Cloud Imperium is looking for a skilled and talented Lead Gameplay Programmer to work on our exciting PC space combat sim. The Lead Gameplay Programmer will work in a cooperative, cross-disciplinary team environment to implement game features and systems.


  • Overseeing a team of 2-6 programmers
  • Viewing performance of team members
  • High level architecting of gameplay features
  • Scheduling and prioritisation of tasks
  • Design and implement well-engineered, reliable, maintainable, and bug-free code
  • Collaborate with team members to develop various gameplay systems
  • Develop and test code, fix bugs, and profile and optimize code as directed
  • Follow best practices, development processes, and coding standards
  • Document and peer review technical designs with other software engineers
  • Work with QA, providing information needed to fully test developed code
  • Provide support to internal customers for developed software
  • Keep up to date on state-of-the-art software engineering methods, practices, and technologies
  • Communicate with other team members, internal customers, and when required external customers to determine requirements
  • Work well together with other team members in a cooperative, cross-disciplinary team environment
  • Identify technical and developmental risks/obstacles and generate solutions to overcome identified risks
  • Possess and develop areas of engineering expertise
  • Mentor other engineers as needed to increase their abilities and productivity


  • 6+ years’ experience
  • 2+ years’ lead programmer experience
  • Strong leadership and management skills
  • Strong C++ programming skills
  • A passion for making and playing games
  • Work well in a cooperative environment.
  • Experience programming game features and systems, especially player-visible game features
  • Strong multi-threaded and optimisation programming skills
  • Strong maths ability
  • Excellent English communication and written skills
  • International travel may be required as part of the role


  • Two or more shipped products, especially PC products
  • CryEngine/Lumberyard development experience
  • Online game and/or MMO development experience, including client/server development of game features
  • Space combat sim development experience
  • Passion for science fiction and space exploration

This position is offered at our Frankfurt Office by Cloud Imperium Games Ltd.

Please submit your application in English