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Senior Network Programmer - Berlin or Helsinki

We are Neon Koi. We are a PlayStation Studio. Our mission: We make mobile action games with epic stories to foster lasting connections with players around the world.. Our aim is to amass a stellar portfolio over the next decade by focusing on building highly collaborative, experienced and empowered teams in Helsinki & Berlin.

We offer you the chance to join a rapidly growing international team of passionate and talented game makers, just like yourself. As a young company, you, as an early employee, will have a genuine opportunity to contribute significantly to the culture and operations.

Neon Koi is formerly known as Savage Game Studios.

 

Why do our people love it here? 

Our team can be summed up as being hungry, humble, and people-smart. We genuinely love what we do and aim high. To succeed as a diverse international team spread across two locations (Helsinki & Berlin), effective collaboration and communication are key. While we are all talented individuals, the sweetest achievement is succeeding together as a team.

Fair Play -  To us, fairness stands for treating people justly, and not letting your personal feelings bias your decisions about them. We strive to preserve a culture, which doesn’t have glass ceilings or hidden decision-making processes. A transparent culture where teams can thrive and get rewarded for the work they put in and the results they achieve.

When people don’t play by the rules, we act swiftly. At the same time, we reward individuals and teams who embrace our values.

Powerful Together - We believe that excellence is reached by effective team collaboration and ongoing, open feedback.

We are constantly curious to learn from each other. Understanding and hearing each others’ perspectives enables us to make the best decisions. We get inspired by each other to strive for higher standards and ultimately become a better version of ourselves.

You can rely on each other when facing difficult challenges. We encourage everyone to speak up, ask for help and bring up hard conversations. Most importantly, we put a lot of effort into hiring the right people who enjoy spending time with each other.

Players First - We work for the players. Understanding them at deeper levels than just demographics is crucial for our success.

We’re player informed. Ultimately we, and not our players, are responsible for making the right decisions for our games. We realize that what players want and what they need may often differ.

We’re committed to creating a diverse team. If you feel that you might be interested in the role, even if you don’t hit 100% of the criteria, please don’t let that put you off. Get in touch with us. We believe in passion and potential. 

 

The Role 

As part of the Core Tech team, the Senior Network Programmer is responsible for driving,  architecting, optimizing and validating the networking  infrastructure for our game. 

You will work closely with the wider tech team to ensure the player experience is stable from a networking standpoint while being both maintainable, documented and of high quality. As a senior networking expert, you will also contribute to internal mentorship, holding the team accountable to engineering best practices, and acting as an example for others on the team.

This role can be based in Berlin or Helsinki.

Responsibilities 

  • Architect, design, implement and test your networking solutions for our game using C++ and Unreal Engine
  • Collaborate within the Core Tech and wider technical teams to deliver high quality and high performing player experiences using your technical expertise in network engineering
  • Debug networking issues related to our game and offer solutions on how to proceed, improve on and ensure the wider technical organization are aware of learnings
  • Work within the Core Tech team to analyze performance metrics, suggest KPIs for our game and ensure we’re staying within reasonable bounds for these metrics
  • Documentation and knowledge sharing of networking knowledge throughout the company
  • Evaluate networking technologies, stay current on industry trends and find opportunity for utilizing the best choices in our game, while taking into consideration resourcing and time

Requirements 

  • 8+ years of experience in game network programming with a focus on either AAA gaming or mobile experience
  • Excellent Communication skills
  • Knowledge of the differences between console and mobile networking
  • Strong understanding of:
    • C++
    • TCP/IP
    • UDP
    • Socket programming
    • Client-server architecture
    • Join-in-progress
    • RPC
    • Linux
  • Experience with:
    • Hit detection
    • Network Prediction
    • Networking Environment Conditioning tools (such as Clumsy), 
    • Lag Compensation
    • Anti-cheat techniques and security best practices
    • Server/Client Tick rates
    • Network Bandwidth Optimization
    • Optimizing server efficiency
  • Debugging skills and experience with tools to debug your networking environment efficiently

The ideal candidate will also have 

  • Mobile experience; both Android and iOS
  • Unreal Engine 4 or 5  experience
  • Experience working on a live title

 

Why join us? 

Although we’re a new company, we’re committed to making this a great place to work, so this is only the beginning of our benefits: 

  • Annual bonus 
  • Lunch benefits
  • Budget towards commuting costs 
  • Fitness benefits
  • Home internet / mobile phone plan
  • Educational budget: for language learning, self-training, attending conferences, buying games and books etc 
  • Financial and practical assistance with relocation through our relocation partner and a relocation budget 
  • Twice yearly off-sites
  • PBG - Pizza, beer and games on the last Friday of every month 
  • 30 days holiday plus additional days for Wellness and between Christmas and New Year
  • Access to PlayStation products and games 

 

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