Principal Gameplay Engineer – Echtra Games, ARPG (Unreal Engine 5)

About the job

Careers Category: Engineering

Careers location: Remote, US, Toronto, Canada

Connected Worker Type: Connected

Requisition Id: R_110267Do you love gameplay systems?

Do you have expertise in Unreal Engine? Are you the sort of person who sweats the details and demands the best?We are looking for an exceptional Principal Gameplay Engineer to join the team and help craft Echtra’s next exciting cross-platform AAA ARPG game. We are looking for a top-tier gameplay engineer to tackle tough projects, optimize our workflow, and keep our build tight. You must have familiarity with the sorts of gameplay systems that are required to build ARPGs, an unquenchable desire to create, and strong knowledge of working with a large game engine like Unreal. You are detail oriented and can work well both on your own and with a team.Echtra Games is an experienced game studio based in San Francisco with a team of veteran game developers and visionary newcomers who work both on-site and remotely. At Echtra, we value diversity and support work-life balance. We also have great benefits, an open vacation policy, and flexible schedules!

Main Responsibilities

  • Understand game designs and systems, and make them a reality.
  • Collaborate with other engineers, designers, and artists to craft a great gameplay experience
  • Take personal responsibility for the everyday builds and gameplay experience.

Desired Skills And Experience

  • Strong experience working in a large game engine like Unreal Engine (we use UE5).
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science (or related field) or equivalent work experience.
  • 6+ years of software development experience.
  • Comfortable working in C++.
  • Have built multiple large gameplay systems and shipped them to users.

Bonus Skills And Experience

  • Project management experience.
  • Independent development experience.

What We Offer You

  • Competitive salary, bonus plan and ESPP (Employee Stock Purchase Plan)
  • 401K Company Match Contribution (US)
  • RRSP/DPSP company match contribution (Canada)
  • Health coverage, dental, disability, critical illness, EAP, and life insurance (Canada)
  • Medical, dental, vision, EAP, life insurance, and disability benefits (US)
  • Virtual mental health and neurodiversity support programs
  • Global Fitness reimbursement program
  • Global Wellbeing Program
  • Financial wellness program with unlimited access to certified financial planners
  • Discretionary Time Off policy for many employees
  • Family planning support program
  • Generous paid parental, pregnancy-related disability, caregiver, and compassionate leaves
  • Subsidized Back-up child care
  • Zynga happy hours and frequent employee events
  • Flexible working hours on many teams
  • Culture of diversity and inclusion including employee resource groups
  • Work with cool people and impact millions of daily player

This is a fully remote role that may be based anywhere in the United States. Below are the expected salary and wage ranges for applicants based in locations where the pay transparency law is in effect:
Colorado: $100,000 and $170,000 per year
California: $125,000 and $220,000 per year
New York State (inclusive of New York City): $125,000 and $220,000 per year
Washington: $108,000 and $190,000 per year
Base pay offered is based on market location, and may vary further depending on individualized factors for job candidates, such as job-related knowledge, skills, experience, and other objective business considerations. Subject to those same considerations, the total compensation package for this position may also include other elements, including a bonus and/or equity awards and eligibility to participate in our 401(K) plan, in addition to a full range of medical, dental, vision, and basic life insurance. Employees will also receive 16 paid holidays per calendar year, unlimited discretionary time off, and will receive up to 6.5 sick days per calendar year. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if an employee receives an offer of employment. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if an employee receives an offer of employment. If hired, employee will be in an “at-will position” and the company reserves the right to modify base salary (as well as any other discretionary payment or compensation or benefit program) at any time, including for reasons related to individual performance, company or individual department/team performance, and market factors.
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