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SkyBox Labs

Engine Programmer | Minecraft

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SkyBox Labs
🇨🇦 Burnaby, BC

Build amazing experiences in Halo Infinite, connect players across platforms in Minecraft, unleash your creativity on original IP or think strategy with Magic: The Gathering Arena. SkyBox Labs is a game development studio that works on some of the world’s most iconic games. Our current projects include working as a co-developer on Halo Infinite, projects in the Minecraft Universe, supporting the development of Magic: The Gathering Arena, and original title, Stela. As one of Vancouver’s fastest-growing game studios, since our inception in 2011, SkyBox Labs has evolved from a group of 8 people developing independent projects to a team of over 200 engineers, artists, designers, producers, and more.

SkyBox Labs is looking for an experienced Software Engineer to join our Minecraft platform abstraction team! In this role you will work on various low-level systems and features to support Minecraft’s engine across all supported platforms.


  • Maintain and improve the Minecraft engine’s cross platform abstraction layer.
  • Implement and improve various low-level systems such as memory allocators, file systems, input, threading, task managers, etc.
  • Analyze and solve optimization problems relating to modern game engines such as load times, threading issues, memory usage and platform-specific performance issues
  • Test software and address bug issues as needed
  • Participate in code reviews and provide constructive feedback on how to develop and improve processes, tools and workflows
  • Build strong relationships and communicate effectively with both internal team members and our external partners
  • Identify and provide updates on technology risks and obstacles to technical directors and project managers
  • Learn new technologies and systems to meet our technical and business needs


  • 4+ years of professional software development experience within games or a related industry
  • Strong proficiency in C++ is required
  • Experience designing, developing and maintaining low-level systems
  • Excellent optimization and debugging skills
  • A creative thinker with advanced problem-solving skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-directed and takes initiative in order to drive progress
  • Experience shipping at least one game title
  • Experience providing technical leadership and/or mentorship to other engineers
  • A passion for Minecraft or games in general!

A Culture of Empowerment, Collaboration and Personal Growth

Our studio’s success can be attributed to our culture of empowerment, collaboration and personal growth. We employ a flat structure where all team members are heard, respected and trusted. We encourage knowledge sharing and personal growth through our many Lunch & Learns and frequent feedback. This culture is underscored by our strong commitment to work-life balance.

One major thing that we’re proud of is that we’ve been able to grow a 200 person studio while cultivating an inclusive grassroots culture. We value our team members’ various backgrounds, hobbies, skills, and interests and this is demonstrated through our broad spectrum of social clubs: Join our soccer team, fitness group, potluck club, or one of our many D&D groups - you can even start your own!

Work During COVID-19

In order to keep our employees, candidates and community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of our teams are working from home within Canada. All interviewing, onboarding, and most work will take place remotely for the foreseeable future.

SkyBox Labs is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace, dedicated to pursuing and hiring a diverse workforce.

Although we appreciate all interest, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.