Gameplay Web Developer (Contract)

Hidden Door
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January 5, 2022

Hidden Door is an early stage company building the future of immersive narrative entertainment. Our first product is an online multiplayer experience for playing and sharing adventures across a variety of creator-led story worlds, enabled by a new kind of narrative AI.

The role

We're looking for an experienced part-time contractor to help build the web client for our multiplayer game, using technologies such as React and Javascript/Typescript. You’ll help us:

  • Create a user experience like a dynamic graphic novel, by developing and documenting responsive components for a modular, interactive art system.
  • Set up corresponding technical art pipelines in collaboration with our art team.
  • Prototype advanced experiences using motion, rigging, and shaders.

If you're interested in working on creative experiences at the intersection of design, engineering, narrative gaming and AI, we want to talk to you 🙂

About you

We'd love to meet if you have:

  • Extensive experience with Javascript and/or Typescript, and CSS.
  • Experience building game systems, controls, and interfaces.
  • Experience with and taste for modern UI/UX/motion design patterns.
  • Shipped and supported a production web app that relied on a server-authoritative, API-based architecture.
  • Familiarity with delivering responsive experiences for mobile web.
  • Experience debugging and resolving cross-platform issues.
  • Experience with performance optimization.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, with a love of close collaboration.


  • Experience as a technical bridge for artists, co-creating art pipelines, assets, and animations.
  • Experience building and optimizing shaders with WebGL.
  • Experience with cloud infrastructure, particularly deploying to platforms like AWS or Google Cloud.
  • Good taste in picking the right tools for the job, to help us make several asset, infrastructure and tool choices in the near future.
  • Background in consumer-facing mobile, web, or social apps for large audiences.
  • Familiarity with considerations for building experiences that are accessible, particularly for younger players.
  • Interest in building applications with machine learning and natural language processing.
  • Passion for telling stories and playing games!

Other things to know

  • We're a small, international, fully remote team, currently focused on North American and Western European time zones.
  • We are flexible about working hours and trust you to bring your best. Both co-founders have young children and we are committed to a healthy, balanced life.
  • We value curiosity, creativity, and diverse perspectives.
  • We strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented or non-traditional backgrounds to apply.

How to apply

Please apply here! It will ask you to share a resume or your LinkedIn profile, tell us a bit about yourself, and write a story about something you've built that you're proud of and what makes you a good fit for this opportunity.

If you run into any issues, just email us at

Hidden Door

About us

We (Hilary, Matt) founded the company in early 2020 with a mission to unlock kids' creative superpowers. We believe there's a unique opportunity to bring people together through storytelling play and emerging technology. And we're just getting started.

Want to help? All of our roles are full-time and fully remote, currently focused on US and Western European time zones. If you're not sure you're a fit, or think you might otherwise be able to contribute, please do write us a note at with your resume or LinkedIn profile, a story about something you've built that you're proud of, and how you can help. We'd love to hear from you.

We're also hiring a Platform Engineer. You can view (and share) all of our openings here.

💬 Hilary and Chris of Hidden Door recently joined us in Discord to talk about Hidden Door, storytelling, and their open roles. You can read the recap of our conversation here.
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