Multiplayer Programmer

Programming Horsham, United Kingdom


Our multi award winning Total War team are looking for an experienced multiplayer programmer to join the team working on leading interactive technology on Total War project.

This is an excellent opportunity to be a key part of the successful Total War franchise. As Multiplayer Programmer on the team, you will be able to drive the game’s networking and gameplay features and develop new multiplayer modes.

Key Responsibilities

As a Multiplayer Programmer on the project, you will be responsible for the implementation of new online features of our Total War games. You will help design and craft future multiplayer features of Total War and the be a go-to person for multiplayer and online on the development team. You will maintain the smooth running of online features in current Total War games. You will also collaborate with other teams across the studio to identify opportunities for sharing knowledge and information.

You will be an experienced game developer with an understanding of networking aspects in a game. With a good understanding of PC hardware and tools, you will be able to measure performance bottlenecks, simulate a multitude of network conditions and propose solutions.

As a Multiplayer Programmer on Total War projects, you will be working with the team to shape and follow a roadmap for future development of the proven Total War game engine. Good communication will be essential to collaborate with the team members, and with fellow engineers on the other Total War teams to share solutions. Being a part of the team, you will need to be approachable and aware of dependencies across the project, being proactive with your approach. You will also occasionally assist in other programming areas of the project.

Knowledge, Skill and Experience

  • Excellent knowledge of C++
  • Good understanding of the principles of multithreading and synchronisation
  • Qualities looked for: self-motivating, self-teaching, good communicator, likes complex problems, takes responsibility
  • Understanding of common networking protocols
  • Understanding of network topologies commonly used in games
  • Experience of developing matchmaking and game network traffic in a video game
  • Having worked with POSIX-style sockets would be a strong advantage
  • Excellent communication – both written and verbal
  • Good understanding or experience of HTTP protocols an advantage
  • Good understanding of the Steam services (or a major competitor) an advantage
  • RTS game enthusiast or thorough appreciation of the Total War franchise

We offer a fully bespoke funded relocation package for you and your dependants and you’ll be supported through the process with our dedicated Relocation Specialist. 

We also have an excellent range of benefits to support your work life balance, including:
  • Generous holiday allowance plus full studio closure over the Christmas and New Year period, as all UK Bank holidays
  • Annual discretionary studio bonus
  • Defined career development pathways and personalised training support so you can truly excel in your area of expertise
  • Support in Learning and Development; internal masterclasses, prestigious creative workshops to inspire and enthuse including internal programming conferences, on-site training with renowned specialists as well as global conference attendance
  • Private medical and dental insurance, life insurance, permanent health insurance, critical illness cover and free health care screening
  • Season ticket travel loans and cycle to work scheme
  • Free bike servicing and discounted car valet service on site
  • Free games and merchandise plus access to our extensive games library
  • Free breakfast every day - toast, bagels, pancakes, cereals, yoghurts, fresh fruit, smoothies, juices, milkshakes and more in our fully stocked kitchen
  • An employee assistance programme and onsite wellbeing sessions
  • In-studio heavily subsidised massage therapy
  • Discounts portal giving access to a wide range of extras such as heavily discounted home technology, travel insurance, corporate gym membership, cinema tickets, holidays, trips out and Ikea vouchers
  • Amazing studio parties such as our CA Summer Festival, a Christmas Party for you and your partner plus a separate Children’s Christmas Party. We also have our wrap parties for all our releases.
  • Free Japanese lessons, life drawing, creative writing and Pilates classes
  • A range of CA Social events including the annual sponsored Walking Challenge to 100Km, Couch to 5k in our beautiful local park, basketball, game and movie evenings, board game club, 5-a-side football, CA Choir, Sword fighting (yes, sword fighting) and loads more
  • We offer discounts with local businesses, including estate agents and local shops to support our local economy

We are Creative Assembly

We gather the greatest talent out there, coming together to craft authentic and detailed experiences of the highest quality.

We focus on our strengths and embrace our uniqueness, collaborating across teams and giving everyone the trust and respect to be masters of their craft.

Our values form the foundation of our culture and ethos:
  • Quality - Everything we do is about quality, from individual actions to final products, we take pride in the detail and authenticity of all our creations.
  • Focus - We focus on our strengths as a studio. Our teams might work across different projects, but our goals and vision should be clear for everyone.
  • Teamwork - We are a collective who thrive working across teams, empowering each other to succeed.
  • Respect - Respect at CA is given as a default, we respect each other as diverse and unique individuals, who come together to create games our fans will love.
  • Trust - Alongside respect, we trust each other, our teams and our leaders as experts of their craft. Everyone is given creative autonomy and freedom to make a real contribution to our projects and our legacy.
Our studio sites have disabled access. We are an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief.