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Get a job: Join Jackbox Games as a Gameplay Software Engineer

The Chicago-based studio is on the hunt for a Gameplay Software Engineer with at least one shipped title under their belt to architect and implement gameplay as a member of its team.

February 20, 2018

2 Min Read

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Gameplay Software EngineerJackbox Games

Location: Chicago, Illinois​

Every year Jackbox Games makes a lot of games on a lot of platforms. For the last 4 years we’ve made a new edition of The Jackbox Party Pack, each of which is a collection of 5 party games. And we target as many platforms as we can find, including Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC, Mac, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV.

With a small engineering staff of 6 people, each member of the team can end up working on multiple games and multiple platforms. We generally have a lead engineer assigned to each game and each platform. That means, as a gameplay and platform engineer, you could own one or two games and one or two platforms simultaneously. If that sounds like your idea of a complete breakfast, keep reading!


  • Architect and implement gameplay as defined by the design team

  • Contribute to and help maintain our technical gameplay pipeline

  • Participate in game design meetings and preproduction to ensure the technical success of the game

  • Develop and maintain common platform code for one or more platforms

  • Shepherd builds through the submission, review, and release process

  • Participate in prototyping and experimentation as we explore and develop new product ideas

  • Participate in code reviews and the release process for all relevant projects

  • Work with both internal and external QA teams to find and fix issues as they come up during production and testing

Candidates Should…

  • Have shipped a game (or similar application) on a major platform

  • Have a mastery of core software engineering concepts: data structures, design patterns, algorithms, etc.

  • Be intimately familiar with at least one major programming language and have competency in C/C++

  • Write clean, elegant code that can be easily understood by fellow software engineers

  • Be professional, responsible, dedicated, friendly, patient and enthusiastic

And it would be nice if you also have…

  • An understanding of game mechanics and intuition for what makes a game successful

  • Great party game ideas

  • Shipped products on iOS and/or tvOS

Interested? Apply now.

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