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Junior Games Server Programmer

Programming | Leamington Spa, UK | Full Time

Job Description

Kwalee is an expanding, independent mobile game developer based in the heart of the beautiful town of Leamington Spa, England, within the area known as Silicon Spa. The company was founded in 2011 by David Darling (awarded CBE by the Queen), co-founder of Codemasters and comprises of a highly skilled and creative team, including the original creator of the Micro Machines video games (yes, you read well, we have celebrities here!).

As a Junior Games Server Programmer you are interested in doing wonderful things with servers and love games so this could be the chance to apply that knowledge to one of your hobbies.


What you tell your friends you do

“I work on all the stuff that you can’t see but it’s crucial for our games to work. Yes, I’m kind of a puppeteer.”


What you will really be doing

  • Contributing to the design and architecture of our servers using Python with Flask deployed on AWS EC2 Servers.

  • Implementing server features to robustly support millions of mobile game players.

  • You’ll be working with a worldwide multi cluster Couchbase and Elasticsearch database.


How you will be doing this

  • You’ll be part of an agile, multidisciplinary and creative team and work closely with them to coordinate efforts and get the best results.

  • You’ll think creatively and will be motivated by challenges and constantly striving for the best.

  • You’ll work with cutting edge technology, if you need software or hardware to get the job done efficiently, you can get it


What have we worked on last quarter

We've recently launched TENS!, our first game from Creative Wednesdays and we're working in some other exciting projects that will be launched very soon too. 



Our talented team is our signature. We have a highly creative atmosphere where you’ll have the opportunity to contribute daily to important design and technical decisions. You’ll work within an extremely experienced and passionate team, including David Darling and the creator of the Micro Machines video games.


Skills and requirements

  • Some experience writing high quality database and program code for servers with Python or a great interest in this area and some solid knowledge. 

  • Knowledge of NoSQL databases (Couchbase, MongoDB, Cassandra, Memcache,etc.) could be useful but it’s not mandatory.

  • Knowledge of Unix, Linux or equivalent development environments

  • Some personal projects that show what you can do, ideally in games.

  • Excellent communication skills.

  • An avid interest in either console, PC or mobile games.


We offer

  • Money!

  • To help you save some money, we also contribute to your pension, offer a private medical cover and life insurance

  • We want everyone involved in our game to share our success, that’s why we have a generous royalties scheme where 15% of the profits of the game are shared with the team.

  • 25 days of paid holidays plus bank holidays

  • Quarterly team building events - work hard, play hard!

  • Free snacks, fruit and drinks

  • Monthly employee awards

  • Creative Wednesdays


Our philosophy

We firmly believe that a fundamental requirement for a successful and happy company is having the right mix of individuals. With the right people in the right environment anything and everything is possible.