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Welcome to Maxis, home to tinkerers, craftspeople, & storytellers. Our drive is to inspire everyone to make a better world through creative play. As the developer of the Sims, we create games and experiences for millions of people around the world and are always looking for new ways to inspire our players. Maxis is a place where you can do what you love and help others grow while doing it; a place where your unique voice can be heard and seen. We put creativity and inclusivity at the core of our work and don’t settle for seeing the world only as it is, but strive to build a world as it could be. Read on to see how you can join our team and dream big.

Job Summary

Maxis is looking for a talented engineer that can amplify our ability to rapidly develop our games with the help of automation. This engineer will work with an experienced team that has collectively built almost all Maxis games in the past two decades. You will actively work with engineering, art, design, and quality verification groups to prototype and ship various features that expand the featureset of Sims games. Most of the work is expected to be done in Unreal Engine, both in C++ and blueprints.

As a Game Automation Engineer for a game at Maxis, you will

  • Implement quality control tools, test automation and analysis systems for various stages in the creation of a Sims game.

  • Enable the designers, producers, artists, and other engineers.

  • Demonstrate excellent technical problem-solving skills under iteratively changing requirements during game development.

  • Author technical design documents detailing software requirements.

  • Be a critical partner to driving innovation in tools and processes to achieve the highest quality standards. Use appropriate programming and scripting languages to design, develop, and maintain automation test tools; statistical analysis and dashboards; and other tools that help drive quality in our products.


Please note that you do not need to qualify for all requirements to be considered. We encourage you to apply if you can meet most of the requirements and are comfortable opening a dialog to be considered.

  • Bachelor/Master’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or related field.

  • 3+ year experience in a hands-on development role.

  • Demonstrate impact of past projects in game or tools automation.

  • Demonstrate technical abilities with large projects implemented in C++.

  • Hands-on experience with the automation frameworks for commercial game engines. E.g. Unreal Engine’s Gauntlet, Unity Automation Framework.

  • A strong understanding of testing methodologies.

  • Experience with building test strategies for web, mobile, or software products.

  • Experience with web, database and automation technologies.

  • Hands on experience building and shipping AAA games in Unreal engine.

  • Experience developing for large-scale live products. Products that constantly update to provide higher quality, and feature set to expand the possibilities in the game.

  • Experience working in highly collaborative environments with multidisciplinary roles beyond engineering like design, production, art and product management.

  • Experience working with and/or setting up device farms for software testing at scale.

  • Experience with Windows platform and development tools.


  • Experience with Appium or Selenium framework.

  • Experience with cross platform automation (PC, console, mobile).

  • Experience developing in C# and Python.

  • Experience developing for both PC and Mobile platform games.

  • Demonstrable experience showcasing the customer focus to network successfully across a large number of game development roles, to build and maintain excellent relationships and communications channels.

  • Demonstrate experience working in large data-driven games or applications.

  • Experience with build automation systems like Jenkins.

  • Experience using static and performance analysis tools, automated testing, unit testing, and configuration management processes.

  • Experience optimizing performance and memory of real time applications (like games).


The base salary ranges listed below are for the defined geographic market pay zones in these states. If you reside outside of these locations, a recruiter will advise on the base salary range and benefits for your specific location.

EA has listed the base salary ranges it in good faith expects to pay applicants for this role in the locations listed, as of the time of this posting. Salary offered will be determined based on numerous relevant business and candidate factors including, for example, education, qualifications, certifications, experience, skills, geographic location, and business or organizational needs.


  • California (depending on location e.g. Los Angeles vs. Sacramento):

    • $114,200 - $166,200

  • New York (depending on location e.g. Manhattan vs. Buffalo):

    • $99,900 - $166,200

  • Jersey City, NJ:

    • $131,600 - $168,400

  • Colorado (depending on location e.g. Denver vs. Colorado Springs):

    • $99,900 - $141,800

  • Washington (depending on location e.g. Seattle vs. Spokane):

    • $99,900 - $168,400

Base salary is just one part of the overall compensation at EA. We also offer a package of benefits including paid time off (3 weeks per year to start), 80 hours per year of sick time, 16 paid company holidays per year, 10 weeks paid time off to bond with baby (following 1 year of service), medical/dental/vision insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, and 401(k) to regular full-time employees. Certain roles may also be eligible for bonus and equity.

About Electronic Arts

Everything we do is designed to inspire the world to play. Through our cutting-edge games, innovative services, and powerful technologies, we bring worlds with infinite possibilities to millions of players and fans around the globe.

We’re looking for collaborative and inclusive people with diverse perspectives who will enrich our culture and challenge us. We take a holistic approach with our benefits program, focusing on physical, emotional, financial, career, and community wellness to support our people through every chapter of life. Our goal is to provide a safe and respectful workplace that empowers you to thrive in both work and life.

Electronic Arts is an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, religion, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, family status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We will also consider employment qualified applicants with criminal records in accordance with applicable law. EA also makes workplace accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities as required by applicable law.