Lead Online Services Engineer - Black Tusk Studios

Category: Other
Company: Black Tusk Studios
Location: Vancouver (Canada)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

Job Category: Software Engineering: Development
Location: Vancouver, CA
Job ID: 869034-135841
Division: Devices and Studios Engineering


Black Tusk Studios are a Microsoft 1st party development studio located in downtown Vancouver, Canada. We are the official home of the Gears of War franchise and our objective is to forge the future of the IP and push the limits of Microsoft’s entertainment platforms and devices. Our team is comprised of deep creative and technical expertise from our industry’s top shooter and action titles, working cohesively to delight our fan base and shatter expectations of what is possible.


The Lead Online Services Engineer will be responsible for leading the Gears of War Game Services team to build the next generation of backend services to power the Gears of War Universe, on console, web and mobile. You will be required to work with all of the teams within Black Tusk Studios, including our internal game development team, our publishing team, and our content creation and community management team. We help drive new features into the Gears of War Universe with all of our partner teams, through both the games and our online portals.

We are looking for an experienced Lead Engineer with a passion for building large scale distributed systems with a focus on scalability, reliability, and maintainability.

Our team is focused on continuous improvement, including rapid deployment, and fast iteration cycles. The ability to work in a quickly changing environment will be a key to success (agile). We ship services regularly, and though we align with client ship schedules, we believe that services should always be on the leading edge of enabling scenarios. The team also takes advantage of the best solutions available with cloud services running on Azure and integration of multiple new technologies.

If you are passionate about the technical challenge of building large scale, near real-time services and you’re looking to lead a group of engineers who are pushing the envelope to reinvent the future of entertainment powered by cloud services, then this might be the job for you. We are primarily focused on Microsoft technologies including Windows Server, C#, Azure, and other large scale deployment capable products. Your background should include experience building server based applications, cloud services, and consumer experiences.


- 10+ years of software development experience with OOP preferably C# / C++.
- 3+ years of leadership experience.
- A history of successful implementation and timely shipment of high quality products is required, preferably experience building scalable, secure, high-performance, multi-threaded server applications & services.
- Strong problem solving and a knack at solving technical problems.
- Excellent data modeling and coding skills.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively cross-group, and great passion for team collaboration.
- Azure experience and a passion for gaming desired.
- BS degree in Computer Science (or equivalent).


Created on the 13-02-2014
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