Programmers (2+ years experience) - THE CHINESE ROOM, BRIGHTON

Full-Time, Permanent
The Chinese Room have established a reputation as one of the most creative and exciting studios in the UK. We’re very proud to be seen internationally as pioneers of storytelling with a flair for creating atmospheric, rich and imaginative games. Our titles include the groundbreaking Dear Esther (2012), cult horror Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs (2013), the VR fairy-tale So Let Us Melt (2017) and the open-world adventure Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture (2015), a Playstation 4 exclusive that won major awards across the world. This included an amazing 10 BAFTA nominations and 3 BAFTA wins.

In 2018, we joined the Sumo Digital family of studios. This new home will see us bring our passion and commitment to creating exciting original games within a network of studios renowned for quality and expertise. This enables us to expand and grow in ambition and confidence, taking our reputation for storytelling into new genres. We’ve already started work on one new title and are in discussions about a significant AAA project.

We’re looking for a very special team of developers, who can combine technical expertise with flair, creativity and the hunger to make world-class games. We’re very proud of our track record in diversity and particularly welcome applications from all corners of the industry to ensure this continues into the next chapter of the studio’s story. The Chinese Room was built on passion, on finding amazing people and letting them shine. If this sounds like somewhere you’d like to make games, then we’d love to hear from you.

The Role @ The Chinese Room

We are always looking for enthusiastic and experienced programmers to join The Chinese Room to assist with development of AAA Xbox, PS4, Switch, PC and Mobile based projects. 

As a programmer at Sumo, you will:

    • Work with project managers and other leads to define and complete programming tasks
    • Write high quality source code
    • Work with designers to implement gameplay and user interface elements to the designers' specifications
    • Liaise with Quality Assurance to fix bugs
    • Ensure the game is compliant with manufacturer's guidelines for the relevant platforms
    • Maintain stability of development environment for the entire development team

You will need to have:

    • A good relevant degree, i.e. Computer Science or a Games Programming course
    • Worked on at least one released game and/or experience with at least one current generation engine (UE4, CryEngine, Source, Unity etc.) resulting in a demo you can show us
    • Strong C# programming skills within Unity
    • Strong C++ programming skills preferably within Unreal
    • Strong 3D programming and mathematics skills
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Experience of source control systems

It would also be great if you have:

    • Thorough understanding of the game production process
    • Graphics systems (3D graphics, animation, camera control, lighting, materials and shaders)
    • Knowledge of the requirements placed on gameplay code by a multiplayer networked game
    • Experience with iOS, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, console programming
    • Experience of working to manufacturers' guidelines for the relevant platforms
As part of the Sumo Digital family, we’re able to offer a super benefits package including generous holidays and flexible working hours. Further perks include our legendary annual Sumo Big Day Out, plus epic Christmas parties, money on your birthday and free fruit for everyone! Our new, regular studio Game Jams are a highlight - staff spend a full day developing and pitching their own game ideas for possible development by Sumo (this led to the recently released Snake Pass, so it’s a genuine commitment to allowing staff to pitch ideas upwards to the highest levels).

Our environment is relaxed, friendly and built upon the basis of every team member having the opportunity to shine and have a realisable input into the games we create. We’re in the amazing position of building a brand new team, and creating a studio culture that’s all about passion, respect, diversity, fun and togetherness. We’re looking for people that love what they do and love to share their enthusiasm with each other.

We’re located in Brighton, the best city in the south of England and not just a home to an amazingly vibrant game development scene, but a cultural hotspot with fantastic food, arts, music, shopping and sports. The studio is directly opposite a gorgeous park and we’re only a shot hop from the city centre, the beach, and the South Downs National Park. Gatwick Airport is half an hour away from train, and you can be in central London in just over an hour. It’s an easy place to love!