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Free Range Games grows games the old fashioned way: we don’t put our team in cages, we work distributedly, and we don’t use toxic work/life trade-offs. Some of our crafters have worked together from PS1 to PS5 and will tell you about carving games one triangle at a time from punch cards.

We are some of the folk behind Spider-man, Tony Hawk, Lord of the Rings, Twitch Sings, Oddworld, Shrek Super Slam, and dozens of mobile and web games. We believe every member of the team has a voice in what the game should be.

We prioritize community, family, and love-of-gaming over process, crunching, and TPS reports. And maybe that’s what you want too.

We need an experienced network engineer who has previously worked on self-hosted multiplayer console titles. Particularly relevant experience includes distributing the server workload around all of the players, and experience providing movement correction for custom physics models. Unreal Engine experience is a bonus. The ideal candidate will work well with a team, and have shipped console titles. Depending on the candidate, this might be a lead role, principal role, or senior role where you help run the engine team (as opposed to our tools / gameplay teams). There's a bit of overlap. You'll report to the Tech Director.

Potential Responsibilities:

  • Development of system to share server workload across all players

  • Development of movement component for custom physics models

  • Optimization of network bandwidth throughout the title

  • Fixing networking edge-case defects

  • Advising gameplay teams on best way to structure code for network performance

  • Quality of life improvements on workflows.

  • PS5, XSX specifics.

  • Making a great game.

Qualifications:

  • Strong C++,

  • Network engineer on a Console multiplayer title

  • Experience with self-hosted (serverless) title

  • Shipped a game as the network engineer

  • Know the best pipelines for current hardware / network architectures.

Desirable Experience:

  • Unreal Engine

  • Co-op gameplay

  • Bandwidth optimization

  • High ping-time optimization

  • Vector math / calculus

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