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Gameplay Engineer

Company: Owlchemy Labs
Location: Austin
Posted on: February 21, 2021

Job Description:

We're a 23-person Google-owned experimental VR game company looking to grow our Owls (employees!) and would love a detail-oriented and self-motivated person to join us! Owls in this role prototype, develop, and implement game features and tools, from concept to launch, with guidance from task owners.Responsibilities* Create playable prototypes from scratch, independently (create your own passable models, animations, effects, etc in addition to programming)* Develop and test code, fix bugs, and profile; optimize code as directed* Quickly and effectively iterate on systems, features, and interactions throughout the course of development at many different levels of quality (from quick and dirty prototypes to fully polished and shippable)* Take ownership of tasks and authored systems, ensuring owned systems can be maintained and providing technical and design leadership for owned tasks* Collaborate with Project Leads to ensure tasking is meeting milestones, including providing estimates, updates on progress, and notice of potential setbacks* Seek and integrate feedback from a variety of stakeholders - including playtests* Assist other engineers with their features in a programming capacity or otherwise* Follow best practices, development processes, and coding standardsRequirementsRequired Skills/Abilities * Understanding of gamefeel, affordances, and feedback* Ability to quickly turn ideas into reality, at minimum level of effort to evaluate them* Ability to see dependencies, cascading affordances, and systems-level ramifications of features* Ability to integrate feedback, throw ideas away, and be flexible with multiple iterationsRequired Education And Experience* High School Diploma or Equivalent* Unity programming experiencePreferred Education And Experience* Developing games solo or near-solo* History of experimentation with different tech / tools* Rapid prototyping environment experience* 3 years Unity programming experience with multiple shipped projects* Appreciation of puns (or at least the ability to groan at them)Physical Requirements* This is an office job, so be prepared for prolonged periods of sitting and working on a computer. However, all Owls are provided with various ergonomic options.* Owls must be able to use virtual reality headsets but are not expected to own one.Position Type/Expected Hours of Work This is a full-time, 40-hours per week position. Core hours of work are Monday through Friday, 10 00 a.m. to 5 00 p.m. Although this position is anticipated to be "Work from Home" through the July of 2021, newly hired Owls will be required to establish Texas residency within 60 days of hire.Travel No travel is expected for this position; though we typically encourage owls to attend a conference annually for personal growth and development.For Everyone We care about creating "VR for Everyone" - and that includes creating a welcoming workplace for everyone.Owlchemy provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.Other Skills And ResponsibilitiesThis job description doesn't cover or contain a comprehensive listing of everything you might do at Owlchemy. As a small team of wildly talented individuals, we encourage career growth, exploration, and the wearing of many hats. As such, roles and responsibilities are collaborative and may change or evolve over time based on our needs and your particular skill set.Benefits* Health Care Plan (Medical, Dental & Vision)* Retirement Plan (401k, IRA)* Life Insurance (Basic, Voluntary & AD&D)* Paid Time Off (Vacation, Sick & Public Holidays)* Family Leave (Maternity, Paternity)* Relocation Assistance

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