Network Programmer - SUMO NOTTINGHAM

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Business Operations, Programming and Development
East Midlands
Sumo Digital Ltd.
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Sumo Digital is one of the UK's most prolific and secure independent game developers with a talented team spread across four UK Studios; Sheffield, Nottingham, Newcastle and The Chinese Room in Brighton, along with our India studio in Pune. The Nottingham studio became part of the Sumo Digital family in March of 2016.

Based in the Castle Marina area of the city and with Nottingham castle dominating the skyline, the new studio is a state-of-the-art space dedicated to supporting the highest calibre of game developments most creative people. The environment has been designed to be open, light and bright and to provide a creative and flexible space against which a new team can develop the latest ideas for today's gaming platforms.

Our Nottingham studio is a real community of game loving, talented people who have a broad set of skills across a diverse range of games types including first-person shooter and racing games. We have been working hard on our first two projects - Team Sonic Racing for Sega and Project Nova for CCP and are about to embark on new projects.

We are looking for talented artists, designers, programmers, producers and support roles to join us making some fun games. In Nottingham we work on small and mid-size teams where everyone can contribute and make a big difference to the games we make. Delivering great games and following the Sumo Pathway, you'll be able to develop your career within a supportive and creative environment.

Here at Sumo we are planning for big things. Don't miss out. Join us.

As a Network Programmer at Sumo Nottingham you will be responsible for the day to day development of the networking features across several titles and platforms. You will be responsible for the implementation of all multiplayer and online features within the games we produce. This includes working on the major console network systems, Xbox live, PlayStation Network, Steam, and others, as well as potential interaction with existing social platforms. You will help with the design and specification of these systems, agreeing your own timescales and deadlines with the lead engineer who will be your direct report and line manager.

In a typical day you will be required to solve problems ranging from debugging of network issues, to refining gameplay whilst online. You will need to be familiar with network debugging and monitoring tools, including Fiddler, Wireshark and others, and will know how to use these tools to resolve complex networking and routing issues. You will have excellent communication skills and be able to explain the issues you are solving to your peers effectively. Finally, you will be capable of working at a high standard and hold yourself to the highest levels of quality.

Must have skills:

- Must have skills:

- 3+ years C++ experience, coding and debugging.

- 2+ years experience of networking code, including in-depth knowledge of at least one network packet sniffer (wireshark, fiddler, or other).

- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

- At least 1 shipped title (preferably on console) with experience of network implementation.

Useful to have skills:

- Useful to have skills:

- Good time management and self-motivation skills.

- Ability to take direction and criticism.

- Knowledge of large scale asset pipelines.

- Knowledge of build and patching systems.

- Knowledge of online payment platforms.

- Knowledge of source control and asset management tools.

What We Offer:

We offer a super benefits package including generous holidays, flexitime and excellent employee benefits. Further perks include our legendary annual Sumo Big Day Out, plus epic Christmas parties, money on your birthday and free fruit for everyone! Our new, regular studio Game Jams are a highlight - staff spend a full day developing and pitching their own game ideas for possible development by Sumo.

Our environment is relaxed, friendly and built upon the basis of every team member having the opportunity to shine and have a realisable input into the games we create. We are a very happy ship with lots of incredibly nice people that partake in shared interest groups, lunchtime clubs, charity fundraising events and lots of socialising.

We are proud to be located in Nottingham, just ten minutes' walk from Nottingham train station and with good access to the north and the south via the M1. Nottingham itself benefits from a wealth of attractions, including a diverse range of bars and restaurants, several art galleries and a wide variety of cultural events.

Highlights include the Theatre Royal, the Nottingham Contemporary art gallery, the National Video Game Arcade and the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham. The annual GameCity festival takes place throughout Nottingham city centre, celebrating the culture, innovation and creativity of video games and their development.

Contact Details:
Sumo Digital Ltd.
Tel: 0114 2426766
Contact: Hannah Burton

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