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Game Systems Engineer



The job is for a Game Systems Engineer to work on the RuneScape team, enhancing the game engine and associated systems. The successful candidate will work with Java code libraries, scripting languages, and game engine technologies. They will need to develop a deep understanding of existing technologies while continually driving to enhance and change them. The role involves programming, defining and developing client-server architecture, researching and innovating new game engine technology, and contributing to overall project strategy. Essential skills include expertise in Java, at least 2 years of games industry experience, and a passion for innovating solutions and solving problems. Desirable skills include experience working on an MMO or large-scale client/server application, experience working with a pre-existing, large-scale codebase, and experience with build and deployment systems. The company, Jagex, is a leader in creating deep and engaging experiences on PC and mobile, and offers a range of benefits to employees.

Job description

Job Overview:

We are looking for a Game Systems Engineer to join the RuneScape team, working on the operation and on-going enhancement of the RuneScape & Old School RuneScape game engine and associated systems. The successful candidate will be working with our Java code libraries, scripting languages and game engine technologies. You will need to develop a deep understanding of existing technologies while continually driving to enhance and change them. You will be influential within the organisation and be directly rewarded for the successes of the products.
This is an exciting opportunity for a candidate with ambition and initiative to join a world-renowned online games company, to work on a unique and large-scale project and face some of the most complex and interesting challenges in online gaming.

Key Duties Include:

    • Programming using Java (and other languages where appropriate), defining tasks as well as working to service assigned and scheduled requests
    • Defining and developing client server architecture, taking ownership of significant features of the client and server technology powering RuneScape and Old School RuneScape
    • Researching, innovating, and developing new game engine technology
    • Being constantly proactive in finding ways to make our game technology faster, leaner and more effective
    • Contributing to overall project strategy.  Be willing to put forward ideas, and to positively critique those put forward by others
    • Build strong working relationships with team members and with other teams within the organisation

Essential Skills:

    • Expertise in Java (and/or similar languages)
    • At least 2yrs games industry experience
    • Server / Backend experience solving complex problems
    • A passion for innovating solutions and solving problems in a unique technology stack
    • Good core understanding of computer science and programming methodologies
    • Relevant qualification at degree level or equivalent experience

Desirable Skills:

    • Experience working on an MMO or large-scale client/server application
    • Experience working with a pre-existing, large-scale, codebase
    • Experience working with any of Python, Bash, RunDeck, git, Atlassian products
    • Experience with build and deployment systems such as Gradle, Maven or Ansible
    • Experience and appreciation of a DevOps approach to releases
    • An understanding and appreciation of test-driven development
    • A passion for gaming and RuneScape

Company Overview:

A leader in creating deep and engaging experiences on PC and mobile, Jagex was founded in 2001 and is today one of the UK’s biggest and most respected video game developers and publishers.

Famed for its flagship MMOs RuneScape and Old School RuneScape, Jagex has welcomed more than 260million player accounts to its world and created a $1bn lifetime franchise revenue. Today the RuneScape franchise exists beyond running games in live operations; our titles are living games that connect and inspire millions of players, with content and experiences both inside and outside of inexhaustible game worlds.

Both RuneScape and Old School RuneScape, on PC and mobile, offer ever-evolving, highly-active worlds and our community-focussed development ethos empowers players to have a real say in how each game is shaped.

Jagex is expanding and extending its portfolio with fresh franchise titles, new IP and, in 2018 launched Jagex Partners, delivering third-party publishing and operational services exclusively for the living games of the future.

Jagex employs more than 400 people at its Cambridge headquarters and is on the hunt for talented people to work across the business to help the company to achieve yet another year of record growth and player satisfaction.

Company Benefits:

- Flexible Working
- Bonus Scheme
- Private Health Care
- Gym Membership
- Monthly Energy Allowance
- Generous Pension Contributions
- Life Insurance
- Free Cycle Repair
- Income Protection
- Dental Plan
- Free Fruit and Drinks
- Subsidised Canteen

Feel like you fit this role, but don’t meet all the requirements? We strive for fresh perspectives, so as long as you can demonstrate how your attitude and other abilities might make up for any gaps we would welcome your application!
Jagex are an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief.
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Location: Cambridge

Country: United States

Date found: 2023-03-17

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