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This role is a part of the UK government's Kickstart Scheme and is only applicable to 16 to 24-year-olds in the UK who are not in education and are currently claiming Universal Credit. Click here to view more Kickstart placement opportunities.

August 5, 2021
Full Time
Chicago, IL

Hay there! At Young Horses, we strive to push the boundaries of games in order to create experiences that players haven’t seen before. We want to create innovative, charming, joyful entertainment for a broad audience.

We strongly encourage people of color, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and non-binary people, parents, and individuals with disabilities to apply. Young Horses is an equal opportunity workplace and welcomes everyone to our team. If you need reasonable adjustments at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know.

We’re looking for a few good horses to join us in our Chicago studio who…

  • Have a spirit of playfulness and humor.
  • Can collaborate with and trust their team.
  • Are well-rounded with a variety of interests.
  • Are driven by curiosity and enjoy new ideas and experiences.

We’re looking for a generalist programmer working in the areas of gameplay programming and console and mobile platform development. Young Horses is a small and collaborative studio and you will be working closely with fellow team members from design, art, and sound.


  • Create gameplay features within our current proprietary engine and a possible future Unreal 5 framework.
  • Debug, modify, and extend existing code and console/mobile ports.
  • Work with designers and artists on implementing their work and provide technical and creative feedback.


  • 3+ years of C++ experience.
  • Strong debugging skills.
  • Passionate about creating unique, inventive games.
  • Excellent communication, creative collaboration and teamwork skills.
  • Curious, self-aware, and self-motivated.

Nice to Have:

  • Unreal Engine 4 experience.
  • Experience releasing on at least one non-desktop computer console and/or mobile device.
  • 1+ shipped games.
  • Creating or modifying automated build systems for Console/Mobile.
  • Console certification submission experience.
  • Python experience.

What Young Horses Offers Full-Time Employees:

  • A small-team environment making weird, charming, joyful games.
  • Ownership of key creative decisions related to your work.
  • Flexible work arrangement opportunities.
  • Open PTO that we actually use and encourage.
  • 12 weeks fully paid parental leave.
  • Sustainable work hours. (40 hr/week, often less)
  • Health + dental insurance.
  • Employer-provided Simple IRA with 3% matching contributions.
  • Relocation assistance to Chicago. Due to ongoing pandemic concerns, relocation time is negotiable, with options for remote work.

How to Apply:

Please send your portfolio and resume to with the subject line matching the position to which you are applying. (i.e. Programmer or 3D Artist). In your application, please feel free to note which pronouns you use (For example – she/her, he/him, they/them, etc).

We’re a team of generalists, so any additional skills and experience are worth mentioning.

These include:

  • Web development.
  • Video editing.
  • Community management.
  • Playtesting.
  • User experience design.
  • Audio work.
  • Art creation unrelated to position.
  • Scripting.

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About Us:

As Young Horses we strive to push the boundaries of game design in order to create experiences that players have not seen before. This is not only because we think that we should be bringing something new to our medium and our industry, but because we think that innovation is necessary to reach new, broader audiences. Our goal is to create innovative, intelligent, and charming entertainment that can be enjoyed by both children and adults.

We're also hiring a 3D Artist! You can view (and share) all of our openings here.

Our Games:

Bugsnax takes you on a whimsical adventure to Snaktooth Island, home of the legendary half-bug half-snack creatures, Bugsnax. Invited by intrepid explorer Elizabert Megafig, you arrive to discover your host nowhere to be found, her camp in shambles, and her followers scattered across the island alone... and hungry! It's up to you to solve the mysteries of Snaktooth Island: What happened to Lizbert? What are Bugsnax and where do they come from? But most of all, why do they taste SO GOOD?

Octodad: Dadliest Catch is a game about destruction, deception, and fatherhood. The player controls Octodad, a dapper octopus masquerading as a human, as he goes about his life. Octodad's existence is a constant struggle, as he must master mundane tasks with his unwieldy boneless tentacles while simultaneously keeping his cephalopodan nature a secret from his human family.

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