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Senior Game Server Engineer

Full-time at Big Fish Games in Oakland, California

Self Aware Games, a Big Fish studio, makes games that connect people, including the massively successful Big Fish Casino. Our games communicate our passion for delightful and truly social games, beautiful art, and cutting edge tech.

We are looking for a Senior Game Server Engineer to work on Casino infrastructure. The ideal candidate has a proven track record of profiling, optimizing, and supporting a high concurrency application. Our backend team is small, so each member has a large amount of ownership and impact on how the game is scaled.


Design, implement, and deploy infrastructure with emphasis on uptime and scalability
Profile and tune highly-scalable backends
Develop APIs for other development teams to consume
As part of a rotating on-call duty provide the first-line defense troubleshooting production issues


B.S. in Computer Science or equivalent
5+ years professional experience in software development
Experience with the entire development life-cycle from gathering requirements to launching
Comfortable with linux / command line
Basic knowledge of networking, DNS, protocols
Database design and SQL knowledge
Experience scaling infrastructure
Experience maintaining a live ops application
Experience developing backend systems
Ability to maintain composure under pressure
Experience estimating effort and establishing timelines for projects as well as communicating associated risk
Excellent critical thinking, problem solving, and analytical skills
Detail-oriented, motivated, self-starter who can work without supervision


We love games, so you’ll often find us playing them! We have board games, consoles, and ping pong and pool tables at the office for when you need a break. Or get a free massage onsite to loosen up your muscles and creativity! We don’t have daily food service because guess what? We want you to have a life outside of work, too. We do have a communal lunch twice a month just so we can all hang out together. We love our jobs, but we don’t want to live here.

Our new, awesome office is located in uptown Oakland, two blocks from BART and right next to gorgeous Lake Merritt. Its 3.5-mile circumference is perfect for a lunch-time run! We have bike racks and showers for those of you who prefer a 2-wheeled commute. Our after-work hours are filled with trying new local bars and restaurants, art events, and just exploring all that our neighborhood has to offer! Do your Mondays suck? Join Self Aware Games and love Mondays once again!

Come be the next Big Fish in the pond!

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