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Evil Empire

33300 Bordeaux

Date : 13.01.2023
Reference : AFJV-EDEV1697-24712

Evil Empire

Small_ Independent_Big Projects
Evil Empire is a studio formed in early 2019 by a few ex-Motion Twin people with the intention of creating more Dead Cells and using that as a stepping stone towards making our own games. We work in the same open space as Motion Twin and regularly beat them in Nerf wars and Smash.
The name of our studio is a dig at some of the shadier aspects of the game industry and, if you have a sense of humour, a signal that we're all about being the exact opposite (also, some people didn't like the "Cat Nap Studio" spite of it clearly being the better choice).
As we start work on new amazing projects, alongside continued support for Dead Cells, we need to ensure that we're working with the latest technology and bringing in a talented and experienced team capable of leading ambitious projects.
While we're currently growing rapidly, we pay a lot of attention to ensuring that we maintain small autonomous teams (10-15 people max). This not only means we work on a more "human" scale, but also that everyone can really impact the game with their ideas and initiatives.

What We Do Differently
If you're working at Evil Empire you will NEVER crunch (it's nuts that this has to be said), you will have excellent health cover, five weeks paid leave (plus public holidays), subsidized meals, flexibility with work time, free fruit and other noms and of course as much coffee as you can drink.
We also do regular trips to some of the most legendary gaming events in the world, including excursions to National Parks and other such shenanigans (team building right ? ), so there's plenty of opportunities for motivated people to get out and see the world. Well, at least, we were doing this before Covid happened, and plan to do it again if events are ever a thing in the future...
While we're an indie company, our financial stability allows us to offer the kind of work environment that we always wished we could have, so we're always scheming new ways to make our work lives enjoyable.

Comfortable Work Environment
We're always open to suggestions regarding new tech and hardware, learning resources like books, patreon subscriptions, or training and of course everyone gets to pick what goes in the junk food cupboard. So you should always have access to everything you need to be happy in the office. In addition, Bordeaux is an awesome city as it's big enough to have plenty to do, but small enough that you can walk across it in half an hour. Beautiful 19th century architecture and more restaurants than you can poke a stick at make it a great place to live. You're also 45 minutes drive from the beach and 3 hours from the ski slopes. While access to a very well connected airport and a 2 hour high speed train ride to Paris mean you're never far away from anything.
Evil Empire recrutement

Senior Tools Programmer

Permanent contract Bordeaux (33)

Position Duties

Under the responsibility of your lead, you will participate in the creation of the tool division of the studio. As part of the tool division you'll generally be handling the following :
  • Providing support to the production teams.
  • Developing tools for the production teams and also for the marketing team.
  • The integration of new distribution platforms (shop fronts / consoles / SDK).
  • The infra and network part and finally the dev ops.

Regarding your specific role, we're looking for someone who can helps us with :
  • Development and maintenance of tools to support the production team (rendering tools, automation, integration of external software, localization...)
  • Web tool development : API / Twitch extension / reporting system...
  • Supporting our teams to ensure the proper use of the tools you've built.
  • Support for desktop configuration.

Here's an overview of our current technical environment, which will continue to evolve : Haxe, C#, Unity, Python, C, MongoDB, NWJS, Powershell, Bash. Coming soon : Docker, VMWare...

Candidate Profile

You'll need to :
  • Be open minded (technically and humanly), caring, rigorous with a real desire to excel in your day-to-day work. A university degree is not a determining factor, we're really looking for passion !
  • Really enjoy working in a team environment, with a friendly atmosphere and have a good sense of human relations.
  • Really want to get involved in an independent studio. You will wear multiple hats here...
  • Have a positive spirit, focused on finding effective solutions.

Experience required :
  • Lover of clean, organized and efficient code !
  • Good knowledge of scripting languages (Python, Powershell, Bash...)
  • Excellent mastery of Git.
  • Communication and organisational skills (respecting schedules, reading - writing documentation, etc.)

Desired experience :
  • Experience in DevOps.
  • Experience in the practice and writing of tests (unitary, functional, integration, etc.)
  • Knowledge of system and network administration.
  • Master of the concepts of horizontal and vertical scalability, distributed infrastructure, virtualization.

Bonus Points :
  • Previous team in the video game industry
  • English (at least intermediate level).
  • Previous work experience in both indie and/or AAA studios
  • Being a little bit crazy about video games is a must.
  • Your joke are less funny than those of The CEO

Additional Information

  • Your salary will depend on your experience, but we'll pay to secure the right profile.
  • The position is a permanent full time (35 hours / week) contract.
  • This position is evolutive and you will have ample opportunity to take on more and more responsibilities if you're interested. You'll have the opportunity to pass new certifications if you are interested.

On top of what we offer : comprehensive health care, subsidised public transport, flexible working hours, access to our library of books, games and professional development resources, work from home if you've got a little cold (and would ordinarily have come in), your own noise cancelling headphones, regular team lunches and events, accommodation for sporting life and staying fit, subsidised lunch (restaurant tickets), and a bunch of other stuff designed to make work life better for everyone.


Resume, cover letter, references, Github, website, gamejams...

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