Guides Editor - Rock, Paper, Shotgun

Games Jobs - Writing / Journalism - United Kingdom

Job Title Guides Editor - Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Job Category Editor,Games journalist
Job Description Gamer Network is looking for a Guides Editor to join our dedicated PC games site, Rock, Paper, Shotgun, following the enormous success of similar content elsewhere in the network.

Our in-depth, authoritative guides have found a huge and appreciative audience in 2016, and we’re looking for the right candidates to continue this growth in 2017.

As Guides Editor, you will work closely with the Editor-in-chief and the rest of the editorial team to create the best original PC game guides on the internet. As well as creating guides content yourself, you'll set our content strategy for the section, selecting the right games and approaches. You will make sure our guides are always up to date, and ensure they meet the highest standards of presentation, accuracy and usability. 

You will manage the freelance budget, making sure time and money are always well spent. You'll get your hands on the latest releases and learn them inside and out, tearing them down to give readers everything they need to enjoy them to the fullest. You’ll work with our existing guides teams in the UK and overseas to share best practice and ensure rigorous coverage of the most important titles. And you’ll form a key part of a team delivering authoritative and widely-read coverage of the world’s most popular releases.

Responsibilities Include:
  • Work with the Editor to select the right target games, and the best approaches, structure, and content priorities for our guides.
  • Maintain expert knowledge of the PC games space, including carefully monitoring popularity of new and existing games on Steam and other distribution platforms.
  • Manage the production and publishing schedule to make sure the team's time is well spent and our guides are as complete as possible, as early as possible.
  • Manage a freelance budget, working with external writers when necessary.
  • Ensure our guides are structured according to best practice for search engine optimisation (SEO) as well as clarity and usability for readers. Monitor their performance and adjust content where necessary to ensure they reach the broadest audience possible.
  • Work with our international network to develop best practice for guide creation and SEO.
  • Play major video game releases across many popular genres and deliver comprehensive, accurate, clear and concisely written guides under time pressure, ensuring they meet our editorial standards.
  • Edit guides copy written by others for accuracy, clarity and structure.
  • Learn our content management system (CMS) and use it to prepare your own and others' guide content for publication.

Required Skills and Experience:
  • Superb writing style, with an emphasis on clarity and economy, but also a personable and humorous tone.
  • Ability to edit other writers' copy to the highest standards of accuracy while under time pressure. Great attention to detail.
  • Extensive knowledge of video games across a wide range of genres, with a particular focus on the highest-profile new releases and most played games on Steam.
  • A good practical understanding of video game design.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong work ethic with a high degree of determination and drive; strong organisational skills and a methodical mindset.
  • Positive attitude and a team mentality.
  • Passion for videogames and gaming culture.

Desirable Skills and Experience:
  • A sound understanding of search engine optimisation.
  • Degree in a relevant subject, especially Journalism, English or a related media subject.
  • General familiarity with the web publishing environment.
  • Experience of managing other staff.
  • Knowledge of the games industry itself, with contacts or a clear interest in the sector.
  • An existing expert knowledge in a particular popular game or genre of games, such as League of Legends or MOBAs.
  • An interest in the technology, entertainment and lifestyle sectors in general.

About Gamer Network

Rock, Paper, Shotgun was founded in 2007 by four games journalism veterans with a mission to evangelise PC games with passion and wit, from the smallest independent releases to the most popular blockbusters. It has grown since to become one of the world's most popular PC games sites, employing seven staff (and counting!), and was acquired by Gamer Network in 2017.

Founded in 1999, Gamer Network publishes a range of video games websites including, the world's leading independent video games website with local editions in seven European languages, and USGamer, our USA flagship multi-format games brand.

The company publishes market-leading trade resource and popular YouTube channels such as Outside Xbox and Digital Foundry. It also represents several partner websites including and

In addition to its online publications, Gamer Network produces live public events and trade shows including EGX, the UK's largest gaming event, and its sister event EGX Rezzed.

Please visit to find out more.


If you can demonstrate that you have the ability to do the job listed above, with experience of working in a professional editorial role, we’d love to hear from you!

Please note that the role is ideally based in Brighton, although we are open to a UK-based homeworker in exceptional circumstances.

Before you apply, please think of your answer to this question:  If hired in 2017, what PC game would you want to first create a guide for and why?

Contact us by emailing with a CV and a link to your portfolio or some relevant examples of your writing, as well as your answer to our little question.

If you have any other questions about the role, please contact James Grant via email who will be delighted to assist you.
Salary Based on Experience
Location United Kingdom
Job Category Writing / Journalism
Date posted 20/11/2017
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