Software Engineer – Gameplay/UI/AI – Contract

By April 3, 2017Jobs

We’re Criterion, and we love making games!
Over the last fifteen years we’ve entertained millions of players around the world with our award-winning games. From Burnout & Need for Speed to the critically acclaimed VR mission for Star Wars Battlefront, Criterion have always pushed the boundaries, delivering through technical excellence, world-class game feel and AAA audiovisual quality.

We place enormous value on creative collaboration, fresh ideas, and unique perspectives. Our studio is a healthy mix of industry veterans and newcomers working together to inspire, support, and educate one another. We encourage free experimentation, innovation and exploration very explicitly with regular “off-the-grid” time.

Criterion don’t put people in boxes. Folks here have freedom to navigate their careers the way their hearts take them – we’re not big on labels. Our features are built by teams who choose to work together, actively encouraging cross-discipline crack squads to solve the toughest problems.

The working day has space carved out for everyone to play games – by themselves or together, be they tabletop or videogames, we love them all. Learning from the widest range of experiences makes our own games better.

Over the years, we’ve learned that crunching is flat-out stupid, so we don’t do it.


The Challenge Ahead:
Criterion are embarking on their most ambitious projects to date.
We are growing our team with fresh, talented people who can help us take a huge leap forwards.

We’re looking for someone passionate about making top-quality gameplay to join our team. Criterion builds features in a very collaborative, multi-disciplinary manner, and this is most evident in the area of gameplay — teams of engineers, designers, and UI experts work together to deliver amazing experiences that the player can understand and enjoy.

We’re looking for someone who has capability and passion in at least two of the three areas of: Gameplay, AI and UI. That’s because the best player experiences always come when these systems work together seamlessly.


What a Gameplay/UI/AI Engineer does at Criterion:

•   Works closely with designers and other engineers to translate high-level ideas into AAA game features

•   Collaborates within Criterion and works closely with other EA studios around the world

•   Implements and maintains reliable and efficient code

•   Keeps iterating with their team until the feature is incredible

•   Works with designers to develop great authoring workflows

•   Takes features through to shipping, fixing bugs and performance issues


A Gameplay/UI/AI Engineer will need:

•   BSc in Computer Science or related discipline, or equivalent industry experience

•   Strong C++ programming skills – C# and Python a plus

•   Experience using visual scripting (e.g. Unreal’s Kismet) a plus

•   Experience using Unity a big plus

•   A passion for games, and a desire to create high-quality AAA titles that millions of people want to play

•   Experience shipping games on a AAA engine is a big plus


What’s in it for you? Glad you asked!
Naturally, we offer competitive compensation packages.

More importantly, because we love working with world-class creators, we maintain a culture that thrives on creative freedom and autonomy.


We thought you might also want to know:
We’re based in the lovely town of Guildford – 35 minutes from central London.
Our office is a short walk from the train station and town centre.