Full Stack Developer

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Posted
October 8, 2021
Full Time
Anywhere
Remote

Our Values

The Game Band is dedicated to making games that reflect the diverse world we live in, which means fostering an environment and community that reflects our world too. We hold ourselves to a high standard when it comes to ensuring our company is an inclusive, respectful, and welcoming place to work.

The Role

The Game Band is seeking a Full-Stack Developer to work both maintaining and expanding the absurdist, browser-based, fantasy baseball experience: Blaseball. As we are stepping out in the mobile space, you will also have the opportunity to gain experience with mobile development.  Our current stack is entirely in Javascript with React on the frontend and node/express on the back.

As a full-stack developer you will:

  • Participate in the continuous development and maintenance of a highly-scalable, live game
  • Develop frontend website architecture in React
  • Develop backend features and API endpoints
  • Write unit and integration tests

What success looks like:

  • You contribute quality code across the technical stack with a steady velocity
  • You tackle critical bugs in a timely fashion
  • You are open to learning new technologies and tools
  • You take ownership of a domain or initiative

Requirements:

  • 2+ years working on a SaaS, GaaS or similar project
  • Experience with React or similar frontend framework
  • Strong experience in at least one programming language with Javascript preferred
  • An understanding of testing frameworks (JEST, Cypress)

Nice to Haves:

  • Experience with mobile development
  • React Native would be awesome
  • AWS, devops and infrastructure as code
  • Typescript
  • An understanding of SQL and experience with databases

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Who we are

The Game Band is a fully remote studio, currently making the popular internet sensation / cultural event Blaseball. Previously, TGB launched Where Cards Fall, winner of the Apple Design Award in 2020.

With Blaseball seeing viral success, TGB is excited to grow the team! We are hiring a number of key roles, looking for folks who will take ownership building systems and teams that will ensure a bright future for Blaseball.

If you aren’t familiar with Blaseball that’s ok; Blaseball is an absurdist, player-driven, browser-based fantasy “baseball” experience. It’s a simplistic simulation of a sport, where players can view, bet on, and contort the league’s rules via weekly elections. People Make Games has a great explainer if you want to learn more.

Our Goals

  • Continue to grow Blaseball’s player base in a sustainable way
  • Continue to explore themes of democracy, community, and collaboration
  • Expand Blaseball beyond a browser-based experience
  • Iterate on ethical and interesting ways to generate revenue while keeping the game accessible and available to everyone

What is it like to work on Blaseball?

Blaseball is Live in a way that maybe no other product is. We ship a whole new season, taking into account fan feedback and mobilization, and implementing new features and systems to drive the meta-story forward in real time.

For the first era of Blaseball, this cadence was extreme, so in the future we are designing a more sustainable cadence for the fans and ourselves.

We want to be very clear with applicants that they will not be expected to work 7 days a week. Just because Blaseball is online, doesn’t mean we have to be.

For technical / coding positions: it’s possible that at key times you will need to work Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, due to the natural cadence of Blaseball. We occasionally have to set up the dominos over the weekend, so the next season (week) can play out. In these cases you will be allowed to, and indeed forced to, take a “weekend” during the middle of the week.

What benefits do you offer?

  • 100% employer paid health, dental, and vision insurance
  • 401k plan
  • Flexible hours
  • Remote friendly
  • Unlimited PTO

Thank you for considering The Game Band! Blaseball has an incredibly diverse and welcoming community, and we’re building a strong, diverse team to support it. We highly encourage you to apply. Even if you're not sure that you qualify, please contact us, we'd love to hear from you.

To apply, email us your resume at jobs@thegameband.com and feel free to include any details about yourself that you'd like to share. We are accepting applications ongoing as of right now but check back frequently for deadlines and updates. As we grow we will be posting new positions, and we will try to respond to as many applicants as we can.

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