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Lead Gameplay Systems Programmer

Epic Games

Epic Games

Software Engineering
Clark, NJ, USA
Posted on Friday, June 9, 2023


At the core of Epic’s success are talented, passionate people. Epic prides itself on creating a collaborative, welcoming, and creative environment. Whether it’s building award-winning games or crafting engine technology that enables others to make visually stunning interactive experiences, we’re always innovating.

Being Epic means being a part of a team that continually strives to do right by our community and users. We’re constantly innovating to raise the bar of engine and game development.


What We Do

Unreal projects have been leading the pack of real-time entertainment with our constantly growing team of engineering experts. We’re always improving on the tools and technology that empower content developers worldwide.

What You'll Do

We’re looking for a Lead Gameplay Systems Engineer who is passionate about games and well-versed in C++, Java and gameplay systems development. You will lead a team of highly talented engineers and participate in designing and implementing highly impactful player engagement systems.

In this role, you will

  • Lead a team engineers focusing on player retention and engagement systems.
  • Build and maintain bridges with stakeholders to realize company vision.
  • Experiment with game design and use rapid prototyping while ensuring that strong architectural and algorithmic decisions are made.
  • Work closely with art and design to create and iterate on gameplay features.
  • Prototype and iterate on features and be willing to accept and respond to critical feedback.
  • Supporting technical excellence on multiple platforms.
  • Optimize and fix bugs in existing gameplay systems.
  • Contribute ideas toward all aspects of the game’s production and development.
  • Write robust, maintainable code with extensibility in mind.

What we're looking for

  • Strong C++ skills and programming principles knowledge.
  • Talent for building robust, extensible, maintainable systems.
  • Experience developing AAA games or game engine technology professionally.
  • Self-motivated, strong work ethic, and able to work independently.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with demonstrated ability to communicate fluently in English (written and verbal).
  • Experience with player engagement and retention systems is a plus.

This role is open to multiple locations across the US and Europe (including CA, NYC, and WA).

Pay Transparency Information

The expected annual base pay range(s) for this position are detailed below. Each base pay range is relevant only for individuals who are residents of or will be expected to work within the specified locale. Compensation varies based on a variety of factors, which include (but aren’t limited to) things such as skills and competencies, qualifications, knowledge, and experience. In addition to base pay, most employees are eligible to participate in Epic’s generous benefit plans and discretionary incentive programs (subject to the terms of those plans or programs).

New York City Base Pay Range
$164,706$241,569 USD
California Base Pay Range
$154,823$227,074 USD
Washington Base Pay Range
$154,823$227,074 USD


Epic Games spans across 19 countries with 55 studios and 4,500+ employees globally. For over 25 years, we’ve been making award-winning games and engine technology that empowers others to make visually stunning games and 3D content that bring environments to life like never before. Epic’s award-winning Unreal Engine technology not only provides game developers the ability to build high-fidelity, interactive experiences for PC, console, mobile, and VR, it is also a tool being embraced by content creators across a variety of industries such as media and entertainment, automotive, and architectural design. As we continue to build our Engine technology and develop remarkable games, we strive to build teams of world-class talent.

Like what you hear? Come be a part of something Epic!

Epic Games deeply values diverse teams and an inclusive work culture, and we are proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer. Learn more about our Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy here.

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