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Lead Programmer – Sports-themed casual games

at MindGames in Los Angeles, CA   —   Jul 08, 2014   |  
Early stage Los Angeles-based start-up seeks a Lead Programmer to design, build, test and document the development of multiple sports-themed online casual games (primarily trivia/knowledge-based), for the Web, social networks and mobile distribution.

Suffice it to say that we’re NOT the typical casual game developer, targeting stay-at-home housewives age 35-50. We will develop sports-themed, knowledge-based, fan/rival affiliation-driven gaming experiences. If you’re not interested in making clones of Diner Dash or yet another match-3 game, you definitely want to talk to us.

As one of the first key technology hires, you will be getting in at the start and have the opportunity to influence the product and business as we work towards launching a compelling (and profitable) entertainment and gaming business. We are currently prefunding and are looking for the right tech gurus to complete our initial development team. You’ll get an equity position in the company, with a salary to follow once we are able to secure funding for the venture.
Developing a scalable solution to handle hundreds of thousands of users
Creating the basic framework to support multiple iterative game developments – i.e. “not recreating the wheel” each time a new title is developed
Responsible for the full engineering lifecycle of each game title, including requirements design, technical design, task estimation, implementation, testing, debugging and deployment
Work with a front-end developer, and coordinate with designer and business development
Development and integration of social networking tools (i.e. player affiliation based on being fan/rival of various real-world teams) that will be utilized in each game
Prepared to handle all aspects of building functional, consumer-oriented (i.e. heavily interactive) applications
Experience in game development and particularly the casual games space is a plus
The ideal candidate would be fluent in both Python and PHP, but if you are the right fit and strong in alternative platforms, we are open to discussion
A degree in Computer.Science or Computer.Engineering is a plus
Equity and salary TBD
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