Network Engineer (Games)
Fully Remote Los Angeles, CA

Skybound is looking for a Network Engineer to join our team in building a thrilling new game franchise. You will design, build and maintain systems and features that power best-in-class networked gameplay and cross-platform backend services. The ideal candidate will be passionate about bringing amazing, competition-quality connected gameplay to players as a member of a truly collaborative and energetic team.

Reports: This position will report to the Lead Online Engineer of an Unannounced Project

Responsibilities: Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Contributing to the design and architecture of our core in-game networking technology
  • Working collaboratively with your fellow engineers and designers
  • Integrating, expanding, and maintaining the game’s backend services platform
  • Creating and improving tools related to online play and services
  • Optimize and debug server/client code related to networking and simulation
  • Work in an Agile process to provide accurate schedules and estimates for completing tasks on time
  • 4+ years of experience in game development working with real-time networking and/or backend service platforms
  • Fluent in C/C++
  • Self-motivated with excellent problem-solving and debugging skills
  • Working knowledge of network protocols including UDP and TCP
  • Experience working with online console platform APIs (PSN and/or Xbox Live)
  • Familiarity with core gameplay systems including scripting/blueprints, animation, and physics
  • Shipped at least one title on PC/Console as a gameplay or network engineer

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience developing features using a backend services platform (EOS, Pragma, AccelByte, Playfab, etc)
  • Proficient in 3D mathematics
  • Unreal Engine experience
  • Passion for video game development, combat-oriented games, and Skybound IP

Job Type: Regular, Full-Time

Salary Range: $140,000 - $160,000

  • 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.