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Lead Tools Engineer

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πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Bellevue, WA


We’re ArenaNetβ€”we’ve created a studio that makes online worlds infused with innovation, hand-crafted excellence, and creative passion. We're not the only ones who share this passion; gamers made Guild Wars 2 the fastest selling MMO game in the West with more than 3 million copies sold in its first 9 months, and players and press have consistently called it one of the best MMOs of all time.

Constantly evolving online worlds require a foundation of stable tools to streamline content creation. ArenaNet’s engineers take pride in writing quality, performant code that enables continuous releases within these massive worlds. We’re looking for programmers who share our commitment to quality and are excited to engineer industry-leading technology.


We are looking for a team lead to manage our GuildWars2 tools team. Are you a clear communicator with a knack for reconciling the needs and capacity of your team with the needs of your team’s customers? Do you enjoy communicating with game designers, artists, and engineers to determine development tool needs and risks? If you are excited about building tools that facilitate building rich, immersive gameplay experiences efficiently, we would love to hear from you!


The Engineering team at ArenaNet thrives on a wide array of perspectives, experiences, and interests. We know that the best creations come from healthy and friendly teams. Our work is woven together with the efforts of other disciplines and crafts within game development. We seek out voices and ideas that might be new to us. We are always on the lookout for ways to help each other, both within the Engineering team, and throughout the studio as a whole.


You will need to have some prior professional leadership experience, especially in a software engineering environment, along with great cross discipline communication skills. Additionally, we will be asking you to work closely with studio leadership to communicate tool request scope/risk as well as provide insight into priority/severity of issues/tasks. It will be essential for you to mentor your team and promote good engineering practices to produce long term quality products; as such you should comfortable with C# and C++ and architecting robust and sustainable tools within them. Knowledge of various other programming languages such as Python, Javascript is a bonus.