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    Senior Server Side Software Engineer

    Chicago, IL 60601
    Full-time, Part-time
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    Job Description

    Job Description

    Synapse Games, a Kongregate studio, is committed to building fun, strategically deep, and socially engaging free-to-play games on both mobile and web.

    We are a dedicated and efficient team that enjoys making games as much as playing them. We measure our efforts through results rather than hours worked, and value the importance of a work-life/family balance on top of offering competitive pay and benefits. As our portfolio and teams grow, our culture remains built around gaining knowledge through cooperation.  From board game nights to role-playing campaigns, we all continue to learn from each other and grow.

    As a Senior Server Side Software Engineer with Synapse Games, you will work with PHP and other technologies to implement back-end game logic and state persistence. You should excel at rigorous software development that results in high quality and maintainable products. We are looking for someone who is willing to accept ownership of the back-end game components and work directly with game designers and client-side engineers to implement and maintain new and existing game features. You will be shipping code that impacts millions of players in our biggest games: Animation Throwdown and TMNT: Mutant Madness.


    • Design and implement server-side gameplay systems and admin tools

    • Maintain and develop existing games on a roughly one week release schedule

    • Identify and optimize performance problems

    • Support game designers with game-play analytics and by building simulation tools

    • Participate in code reviews to learn, teach, and ensure high standards


    • Passionate about developing games

    • Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, or related Bachelor’s degree

    • Proficient knowledge of PHP or eagerness to learn

    • Understanding of MySQL or equivalent RDBMS design and optimization

    • Strong computer science fundamentals of data structures and algorithm design

    • Motivated to independently identify areas of code or gameplay that need improvement

    • 5+ years professional experience in software development


    • Client side game development skills

    • DevOps Engineering experience (especially AWS)

    • Experience with PHP, C#, Java, or Go

    • Ability to lead and mentor engineers


    • 401K Plan with Company Match

    • Comprehensive medical, dental, vision, life and long term disability insurance

    • Ample vacation days, PTO, and Paid Family Leave

    • Company wide events, game nights, happy hours and more (all of which are currently virtual)!

    • Build awesome games with premier IP holders.


    We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

    Posting ID: 594262676Posted: 2021-01-26