Senior Programmer

Goose Byte
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Posted
November 18, 2022
Full Time
Montreal, QC
Hybrid

Have more to offer than just your coding ability? Like the idea of full system ownership with the safety net of a talented team to collaborate with? Want to be given the freedom to focus 100%?

 

Why Goose Byte

Do you wish that you could spend your work hours actually making games? We're offering that low-overhead-indie-team-productivity along with all of the stability and I-can-sleep-at-night big studio perks.

We're cultivating an inclusive, high performance, talent dense team where collaboration is key and we won't be tolerating talented jerks. High integrity is important and we nurture an environment built around the concepts of freedom, inclusivity, respect, sustainability, and trust.

Our senior programmer would enjoy a perfect blend of creative and technical challenges. The role encourages taking ownership of topics of interest and existing expertise, all while collaborating and supporting other developers. They will be trusted to take care of conception, design and even some art for complex gameplay systems which will push the player experience to the next level.

 

Our First Project

For our first project we’re making an open world survival crafting game that focuses on exploration and creativity over violence and combat, finding a unique space in a crowded genre to bring something exciting and different to players.

We’re creating our own IP, building on our love of science fiction, worldbuilding, and unconventional games, and as an indie studio we have full creative freedom and control.

Using our experience from leading AAA open world and action adventure games we’re thinking practically and pragmatically about our choices, from technology, to scope of features, and where to place our bets for quality and innovation.

There are lots of challenges ahead but we are setting our own ambitions and expectations, leveraging our scale to be decisive, move quickly, and make the game better every day.

 

Your Opportunities

You are definitely a match if you are excited by these opportunities…

  • Focus on game dev, first and foremost. Always know the next three tasks you want to tackle
  • Think like a programmer, a designer, an artist, and a player all in one
  • Close off more tasks each week and assure the quality of your own work
  • Create MVPs for the wider team to expand upon, working smart and fast to find the fun in the game
  • Sync with the team and research their wants and dreams, use that as inspiration for your API design
  • Dabble in all of the creative disciplines and continue to advance your game dev career
  • Support and teach members of the team; from using source control, to engine workflows, to lifehacks! We'll all be chipping in to help each other hone our skills

 

Get On Our Radar

We value diverse backgrounds and fresh perspectives. We hire based on future potential, not only your past experiences.

For the senior programmer we'd expect that you have opinions on how to (and how not to) create big gameplay systems, optimise production ready code and have collected your fair share of 'debugging nightmare' stories.

The main technologies we use at the moment are:

  • Unreal Engine 5
  • GitHub
  • Google Workspace

If you're already got skills here it's a great bonus! 

 

So...

If you made it here and this sounds like a great fit for you, then what are you waiting for!

About 
Goose Byte

We're on a mission to deliver premium, focused, accessible gaming experiences that can be enjoyed solo, and which play even better with friends. We're passionate about offering players unique experiences, so experimentation and fast iteration is important to us.

We're hard at work on building a talent-dense team of game developers who put players at the center of everything they do. If you're a developer this resonates with, we hope you'll consider joining us.

Goose Byte offers big studio stability with indie studio freedom and ambition.

 

Working With Us

A great culture starts with great people. We’re looking for driven, humble, sharp, mega-talented game developers who - like us - are obsessed with delivering for players. We view every new hire as a critical step in achieving our goals, and expect everyone on our team to have a huge impact on both our games AND our company.

We want our people to live their best lives AND do their best work, and we think these should align with each other, not conflict. How you choose to work is up to you. In general we are looking for senior talent, but will always break the rules for exceptional candidates.

 

Our Culture

Goose Byte is meant to be a bold breath of fresh air for developers in a city that is simply burgeoning with game development talent.

  • Who We Are. If you'd like to join us, it's important that you know who we are and who we're not.
    We believe that great games come from great teams, and that great teams arise when particular attention is placed on building a unique culture befitting the individuals of the team.
    We have big ambitions, so we're cultivating an inclusive, high performance, talent dense team. Collaboration is key, so we won't be tolerating talented jerks. High integrity is important and we'd like to nurture an environment built around the concepts of freedom, inclusivity, respect, sustainability, and trust.
  • Player First Mindset. We're making games for our players. People have a million ways to spend their time, and if they choose to engage in our game, we need to respect their time and be grateful for it. No one on the team should ever be worried about impressing a boss; the community and players are what matters most.
  • Action and Results Oriented. Actions speak louder than words. Seeing something new in the build is infinitely more useful than talking about it. We're intolerant of needless bureaucracy, and we'd rather be fast and experimental than slow and perfect.
  • Autonomous and Collaborative. We’re self-starters & auto-didacts. We look for people who are naturally curious, always learning and intrinsically motivated. We prefer a blunt approach to feedback. It should always be positive and developmental, placing an emphasis on clear, constructive communication. We aim to foster a group dynamic where individuals learn to trust one another and speak freely.
  • Lazer Focus. We don’t have to be the best at everything, just the few things that matter. We focus relentlessly on those things and allocate resources the same way.
    Trying to build everything yourself is a major trap, we are happy using an existing solution when it isn’t differentiated.

 

Our Values

Each colleague that joins our studio is equally important to its success. As such, all of our benefits are available to everyone, effective from their first day with us. Being transparent about this equality and how we value our employees is a key part of who we are.

Freedom

  • Work from home at the start. We're planning to have an office for hybrid options and easier socializing next summer
  • Flexible schedule 
  • $1,000 yearly employee lifestyle fund - use this to stay healthy, social, comfortable or productive 

Inclusivity

  • Equal opportunity and equal pay employer
  • Team building and social events in Montreal,
  • Zero tolerance policy on harassment, bullying and discrimination
  • No talented jerks

Respect

  • Competitive base salaries for all jobs
  • Low admin and manager overhead - No boring reoccurring meetings
  • An uncapped profitability bonus scheme that shares studio profits with everyone
  • We offer everyone dedicated high end hardware to maximize productivity

Sustainability

  • Commitment to a Crunch-free environment
  • Competitive Group Insurance Plan (Healthcare, Vision, Dental, Life Insurance)
  • Retirement fund - We match 40% of all employee RRSP contributions!
  • Studio shuts down one week for Winter Holidays

Trust

  • Unlimited paid vacation for all employees - this means 5 weeks minimum
  • Unlimited sick days / Family days / Flexi days
  • All benefits start day 1, for all employees

 

We believe that we will be a stronger, more competitive team by bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences, and cultures. We absolutely commit to being an equal opportunity, equal pay employer and have a zero tolerance policy on harassment, bullying, and discrimination.

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