Senior Backend Engineer for Game Studio

Vancouver, BC
We're looking for exceptional Back-end Engineers who have a passion for the gaming field to join our Studio team, and help us develop secure and functional code for the next wave of our top-tier blockchain games. Our Studio engineers bring the serious business of fun to the blockchain, and help us to shift the technological landscape through experimentation and auditing of bleeding edge tech stacks. You’ll collaborate with our talented roster of game designers, developers, and artists to write exceptional, maintainable code that creates fun, high-quality games that are played by millions of users.

Every one of us shares a common vision: to create the future we want to live in. We need the right people (and pups) to help us realize that vision.

A little about us:

Dapper Labs is the company behind CryptoKitties. Formed in February 2018, Dapper Labs was spun out of Axiom Zen to spread the benefits of decentralization through the power of play, fairness, and true ownership. Notable investors in Dapper Labs include Andreessen Horowitz, Union Square Ventures, Venrock, Google Ventures, Samsung, and the founders of Dreamworks, Reddit, Coinbase, Zynga, and AngelList, among others. CryptoKitties is the world’s most popular blockchain application outside of cryptocurrency exchanges.

Dapper team members are humble and curious entrepreneurs, builders, and tinkerers who share a passion to demystify blockchain technology and tap its potential to create change in the world. Our people are our greatest strength: our diverse crew flourishes in a distributed hierarchy where personal autonomy and professional growth are encouraged. We value our culture above else: regardless of where you came from, what you studied, or who you used to work for, your role here will necessitate both a high level of creativity and strategic thinking on complex issues. Everyone here is a founder, and no one fits in a box. We’re all driven by an insatiable thirst for learning and development, and that’s what brings us together.
What we'll accomplish together:
  • Make every interaction with our games a delightful, and polished player experience.
  • Contribute to the ideation, technical design, implementation, and testing of game features.
  • Improve technical skills and share knowledge with the rest of the team.
  • Adopt best practices in software and game development and refine our workflow.
  • Ship features with the users in mind and strive to provide them with a great experience.
  • Identify areas where our technical stack can be improved, prioritize them with the team, and contribute to their implementation.
Our ideal candidate:
  • Experience with game development pipelines for web, mobile, or console
  • Consistently stays on top of new backend trends, methodologies and best practices, especially as it relates to web-based gaming and web app development.
  • Solid understanding of what makes a game fun and interesting to play
  • Contributes and enforces standards throughout our game development process.
  • Identifies sub-optimal processes and communicates alternatives to the team.
  • Understands products enough to be able to effectively prioritize engineering tasks when necessary.
  • Is a strong communicator that can collaborate well with game designers, producers, delivery managers, creative, and marketing teams (ie technical and non-technical audiences).
  • Is comfortable with trying out new tools, failing fast, and diving into unknowns.
  • Is comfortable with database design and familiarity with database optimizations.
  • Understands and applies best practices of API development.
  • Is adamant about test coverage for all backend services.
  • Has proficiency in Golang or Javascript, and Node.js.
  • Has proficiency with PostgreSQL
Bonus points if you have the following:
  • Understands the deployment process, and is comfortable with docker, containers, and kubernetes.
  • Has a strong understanding of applications and API security.
  • Has familiarity with playing blockchain games.
  • Has experience interacting with a blockchain. Eg. Signing and sending transactions. Reading transactions off the chain.
  • Has experience with Unity