Software Engineer (Gameplay)

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September 29, 2021
Full Time

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 engineer to help shape and build the primary client experience for our game platform, using a combination of Unity, WebGL, and Javascript.

You'll be joining our small and mighty engineering team, with opportunities to work on all parts of our system! 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 developing core gameplay systems and UI/UX in Unity.
  • Shipped a game that relied on a server-authoritative, API-based architecture.
  • Familiarity with delivering Unity 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 with Javascript and/or Typescript, and CSS.
  • Experience as a technical bridge for artists, co-creating art pipelines, assets, and animations.
  • Experience building and optimizing shaders.
  • Experience with and taste for modern UI/UX design patterns.
  • Experience with cloud infrastructure, particularly deploying to platforms like AWS, Microsoft Azure, 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 products for kids, tweens, and teens.
  • 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.
  • Sometimes we meet up! In better times we expect to travel a few times a year to get together for planning and fun.
  • While this is a full-time job, 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.
  • This is a startup! We're building a company together as much as we are building a game together.
  • 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 Community Lead and Platform Engineer. You can view (and share) all of our openings here.

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