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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.

In this role you will be part of the reimagining of The Sims that players know and love. The Sims is one of the top selling PC game franchises of all time and The Sims 4 is by far our most successful Sims game. We have more than 70 million registered players of the base game. To date, The Sims 4 has shipped over 60 content packs and countless base game feature and quality of life updates. The Sims 4 continues to transcend being “just a game” and continues to be a positive force in people’s lives while occupying a unique creative space in the game industry. We're excited you're interested to learn more about how you can join our team and dream big.


As a Gameplay Software Engineer on The Sims, your job will be to work on the new gameplay features, systems and UI for the Sims 4 in close collaboration with the Design team. You will build unique content for a game that supports a large demographic of simulation player patterns. Most of the work will be done in Python.


  • Extend existing and develop new data-driven gameplay and UI systems by writing performance-efficient Python and Action Script 3 code embedded into the context of existing architecture.

  • Create new Sim behaviors within a real-life simulation game in collaboration with the Design team: interaction with the world, other Sims, and objects; socialization, careers, scenarios etc.

  • Improve the data-driven framework that brings designs to life in collaboration with designers, producers, artists, and other engineers.

  • Extend the Testing and Analytics frameworks to maintain stability and provide business-critical data to Design and Product Management teams.

  • Write technical design documentation detailing software requirements, usage guidelines and implementation route.



Please note that you do not need to qualify for all qualifications 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.

  • Proven ability to learn the legacy systems by reading and debugging the code.

  • 3+ years experience in a hands-on gameplay or UI development role.

  • Technical abilities with coding in C++ or Python.

  • Windows desktop development experience required.

  • Code optimization skills.


  • Previous engineering experience overseeing a major gameplay system.

  • Experience with game animation and navigation systems.

  • Experience working in large data-driven games or applications.

  • Experience developing for large-scale live products.

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

  • Knowledge of UI technologies such as Scaleform, ActionScript 3, HTML, CSS, JavaScript.

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. We provide comprehensive benefit packages and support for a balanced life with paid time off and new parent leave, plus free games and so much more. 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.