JavaScript Developer

When the app-stores were introduced ten years ago, mobile quickly became the largest games platform. And now a new shift is taking place, as millions of people are starting to play and instantly share games with friends via their social or messaging apps, such as via Facebook, Messenger, LINE and WeChat.

CoolGames has been a front-runner in this new space and brought many successful games to messaging platforms, including Angry Birds, Battleship and Daily Sudoku, which is now the #1 sudoku game on Facebook.

Are you a JavaScript Developer and are you looking for a new challenge? Then CoolGames might just be your next stop! We are looking for an experienced JavaScript Developer specialised in working with multiple SDKs/APIs, with a passion for casual games, to strengthen our team. You will be working on various automation tools, the Google IMA SDK, debugging and helping us to drive further growth for our millions of players each month.

Your key responsibilities

  • Maintain and upgrade our existing platforms, game service APIs and SDKs
  • Work on developing advertisement integrations for our websites and our games catalog
  • Providing a smooth, stable and scalable cross-browser experience to our gamers
  • Work closely with the rest of the Technology team, Commercial/Advertising team and internal business stakeholders

Requirements

  • At least 2 years of relevant experience with mobile/web-design and -development
  • Full proficiency in HTML5, CSS and JavaScript is required
  • Solid knowledge of RESTful APIs and JavaScript SDKs
  • Solid knowledge with automation tools like Jenkins
  • Experience working with client-side MVC frameworks is desirable

Your profile

  • Proactive and used to taking ownership and responsibility
  • Good team player and supportive to other departments
  • Excellent social, communication and presentation skills
  • Comfortable with agile development processes and tools

Benefits

What 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
  • Sports allowance
  • An attractive office location in the center of Amsterdam
  • An open, informal and international company culture
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Junior Business Development Manager

Are you a result-driven online professional with a strong ‘can-do mentality? Can you operate independently within a multicultural team, game developers and partners across the world? Would you like to work in the fast moving and highly international gaming industry? Do you like to travel?

CoolGames is growing its worldwide HTML5 games activities and is expanding its business team in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Our ideal candidate has strong communication and account-management skills. He/she can identify a new business opportunity and close new partnerships with game developers and online publishers to strengthen our global footprint.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Finding and selecting trending games in the global market and promote the most successful titles within our publishing network (+400 distribution channels)
  • Finding and signing new agreements with top publishers with a strong focus on tier 1 markets to further grow our publishing network
  • Ability to meet challenging OKR’s
  • Attending meetings and industry events
  • Being able to execute and manage internal projects from A to Z
  • You will be part of the Business Team and you will be working closely with other internal stakeholders

Requirements

Who you are:

  • You have a positive, can-do, no-nonsense attitude and a good sense of humor
  • You’re result driven, energetic, pro-active and passionate
  • You possess good analytical skills and you are detail-oriented
  • You’re flexible and can multitask
  • You’re a team player and have strong interpersonal skills
  • You have excellent communication skills in English (required)
  • You possess a higher education / academia or similar degree (preferred)

Your qualifications

  • 1-3 years’ work experience
  • Commercially savvy with experience in building successful partnerships
  • A network in the casual gaming network (preferred)
  • Ability to multi-task and priorities with minimal supervision
  • You are legally allowed to work in the Netherlands (we cannot sponsor your Visa/work permit)
  • Knowledge of other language is a plus (preferable German or French).

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
  • Sports allowance
  • An attractive office location in the center of Amsterdam
  • An open, informal and international company culture
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Lead Back-End Engineer

With the app-stores overcrowded, cloud-gaming is the next big thing and HTML5 is now one of the fastest growing cloud-game technologies. CoolGames has been a front-runner in developing and publishing high-quality HTML5 games since 2010, such as Angry Birds, Battleship and Daily Sudoku, which is now the #1 sudoku game on Facebook. Our games can be found within numerous social platforms & messaging apps, as well as on game websites and media channels worldwide. They combine high quality core gameplay and a well-designed metagame for long-term retention with social- or multi-player features for viral distribution and discoverability. And monetization is often a mixture between ads, IAP and subscription models.

We are currently looking for a Lead Back-End Engineer to head our Back-End engineers, as well as our Quality Assurance & IT-Support team.

Your key responsibilities:

Back-End

  • Lead the back-end team, with specific focus on:
  • Ensuring solid coding practices, technical briefs, code reviews and guarantee long term maintainability, scalability and quality
  • Securing that the business-critical platforms will be available to high SLA standards + 24/7 emergency back-up is in place
  • Developing, updating and maintaining plans for ongoing integration, upkeep and improvement of our architecture/systems/engines supporting our high traffic platforms

Quality Assurance & IT-support

  • Supervisor to the QA manager, who is responsible for leading the QA & IT support team
  • Secure the development of a QA automation roadmap (e.g. new tools and frameworks)

General

  • Foster an engineering culture that excites people to work hard
  • Work with HR to recruit the best engineers in the industry
  • Work closely with the Lead Game Developer and with other internal stakeholders
  • Negotiate and administer vendor, outsourcing and/or consultant contracts and service agreements

Requirements

Experience

  • 5+ years of experience as lead software engineer, ideally in the gaming industry
  • Proficiency and affinity with Java, Python, Django and Amazon Webservice is a plus
  • Experience running a live client/server game in a leading engineering position
  • Fundamental understanding of computer systems, up and down the stack
  • A preference for simplicity over complexity, averseness to over-engineering

Competencies

  • Have strong communication skills, both technical and non-technical
  • Be able to think forward: have ability to anticipate the implications and consequences of situations and take appropriate action to be prepared for possible contingencies
  • An energetic, pro-active, can-do mentality
  • Flexible and stress-resistant by nature

Benefits

What 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
  • Sports allowance
  • An attractive office location in the center of Amsterdam
  • An open, informal and international company culture
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Senior Game Designer (Lead position)

With the app-stores overcrowded, cloud-gaming is the next big thing and HTML5 is now one of the fastest growing cloud-game technologies. CoolGames has been a front-runner in developing and publishing high-quality HTML5 games since 2010. To fully benefit from all the new opportunities, we are constantly on the look-out for highly talented people to join our team.

Our games can be found within numerous social platforms & messaging apps, as well as on game websites and media channels worldwide. They combine high quality core gameplay and a well-designed metagame for long-term retention with social- or multi-player features for viral distribution and discoverability. And monetization is often a mixture between ads, IAP and subscription models.

To help us further improve our existing flagship titles and develop better new games, we are looking for an experienced Senior Game Designer (a lead position), with a special focus on monetization and in-game economy.

Who you are

  • You have worked as a (senior/lead) Game Designer / Product Manager, or in a related role for at least 5 years and have experience in leading a team
  • You have a proven track-record in revenue optimization and balancing a game-economy with F2P and/or ad-based mobile games
  • You have a highly analytical mindset: you live and breathe the key gaming KPIs
  • You can combine the creative development process with clear data-driven decisions
  • You are able to motivate your team and clearly explain with data-points what it is that actually makes a game successful

What you’ll be doing

  • Mentor and train our Game Designers, overseeing their GDDs with a special focus on improving monetization cycles, in-game economy and IAP models
  • Directly report to the CEO and regularly present to wider management or external partners
  • Develop business cases with our Product Managers and with input from the Business teams
  • Help the Product Managers to successfully execute LiveOps and prioritize roadmaps for existing games
  • Work closely together with colleagues from the game teams, such as the Game Producers, Artists, Developers and QA staff in the Studio
  • Establish best practices and benchmarks from the wider industry within CoolGames

Requirements

  • At least 5 years of experience in the mobile games industry within an international studio
  • Experience with LiveOps for existing titles
  • Excellent insights in game KPIs, game system design and balancing in-game economy
  • Deep knowledge of top grossing games, F2P mechanics and latest trends in the market
  • Experience in leading and motivating teams
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Excellent communication skills in English

Benefits

  • A highly dynamic job, working on multi-player cloud-games for new platforms
  • A competitive salary with a company pension plan and travel cost compensation
  • Health care insurance compensation
  • An optional participation in our company stock plan
  • An attractive office location in the center of Amsterdam
  • An open, informal and very international company culture
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Intern Game Artist

Note up front: If you are not a student, we cannot hire you as an intern. Please don’t waste your time and ours by applying if you are not applicable.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

We require you:

  • to be a student
  • to have an up to date online portfolio to see your work. Your portfolio/work is the most important part of your application!
  • to have a passion for art and games
  • to have good drawing skills
  • to have Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects and Spine skills
  • to be a team player
  • to be communicative and in English
  • to have creativity, lots of it!

We prefer you:

  • to have nerf dart skills and some humor on the side

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 Designer

When the app-stores were introduced ten years ago, mobile quickly became the largest games platform. And now a new shift is taking place, as millions of people are starting to play and instantly share games with friends via their social or messaging apps, such as via Facebook, Messenger, LINE and WeChat.

CoolGames has been a front-runner in this new space and brought many successful games to messaging platforms, including Angry Birds, Battleship and Daily Sudoku, which is now the #1 sudoku game on Facebook.

We are looking for an enthusiastic Game Design Intern who will be joining our “New Games” team or “LiveOps” team to support the Game Designer(s) of those teams.

Who you are…

You study game design and want to become a professional game designer. You have a good understanding of game design and you’re an avid gamer. You have worked in a design role on a few projects inside and outside of classes. You’re precise, you have an analytical mindset, you can communicate ideas well and you play well in a team.

What you’ll be doing…

  • Create games…
  • Help create new game concepts
  • Define game rules and mechanics
  • Design levels & content
  • Improve game balance and performance
  • Document and communicate functionality
  • …and improve games!

How you’ll do it…

  • Be part of the CoolGames studio team
  • Participate in new game concept brainstorm sessions
  • Looking at game data and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to identify opportunities
  • Document designs clearly and keep these up-to-date after iterations
  • Create content through level editors

What we’ve worked on recently…

A few examples of our awesome HTML 5 games:

Who you’ll be working with…

  • A Game-Designer assigned to you to help you (and us) grow!
  • In-house Game Studio
  • Product Manager
  • Monetization manager
  • QA team

Requirements

  • An up to date online portfolio to see your work
  • A passion for games and game design
  • We prefer candidates who can show extracurricular projects (game jams, own projects, etc.)
  • Excellent communication skills in English
  • Must be currently pursuing a post-secondary degree
  • The internship is aimed at students who are in the 3rd or 4th year of their study
  • Duration: 4 months minimum, starting in August or September

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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