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Forgotten Empires, a Keywords Create studio, is a full-service game developer focused on Windows PC games. While headquartered in the U.S., our team consists of 80+ passionate individuals from around the globe, each of whom brings a unique skill set and perspective to the table.

We are now looking for a Lead Software Engineer who is passionate about Real-time strategy games, mainly the "Age of Empires" franchise to join the Forgotten Empires studios remotely in Europe. A Key leader who will be responsible to interface with our client and running a team of remote Software engineers.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Managing your team working on a C++ codebase on a custom (legacy) engine.

  • Guiding team members on code maintenance and new feature implementation.

  • Updating, writing new features and optimizing an existing engine.

  • Determining project requirements and developing work schedules for the team.

  • Delegating/tracking tasks and achieving daily, weekly, and monthly goals.

  • Working with a multidisciplinary team to align on overall project goals; work with other leads to complete projects.

  • Liaising with team members, management, and clients to ensure projects are completed to standard.

Experience & Requirements

  • Proven C++ experience

  • Previous leadership experience.

  • 2+ years experience in the video game industry (with at least 1 completed project)

  • Experience working in a team environment.

  • B2-C1 English level – conversational and written.

  • Player/Development experience with RTS games is a plus (especially Age of Empires)


  • Attractive salary and package

  • Benefits - private medical care, sports card

  • Casual and professional work environment

  • Company equipment provided and internet cost reimbursed