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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Intern Production

As a production intern, you work together with the producers and the teams working on our awesome HTML5 games. You will be part of multiple teams working on live titles and you will learn from different aspects of game development and publishing. This is a paid internship position. To be eligible you must be enrolled in a college or university with an internship program.

Day to day, your tasks will include:

  • Organizing meetings and meeting notes
  • Documenting decisions made
  • Assisting the producers to drive projects from start to completion
  • Help in prioritizing and decision making for live games

Requirements

  • A candidate who enjoys to organize
  • Good writing skills in English
  • Experience in game development

We prefer:

  • Experience with agile tools like Trello or JIRA
  • Knowledge of agile processes (Scrum and/or Kanban)
  • Hands-on experience in either Quality Assurance, Game Art, Game Design or Game Development

Benefits

  • Internship compensation fee
  • Great office location in the heart of Amsterdam
  • Occasional outings and drinks with the company
  • High-profile IPs to work with
  • An awesome team to work in!
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QA Tester

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 QA Tester to further strengthen our QA team to keep supporting and assisting high-quality multi-player, social games and ultimately providing the best user experience!

Who you are…

  • You’re the kind of person who likes to take things apart just to figure out how they work
  • You like to troubleshoot technical problems and try to get to the root of why weird error messages that come up when you click a game character really fast on a Japanese Android phone running the stock browser
  • You’re motivated, organized, enjoy working with and within a team
  • Forward thinking, you’re always coming up with ideas on how to make a product better
  • You’re analytical, a stickler for details and able to juggle multiple projects simultaneously
  • You also have a passion for mobile and web gaming

What you’ll be doing…

  • Test games…
  • Interact with developers both inside and outside the studio to help guide them to smart solutions to common problems
  • Provide feedback on design choices and around end user experience
  • Write clear & detailed QA reports that developers can use to reproduce, validate and fix bugs found
  • Use Jira to log and track issues
  • Work in a dynamic team and be flexible to work with various departments

Requirements

  • 2 or more years of experience in the QA Field
  • Experience in testing Games/Software
  • Basic Technical troubleshooting skills
  • Knowledge of Modern Mobile Platforms (iOS, Android, Mac, Windows)
  • Experience with Jira or similar issue tracking system
  • Able to clearly communicate in English. Spoken and written

Benefits

  • 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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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

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 the overcrowded app-stores, HTML5 is now one of the fastest growing game platforms around. And as a next step after our single player games, we have started developing multiplayer, social and Instant games. We are therefore looking for a Mid-Level or Senior 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)

Requirements

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

Your qualifications:

  • At least 4 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

  • 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

Are you an ambitious game 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 HTML5 to the next level?

Than we have an excellent career opportunity for you!

With Flash disappearing and the overcrowded app-stores, HTML5 is now one of the fastest growing game platforms around. And as a next step after our single player games, we have started developing multiplayer, social and Instant games. We are therefore looking for a Senior Game Developer to strengthen our Studio and help us realize our international growth ambition.

Your key responsibilities:

  • Setup and develop HTML5 games from start to live maintenance;
  • Take responsibility for delivering games with robust and stable code;
  • Support the Lead Developer by designing and documenting the game’s architecture;
  • Help junior developers by reviewing their code and coach them;
  • Contribute with the maintenance and development of new internal tools;

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 speaker and writer;

Your qualifications:

  • At least 4 years of relevant experience in the games industry;
  • Experience with turn-based and real-time action multiplayer games;
  • Fully comfortable with Agile development processes and tools;
  • Experienced with Git and adept of GitFlow;
  • Solid knowledge of OOP, UML and Design Patterns;
  • Familiarity with Entity Component architecture;
  • Experience with HTML5 games, JavaScript and Typescript is desirable;
  • Experience with mobile games in Unity or server programming is a plus;

Benefits

  • 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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HTML5 Game Developer

Are you an ambitious game developer with a passion for casual games? Can you setup code in a flexible and stable way? Do you love polishing and adding juice to games? Do you like working in a small team and develop high quality games? And do you want to contribute to online games that are played by millions around the world?

Than we have an excellent career opportunity for you!

With Flash disappearing and the overcrowded app-stores, HTML5 is now one of the fastest growing game platforms around. And as a next step after our single player games, we have started developing multiplayer, social and Instant games. We are therefore looking for a Mid-Level Game Developer to strengthen our Studio and help us realize our international growth ambition.

Your key responsibilities:

  • Setup and develop HTML5 games from start to live maintenance;
  • Take responsibility for delivering games with robust and stable code;
  • Support the Lead Developer by designing and documenting the game’s architecture;
  • Help junior developers by reviewing their code and coach them;
  • Contribute with the maintenance and development of new internal tools;

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 speaker and writer;

Your qualifications:

  • At least 2 years of relevant experience in the games industry;
  • Fully comfortable with Agile development processes and tools;
  • Experienced with Git and adept of GitFlow;
  • Familiarity with OOP, UML and Design Patterns;
  • Experience with HTML5 games, JavaScript and Typescript is desirable;
  • Experience with mobile games in Unity and/or multiplayer games 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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Multiplayer Backend Developer – Java

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 casual 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 games for messenger platforms, such as Instant Games for Facebook. We are now looking to add an experienced Multiplayer Backend Developerto further strengthen our team to keep creating innovative, high-quality, multi-player, social games!

Are you a backend software developer who writes high-quality Java code with most recent technologies? Do you have experience with multiplayer games? Then we are looking for you!

If you have experience in new technologies such as the Play! Framework, NoSQL, micro-services, AWS services, Cassandra, Redis and messaging then you will love this job. If you’re also knowledgeable on Scala, that’s a big plus.

What you’ll be doing…

  • Maintain and improve existing backend services, and help expend them with multiplayer and social modules.
  • Design, propose and implement new backend services based on recent technologies like the Play! framework.
  • Document the services we offer for both internal and external game developers
  • Perform code reviews

How you’ll do it…

  • Be part of the CoolGames Back-End team
  • Participate in new services design sessions
  • Make our backend system in top shape and deliver high quality code quickly
  • Buddy up with developers on tasks and unlock team potential
  • Pick the best tool for the job. That might be Play2 or any other framework that fits the job. You’re not afraid to try out new technology

Requirements

  • Experience in the developing multiplayer backend services
  • 5+ years of experience in the developing backend services
  • Fluent in at least Java, other JVM languages preferred
  • Experience with stateless MVC frameworks, preferable Play!
  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills in English
  • Able to work from our Amsterdam office

Benefits

  • 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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Intern Game Artist

We’re looking for someone to join our in-house game studio at CoolGames, a fast growing startup, headquartered in the center of Amsterdam. Our studio builds high quality games for CoolGames’ own network and other gaming networks, played by millions of gamers worldwide, from Japan to South Africa.

Who you are…

You are a (game) art student and want to become a professional game artist. You have a good understanding of (game) art and esthetics, you like games and your brain is overflowing with creativity. You are ambitious and eager to learn. You’re precise, sociable you can communicate ideas well and you play well in a team.

Requirements

  • A passion for art
  • Good drawing skills
  • An up to date online portfolio to see your work
  • Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects skills
  • Good team player
  • Can communicate in English
  • Creativity, lots of it!
  • Nerf dart skills and some humor on the side are a big plus!
  • Must be currently pursing a degree

Benefits

  • Developing new casual games for mobile, desktop and other platforms for a worldwide audience
  • Creative environment where you can learn and grow
  • Working in a talented team to produce high quality games
  • Game nights, Friday drinks and company events
  • Awesome office in the center of Amsterdam
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