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Maxis Studios

Senior Simulation Engineer - The Sims

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Maxis Studios
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Redwood City, CA

Maxis

At Maxis, we excel at outrageous thinking. It’s the fuel that inspires the best games in the world. We’re trailblazers and great storytellers. But it’s not just about amazing your peers – it’s about amazing yourself and our fans. Take risks. Work with dazzling minds and dare to dream big. Together, we can change the way millions play every day. The Sims 4 has an extremely unique player base, with 60% of our audience being women between the ages of 18-24. We are looking for someone with deep insights on how to create the best experience for our players.

Job Summary

Maxis is looking for a talented engineer that can help us bring the next wave of simulation features to life. 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 multiple designers and simulation engineers prototyping and shipping various features that expand the gameplay possibilities of Sims games. Most of the work is expected to be done in Unreal Engine, both in C++ and blueprints.

As a Simulation Engineer for a game at Maxis, you will

  • Work with designers, producers, artists, and other core and backend engineers to build a framework that brings designs to life.
  • Implement a data driven simulation system to author player facing behaviors in C++.
  • Demonstrate excellent technical problem-solving skills under iteratively changing requirements during game development.
  • Build creative aspects of real life within a simulation game (e.g. socialization, careers, weather, unique characters).
  • Author technical design documents detailing software requirements.
  • Build unique content for a game that supports a large demographic of simulation player patterns.

Qualifications

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.
  • 5+ year experience in a hands on development role.
  • Demonstrate technical abilities with large projects implemented in C++.
  • Hands on experience building and shipping AAA games in Unreal engine.
  • Previous engineering experience owning major systems in code bases.
  • Hands on experience and willingness to create multiple short-lived prototypes.
  • 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 building features and tools for games (or applications) that support a collaborative User Generated Content community.
  • Experience working in highly collaborative environments with multidisciplinary roles beyond engineering like design, production, art and product management.
  • Experience optimizing performance and memory of real time applications (like games).
  • Experience with Windows platform and development tools.

Pluses

  • Experience developing for both PC and Mobile platform games.
  • Demonstrate experience working in large data-driven games or applications.
  • Experience mentoring or leading engineers in different projects.
  • Experience with Machine Learning techniques applied in the games domain.
  • Experience with shipping games built in Unity engine.
  • Experience using static and performance analysis tools, automated testing, unit testing, and configuration management processes.

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About EA At Electronic Arts, we exist to Inspire the World to Play. We create extraordinary new game experiences for our millions of players everywhere by bringing together talented people that combine creativity, innovation, and passion. We know that our strength lies in the diversity of our people. We immerse our employees into an inclusive culture, and provide opportunities for learning and leading that allow them to do the most impactful and rewarding work of their careers. We put our people first. We provide comprehensive benefit packages with a focus on health and wellbeing to support your needs and help you balance your career and personal life. We provide access to dynamic and collaborative work environments, opportunities to connect and contribute through our Employee Resource Groups, and support for a balanced life with paid time off and maternity and paternity leave, plus free video games and so much more! 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. Electronic Arts also makes workplace accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities as required by applicable law.