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Senior Gameplay Programmer

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Job Description

At Coconut Lizard we share our industry-leading Unreal Engine expertise with prominent developers across the globe. We have recently worked in partnership with Microsoft Rare, where it's been our pleasure to help them bring BAFTA award winning Sea of Thieves to over 25 million players on PC and Xbox since 2018, and on a further two as yet unannounced next generation AAA titles.

Founded in 2015, and part of the Keywords Studios family since 2020, our team is made up of everything from veteran game developers to career changers and fresh graduates. We are fortunate enough to bring our team members all the good things about working in AAA, but with the flexibility and opportunity of working at an outsourcer. We don’t do overtime, which means we don’t do crunch, and on top of that if your application is successful, we’ll be able to offer you one of the best benefits packages you’ll find in the industry.

We are situated in the Newcastle/Gateshead area, the studio is only a short walk from the Metrocentre with hundreds of lunch options, a couple of miles from the cosmopolitan, bustling city of Newcastle, with the beautiful award-winning beaches of Northumberland, and historic cities of  and Durham and York are close at hand.

We are looking for Senior Gameplay Programmers to join our team and work on a range of exciting projects.

Main responsibilities include:

  • Developing new gameplay systems and scripts
  • Altering existing gameplay systems
  • Mentoring a small team of gameplay programmers

Skills we think you should have

  • Excellent C++ knowledge
  • 5+ years game programming experience
  • Ability to develop scalable, efficient and portable code
  • Ability to work with, communicate well with and to lead others
  • Ability to estimate task schedules and dependencies
  • Ability to identify and fix bugs
  • Professional experience shipping at least two titles

Skills we'd like you to have

  • Strong math skills
  • Experience with Unreal Engine and Blueprints
  • Ability to develop creative and low-cost solutions
  • Ability to communicate well with groups of varying technical background
  • A strong understanding of the interplay between systems

Internal Use -

Role Information: EN

Studio: d3t

Location: Europe, UK, Gateshead

Area of Work: Game Development

Service: Create

Employment Type: Full Time, Permanent

Working Pattern: Hybrid, Remote, In-Office


These are just some of the many benefits offered by our studios:

  • 25 days holiday (+ bank holidays + up to 5 days extra for length of service)
  • Company Pension Scheme
  • Flexible working hours
  • Private Medical Insurance Scheme (including dental) & Eye Care Scheme
  • Anti-crunch ethos - an amazingly professional, fun and supportive working environment!
  • Income Protection
  • Annual Bonus – be rewarded for great teamwork!
  • Free Parking
  • Tech and Bike Scheme
  • Company Share Scheme
  • Game Vouchers
  • Company Socials, Project Launch/Wrap Parties + Annual Events
  • Breakout Areas – filled with perks such as games, BBQ area, complimentary snacks to suit all dietary preferences etc.