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Multiplayer Lead Gameplay Engineer

Gameplay Engineer - Programming - San Francisco, United States of America

Job Title Multiplayer Lead Gameplay Engineer
Job Description

Driven by people. Inspired by challenges. Relentless to deliver creative excellence.

At the intersection of art, design and technology lies Striking Distance Studios. We are a AAA development studio within the San Ramon Hills of the San Francisco Bay Area. With the release of our first title, The Callisto Protocol, we are excited to continue to grow our team.

Here at Striking Distance Studios it is amazing people, an immersive experience and a passion for excellence that drives us each day. We are looking for people who push themselves creatively and learn with every new challenge. We give you the setting and the opportunity to do work you are proud of. We’re looking for the best to come join us and become part of a world-class team.

To us excellence is not a skill, but an attitude!

What we are looking for:

  • Striking Distance Studios is looking for a Lead Gameplay Engineer with experience in Multiplayer to work in a cooperative, cross-disciplinary team environment to help the team implement a wide variety of features and systems.


  • Work across disciplines to build, refactor and maintain a variety of robust, flexible, and well-architected multiplayer gameplay features.
  • Work with designers to create robust multiplayer gameplay modes.
  • Be responsible for multiplayer gameplay performance – including bandwidth and latency optimizations.
  • Lead a team of Gameplay Engineers to create best in class Game Modes, with a non-exclusive focus in Multiplayer gameplay elements.
  • Lead the overall planning, development, and execution of the game engine and architecture.
  • Establish engineering projects, initiatives, and processes in conformance with the studio’s goals and objectives.
  • Take new products and features from the design phase to production.
  • Research and develop coding techniques and algorithms.
  • Keep current on technological developments and advancements.
  • Delve into code written by other engineers and take ownership of existing systems as needed.
  • Coordinate with leads to ensure smooth roll out of new features.
  • Communicate accurate status updates to your team leads, producers, and QA regarding tasks/features you are responsible for.
  • Write clear, maintainable, portable, and highly performant code.
  • Adhere to team coding standards and best practices.
  • Foster a culture of open, honest, and respectful communication across all disciplines.


  • Bachelor's degree in software engineering, computer science, or equivalent.
  • At least 7 years of games industry experience and preferably 3 years or more in a similar role.
  • Shipped at least 1 Multiplayer console game as a Multiplayer Gameplay engineer.
  • Strong 3D math skills, and low-level engine experience preferable.
  • Expertise with Unreal Engine, particularly with gameplay multiplayer game modes.
  • Experience shipping games on current generation consoles (PS5, XSX, or Switch) and PC.
  • Fluent in C/C++.
  • Excellent communication skills; ideally, you are fluent in “artist” and “designer” speak
  • A demonstrable love / passion for playing and making video games.
  • A highly communicative and collaborative disposition.


Sector Programming
Category Gameplay Engineer
Level Lead
Contract Type Permanent
Hours Full Time
Salary $170,000 - $215,000
Date Posted 8 May 2024
Recruiter Striking Distance Studios
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