Get a job: Amazon seeks an experienced Game Programmer

Got a few years of game dev coding experience and a shipped title under your belt? Amazon Game Studios wants someone like you to take a lead role alongside the team at its Seattle, WA offices.

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Lead Game ProgrammerAmazon Games

Location: Seattle, WA

At Amazon, our goal is to develop ground-breaking PC games that become cultural touchstones, that redefine the boundaries of player experience and that change the way the world sees digital entertainment.

Join us, and you’ll have the power of Twitch, Amazon Web Services, and the entire Amazon ecosystem to shape the future of games. You will work alongside talented industry veterans, including key contributors from dozens of titles: Half Life 2, Left for Dead, Thief, System Shock 2, Age of Empires, Dawn Of War II, Halo, The Last of Us, Gears of War, Forza, Bioshock and Sunset Overdrive. We believe in a future of immersive, highly engaging game experiences that will collectively cut across age, gender, and nationality. You share our belief and are among the top few technical elite in the world. Amazon Game Studios is looking to take risks and invent! We want people that are driven to make the best games in the industry.

You are a veteran game programmer with broad game development experience and world-class software engineering skills. Your leadership has been a critical component of the success of your past projects. You enjoy iterating with artists and game designers to break down technology barriers and deliver experiences that delight customers. You’re a natural problem solver with a passion for games. You lead by example, and make everyone around you better.

The Role:

  • Lead a team of engineers responsible for gameplay and other aspects of a high-end PC game title.
  • Develop project plans and commitments for yourself and your team, then deliver consistently against those commitments.
  • Coach your team members, and grow their capabilities over time.
  • Drive the architecture and technology choices that enable a world-class user experience.
  • Hire world-class game developers, and retain them.
  • As an individual contributor, design, develop and deploy significant new game features.
  • Be a champion for the user: Insist on the highest standards and create engaging features that delight customers.


  • 6+ years of game development experience on medium to large sized teams with at least 1 shipped title.
  • 10+ years of professional software development experience with multiple completed product cycles.
  • Strong Computer Science fundamentals in object-oriented design, algorithms, and data structures.
  • Advanced software engineering skills, including the ability to write expert-level, maintainable, and robust code in C++.
  • Experience leading a team of engineers to deliver a combined result
  • Good communication skills and ability to work effectively on shared projects with designers, artists, testers, and other developers.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Hiring and performance management experience
  • Experience improving, extending, and debugging large, complex 3D game engines
  • Specialized skills in a particular area of game development (e.g. AI, physics, graphics, animation, networking)
  • Facility with additional languages: lua, C#, Java
  • Experience building high-fidelity latency-tolerant real-time synchronous multiplayer gameplay
  • Multiple shipped AAA console or PC titles

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