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Mobile games with a social core that engage players and provoke them with creative new problems

Senior Software Development Engineer

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A Thinking Ape builds communities through mobile games with emergent social play and original IP. We released our first game in 2009 and have been profitable and growing every year since. We are a bottom-up driven company with small teams that have a big focus on ownership and data driven decision making. Our portfolio of games are growing. We are scaling our infrastructure and entering new markets to capitalize on this growth and bring our games to more players.


As a Senior Software Development Engineer, you will be helping build our live mobile games, including Kingdoms of Heckfire, Party in my Dorm, and Kingdoms at War. You will work closely with artists and designers to grow our games from the population of a city to the population of an entire country. You will design services used by a large number of concurrent users, and implement scalable, reliable and maintainable technologies for both client and server. You will have a major impact on the end product, and will be involved in every aspect of its development. Millions of people will use what you create.


You will be responsible for implementing features, systems, and tools for our games in live operation. The game backends are built with a Django + MySQL server architecture, while the frontend clients are built using Unity or native iOS/Android depending on the product. You will also:

  • Build entire features from front-end client code to back-end server support. Many of our engineers are full stack!
  • Become involved in every aspect of product development, from design to implementation to playtests to metrics analysis.
  • Create tools to automate and optimize processes across disciplines. These might be adding additional player management tools for our community team, data pipeline optimizations for our game designers, or even content pipelines for our art team.
  • Lead the technical investigation, implementation, release, and iteration of solutions to large scale product and infrastructure problems.


The primary qualifications we’re looking for are:

  • You are a tech generalist, a full stack engineer with the desire to work on both client and server side implementations of entire features.
  • Extensive track record driving the development of scalable backend services and/or complete client systems.
  • You communicate your thoughts and ideas clearly in code and in writing.
  • You have an interest in and play mobile gaming products.

Other qualifications that help are:

  • You are familiar with building Unity-based mobile games.
  • You have experience working on a live mobile product and a strong understanding of mobile application architecture and content pipelines.
  • You are familiar with relational database design and structure.
  • You have experience with data analysis, KPI impact analysis and metrics based decision making.
  • You have project management experience with the ability to prioritize product needs against timelines for implementation and current product KPIs.


  • Be self motivated, take pride in your work and enjoy huge amounts of ownership
  • Set aside your ego and have wonderful arguments with your coworkers in order to create something better than any one person could individually
  • Challenge your own assumptions and use data to make decisions whenever possible
  • Be passionate about teaching others what you know and continuing your own growth every day
  • Not be afraid to fail–you experiment and learn from your mistakes


At ATA you’re offered a flexible, safe, inclusive environment in which you have the autonomy to do your best work, surrounded by a strong team and with the encouragement of supportive leadership that doesn’t just care what you’re doing, but how you’re doing. You’re trusted, respected, listened to, cared for and valued. You take on thought-provoking projects and tackle fun problems alongside people who are equally invested in making meaningful contributions and seeing new ideas come to life. You know how your work aligns with the company’s goals. Your career is given the space and resources to progress. You accomplish things that make you proud. You are compensated competitively, your health and wellbeing are top priorities and you enjoy plenty of perks. You build communities, take ownership, have wonderful arguments, let the best ideas win and keep growing. You don’t just work for ATA, you are an integral part of ATA.


At ATA we build communities. But community extends beyond our players: it also encompasses our employees and candidates. We support diversity in the workplace and always strive for inclusion. Part of this is selfish; we believe we’ll make better decisions if we’re able to tap into a variety of different perspectives. But we also care that our employees and candidates feel valued and comfortable being themselves. Please consider applying even if you don't meet every qualification. Experience comes in many forms and we value adding diverse perspectives to our teams.


Check out our story to find out how we got to where we are today, and learn about our culture by following @athinkingape on social. You can also listen to Kenshi Arasaki, ATA CEO & Co-Founder, talk about what it’s like to work here.

A Thinking Ape at a glance

Mobile games with a social core that engage players and provoke them with creative new problems

A Thinking Ape focuses on Mobile, Information Technology, Social Games, Mobile Games, and Software. Their company has offices in Vancouver. They have a mid-size team that's between 51-200 employees.

You can view their website at http://athinkingape.com or find them on Twitter and Facebook.

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