Mid-Level JavaScript SDK Developer

Are you an ambitious JavaScript developer with a passion for new technologies and platforms? Do you like working in online games that are played by millions around the world? And do you want to help us bringing our internal SDK to the next level? Than we have an excellent career opportunity for you!

With Flash disappearing and app stores overcrowding, HTML5 is now the fastest growing game technology. We have taken a global lead role with our high-quality HTML5 games. After our history with casual single player HTML5 games, we now shifted focus to multiplayer games on messaging platforms, such as Facebook’s Instant Games. We are therefore looking for a Mid-Level JavaScript SDK Developer to strengthen our Studio and help us realize our international growth ambition.

Your key responsibilities:

  • Maintain our existing SDK which helps games connect to portals;
  • Foresee browsers breaking changes and prevent SDK damage;
  • Develop tools and services to help game developers build better HTML5 games;
  • R&D Projects to bring CoolGames’ best games to new platforms;
  • Help building the next version of the CoolGames’ Game Services API;
  • Be the central point of access with other departments (e.g. Sales team)

Your profile:

  • Top technical skills and always attuned to new technologies;
  • Pro-active and used to taking ownership and responsibility;
  • Flexible, innovative and a fast learner;
  • Good team player and supportive to other departments;
  • Excellent social, communication and presentation skills;
  • Fluent English speaker and writer

Requirements

Your qualifications:

  • At least 2 years of relevant experience with mobile/web design and development;
  • Full proficiency in HTML, CSS, JavaScript and jQuery is required;
  • Solid knowledge of RESTful API’s, JavaScript SDK’s;
  • Fully comfortable with Agile development processes and tools;
  • Experienced with Git, Grunt, Bower;
  • Familiarity with Online Advertising Implementation;
  • Experience working with a MVC framework on the client side is desirable;
  • Experience with HTML5 / Canvas / Games or TypeScript is a plus

Benefits

We offer

  • A highly dynamic job with a competitive salary
  • Company pension plan and travel cost compensation
  • Optional company stock plan participation
  • Health care insurance compensation
  • An attractive office location in the center of Amsterdam
  • An open, informal and international company culture
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Mid-Level Game Developer

We are looking for engineers to strengthen our team and help us realize our international growth ambitions!

With Flash disappearing and app stores overcrowding, HTML5 is now the fastest growing game technology. We have taken a global lead role with our high-quality HTML5 games. After our history with casual single player HTML5 games, we now shifted focus to multiplayer games on messaging platforms, such as Facebook’s Instant Games. This allows us to explore deeper social integration into our games.

Although we tend to attract social and curious developers who will gladly drop everything for a learning moment, no one at CoolGames is here to mandate what you do or how you do it. We’re keen on mentorship but lean in management, serious about deployment but playfully freethinking toward a wide range of tools and methodologies.

For engineers who have found their sweet spot in the stack, the prerogative to specialize is no less than the freedom to move around; whether that means exclusive devotion to game development, to our homegrown development framework, or to our legacy portals and back-end.

CoolGames engineers self-organize into small teams for big results. We keep unnecessary process to a minimum, so we can maintain our pace of rapid development. We value pragmatism, having pride in our work, and deep transparency at all levels.

Your key responsibilities:

  • Initiate, implement, and support HTML5 games
  • Write robust, stable, well-document code, both for games and internal tools
  • Engage in architecture discussions with the rest of the team
  • Perform code reviews, coach juniors, help with recruiting, and interview engineers

Requirements

Your profile:

  • Pro-active and used to taking ownership and responsibility
  • Not afraid of debugging and optimizing code
  • Good team player and supportive to other departments
  • Excellent social, communication and presentation skills
  • Fluent English communication (i.e. speaking, reading, writing)

Your qualifications:

  • At least 2 years of relevant experience in the games industry (or other live production environments)
  • Solid knowledge of RESTful API’s, JS SDK’s
  • Optional experience with turn-based and real-time action multiplayer games
  • Comfortable with Agile development processes and tools
  • Experienced with Git and CI/CD, build tools
  • Familiar with Object-Oriented Programming, Design Patterns, MVC frameworks
  • JavaScript and/or Typescript experience is desirable
  • Experience with mobile games in Unity or server programming is a plus

Benefits

We offer

  • A highly dynamic job with a competitive salary
  • Company pension plan and travel cost compensation
  • Optional company stock plan participation
  • Health care insurance compensation
  • An attractive office location in the center of Amsterdam
  • An open, informal and international company culture
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Head of Technology

With Flash disappearing and app stores overcrowding, HTML5 is now the fastest growing game technology. We have taken a global lead role with our high-quality HTML5 games. After our history with casual single player HTML5 games, we now shifted focus to multiplayer games on messaging platforms, such as Facebook’s Instant Games. This allows us to explore deeper social integration into our games.

We are looking for a Head of Technology that continues to strengthen the team with engineering skills (all the way up and down the stack), leadership, communication, and presentation skills. A healthy dose of patience and an eye for cultural differences is very important.

Your key responsibilities:

  • Navigate aggressive growth towards success in the casual gaming industry
  • Ensure high availability of critical systems
  • Own and drive development projects and products
  • Develop, update, maintain, improve systems that support high traffic platforms
  • Negotiate and manage vendor/outsourcing contracts and service agreements
  • Manage engineering-related budgeting and finance with management team
  • Represent the engineering team in the management team and vice versa
  • Coordinate between stakeholders to ensure team focus on delivering business value
  • Allocate people to projects based on skills fit and competence
  • Mentor, guide, and direct leads, seniors, and juniors to become better at what they do
  • Recruit the best engineers in the industry
  • Foster an engineering culture that excites people to work hard

Requirements

Your qualifications:

  • Smart, pragmatic, personable, communicative, responsible, flexible, and stress-resistant
  • 10+ years of experience as software engineer, ideally in the gaming industry
  • Fundamental understanding of computer systems, up and down the stack
  • A master’s degree in computer science or equivalent experience
  • 3+ years of leadership experience as Director of Engineering, VP of Engineering, or CTO
  • 3+ years of experience interacting with marketing, sales, and support
  • A preference for simplicity over complexity, averseness to over-engineering
  • Strong communication skills, both technical and non-technical

Benefits

We offer

  • A highly dynamic job with a competitive salary
  • Company pension plan and travel cost compensation
  • Optional company stock plan participation
  • Health care insurance compensation
  • An attractive office location in the center of Amsterdam
  • An open, informal and international company culture
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Senior Game Developer

We are looking for engineers to strengthen our team and help us realize our international growth ambitions!

With Flash disappearing and app stores overcrowding, HTML5 is now the fastest growing game technology. We have taken a global lead role with our high-quality HTML5 games. After our history with casual single player HTML5 games, we now shifted focus to multiplayer games on messaging platforms, such as Facebook’s Instant Games. This allows us to explore deeper social integration into our games.

Although we tend to attract social and curious developers who will gladly drop everything for a learning moment, no one at CoolGames is here to mandate what you do or how you do it. We’re keen on mentorship but lean in management, serious about deployment but playfully freethinking toward a wide range of tools and methodologies.

For engineers who have found their sweet spot in the stack, the prerogative to specialize is no less than the freedom to move around; whether that means exclusive devotion to game development, to our homegrown development framework, or to our legacy portals and back-end.

CoolGames engineers self-organize into small teams for big results. We keep unnecessary process to a minimum, so we can maintain our pace of rapid development. We value pragmatism, having pride in our work, and deep transparency at all levels.

Your key responsibilities:

  • Initiate, implement, and support HTML5 games
  • Write robust, stable, well-document code, both for games and internal tools
  • Engage in architecture discussions with the rest of the team
  • Perform code reviews, coach juniors, help with recruiting, and interview engineers

Requirements

Your profile:

  • Pro-active and used to taking ownership and responsibility
  • Not afraid of debugging and optimizing code
  • Good team player and supportive to other departments
  • Excellent social, communication and presentation skills
  • Fluent English communication (i.e. speaking, reading, writing)

Your qualifications:

  • At least 4 years of relevant experience in the games industry (or other live production environments)
  • Solid knowledge of RESTful API’s, JS SDK’s
  • Optional experience with turn-based and real-time action multiplayer games
  • Comfortable with Agile development processes and tools
  • Experienced with Git and CI/CD, build tools
  • Familiar with Object-Oriented Programming, Design Patterns, MVC frameworks
  • JavaScript and/or Typescript experience is desirable
  • Experience with mobile games in Unity or server programming is a plus

Benefits

We offer

  • A highly dynamic job with a competitive salary
  • Company pension plan and travel cost compensation
  • Optional company stock plan participation
  • Health care insurance compensation
  • An attractive office location in the center of Amsterdam
  • An open, informal and international company culture
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Lead Game Designer

With Flash disappearing and the app-stores getting overcrowded, HTML5 is now the fastest growing game technology around. CoolGames has been front-runner in developing high-quality HTML5 games since day 1 and continues to hold its #1 position! To stay on top, we are constantly on the look-out for high talented people to join our team.

After gaining vast experience on single-player games, CoolGames has now started developing multi-player, social and Instant games for Messenger on Facebook. We are therefore now looking to add an experienced Lead Game Designer to further strengthen and lead our game design team to keep creating innovative, high-quality multi-player, social games with well-designed gameplay, level design and ultimately creating the best user experience!

Who you are…

  • You have earned your stripes as a game designer in creating multi-player, social games and extending them in a live environment.
  • You have worked as (senior/lead) game designer for 5+ years and have experience in leading a game design team.
  • You know what makes a game fun and you have the skills to clearly explain your team why, either verbally or through excellent documentation.
  • You don’t mind getting your hands dirty building levels and tweaking balance values.
  • You enjoy making your team learn and improve their game design skills.
  • You shine as a part of a diverse Studio team and like working side-by-side with developers, artists and testers to put together great games. You know that great ideas and creative solutions to problems can come from anywhere.
  • You have an analytical mind and are always on the lookout to measure and improve player behavior. Plus, you love mobile and web games, so you know what’s trending in the market.

What you’ll be doing…

  • Create games…
  • Help create new game concepts
  • Define game rules and mechanics
  • Design levels & content
  • …and improve games!
  • Review analytics to gain insight on what our players like and what they don’t
  • Improve game balance and performance
  • Document and communicate functionality
  • Document designs clearly and keep these up-to-date after iterations
  • Create content through level editors
  • Teach and motivate your team!

Requirements

Your qualifications

  • 5+ years of experience in the casual games industry as a game designer
  • Excellent insight in game system design, balancing parameters and gameplay mechanics
  • Strong mathematical skills
  • Experience designing games for the mobile market
  • Experience in leading and motivating a game design team
  • Excellent communication skills in English
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously

Benefits

We offer

  • A highly dynamic job with a competitive salary
  • Company pension plan and travel cost compensation
  • Optional company stock plan participation
  • Health care insurance compensation
  • An attractive office location in the center of Amsterdam
  • An open, informal and international company culture
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CoolGames and Rovio announce Angry Birds for Facebook Messenger

AMSTERDAM, 7 December 2017 – Today CoolGames and Rovio announced Angry Birds for Facebook Messenger, as part of the One Year Anniversary of Instant Games. The game is currently in the final development stage for its first release and will be officially rolled-out to the full Messenger user base in early 2018.

CoolGames was a global launch partner for Facebook Instant Games in November 2016 with the release of Arkanoid, in partnership with Taito. As Instant Games is based on HTML5 technology, Messenger users can easily play against friends without the need to download a game first.

Since its original launch one year ago, Facebook has significantly enhanced the platform with many new features and additional games. Around 75 games, of which six titles were published by CoolGames, have become available on Instant Games thus far.

Read the full Facebook developers update on the One Year Anniversary here.

CoolGames brings Tetris® to Instant Games for Messenger

AMSTERDAM, November 30, 2017 – Tetris®, the iconic video game, goes live on the Instant Games platform for Messenger today.

“People using Messenger can now play Tetris instantly and share it with their friends. Messaging apps are the next big games platform, unlocking an audience of potentially billions of players,” said Laurens Rutten, Founder and CEO of CoolGames. “It’s great to be able to develop Tetris for this new and innovative platform!”

For more than 30 years, Tetris has been captivating hundreds of millions fans worldwide, with its iconic Tetrimino shapes and addictive gameplay.  Today, Tetris remains one of the most beloved and recognized video game franchises of all time and as new platforms emerge, Tetris is always on it.

With Tetris marathon mode, players need to clear lines with the goal of achieving the highest score possible. Adding to the intense gameplay experience, new high-score leaderboards, daily missions and simple to use friend-invites, so they can easily join in the fun, have been added for Messenger’s 1.3 billion users to enjoy.

“Spanning decades and generations, Tetris has delighted hundreds of millions of fans worldwide, and we’re excited to welcome this beloved franchise to the Instant Games platform,” said Bob Slinn, Director, Games Partnerships EMEA, at Facebook. “The development team at CoolGames has honored one of the most popular games of all time, and with new platform mechanics like Group play on Messenger, fans have a chance to play, connect and share like never before.”

Maya Rogers, President and CEO of Blue Planet Software, sole agent for the Tetris brand adds, “Whether it’s on a laptop or mobile device, players across the globe love to play Tetris, which is why we’re thrilled to bring the timeless fun of this beloved game to Messenger’s billions of players.”

Tetris for Instant Games is developed by CoolGames’ in-house studio. CoolGames was a launch partner for Facebook’s Instant Games platform in November 2016. Other successful titles that were released on Messenger include Battleship, Snake, and Jewel Academy. CoolGames plans to launch several new AAA titles for Instant Games in the coming months.

Tetris for Instant Games is now available to play for free here

Battleship, Hasbro’s iconic board game, now made available to 1.3 billion users of Facebook Messenger

AMSTERDAM, November 16, 2017 – Today, CoolGames released Hasbro’s Battleship for Instant Games, the new games platform of Facebook Messenger. More than 1.3 billion Messenger users can now challenge each other and instantly play this game against friends on their mobile phone.

Hasbro’s classic board game edition was first released in 1967 and millions of copies have been sold since. Hasbro Inc. is still selling Battleship in over 50 countries worldwide today.

Laurens Rutten, Founder and CEO of CoolGames: “We’re excited that we could bring this iconic game, in close collaboration with Hasbro, to the largest social network in the world. Enhanced by the many social and rich gameplay features that Facebook Instant Games offers, millions of new users can now experience Battleship on their smartphones.”

“CoolGames successfully adapted Battleship to fit messenger platforms, while maintaining the core gameplay and fun play experience from Hasbro’s Battleship Game”, said Richard Cleveland, VP Hasbro Digital Gaming. “We are thrilled to be able to provide consumers new and unique ways to enjoy this classic family favourite.”

Battleship for Facebook Messenger is a turn-based multiplayer game, where users can engage in many battles against several friends. And through CoolGames’ matchmaking system, it also provides the opportunity to challenge random players who are not your Facebook contacts. Special power-ups such as the Air Raid can be unlocked to help sink your opponent’s ships.

Battleship for Instant Games is developed by CoolGames’ in-house studio and is based on HTML5 technology. CoolGames was a launch-partner for Facebook Instant Games in November 2016. Other successful titles that were released on Messenger include Arkanoid, Snake and Jewel Academy. CoolGames plans to launch several new AAA titles for Instant Games in the coming months.

➔ Play Battleship on Instant Games here
➔ A gallery of game images and screenshots can be found here
➔ Watch the game trailer of Battleship for Instant Games here

Intern Quality Assurance

We have a work-internship position available in QA to work on Game Studio titles, 3rd Party games & other internal projects. You will be responsible for testing new and existing games to ensure they meet the highest quality standards and function correctly across key web browsers and mobile devices. Additionally, you’ll be expected to clearly document and log any issues you find, and be able to walk developers through your process. Your daily tasks will include Game QA, documentation & participation in Scrum team meetings.

Our ideal candidate is organized, analytical, communicative, highly motivated and has a keen interest in mobile games & the game development process. He or she is prepared to pioneer in an innovative environment and fast moving industry. A flexible mind-set and ability to clearly communicate technical issues is a must!

The QA Analyst Intern is a member of the Operations team and will be exposed to all aspects of the CoolGames business, assisting with testing for the Game Studio, 3rd Party games and the Platform/Back-End Teams.

Requirements

  • Skills and insight to QA games
  • Our ideal candidate is very detail oriented and good at breaking down & explaining
  • Knowledge of modern mobile platforms (iOS, Android, Amazon)
  • Basic experience with technical troubleshooting
  • A team player with strong social and communication skills in English
  • An intern who is doing this as a 2nd or 3rd year ‘working’ internship
  • Preferably living in (the vicinity of) Amsterdam
  • You should be enrolled as fulltime student for the complete duration of the internship
  • You are legally allowed to perform your internship in the Netherlands (we cannot sponsor your Visa/work permit)

Benefits

  • A creative learning environment in the young and dynamic gaming industry
  • An open and international company culture
  • Game nights, Friday drinks and company events
  • Awesome office located in the center of Amsterdam
  • An internship allowance
  • An internship for at least 6 months
  • An internship for 40 hours a week, with room for a study assignment
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Snake wins Best Use of New Technology Award 2017!

PR Week has awarded One Green Bean & HMD Global /Nokia for its wildly successful relaunch of Nokia Snake on Facebook Messenger, in the category of “Best Use of New Technology”. The iconic Snake game for Facebook Instant Games was developed by CoolGames on behalf of HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, as part of a marketing campaign for a new series of Nokia smartphones. The campaign became an overwhelming success, with over 3 million plays achieved on the first day alone and 32 million Snake gameplays in the six weeks following the launch. CoolGames is proud of having contributed to this success and congratulates our partners HMD and One Green Bean for making this possible. Read more about the campaign here https://lnkd.in/gQjF6ND