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Lead Gameplay Programmer

Epic Games

Epic Games

Software Engineering
San Diego, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2024


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 are seeking an experienced Lead Gameplay Programmer to direct the gameplay technical approach for a main internal project in the Fortnite ecosystem. They will be responsible for driving the gameplay engineering team, collaborating and iterating between gameplay programmers, designers, and artists. They will play a critical role in driving future gameplay systems within the Fortnite ecosystem.

In this role, you will

  • Mentor and coach a team of gameplay engineers, and be the primary hub of communication and information for other disciplines
  • Distill high-level feature requests into meaningful, actionable work items, and delegate to the team effectively
  • Deliver core gameplay features in an efficient and timely manner, and speak up when the team is over or under-scoped
  • Lead the vision for different gameplay systems and features, and propose and review architecture, systems, and technical approaches to ensure that they satisfy both the surface-level and deeper, engineering-specific requirements
  • Jump in and participate in writing code when necessary

What we're looking for

  • Experience developing games professionally, and shipping AAA titles (on multiple platforms preferred)
  • Experience leading a team of gameplay engineers within a shipped AAA title
  • Strong C++ skills and the ability to code and architect gameplay mechanics and tools
  • Strong analytical abilities with creative problem-solving skills, excelling in thinking innovatively and finding unique solutions
  • Experience working on a live service game
  • Experience with Unreal Engine 5
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills


Our intent is to cover all things that are medically necessary and improve the quality of life. We pay 100% of the premiums for both you and your dependents. Our coverage includes Medical, Dental, a Vision HRA, Long Term Disability, Life Insurance & a 401k with competitive match. We also offer a robust mental well-being program through Modern Health, which provides free therapy and coaching for employees & dependents. Throughout the year we celebrate our employees with events and company-wide paid breaks. We offer unlimited PTO and sick time and recognize individuals for 7 years of employment with a paid sabbatical.

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).

California Base Pay Range
$190,010$278,682 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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