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Founded in 1990, Raven Software is the developer of numerous award-winning games including Hexen, Star Wars Jedi-Knight II: Jedi Outcast, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance and most recently, a major contributor to the blockbuster Call of Duty® franchise.

We’re based in Middleton, Wisconsin, a suburb of Madison, annually ranked on numerous lists as one of the top places to live and work. We have a unique vision for our industry. One that has and continues to inspire us. We bring no egos. We focus on what is best for the game. We hire stunning peers. We own our own mistakes. We treat each other with respect.

After nearly 30 years, Raven Software is still thriving. We developed a team who cares about one another, our games and our players. As we enter the next exciting chapter of our story, we are growing. Our team is creative, highly inventive, well-led and equipped to face this exciting future. If you want to work with a world-class team, on exciting new projects, then apply today! We look forward to hearing from you.

Raven Software is wholly owned by Activision. To learn more about our studio, please visit us at www.ravensoftware.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ravensoftware, @RavenSoftware on Twitter / X, or https://www.linkedin.com/company/raven-software/ on Linkedin.

Your Mission

As an GAMEPLAY ENGINEER you will be optimizing, enhancing, and developing new engine systems on top of the foundation of Call of Duty’s AAA technology. This is a great opportunity to be part of a passionate team that defines and shapes the technology of our upcoming Call of Duty titles.

You will be developing the engine systems for our shipping products as well as improving the workflows of our development team. You will need to be proficient in writing efficient and clean C/C++ code. Qualified candidates will need to have a background in engine development and the subsystems that support games.

Priorities can often change in a fast-paced environment like ours, so this role includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:

  • Design, modify, optimize, and debug gameplay systems

  • Research and document ways of improving our gameplay systems

  • Deploy, evaluate performance, and test software on all supported platforms

  • Communicate features and development with production, engineering, design, and art teams

  • Participate in the performance and code review process

  • Contribute to the design and roadmap of industry-leading AAA engine technology

  • Collaboration and co-development with other engineering teams

  • Reports to the Lead Gameplay Systems Engineer

Player Profile

Minimum Requirements:

  • 3+ years of industry experience, or equivalent academic experience in relevant discipline

  • Demonstrated experience as highly proficient in one or more engineering system

  • Personal, internship or school projects that reflect aptitude in associate’s role

  • Experience developing and optimizing engine systems

  • Effective 3D math and algebra skills

  • Strong programming skills in C/C++

  • Background with multi-threaded systems

  • Understanding of computer architecture and memory management

  • Solid debugging skills

  • Proven ability to collaborate, coordinate, communicate and support other team members

  • Comprehensive understanding of object-oriented programming

  • Creative, motivated, focused, passionate, results-oriented

  • Demonstrated ability to write efficient, readable, and reliable code

  • Passion for games and technology

Extra Points:

  • Development experience with networked multiplayer games

  • 1+ titles shipped, or equivalent academic experience

  • Experience with systems in a client-server architecture

  • Understanding of animation technology, including state machines, playback, and blending

Location:

  • This role will be located in Madison, WI and Hybrid (Mondays and Fridays remote, onsite in-office Tuesday through Thursday). Thinking about moving to Madison? This role may be relocation-bonus eligible!

We love hearing from anyone who is enthusiastic about changing the gaming industry. Not sure you meet all qualifications? Let us decide! Research shows that women and members of other under-represented groups tend to not apply to jobs when they think they may not meet every qualification, when, in fact, they often do! We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage you to apply.

We are committed to working with and providing reasonable assistance to individuals with physical and mental disabilities. If you are a disabled individual requiring an accommodation to apply for an open position, please email your request to [email protected] General employment questions cannot be accepted or processed here. Thank you for your interest.

Our World:

Activision Blizzard, Inc., is one of the world's largest and most successful interactive entertainment companies and is at the intersection of media, technology and entertainment. We are home to some of the most beloved entertainment franchises including Call of Duty®, World of Warcraft®, Overwatch®, Diablo®, Candy Crush™ and Bubble Witch™. Our combined entertainment network delights hundreds of millions of monthly active users in 196 countries, making us the largest gaming network on the planet!

Our ability to build immersive and innovate worlds is only enhanced by diverse teams working in an inclusive environment. We aspire to have a culture where everyone can thrive in order to connect and engage the world through epic entertainment. We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ - we’ve got our employees covered!

The videogame industry and therefore our business is fast-paced and will continue to evolve. As such, the duties and responsibilities of this role may be changed as directed by the Company at any time to promote and support our business and relationships with industry partners.

Raven Software is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable law and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

Rewards

We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ - we’ve got our employees covered! Subject to eligibility requirements, the Company offers comprehensive benefits including:

  • Medical, dental, vision, health savings account or health reimbursement account, healthcare spending accounts, dependent care spending accounts, life and AD&D insurance, disability insurance;

  • 401(k) with Company match, tuition reimbursement, charitable donation matching;

  • Paid holidays and vacation, paid sick time, floating holidays, compassion and bereavement leaves, parental leave;

  • Mental health & wellbeing programs, fitness programs, free and discounted games, and a variety of other voluntary benefit programs like supplemental life & disability, legal service, ID protection, rental insurance, and others;

  • If the Company requires that you move geographic locations for the job, then you may also be eligible for relocation assistance.

Eligibility to participate in these benefits may vary for part time and temporary full-time employees and interns with the Company. You can learn more by visiting https://www.benefitsforeveryworld.com/.

In the U.S., the standard base pay range for this role is $77,500.00 - $143,376.00 Annual. These values reflect the expected base pay range of new hires across all U.S. locations. Ultimately, your specific range and offer will be based on several factors, including relevant experience, performance, and work location. Your Talent Professional can share this role’s range details for your local geography during the hiring process. In addition to a competitive base pay, employees in this role may be eligible for incentive compensation. Incentive compensation is not guaranteed.