Cryptic Studios is an industry leader in the development of free-to-play massively multiplayer role-playing games on PC and console including Star Trek Online, Neverwinter and Magic: Legends. We bring these popular properties to life with innovative gameplay mechanics, gorgeous graphics, and impressive sound to create an engaging and immersive player experience.  Come and join us! Cryptic Studios' development process is centered on efficiently structured teams working together in a collaborative atmosphere to develop high quality games. The goal is to deliver unparalleled gaming experiences that appeal to a wide range of audiences and to iterate based on early prototyping and vertical slices. Cryptic utilizes a proprietary engine that contains all the tools needed to efficiently build and operate massive online games. Developed in house, the engine continues to be upgraded and adjusted to improve the engine's versatility and functionality. In addition, efficient content generation tools have been incorporated to streamline the development process, allowing real-time testing of art assets within the game environment. Cryptic's belief in balancing valuable family time with work provides a positive environment, promoting team work, creativity and the exchange of ideas and opinions.

Cryptic Studios

Los Gatos, CA

Lead Software Engineer

Cryptic Studios is currently looking for a Lead Software Engineer for one of our game development teams. The Lead Software Engineer is responsible for managing a small team of engineers in supporting the ongoing development of game play features as well as supporting the game operationally.

**Every day you could be**

* Leading a team of very talented software engineers to architect and build exceptional game play systems.

* Collaborating with other engineering leads on other games and on the game engine itself to drive the code base forward and ensure proper integration and performance of all systems.

* Supporting and working with multiple departments, including Modelling, Animation, Lighting, and the design team.

* Working as an implementer to design unique game play systems that give each title its own feel.

* Verifying that software engineering process follows studio policies and guidelines including coding standards, code reviews, and documentation.

* Researching and introducing new technologies to all employees and management.

**What we need to see**

* The ability to clearly and concisely communicate both in writing and verbally.

* 7 years of experience in C programming and debugging.

* Ability to take a large existing code base to understand its inner workings and make improvements.

* A passion for delivering great work.

* Strong leadership skills, preferably with 3+ years of experience in a management role.

* Experience in the video game industry

* Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related field (or equivalent experience).

* Must be eligible to work in the United States

**What we’d like to see**

* The ability to read assembly language when using debugging tools.

* In-depth knowledge of and experience with games.

* Passion for gaming / MMO games

**C/C++ Programming**

* Cryptic’s software engineers work almost exclusively in a high performance, cross-platform C/C++ code base.  In addition to problem solving skills, this job requires a high degree of proficiency with pointers, memory management, and performance optimization.  The interview process will be testing you for these skills.  Java, C# and other high-level languages will not be utilized in this job.

**What Cryptic Offers:**

* A fun tight-knit team

* Full-Time role

* Paid Holiday, Sick Time & Paid Time off

* Health Insurance & Perks

* Company social events 

* Recognition 

* Pet-Friendly