Join Constellation!

Come join Bethesda Game Studios, the award-winning development team behind Starfield, The Elder Scrolls and Fallout. Bethesda Game Studios strives to offer its employees a well-balanced home and work life by providing competitive salaries, a generous benefits program, and offices located in some of North America’s best cities. With a goal of creating a culture as fun and diverse as our games and our players, we welcome applicants with unique skillsets, experience levels and backgrounds. If you are passionate about making a meaningful contribution to some of the most significant games in the industry we’d love to hear from you!


Your Daily Life at Bethesda Game Studios

As Lead Live Programmer, you will…

  • Lead investigations into priority issues impacting the production environment with the Live Production team.

  • Manage gameplay related issues with escalations to the platform, BNET, and other external teams as required.

  • Depending on the severity and scope of the issue, resolve the issue directly with assistance from the development team or research/document the issues to then be sent to the appropriate team to resolve.

  • Engage with many stakeholders (Live, Customer Service, Community), effectively gathering information from these stakeholders, and constructing actionable next steps with the information provided.

  • Manage a team of approximately 2-3 live programmers and participate in annual reviews.


What Makes You S.P.E.C.I.A.L.

  • You have a B.Sc. in Computer Science and/or Mathematics.

  • You have prior development experience in the games industry.

  • You are proficient with C++.

  • Management skills, including capacity to provide feedback to and help direct the live programmers.

  • Ability to successfully collaborate with and delegate to external contractors.

  • Comfortable being nimble in a changing environment.

  • Demonstrable focus on player-centric decision-making.

  • Expertise in game security.

  • You have development experience on game consoles (Xbox360/PS3/Xbox One/PS4).

  • You possess strong organizational skills, communication skills, and the ability to communicate and work with non-engineers.

  • You work well under pressure and can handle multiple tasks.

  • You have a passion for making GREAT games.

  • You have experience playing Bethesda Game Studios games

Salary Range

Lead Live Programmer - The typical base pay range for this position at the start of employment is expected to be between $125,000 - $240,000 per year.

ZeniMax has different base pay ranges for different work locations within the United States, which allows us to pay employees competitively and consistently in different geographic markets. The range above reflects the potential base pay across the U.S. for this role; the applicable base pay range will depend on what ultimately is determined to be the candidate’s primary work location. Individual base pay depends on various factors, in addition to primary work location, such as complexity and responsibility of role, job duties/requirements, and relevant experience and skills. Base pay ranges are reviewed and typically updated each year. Offers are made within the base pay range applicable at the time.

At ZeniMax certain roles are eligible for additional rewards, such as merit increases and discretionary bonuses. These awards are allocated based on individual performance and are not guaranteed. Benefits/perks listed here may vary depending on the nature of employment with ZeniMax and the country work location. U.S.-based employees have access to healthcare benefits, a 401(k) plan and company match, short-term and long-term disability coverage, basic life insurance, wellbeing benefits, paid vacation time, paid sick and mental health time, and several paid holidays, among others.

We embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion in everything we do – from recruiting for our studios, publishing and operations to fostering safe and respectful workplaces that encourage collaboration. Our culture is based on principles of respect, inclusion, and fair treatment and we welcome anyone into our family without regard to race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or age.

Our diversity fuels our innovation and inspires us to create game worlds that bring us closer to the global community of players we serve.