We’re hiring! Senior Backend Engineer
Spry Fox is looking for a Senior Backend Engineer to help us work on a new, original game!
Who do we want
Spry Fox is looking for a Senior Backend Engineer to help us tackle a non-violent MMO project.
You will help build and maintain our backend services, server orchestration and server networking layer. The ideal candidate has experience tackling the hard engineering problems inherent to MMO development, and is enthusiastic about navigating those challenges together with the rest of the engineering team and design team.
- You have worked on one or more shipped MMO projects and have a deep understanding of the entire tech stack.
- You can direct the architecture of our backend, game servers, server networking, as well as establish processes for deployment, staging, testing, scalability, security, and disaster recovery.
- You have the ability to communicate with all team members, including artists, programmers, and designers on the many tradeoffs required to build an MMO.
- You are comfortable driving long range planning for building, evolving and maintaining our backend throughout development and beyond.
- You are fluent in C++.
- A big plus, but not a requirement, would be recent experience working with Unreal.
We love to see candidates from under-represented backgrounds. If you think you might fit our needs but aren’t sure, please, don’t hold back! Send us your resume. The absolute worst that could happen is that we’ll receive your email with gratitude and let you know that while this opportunity might not be the best fit for you, others we’ll have in the very near future could be. Best case, you’ve got yourself a new job with people who are psyched that you took a chance on us. 🙂
What are we offering?
- 40 hours a week: we treat crunch like the result of serious mistakes that we’ve made, not a natural and inevitable part of the development process.
- Interesting, original work as part of a small, supportive, and friendly team full of thoughtful people who care about each other and care about our impact on our players’ lives.
- The opportunity to work on a game unlike anything that has ever been made before, with (among other things) meaningful goals to improve people’s lives and reduce toxicity and loneliness in the world.
Please send your full resume, references, and anything else you think we should see to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What’s it like working for Spry Fox?
Spry Fox’s motto is “make the world a better place.” We try to do that through the games we make, whether that’s by designing MMOs that encourage the development of friendships and discourage toxicity, or by designing our puzzle game, Alphabear 2, to promote English language learning. We’re always asking ourselves “how does this game improve your life?”
We also strive to be a company that is a pleasure to work for. We hope to be an important but not dominating part of your life. We want you to have friends, family, hobbies, and a life outside of work. We want you to love your colleagues and know that they support you 100%. We want you to be proud of what you do and how you do it.
We make highly original games. Invention is part of our DNA. You’ll be working on designs that often don’t fit in a comfy genre box.
We’re fully remote, and have always (10+ years) been fully remote, which means you have the flexibility to work your 40 hours a week from where ever you like, and in whatever configuration you’d like. This is not something we’re just trying to adapt to in response to the pandemic. As long as you have an overlap with your team almost every day, let people know what you’re up to, and don’t leave the rest of us hanging, almost anything goes.
We currently have Foxes in Europe, South Africa, South America, Canada, and the US. We have a retreat once a year to come together, bond, discuss the long-term future of projects and the company, and stay up way too late chatting around campfires.
We have lives outside of work. Lots of us have children. Different Foxes enjoy playing music, reading books, storytelling RPGs, and traveling.
Spry Fox recognizes crunch is a negative and counter-productive practice in our industry. We consider more than a couple of weeks of crunch in a year to be a serious failure of management — something to be learned from and avoided in the future. And we have never crunched for more than six continuous weeks in the eleven year history of our studio (a blemish consigned to our distant past, hopefully forever.)
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