Backend Engineers at Gather design and implement the complex systems that underlie what is simultaneously a live video chat platform, multiplayer game, and modern webapp. The thoughtful design of the foundation that everything is built upon is essential not only to support the current feature set and usage of Gather, but also to allow for rapid experimentation with future directions and to scale to the next million Gather users.
Help us design a simple yet expressive game engine, a flexible and reliable video system, and enable virtual space stations for every team!
Where you will make an impact:
- Performance tune the game service to support thousands of users per space
- Build (and secure) a websocket API which enables anyone to enhance Gather with their own arbitrary game logic
- Expand the expressiveness of objects and build the first few examples (think levers which cause [anything], projectiles, sounds, etc)
- Improve the reliability, scalability and performance of the video system through better architecture, testing, and monitoring
- Rearchitect the game service to be stateless and massively parallelized
- Build a plugin system which allows anyone to use community-created add-ons
What you bring:
- Experience with distributed systems fundamentals
- Experience working with systems or infrastructure components at great scale
- Experience working with Typescript and NodeJS
- A keen intuition for well designed software and well written code
- Intrinsic motivation and the drive to solve difficult problems without guidance
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- A healthy tolerance for the chaotic balance between Doing Things Right and iterating and shipping quickly
We are building a virtual universe which fundamentally improves how people interact online.
Today, that means a powerful remote-social platform. We already have people working out of our office spaces, attending our virtual conferences, or going to school on our campus spaces. We have folks hosting everything from magic conventions to artist EP launches to thanksgiving dinners, and even a few weddings.
The mission of Gather is to remove physical constraints on peoples' lives, and provide a virtual world which surpasses the real one in interconnectedness, personal touch, and expressiveness.
How's our team doing so far?
In a few short months, we've gone from nothing to millions of page views per month, >1 million monthly users in Gather spaces, and numerous paid events running around the clock. Every day, we hear that this "Pokemon x Zoom thing" is the video calling platform people didn't know they were missing.
Joining Gather means jumping on a fast-moving train where you'll get plenty of agency and the potential to have huge impact in an early-stage platform changing how people live and work. These are unsolved, open ended problems with tons of room (and need) for creativity. Help us take Gather to the next level!
- Work remotely out of a state-of-the-art virtual office!
- Competitive compensation, benefits, and meaningful equity
- Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees and their dependents
- 401k and matching program
- Generous PTO policy and mental health days
- Work-from-home equipment stipend
- Meal stipend twice a week
- The opportunity to join a passionate team in building something that actually makes peoples' lives better, every single day
Gather Town is committed to building an inclusive and equitable workplace for individuals of all backgrounds. We strive to build a workplace where employees feel comfortable bringing their authentic selves to work, everyday. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, pregnancy or parental status, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other basis prohibited by law. Additionally, we're committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please let us know at HR@gather.town. We also ask that all applicants consider answering the voluntary demographic questions on our job application to help us track the inclusivity of our recruiting efforts and programs. Answering these questions is entirely voluntary and your answers will not be shared with the hiring team and will not impact the hiring decision.