Lead Mobile Developer

The Game Band
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This position has been closed.
Posted
April 13, 2022
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 Lead Mobile Developer to direct the expansion of our primary offering, Blaseball, into the mobile market on both iOS and Android. This is an individual contributor role reporting directly to the Director of Engineering. We expect you to engage with stakeholders and manage expectations regarding mobile timelines. You will have the opportunity to help guide junior developers who are new to mobile development. Our mobile stack is purely React Native and our backend is javascript with postgres.

If you feel you don’t tick all the boxes, don’t let that stop you from applying.

As a lead mobile developer you will

  • Write features and maintain mobile software for a live game
  • Inform the design of features with a solid understanding of mobile best practices
  • Constructively contribute to the code review process
  • Exhibit a high degree of ownership

What success looks like

  • Take ownership and guide the direction of our mobile applications
  • Display an intuitive understanding of mobile interface best practices
  • Write solid code (not bug free, because that’s impossible!)
  • Set clear expectations for delivery
  • Be a great partner and collaborator

Requirements

  • 3+ years working on a SaaS, GaaS or similar project
  • Experience working on a mobile application in a production environment
  • Experience with React Native on both IoS and Android
  • An understanding of testing frameworks (jest, cypress, or similar)
  • Great communication skills

Nice to Haves

  • Experience building CI/CD pipelines for mobile
  • Previous experience working with junior developers
  • Game Development experience either personal or professional

How to Apply

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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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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