One thing we have at Valve is data. Lots and lots of data. We are looking for an experienced economist to help us leverage all that information to improve our customers' experiences and make better decisions.
You'd get to use your extensive knowledge of economics, statistics, and data mining methods to derive insights from Valve's gameplay, social, and financial data. You'd explore the complex social institutions and economic phenomena that emerge from in-game virtual economies, examine the factors that drive customers' choices on Steam (Valve's successful game distribution platform), and study trends that help inform the future of gaming.
- Develop economic models to identify what leads to fun and rewarding experiences in games and on Steam
- Design experiments to test hypotheses about Steam features and in-game economies
- Provide insight into short- and long-term behavioral patterns of customers, players, and participants in virtual economies
- Inform decision-making at Valve by providing quantitative and economic rationale for various lines of inquiry
- Generate new domains of data to investigate
- Collaborate with our business team to improve pricing strategies and incentives for our customers and partners
- A Graduate degree in Economics or related field
- Advanced knowledge of applied statistics / econometrics
- Four years of practical experience applying these methods to inform decision-making
- Proficiency programming in SQL
- Familiarity with relational database architecture or other modern data architectures
- Proficiency in one or more programming languages such as C++, PHP, and Python