Senior Gameplay Software Engineer (Games)
WFH Flexible Los Angeles, CA


Skybound is looking for an experienced and creative Senior Engineer to help build a thrilling new game franchise. Senior Engineers build and maintain foundational systems and features. Senior engineers harden and optimize the codebase across game and engine systems, and ensure excellent performance on all target hardware. The ideal candidate will be passionate about bringing amazing gameplay and player empowerment from concept to completion.

As a Senior Gameplay Engineer, you will work collaboratively with cross functional teams from the foundations of a new, unannounced project. You’ll work alongside other engineering leaders to establish and maintain the highest technical quality bar, leverage UE5, and ship a high quality, stable product on all platforms. If you are looking for a fun and challenging project on team with combat DNA, this may be the role for you!

Reports: This position will report to the Technical Director of an Unannounced Project

Responsibilities: Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead and own large tech initiatives, including planning and execution
  • Deliver precise and polished player-facing features with top-tier look and feel
  • Improve programming patterns and best practices throughout the codebase
  • Work and communicate collaboratively with all departments
  • Create and improve tools and workflows to assist with rapid development and prototyping
  • Represent the player at all times, delivering satisfying, polished, and extensible game features
  • Optimize and debug gameplay, engine code, and content across the game as needed
  • Work proactively to maintain stability and performance on console and PC platforms
  • 7+ years of experience in game development
  • Fluent in C/C++
  • Proficient in 3D mathematics
  • Deep understanding of common programming design patterns and game engine architecture
  • Self-motivated with excellent problem-solving and debugging skills
  • Shipped at least one title on a console as a Gameplay Engineer

Preferred Qualifications

  • Passion for video game development, combat-oriented games, and Skybound IP
  • Hands-on experiencing profiling and optimizing games for at least one game console
  • Professional experience developing, profiling, and optimizing core tools and engine systems
  • Unreal Engine experience

Job Type: Regular, Full-Time

Salary Range: $180,000 - $210,000

  • Actual base salary is dependent on several factors including but not limited to; market dynamics, location and region, experience, specialized skills/training (education), level of responsibility, budgetary considerations, tenure at the company (for current employees), etc.
  • The salary range listed is just one component of the total compensation package for employees
  • Compensation decisions are dependent on circumstances of each role

Skybound offers a wide array of benefits including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, flexible spending and dependent care accounts, as well as free counseling through our Employee Assistance Program (EAP). We also offer a 401K plan with 4% match, 12 weeks of paid parental leave, generous time off, wellness benefits, and tuition reimbursement. 

Company Overview

Skybound is a multiplatform content company working closely with creators and their intellectual properties, extending stories and universes to new platforms, including comics, television, film, tabletop and video games, books, digital content, events, and beyond. We are home to critically-acclaimed global franchises, including The Walking Dead and Invincible.

Skybound Games produces, publishes and distributes video and tabletop games across all genres, including the multi-million-unit selling The Walking Dead video game series. In addition to our wholly-owned franchises, we work with independent developers to foster and create original games with compelling characters and worlds, strong creator and artistic focus, and innovative approaches to engaging genres.

Invincible is one of Skybound's tentpole franchises (celebrating 20 years!) and spans the world of comic books, merchandise, video games, and the critically acclaimed adult animated television series on Prime Video. Now in its second season, the television show has consistently ranked as one of Prime Videos top-streamed series with a 99% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Based on the groundbreaking comic book by Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker, and Ryan Ottley, Invincible revolves around 18-year-old Mark Grayson, who’s just like every other guy his age—except his father is (or was) the most powerful superhero on the planet. Still reeling from Nolan’s betrayal in Season One, Mark struggles to rebuild his life as he faces a host of new threats, all while battling his greatest fear - that he might become his father without even knowing it.

The show stars Steven Yeun, with Sandra Oh, Zazie Beetz, Grey Griffin, Chris Diamantopoulos, Walton Goggins, Gillian Jacobs, Jason Mantzoukas, Ross Marquand, Khary Payton, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Kevin Michael Richardson, Seth Rogen, and J.K. Simmons. Executive producers include Skybound's own Kirkman, David Alpert, and Margaret M. Dean.

Equal Opportunity Employer 

At Skybound we value diversity and are looking for extraordinary employees of all backgrounds! Skybound is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, citizenship, age, genetic information, disability, hair texture or veteran status. In addition to federal law requirements, Skybound complies with all applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination.

Skybound will consider applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the CA Fair Chance Act and Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.