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Deck Nine Games

Westminster, Colorado - United States
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Lead Programmer


Deck Nine Games is looking to hire a Lead Programmer to lead a team as we develop an unannounced AAA single-player adventure game.

What kind of programmer, you ask? A programmer of passion, talent, and unquenchable curiosity. We want someone who breathes gameplay, loves video games, and has hit a ceiling where they’re currently working – someone with the talent, drive and experience to be a lead, but very little to no opportunities until now. 

We’re looking for a programmer who is fanatical and driven, but also kind, thoughtful, organized, and a joy to work with, as we will hopefully be spending a lot of time together.

Enough about what we want, here’s what you get: A full time, on-site position with benefits, very competitive pay, and the opportunity to lead an exceptional project with one of the most talented teams in the industry. We are striving to break new ground in the marriage of story and gameplay and you’ll be vital to our efforts. 

Our studio is currently remote, waiting for it to be safe to return to the office. At that time, we would expect this to be an onsite position.


  • Lead a team of software engineers in the design and implementation of core features
  • Collaborate with directors and leads to innovate and implement game and platform features.
  • Contribute original ideas toward all aspects of the game’s production and development. 
  • Review the work of other engineers and provide mentorship
  • Build an awesome team that can make meaningful and important single-player games that fans will talk about for years to come 

Required Skills

  • Experience shipping games in a senior or lead role
  • Expert on at least one major current gen platform
  • Fluent in C++
  • Unreal 4 experience
  • Creative, focused, results-oriented, self-motivated, resourceful problem-solver with excellent debugging and strong communications skills
  • A passion for well architected, robust, maintainable, and extensible code with good coding standards
  • Ability to mentor, interview, and evaluate programmers
  • Comfortable working within and enhancing an established code framework
  • Passionate about making games
  • Patient and calm during periods of stress
  • Degree in software engineering, computer science, physics, math or equivalent
  • Must exhibit a positive attitude and be a strong team player 

Beneficial Skills

  • .NET programming experience
  • Experience working with Maya API 

Required Experience

  • 5+ years C++ programming experience
  • Multiple shipped games
  • AAA games experience
  • Experience on at least one current gen console 


  • Salary Range $70k-$150k depending on experience
  • Unlimited Vacation Time and paid Parental Leave
  • Health insurance for you and your family at a low cost to you
  • Dental and Vision insurance for you and your family at NO cost to you
  • Life and Disability benefits at NO cost to you
  • Optional Flexible Spending Account (including Healthcare and Limited Purpose), Dependent Care Account, and Health Savings Account available
  • Optional Supplemental Health and Life Insurance
  • 401(k) Plan with an Employer Match
  • Growth opportunities for your career

About Deck Nine

Deck Nine Games is an independent game developer dedicated to crafting interactive story games that inspire, transform, and entertain players. Our passion is storytelling games.

Our first narrative game, Life is Strange: Before the Storm is loved by fans and has won multiple awards, including Game of Year and was nominated for both a VGA and a BAFTA. The studio is 100+ people and is in sunny Westminster, Colorado at the base of the Rocky Mountains. We hope to share more information about our next title with Square Enix as soon as we can.

We’re looking for talented and self-motivated people to join us as we aim to rise to the top of the storytelling game studios. If this sounds appealing to you, please apply!

As the crafters of stories that encompass the full breadth of life’s experiences, Deck Nine is committed to building a diverse, inclusive, and multicultural team in which people from all walks of life feel inspired to do their best work. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and believe deeply in the creativity and strength built from diversity of race, religion, disability, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, nationality, and the many other qualities that make us different.