Outpost Games

San Francisco
51 - 100 Employees
26 - 50 Engineers
$25M - $50M Funding
Series B

At Outpost Games, we're building a technology platform to turn every player into a performer through tools, APIs, and game integrations. To showcase our platform, we're also creating a multiplayer survival game, titled SOS, which is designed from the ground up to be as thrilling to watch as it is to play.

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Engineering at Outpost Games
Engineering team and processes

Our engineering team values curiosity, collaboration, and simplicity.

Curiosity– We find it correlates highly with growth, success, and happiness. The curiosity to learn new tools, languages, or approaches, and applied to problems, unexpected behavior, or seemingly odd code.

Collaboration– We actively seek input from our peers, especially diverse opinions. We hire open-minded individuals, who will speak up about weaknesses, scrutinize designs and systems that don't meet product needs, engineering principles, or introduce competing standards. Constructive feedback is desired and welcome; purposeless negativity is not tolerated.

Simplicity– Complexity increases the effort cost of changes and risk of breakages over time, hindering maintainability and leading to unreliable systems. We use stable, proven tools for basics, so we can spend our energy on the risks necessary to innovate. We use powerful tools and build for leverage, reusing where there's nothing to be gained from reinventing.

Technical Challenges

Technical challenges on the platform engineering team fall into a few areas: • Modern, SPAs for browser-based clients; including our destination website, native apps, and an upcoming mobile app. • Designing and building clean APIs for 1st and 3rd party clients • Real-time event processing systems that power audience interactivity, such as sentiment and voting. • Data processing pipelines– non-realtime streaming and batch pipelines powering discovery and analytics for streamers.

Projects you might work on
  • Iterations of our real-time feedback aggregation algorithm (a.k.a. Live Audience Dynamics), processing thousands of events per second, at millisecond latency, to provide players and performers with the feeling of audience presence.

  • A highly-available distributed system for routing transient and persistent events between platform clients and backend services, over intermittent or persistent connections. Scalable to millions of events per second.

  • New real-time interactions, such as the next versions of voting, working with our SOS game team or 3rd party developers to meet product needs.

  • Implement support for new authentication providers for Hero.tv; we have first-class support for Twitch, how about YouTube? Or Mixer? Or ... ?

Tech stack
Clojure
JavaScript
React
Redux
WebSockets
AWS
DynamoDB
Redis
Elastic Search
MySQL
Electron

Working at Outpost Games

Perform better together, sustainably.

We set challenging goals and aspire to achieve something huge. We believe in constantly improving ourselves, our team, and our product. We believe that we can do it better together than alone. And, finally, we recognize that a startup is a marathon, not a sprint; to perform at our best, each of us needs to take care of ourselves and each other.

Generous Vacation

A loose vacation policy since we believe you can best manage your own time.

Free Food

Lunch is catered every day. Furthermore, go out to lunch with 4 or more colleagues, and it’s on us! Sometimes the best conversations happen outside the office.

Health Insurance

Excellent medical, dental, and vision coverage for you and your dependents covered at 80%. Fully paid One Medical Group membership on top of a medical plan, which gives same-day doctor’s appointments.

Transportation

Both commuter benefits and a $200/month Lyft credit, because sometimes that's just the most convenient.

Workshops/Conferences

As part of our better company value, we support our employees continuing professional development, including funding books, classes, and conferences.

Relocation

We offer relocation reimbursement for candidates moving from out of state.

Flexible Hours

Most of our company arrives by 11am, but we have no hard rules. We're open to shifted schedules if it helps your commute, and feel free to work from home on those days when it just makes life easier.


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