Lead Gameplay Engineer

ProgrammingRemote, Austin, Texas United States


Certain Affinity is looking to hire a Lead Engineer to lead a team of engineers with passion, focus, and drive. This role will balance hands-on programming and managing people. You should be a highly capable software engineer with a deep understanding of gameplay systems and solutions, exemplary attention to detail, and a passion for amazing and rock-solid gameplay!


  • Lead a team of engineers at a variety of experience levels
  • Turn ambiguous technical requirements into well-defined tasks that are delivered on time
  • Collaborate with artists, designers, and producers to prioritize, schedule, and assign tasks to the engineering team
  • Hire and mentor less experienced engineers, providing feedback, career growth, and development opportunities
  • Implement gameplay features in C++, leading by example for your team
  • Take responsibility for your team’s network, memory, GPU and CPU footprints, as well as the overall success of the gameplay experience


  • Experience leading a team of 4 or more engineers
  • 5+ years of professional software engineer experience
  • Strong skills in C++, data structures, and object-oriented design
  • Strong 3D vector and matrix math skills
  • Familiar with core game systems such as scripting, UI, rendering, animation, physics, and data pipelines
  • Experience with networked game logic
  • Excellent collaboration and communication skills
  • Passion for multiplayer FPS games and familiarity with engineering techniques common to the genre

Extra Credit:

  • 1 or more shipped titles (especially in a lead role)
  • Development experience in multiple game engines (proprietary engines, UE4, UE5)
  • Console experience (Xbox One/Xbox Series family preferred)
  • Experience with additional languages (Lua, C#, Python, Go, etc…)

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