Gameplay Programmer

Relic Entertainment, Vancouver, BC


Are you a seasoned gameplay programmer with a desire to make an impact?

Do you believe that creating games is bigger than what one person can do alone?

If so, our Senior Gameplay Programmer opportunity might be the perfect fit for you! 

Relic Entertainment is a wholly owned studio of SEGA. We are an award-winning developer of genre-defining games like Homeworld, Dawn of War, Company of Heroes, and Age of Empires. We have delivered rich, thoughtful strategy games throughout our history and our vision is to continue making games that people love to play

This is a unique opportunity to be a part of building gameplay features on an exceptional strategy game. You’ll collaborate across disciplines, while acting as a technical expert for the gameplay features that you own.

As a Senior Gameplay Programmer, you will…

  • Collaborate with game designers to develop and implement their vision of gameplay features
  • Architect gameplay systems from scope definition to testing stages
  • Identify and solve performance issues
  • Provide regular updates on technology risks and obstacles to designers and leads
  • Bring additional value to the team and our products by mentoring more junior programmers on best practices

You are a great fit if you have…

  • Professional game industry experience
  • Shipped 1+ AAA title(s) on PC or console
  • Recent and relevant C++ experience with a focus on Gameplay
  • Expertise within object oriented analysis and design, AI, and physics
  • Experience working closely with designers to gather requirements, clarify designs, and iterate on implementation; and documenting use cases and best practices
  • A Computer Science or Engineering degree or the equivalent in experience
  • A commitment to collaboration, teamwork, and getting the job done
  • Passion, creativity, and a desire to make a significant impact

It’s a bonus if you have…

  • Enjoy playing and creating strategy games
  • Have experience with proprietary game engines
  • Have a website or Github account with samples of your code

Are you game? We’d like to hear from you!  
Please apply through our careers page (www.relic.com) and we will be in touch shortly to let you know about next steps.     

This is Relic   

We have a culture of kindness, transparency, and play. There is a lot of heart and passion at this studio – we get to work on projects we’re proud of and we work hard to be the best at what we do. We are curious, we strive for excellence, we build on each other’s ideas, and we celebrate each other’s great work. Relicans organize movie nights, game tournaments, life drawing, community and charity events, and more. Basically, we believe that good work starts with a community you’re excited to spend your day with, both in and out of the studio.  

Relic benefits include an extended benefits package, RRSP/DPSP matching program (subject to eligibility requirements), local discounts to gyms and restaurants in the area, and regular studio and community events. For designated roles, relocation and immigration assistance may be available.
You will also become part of the SEGA family (in addition to Relic, this includes Creative Assembly, Sports Interactive, Hardlight Studio, and Amplitude Studios), which gives us access to the resources to enable us to build on our legacy of innovation.  


About Relic Entertainment

About us Relic (acquired by SEGA in 2013) is founded on the premise that it is entirely possible to ship first class, genre altering, AAA titles – and have a life. If you love games and enjoy the process of perfecting something collaboratively – you’ll enjoy our culture. We believe great games start with great employees, so we invest in ours. That investment includes planning our development cycles carefully to minimize overtime; regular team events to bond and de-stress; organizational transparency so we’re all on the same page. Our goal is to be the best developer of innovative and highly creative video game entertainment. This means always pushing the boundaries. Achieving this requires passion, creativity, discipline and teamwork which are the cornerstones of the Relic workspace. By cultivating an open environment that encourages creative freedom, risk tolerance and attention to detail, we allow ourselves the luxury of continual re-evaluation without sacrificing momentum. We are an agile organization and we use the SCRUM methodology to facilitate our development process. As a result, both our staff and our games are continually improving. Embracing innovation, constantly examining our assumptions and emphasizing work life balance allows us to do something special – to go further. Further means: • PC Gamer “Game of the Year” – Twice. • PC Gamer “Highest rated RTS” – Ever. • IGN, Gamespy and Gamespot Expansion of the Year • IGN and Gamespy Developer of the Year

Want to learn more about Relic Entertainment? Visit Relic Entertainment's website.