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We Are Hiring

Shacknews is hiring tech, news, features, and guides editors.

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Shacknews has been around for 21 years. We began as a website dedicated to Quake, and then pivoted to cover broader gaming news. It is time for the Shack to make another move into a new coverage space. We are assembling a team to help bring our readers the very best gaming and technology content possible. We are looking for additions to our team who see the potential of Shacknews. You may be a member of our community, a seasoned games journalist, or someone who is simply eager to see what the next 21 years have to offer. If you think you have what it takes to do it for Shacknews, please take a look at our job openings.

Tech Editor

Shacknews is expanding our coverage of the technology sector. The job will focus on reporting tech news, reviewing tech hardware and peripherals, and creating technology guide content. This position will also require the editor to review games and capture gameplay footage. The role requires the editor have a keen understanding of detecting trends and search engine optimization. Knowledge and use of social media is mandatory, and a social following is a plus.

News Editor

Shacknews is looking for a news hound. The job will focus on reporting gaming news encompassing coverage of eSports events, press conferences, live streams, charity events, financial news, and everything else that falls into the gaming news sphere. This position will also require the editor to review games and capture gameplay footage. The role requires the editor to have a keen understanding of detecting trends and search engine optimization. Knowledge and use of social media is mandatory, and a social following is a plus.

Features Editor

Shacknews has done some amazing work this year in long-form features and we want to expand our efforts to bring our readers the very best content. This position will involve taking in depth looks at gaming and technology with longer articles, interview pieces, and our extra long Shacknews Select features. This position will also require the editor to review games and capture gameplay footage. The role requires the editor to have a keen understanding of detecting trends and search engine optimization. Knowledge and use of social media is mandatory, and a social following is a plus.

Guides Editor

Guides are an extremely important part of our traffic growth trajectory at Shacknews and we are looking for an editor to spearhead our efforts. The job will focus on writing guides for games and technology with a focus on search engine optimization. We are looking for someone who is ready and willing to dive into a game before its release and crank out amazing content. This position will also require the editor to review games and capture gameplay footage. The role requires the editor to have a keen understanding of detecting trends and search engine optimization. Knowledge and use of social media is mandatory, and a social following is a plus.


Please send your resumes to asif.khan@shacknews.com and enter the job you are applying for as the subject. Additional links to past work in the industry would also be greatly appreciated. 

Artwork for this article provided by the incredibly awesome and talented folks at explosm.net!

Asif Khan is the CEO and majority shareholder of Shacknews. He began his career in video game journalism as a freelancer in 2001 for Tendobox.com. Asif is a CPA and was formerly an investment adviser representative. After much success in his own personal investments, he retired from his day job in financial services and is currently focused on new private investments. His favorite PC game of all time is Duke Nukem 3D, and he is an unapologetic fan of most things Nintendo. Asif first frequented the Shack when it was sCary's Shugashack to find all things Quake. When he is not immersed in investments or gaming he is a purveyor of fine electronic music. Asif also has an irrational love of Cleveland sports.

From The Chatty

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    June 26, 2017 3:00 PM

    Asif Khan posted a new article, We Are Hiring

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      June 26, 2017 3:02 PM

      Do your writers need to be on the West Coast? Or just available to travel when necessary for the job?

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        June 26, 2017 3:03 PM

        Nope. As long as people can travel on assignment. You don't have to be based anywhere.

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          June 26, 2017 3:04 PM

          Good to see you're not discriminating against the ethereal writers out there. I'm sure it's hard enough being non-corporeal.

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      June 26, 2017 3:04 PM

      I dom't see a section for search fixing, which would fit me to a tee

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      June 26, 2017 3:19 PM

      I've never done any of these type of jobs before but I'm willing to learn and claw my way to the top!

      Oh and I need six figures.

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      June 26, 2017 3:20 PM

      I hear it's a pretty hostile work environment, you shouldn't promote a company like that

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      June 26, 2017 3:30 PM

      If a Vive Knuckles dev kit happens to drop by, I would be happy to review it for you hahaha

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      June 26, 2017 3:33 PM

      Be honest, you just need writers to create fake accounts so the chatty looks more populated

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      June 26, 2017 3:35 PM

      I'm wondering who would write a guide. Maybe someone who previously did QA/testing work?

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        June 26, 2017 3:47 PM

        That would be my guess. The problem is, us former QA people would be too busy trying to break the game to actually make the walkthrough lol. It's why I only ever made it five minutes into the original Uncharted; I found a game-breaking bug in the opening area.

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        June 26, 2017 5:48 PM

        Josh Hawkins used to. Haven't seen him in a while, though.

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        June 26, 2017 8:30 PM

        I actually wrote one of the last of the old school game manuals, thick with flavor text and all, for Caesar IV, back when Sierra was still a thing.

        We were trying to get a dedicated editorial position going for me from within the QA department, since I'd also done all the editorial passes on SWAT 4 and expansion too. I'd already published a couple of books internationally on a non-gaming topic and was well acquainted with standard editorial procedures before I got involved in the game industry.

        Unfortunately, this was right at the point where extensive manuals and even games that had a lot of in game text, were all being thrown out the window, on top of a new department head who was only there to cut costs. So, even though I had put together a detailed proposal and tried to extend my services to the
        marketing department as needed (and boy, was it needed), and had some internal support, we just couldn't get it off the ground.

        Of course it wasn't that much longer afterwards that Vivendi merged with Activision. I was in Standards by then, where I at least was going through what little text we had left for required Xbox terminology. When I was transferred to Activision, I was already planning to go back to writing full time, which I did back in 2009, and didn't look back. The game industry at the time was everything you heard about for women, unfortunately, and I had better options for my writing and personal goals.

        I'd be happy to talk about all this some more, privately.

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        June 26, 2017 9:32 PM

        When I was playing Goal Line Blitz so much that they made me a mod I did quite a bit of editing of the wiki to make some guides.

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      June 26, 2017 3:36 PM

      Hmmm, phd or shack writer...

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        June 26, 2017 3:40 PM

        Take up both: shackology.

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          June 26, 2017 3:40 PM

          More like cockology aimirite?

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          June 26, 2017 3:48 PM

          The history of gaming. History in gaming. Historical accuracy in video games. Video games as a bridge between science and the public.
          A comparative evaluation of Quake and Doom: The Great Divergence.
          The rise, fall, and resurgence of the lost civilization of 6 degrees of freedom fps games.
          Morality in gaming: why looting tombs is morally wrong.
          Slavery in videogames: turning humanity's evil into a simple game mechanic.
          Battlefield 1 is ww2 with a ww1 skin.


          I guess that could work!

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          June 26, 2017 4:44 PM

          Awfully close to scatology. On both counts.

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        June 26, 2017 3:40 PM

        phd in shack.

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        June 27, 2017 12:25 AM

        I could be shack writer, PhD

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        June 27, 2017 5:16 AM

        Either one will expose you to a group of highly critical peers that will judge your work.

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      June 26, 2017 3:39 PM

      Can you find some way to pay me to play ingress all day? If so, make me an offer.

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      June 26, 2017 3:45 PM

      Oh God... I hope somebody saved a link to the thread where we all edited that comic. That was some comedy gold!

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      June 26, 2017 3:53 PM

      Hire me! I kan rite gud.

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      June 26, 2017 3:53 PM

      Ahh man, a few months ago I would have jumped all over this (or at least tried).

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      June 26, 2017 3:57 PM

      How are the sandwiches?

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      June 26, 2017 4:03 PM

      Neat!

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      June 26, 2017 4:10 PM

      Any need for in-house counsel?

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      June 26, 2017 4:27 PM

      Nice. Hope your efforts have yielded some improvements to the bottom line.

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      June 26, 2017 4:29 PM

      Part of me really wishes I could do this. Don't think I could drop my current job to do so though, especially since I have almost 0 professional writing experience.

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      June 26, 2017 4:30 PM

      just hire sleepy. you gain spacetime and a football

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      June 26, 2017 4:51 PM

      Is there a tweet to retweet?

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      June 26, 2017 4:54 PM

      I wrote several internal guides/walkthroughs when I worked on game QA and design. In addition, I've put together game design documents, project (new game) proposals, and game pitches for studios working with Sony (US, EU, JP, Asia), EA, THQ, and Nintendo. I'd definitely be interested in writing for the Shack, if it looked like my experience would fit in.

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      June 26, 2017 5:00 PM

      I love writing about the games I'm passionate about here (and only here, really). Do you guys think I have what it takes to write features? Guides?

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      June 26, 2017 5:03 PM

      Will you hire me to write new memes for next year's E3?

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      June 26, 2017 5:07 PM

      Asif, are you planning work for the Guides section of the site? As a long time visitor, I forget that you've started working on guides.

      But, well, the first page of the Guides section is all "Everything we know about . . ." instead of actual guides.

      And, there's no navigation to even know what guides are available.

      Pretty sure you're aware of all of these things.

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      June 26, 2017 5:40 PM

      can I be in charge of shack dad corner

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        June 26, 2017 5:44 PM

        Gaming Dad could be a great weekly piece. How to game as a dad, how to game with your kids, how to beat your kids once they start beating you, etc.

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      June 26, 2017 5:47 PM

      Oh shit, let me dust off my old pitches that Gamefly denied and we can pick up where we left off!

      Oh wait, they are all about getting heavy into video and eSports right around when StarCraft 2 came out but eSports will never take off right?

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        June 26, 2017 6:41 PM

        I wasn't around during the Gamefly era, but from what I've heard, it was an Interesting Time.

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        June 26, 2017 7:43 PM

        What did you expect? Guys who ran a game rental service to be forward thinking?

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        June 26, 2017 10:06 PM

        Yes! Can we get you and Xav Tomatoes back?!

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      June 26, 2017 5:47 PM

      I'm available! I'll do all sorts of stuff!

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      June 26, 2017 6:16 PM

      So how long until the rejection letters go out?

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      June 26, 2017 6:53 PM

      Okay you twisted my arm, I'll do it

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      June 26, 2017 7:38 PM

      Chatty counts as social media, right?

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      June 26, 2017 7:59 PM

      May I be head of PUBG documentaries? I am very mediocre at the game!

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      June 26, 2017 8:00 PM

      Please throw a ton of cash at Patrick Klepek. He's been at Waypoint for a year. He's due to quit any minute now.

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      June 26, 2017 8:04 PM

      good luck! are these full-time positions? honestly, games journalism sounds like fun, and i think my academic writing experience would transition well to something like features (is craddock leaving / not already in this position?), but i'm as clueless as can be with social media so \_o_O__///

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      June 26, 2017 8:08 PM

      hire me

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      June 26, 2017 8:24 PM

      Hire that Swedish guy that reviews games all funny like.

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      June 26, 2017 9:14 PM

      Was this an intended response to GBurke59 in the Star Citizen thread? :D

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      June 26, 2017 9:28 PM

      I kinda want to apply for the guides position. Sounds like fun! :)

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        June 26, 2017 9:48 PM

        You know how I know you've never written a game guide? : )

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      June 26, 2017 9:50 PM

      Wow, big direction shift.

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      June 27, 2017 2:25 AM

      I'm not good at writing these kinds of things, mostly because they don't interest me, but also because they are long. Do you need a twitter writer? I can do that amount of words twice a day.

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        June 27, 2017 5:57 AM

        relay the daily trump dump thread to twitter

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          June 27, 2017 7:39 AM

          I'm pretty sure TMWTB isn't trying to drive people away from shacknews...

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            June 27, 2017 12:15 PM

            Hear ye, hear ye, a unique web community where people hate on trump, come hither for more trump, more trump here at shacknews.com

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      June 27, 2017 5:09 AM

      Hmmm. :)

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      June 27, 2017 5:14 AM

      You lookin' for any Duke3d.exe specialists?

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      June 27, 2017 5:45 AM

      I'm only good at procrastinating. I expect high pay, low hours, couches :P

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      August 24, 2017 12:44 AM

      Hello! Are you guys still looking to fill the Feature and News Editor positions? I sent a resume, writing samples and letters of recommendation a few days ago and I am definitely very interested!

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        August 24, 2017 12:47 AM

        Although I am not a fan of ham sandwiches.