Financial Accountant

Are you a self-starter with a positive mindset? And would you like to work in a fast moving and dynamic global environment?

Come join our team! We are seeking a dynamic, versatile Financial Accountant with GL experience for 40 hours per week at our offices in the center of Amsterdam. You will be part of CoolGames’ Finance team and report to the Head of Finance and Legal.

Job Summary and Main Responsibilities

  • Responsible for and maintaining General Ledger, Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable
  • Responsible for VAT reporting
  • Responsible for Asset registration
  • Collaborate in monthly, quarterly and annual reporting internally and stakeholders
  • Balance sheet account reconciliation
  • Payroll bookings
  • Creating and maintaining documentation on processes and procedures related to your role
  • Participating in other projects, analysis and assignments as needed to support the goals of the Finance and Legal department

Requirements

  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in a similar position
  • A HBO/bachelor degree with a major in Accounting/Finance or Business Administration
  • Must: Proficient in Dutch and English
  • Working knowledge of Twinfield, Basecone and SRXP is a plus
  • Advanced MS Excel skills
  • Financial Analysis experience is also a plus
  • A pro-active, hands-on and can do mentality
  • A team player and ability to work independently
  • You are structured, have a sense of responsibility and are a quick learner. You enjoy working and come into work with a smile!

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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Community & Social Media Intern

CoolGames is growing rapidly! We engage with millions of players every week and with multiple triple-A titles upcoming, we expect even millions of players more to come!

For our Live Operations team, we are looking for multiple Community & Social Media interns. As we grow, you will have the unique opportunity to help define and execute the strategy of this team.

Your main responsibilities would include:

  • Plan and execute social media activities to increase social networks, traffic and brand awareness
  • Increase the satisfaction rating of our players by providing support to them
  • Monitor and report performance metrics
  • Marketing and PR support
  • Assist with maintaining content (text and games) on our websites.

Requirements

  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English
  • Eye for detail and can-do mentality
  • A great feel for social media
  • You understand the difference between creating good and great content
  • A marketing, media or gaming related education
  • Knowledge of Photoshop or other image editing software is a plus
  • Experience with web/mobile game and affinity with our target audiences (casual gamer) is a plus
  • Preferably living in (the vicinity of) Amsterdam

Internship requirements:

  • You are a 2nd or 3rd year looking for a ‘working’ internship
  • You are looking for an internship position for at least 4 months, for 40 hours a week
  • You are 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 dynamic gaming industry
  • Getting to work daily with and learning from globally recognizable brands such as Battleship and Tetris.
  • An open and (very) international company culture
  • Game nights, Friday drinks and company events
  • Awesome office located in the center of Amsterdam
  • You are good, we know. But don’t go pimping your CV just yet. We frequently hire our interns for full-time positions after they finish their studies.
  • An internship allowance
  • We expect you to do a study assignment, for which we make sure you do have the time to do so 😉
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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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Intern Game Developer

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.

Requirements

THIS IS A STUDENT INTERNSHIP. ALL APPLICANTS MUST BE CURRENTLY PURSUING A DEGREE TO BE ELIGIBLE.

  • Game dev experience in either Unity, C#, Java or Javascript
  • Not afraid of debugging code
  • Good team player
  • Can communicate in English
  • Git/SVN experience
  • Clean & Structured code style

Bonus points if you have…

  • Javascript experience
  • Working with Scrum
  • Basic game mathematics
  • Nerf dart throwing skills

Benefits

  • Developing new casual games for mobile, desktop and other platforms
  • Using latest cutting edge technology
  • Prototyping for new platforms, from TVs to smartwatches
  • 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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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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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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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