investigations at the best of times.

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