Backend Engineer

Blankhans
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Posted
May 21, 2022
Full Time
Anywhere
Remote

We are Blankhans. We are a game studio boutique that is dedicated to lean and high-quality crafting of outstanding experiences. Our founding team consists of games, game technology, media, and entrepreneurial leaders that are striving to build live services that last for decades. We value the craftsmanship of classic game making as well as the iterative world of live games. Our culture is “Fun”. We truly believe that only a team that enjoys what they are doing for a living, where the route is the goal, will achieve the impossible.

Our first live service is based on a well-established fantasy IP and aims to connect camp-fire survival (co-op) with tactical dungeons (action) and an economic hub (trading).

Blankhans is a decentralized game studio born in a world where work has to fit into people's life and not life into work. We aim for maximum transparency and trust to our teams and ask for nothing less than your professional dedication.

Backend Engineer (m/f/d)

We are looking for a versatile Backend Engineer (Games-as-a-Service) to join our team and work on our game Ultracore. As a Backend Engineer, you will work collaboratively with designers and fellow engineers to architect, implement and maintain Ultracore’s backend services.

We strive to build great experiences for players in the Survival Sandbox genre and that is what drives our teams. An ideal candidate will bring a collaborative mindset and be comfortable working in a remote setup.

The successful candidate must have a thorough understanding of scalable and highly available backend systems and a desire to solve problems. The applicant must be proficient in Go or Python, at least one scripting language and eager to learn new technologies.

Your responsibilities:

  • Architect and manage a large-scale, highly available live-service game backend using services like Playfab, Gamelift, or Accelbyte
  • Design and maintain a scalable game server backend and operational infrastructure using services like Kubernetes, Agones or Multiplay
  • Develop technical solutions for gameplay features based on online services
  • Backend and client-side integration of our backend services
  • Monitor the backend health and respond to any failures or glitches in order to deliver a smooth online experience to players all over the world

Your profile:

  • 3+ years of work experience as a Backend Engineer
  • Highly proficient in Go or Python
  • Good knowledge of Unreal Engine.
  • Proficiency in client-server networking architecture.
  • Experience with cloud computing systems (AWS, GCP, etc.).
  • Eager to learn new technologies
  • Driven and self-motivated.
  • Excellent English communication skills and comfortable working closely with other engineers, designers and producers in a fully remote environment.

Preferred:

  • Experience servicing a live product is a plus.
  • Good understanding of network protocols, REST APIs and JSON.
  • Proficiency in C/C++
  • Familiarity with container and orchestration technologies (e.g., Docker, Kubernetes).
  • Experience working with online service providers such as PlayFab, Gamelift, or Accelbyte.
  • Experience with build pipelines

Our offer to you:

  • An opportunity to work for a newly established game studio of industry veterans.
  • A lean organization with potential for growth.
  • The experience of creating something from scratch with your contribution is not necessarily limited to engineering.
  • Receive a competitive salary in accordance with your market area
  • Be a part of a diverse international team with highly qualified and dedicated colleagues.
  • The possibility to work fully remote with occasional workshops.


Our Game Studio: Blankhans

We aim to create a small team of games business ninja. In such a small team, everyone needs to be hands-on and empowered to autonomy, responsibility, and ownership of their craft.

We share and communicate our work openly. We know that only providing and receiving honest feedback from colleagues and players will forge our craft to be outstanding.  Everyone’s voice is valuable. We live and breathe for the happiness our art provides to people. In our world, expertise, passion, and data speak louder than senior titles or tenure.

Crafting something so special with so little people and resources is a challenge like a masterpiece. We need your leadership and initiative to be successful. We do the daily hustle as we know that only by doing things get created. We understand that only with a healthy integration of work into our lives can we achieve great things. We understand that iteration is the fastest way to success and that success implies constant learning, failures, and triumph. We desire challenges. Every day.

This is Blankhans. A business. A family. Crafting virtual worlds that are here to stay.

We will win through

  • Our Talent: Finding and cultivating the absolute best talent and cutting edge craftsmanship across art, technology, and business disciplines. By betting on the extraordinary and high-performance teams that allow us to achieve meaningful results in a lean way.
  • Our Culture: The strong dedication everyone feels to our game projects and the way we build and iterate on meaningful virtual worlds.
  • Our Partners: We partner with our players to forge the game we and they enjoy the most to play. This means we will have the strongest product-market-fit possible.
  • Our Sustainability: As we optimize for a lean organization that operates with as little people and resources as possible we can sustain our small-scale company with growing success and ambitions.
  • Feedback is a driver: We do take feedback from our players and peers seriously and do give feedback to others to help them grow as a professional.


Do you want to be part of our story? Help build a live service that is fun for players around the globe and be a part of our journey to craft an extraordinary game studio. Check out our “How we work” to get an impression of where we are and what you will help to iterate.

Our Game: Ultracore

Ultracore is a social survival sandbox game trying to modernize the genre with combining an instanced social hub where the whole game population can meet, trade and socialize with persistent survival sandbox world where the player is exploring the world of Ultracore.

Ultracore is based on the most popular German Pen & Paper show with Millions of views on YouTube and thousands of fan arts and a vibrant community. The game is build as a free-to-play live-service and planned to release on all platforms. The author of Ultracore Hauke Gerdes is Creative Director and Co-Founder together with a strong team of industry veterans.

Blankhans, the company behind the Ultracore game recently finished its Series Seed and got funded by the global leading games fund Griffin Gaming Partners.

Fore more info on our game visit our Website and our Discord: https://playultracore.com/

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