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ILMxLAB Gameplay Engineer / Programmer at The Walt Disney Company (San Francisco, CA)

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We're on a mission: building the future. We're working in this crazy-fun, hybridized fusion of entertainment where exceptionally high-end (previously pre-rendered) VFX meets interactive, immersive stories. That spectacular mash-up results in unparalleled real-time worlds where we endeavor to raise the bar for experiences and visuals as high as we possibly can. As if making compelling movies and games wasn't hard enough in isolation! Don't get us wrong, we're not complaining about the challenges. That's literally why we come to work: It is our great fortune to be standing at the crossroads - unconstrained by a specific title or universe - in a collaborative, highly creative and highly technical work environment. If that sounds interesting, jump in. We still believe in picking up hitchhikers.
Our team is growing. We are looking for talented, driven creative technologists to help design and build the next generation of immersive stories.
Have a look at the description below. If it sounds like you, send us your stuff!
What You'll Do
  • Design and implement solutions for gameplay mechanics, AI, player controls, animation, physics, and UI
  • Collaborate with multidisciplinary team of artists and engineers in a fast-paced, iterative development environment
  • Chief gameplay problem-solver and experience optimizer. You are user-focused. Find the fun. Please.
  • Write polished, optimized, and documented code with an eye towards re-usability for multiple games
  • Assist with R&D and rapid prototyping team as it relates to real-time production
  • Assist in spec of development schedule and design specification, ensure implementation of experience matches design
  • Identify risks for tech/development and proactively propose solutions
  • Actively participate in the QA process to identify, triage and fix bugs

What We're Looking For
  • Bachelor's or Master's in Computer Science or related discipline
  • 4+ years of game development experience as a Gameplay Programmer
  • Extensive experience with C++ programming language, strong understanding of C# and C
  • Strong familiarity with OOD principles
  • Solid understanding of algorithms, physics and math
  • Excellent problem solving skills and the ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Strong understanding of 3D modeling, texturing and animation
  • Passionate about making and playing games
  • Passionate about immersive experiences
  • Nice to have:
  • Extensive experience working with Unreal 4 or 3
  • Experience working with Blueprints Visual Scripting
  • Game design experience, (double bonus for multiplayer)
  • Virtual or Augmented Reality development
  • Experience integrating game audio libraries such as FMOD, Wwise, Miles
  • Deep experience with one or more of the following - Rendering, Physics, Networking, Input Systems
  • Unity and or Mobile game dev experience
  • Willing to be a generalist when necessary, tackling general, editor, engine, builds or misc. tool tasks
  • Agile development experience

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Because our employees and cast members are at the heart of everything we do, Disney offers a competitive total rewards package that includes pay, health and savings benefits, time-off programs, educational opportunities and more. Together, these rewards make up a comprehensive package that help you live your best life, grow personally and professionally and take advantage of the special extras that only Disney can provide.

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How does the company support your career growth?

Over my 13 years with the company, I’ve had passionate leaders and colleagues with diverse backgrounds who have taught me and given me opportunities to expand into areas I never thought possible. You have the freedom to take career risks and apply your previous experience in ways you may not anticipate.

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Disney has always been at the heart of the evolution of the media industry, and technology is an essential part of that. The way that we tell and consume stories in the future is going to be completely different than it is today, and The Walt Disney Company is uniquely positioned to shape and create that future.

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