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Blackbird Interactive

Vancouver, British Columbia - Canada
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Online Client Programmer


Blackbird Interactive is looking for experienced online client programmers to develop high quality and high-performance client-side systems for a new competitive multiplayer project. Do you know how to get things done? Can you work with designers and other programmers to understand and implement what they need? If you are an experienced developer with the talent and desire to take that experience in new directions as a key member of our technical team, we would love to hear from you.

  • Contribute to all areas of client-side online development for a new multi-year project.
  • Develop architecture, systems and features to support head-to-head, team-based and cooperative multiplayer RTS gameplay.
  • Implement and / or integrate backend service solutions such as player stats, leaderboards and community features.
  • Design and implement algorithms and user interface for ranked and unranked matchmaking.
  • Minimize the impact of bandwidth, latency, and connection quality on the multiplayer experience.
  • Understand and apply anti-cheating measures.
  • Work with a remote back-end team to define and implement competitive eSports systems.
  • Apply and grow your domain of expertise.
  • Interact with other engineers to improve the whole technical team and process.
  • Collaborate with design and technical teams to define requirements and iteratively build solutions.
  • Jump wholeheartedly into learning new technologies and systems and leverage them in creative ways to meet our technical and business needs.
  • Assess requirements and provide effort estimates to guide an evolving development plan.
  • Embrace and help improve our engineering practices for solid design, testing, and implementation.

  • 2+ years of proven development with multiple shipped commercial products.
  • Extensive experience with online multiplayer development.
  • Strong understanding of C# and / or C++.
  • Self direction and a proven ability to thrive in a highly dynamic environment.
  • Strong inter-disciplinary collaboration skills, including verbal and written skills.
  • Bachelor's degree in computer science or equivalent.

  • Experience shipping AAA games.
  • Experience with Unity 3D, Unreal, or other similar full-featured game development platform.
  • Console development experience.
  • RTS development experience.
  • Experience playing RTS and MOBA games like Starcraft2, Company of Heroes, LoL, etc.
  • Demonstrated passion for games and technology.

  • Competitive salary
  • Extended Health & Dental benefits
  • Generous vacation and sick day allowances
  • Other studio programs related to maintaining the health and well being of our staff

At Blackbird, we're all about being true to our roots. We started small in our CEO's garage, and even though we're expanding, our desire is to stick to that foundation of creativity, community, and collaboration. Our team has proved that great ideas can come from any position in any discipline, so it's important to us to make sure every voice is heard.
Work/life balance is extremely important to us, and we've demonstrated that over the years by severely limiting over-time requirements. We want people to be happy about coming to work every day, and to that end we offer lots of opportunities for growth and development--whether it's lunch and learns, team events, or our generous vacation days, paid holiday closure and flexible schedules. We also try to provide every opportunity possible for our employees to spearhead R&D initiatives through our BlackOps program. In short, don't expect to feel like a cog in a machine working for BBI. 
Must be eligible and available for Full Time & On-site work in Vancouver, BC.
Please send a cover letter with your resume and application. If applying for an artistic role, please provide a link to your portfolio and/or demo reel.

Blackbird Interactive is committed to diversity and building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an equal opportunity employer we encourage applications from all qualified individuals. BBI does not discriminate against applicants based on genders, races, national and ethnic origins, religions, ages, sexual orientation, marital and family status, and/or mental or physical disabilities.

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