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At Coconut Lizard we share our industry-leading Unreal Engine expertise with prominent developers across the globe. We are currently mainly working in partnership with Microsoft Rare, where it's been our pleasure to help them bring Sea of Thieves to over 15 million players on PC and Xbox since 2018.

Founded in 2015, many of our team are people who have joined us from companies like Epic Games, Ubisoft, Sumo Digital and Rockstar Games, but also from smaller games companies, University, and also non-games companies. We are fortunate enough to bring our team members all the good things about working in AAA, but with the flexibility and opportunity of working at an outsourcer. We don’t do overtime, which means we don’t do crunch, and on top of that if your application is successful we’ll be able to offer you one of the best benefits packages you’ll find in the industry, which you can find below. We recently became part of the Keywords Studios family, which brings us an even greater stability than we enjoyed before, plus a wider range of projects to work on.

While the entire company is working remotely, and will be until the current pandemic has passed, we are situated in the Newcastle/Gateshead area. The office is only a short walk from the Metrocentre with hundreds of lunch options, a couple of miles from the cosmopolitan, bustling city of Newcastle, with the beautiful award-winning beaches of Northumberland, and historic cities of Durham and York are close at hand. We are looking for candidates who are willing to relocate to us after Covid-19 has passed, but are willing to consider outstanding applicants who want to work remotely.

Coconut Lizard are looking for Senior Gameplay Programmers to join our team where we work on Sea of Thieves in Partnership with Microsoft Game Studios Rare Ltd.

Main responsibilities include:

  • Implementing new core engine systems

  • Refining existing core engine systems


Skills we think you should have:

  • 5+ years' engine programming experience

  • Experience with mentoring and leading small teams

  • Excellent c++ knowledge

  • Experience with multithreaded development

  • Experience with low level CPU or assembly programming

  • Strong math skills

  • Ability to estimate task schedules and dependencies

  • Ability to write scalable, portable and efficient code

  • Knowledge of existing optimisation techniques

  • Experience with performance analysis tools

  • Ability to decipher and understand complex systems

  • Excellent problem solving skills

Skills we'd like you to have:

  • Professional experience shipping at least two titles

  • Experience with Unreal Engine 4

  • A background in console game development

  • Knowledge of technical documentation writing and maintaining


Coconut Lizard is a great environment to not only work but to learn and improve. We offer the following benefits to ALL employees:

  • Very Competitive Salaries (based on UK comparisons)

  • 25 Days' Holiday Per Year PLUS Bank Holidays (bank Holidays dependent on country of residence)

  • Up to 10% Company Matched Pension

    • you pay in up to 10% of salary and we'll match it

  • Full Private Medical Insurance (PMI) - UK Residents only.

  • Medical Cashplan Scheme (dental/optical/...) - UK Residents only.

  • Annual Birthday Voucher

  • Christmas Bonus Scheme

  • Death in Service Cover

  • Fully Stocked Kitchen provided totally free with a selection of:

    • chocolates, donuts, cake, etc

    • soft drinks, coffee, teas, water, etc,

    • breakfast bars, nuts, fruit, healthy alternatives

  • Flexible Working Hours