Gameplay Engineer - The Lord of the Rings

About the Employer


Amazon Game Studios is seeking a Gameplay Engineer to join our team in sunny Irvine, CA. This position will work with Design to build a flexible encounter and game rules framework for The Lord of the Rings.

We're aspiring to create a game with "perpetual progression" where every play session feels fresh. We need an engineer who can extend our core combat fun with procedural content, flexible game modes, matchmade instances and asynchronous social gameplay.

In this role you will create a Gameplay framework that supports both hand-crafted stories and procedural combat activities. You will give activity designers and world builders the tools to define, combine and re-use templatized assets and game rules on the fly. You'll integrate with services such as Amazon GameLift to matchmake players into synchronous gameplay instances, and you'll pioneer asynchronous modes that let players contribute to social goals on their own schedule.

Who you'll be:
· An early member of our Gameplay team, reporting to the Technical Director
· A partner to Gameplay designers and artists

What you'll do:
· Build a combinatoric and procedural activity framework for The Lord of the Rings
· Build workflows that let our activities designers and world builders be insanely creative
· Integrate and extend services such as Amazon GameLift to bring players together in instanced gameplay
· Implement a framework for asynchronous social modes
· Enable product managers to monitor and tune modes and rules on the fly
· Set the standard with your individual skill, then as the project advances guide others to create high quality work.


· A passion for video games
· 5+ years of experience in the games industry as an engineer, or equivalent work in a related field
· 2+ shipped AAA game titles or equivalent work e.g. live product development
· Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or a related field, or equivalent work experience


· 2+ shipped AAA game titles or equivalent work e.g. live product development
· Familiarity with Amazon GameLift and Twitch APIs, or equivalent.
· Experience with procedural content creation
· Strong communication skills across different teams and technical backgrounds
· Meets/exceeds Amazon’s leadership principles requirements for this role.
· Meets/exceeds Amazon’s functional/technical depth and complexity for this role.

Amazon is an Equal Opportunity – Affirmative Action Employer – Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation / Age