Jackbox is a medium-sized game studio (~70 people) best known for the Jackbox Party Pack franchise: a set of five social party games released every fall. Since 2014, our games–like Quiplash, Drawful, and Trivia Murder Party– have been featured on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, by Polygon, and in living rooms and finished basements across the world.
Over the last few years, we have had over hundreds of millions of users. And we have hard evidence that one of those users was Academy Award-winner Charlize Theron.
You can learn everything you ever wanted to know about how our games work (spoiler: your phone is the controller!) and what we make at jackboxgames.com.
Who we are:
We challenge ourselves to be the best, but work hard to retain a relaxed, casual environment. Our games really do reflect who we are as a studio. We love to learn, socialize, play, and talk tech. We believe in owning the code we work on, frequent releases, and pushing forward with as few hurdles as possible. We build our engineering process around this belief, and always look for ways to do better.
We invest in our employees. We know that, as a company, we’re only as strong as the teams we build. Therefore, we invest heavily in growing our teams and the individuals on them. From individual growth plans to “20% time” to learning and education opportunities we strive to ensure everyone has room to exercise their professional and intellectual curiosities.
Who you are:
You take pride in your work, helping others learn and you look for the same from everyone on your team. Your experiences show an eye for detail and a desire to talk about that new thing you learned or skill you acquired. You’re always looking for the next challenge or problem to solve.
You feel passionate about pushing good code to create a great product and want to work with others who feel the same.
The frontend developer position will be focused on (re)building the user-facing experience for the Jackbox Games website along with developing the user interactions for a new product we’ll be launching. This is a role that will allow you to take ownership of and set direction for an entirely new product.
As the go-to party game franchise, we want to make it easier for players to access our games across multiple platforms whether they get to party together or remotely. This role will be pivotal in making that happen. We have a vision and a plan, but need talented engineers to help us execute it. As a greenfield project, this role and team are unencumbered by what we have and will be focused on where we’re going.
This role can also provide an opportunity for leadership and/or people management in the future for an interested candidate, but is not an expectation of the position.
What you’ll do:
Build, develop, and deploy new features and new products
Collaborate with stakeholders to define the experience for Jackbox Games web interactions
Work with product designers and backend engineers to bring new ideas and features to life
Deliver projects by driving consensus within and across teams
Collaborate with peers through PR review processes and agile ceremonies
This is what we look for from your experience.
4+ years experience developing consumer-facing web applications, services, or mobile applications
Understanding of web technologies (WSS, CDNs, etc)
Experience working in an Agile environment
Passion for building things customers use, and being involved in improving how we work
Appetite for growth and new challenges
We don’t expect these, but they’re nice to have.
Experience with WebRTC or other web based multimedia protocols
Familiarity with user based metrics collection and analysis
Understanding of data security and privacy best practices
Our tech stack:
Under the hood, you’ll likely see:
Backend: Go 1.17+, Redis, PostgreSQL
Front End: Vue 2x/3x, Vite, Webpack, and Marionette
Testing: Jest and opportunities for more
Infrastructure: AWS, EC2, ELB, NGINX,, and plenty of room for growth
Tooling: Github, Github Actions, Slack, Atlassian
We only hire kind and creative people who are willing to work hard. We do not have a crunch-time culture and have shipped games for many years without expecting extended-hours from our employees. Jackbox Games is a group effort–collaboration is a must! Everyone shares a commitment to excellence and a desire to work in a comfortable, friendly, supportive atmosphere.
Jackbox Games is committed to providing employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, or disability.
Are there any perks?
Competitive pay and benefits. 401(k) with matching. And we pay 100% of the cost of premiums for medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance for our employees. We also cover a really nice chunk of the cost of premiums for spouse/partner/dependent medical, dental and vision insurance. Paid parental leave.
Flexible vacation and time off policy. Take time off when you need it to recharge, take a trip, or just catch up on life.
Remote-first environment. Whether you want to be in the office, at home, or some combination of the two we’ll support you. Work where you’re most comfortable!
Will you consider remote employees?
Yes, but due to various legal and tax implications we can only offer employment to residents of the following states: California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin.
Great, we look forward to reading your application. Make sure you include:
A cover letter. You don’t need to be a professional writer for this job (we have those), but we do emphasize a focus on clear communication for all employees. Tell us, in your own way–write, code, draw a comic–however you feel best conveying your thoughts:Why are you interested in working at Jackbox Games?
What is your favorite game and why? There’s no right answer–we love anything from tag on the playground through Elden Ring.
On the fence? If you’re interested in the job we encourage you to apply! We’d hate to miss out on great candidates just because they’re worried they don’t check every box on the job description.
We know it is a time commitment to prepare an application and we respect that effort by thoughtfully reviewing every complete application and responding one way or the other. But that kind of thoughtful review means that it sometimes takes us a while to get back to applicants, so please be patient with us and no phone calls.
Thanks for your interest in Jackbox Games!
Tagged as: gaming, Software Engineer, technology
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