Hey, Go Work For Introversion!

Your CV, yesterday.
We mean it! If you’re a clever programmer type then now could be your opportunity to become a Darwinian work for one of our favourite game developers, Introversion Software. You’ll need to be a proficient all-rounder with a good grasp of that C++ language, and a love of games.

If you’re interested then your CV needs to be sent to Mark Morris by the 21st March.

Full job spec after the jump.

And no, we’re not doing free recruitment ads. We’re doing it because Introversion deserve to find the right person for this position.

Video Game Programmer

Background

Introversion Software is looking for an experienced programmer to join our existing team of eight. We are looking for a quality (recent graduates will also be considered), all-round programmer proficient in C++ who is happy to work in all areas of game programming. Whilst a history within the video games industry is preferred, it is not a requirement. However, a love of games will definitely help!

Specific Role

We are searching for a quality programmer willing to assist with all areas of our projects. Initially the work will involve joining the existing Multiwinia project team and preparing the title for launch. Following this we have a number of game projects in development and we will work to find the project and area of interest to the candidate. This job is perfect for any existing programmers who wish to break into the gaming industry or for game industry vets who wish to spread their wings and have the opportunity to work on a wide variety of systems and tasks.

Contract Type

Various: Full time employment or up to six months short-term contract.
Location

London

Other Benefits

We are located in London Bridge, however we support home working and are flexible with the hours required in the office.

We strongly encourage the creativity of our team and are looking to identify internal talent to take the lead on future games.

We are a small team of eight employees and as we grow there will be excellent opportunities for promotion and experience of other areas of business.

We regularly send delegations to the various Games Conferences around the world (San Francisco, Tokyo, Leipzig, Lyon etc) and there will be the opportunity to be part of these delegations.

Salary

20 – 30k DOE

45 Comments

  1. sana says:

    You sure have disguised those sneaky e-mail links well!

  2. Jim Rossignol says:

    Three people editing the same document at once = disaster.

  3. sana says:

    Oh, so that’s why the website is all laggy at this very moment.

  4. Nallen says:

    And no, we’re not doing free recruitment ads.

    So how much did you get?

  5. Meat Circus says:

    You know, I have a good grasp of C++ and love games. But I also enjoy being well-paid. :(

  6. Kieron Gillen says:

    In RPS’ little world 30K sounds like all the money in the world.

    We still haven’t set up the paypal button, have we?

    KG

  7. BillyTheKid says:

    Has Chris quit last minute or something?!

  8. John P (Katsumoto) says:

    I’d be happy to have 30k, cheers! Meat Circus blatantly works in London ;)

  9. Optimaximal says:

    I thought they were based in Glastonbury…

    Does working on London Bridge mean they have to stop work everytime a yacht comes down the river?

  10. Andy Simpson says:

    London Bridge != Tower Bridge :)

    London Bridge is a rather large and rather massive chunk of concrete.

  11. Meat Circus says:

    Yes, I do work in London. So do Introversion.

    Surviving on 20K in London sounds utterly ludicrous. You’d need to get a nice sideline as a rentboy going.

  12. John P (Katsumoto) says:

    Oh yeah I forgot you had to pay more in London too. And use the tube. The torment!

  13. Meat Circus says:

    @Kieron:

    Paypal? Good idea. Don’t you know how much money you can make selling review scores?

    You should have a tariff upfront.

    £100 = 6/10
    £500 = 7/10
    £2500 = 8/10
    £12500 = 9/10
    £62500 = 10/10

    Obviously, no scores less than 6/10 will ever be awarded to a paying game.

  14. Seniath says:

    It’s a shame that I’m doing a Computing degree, but my sum knowledge of C++ is…nil. We had one 2-hour lecture on it in a week long C primer at the end of our first year, and it hasn’t been mentioned since. Modules that have involved C didn’t force use of C++ over C89. *shrug*

  15. Crispy says:

    Pity I neither have any Programming experience, nor are they looking for QA testers; Introversion/London Bridge would be right up my street/trainline.

    I know that programmers can make a good living in the private sector, but 30k is more than enough to live on and London Bridge is commutable distance from much of East, South East and South London, Kent, parts of Surrey and any part of zone 1 and 2 that connects easily to Waterloo or Charing Cross.

    Add to that fact that London Bridge is bang next to Borough, just down the river from Southbank and only a hop, skip and a jump across the river to Covent Garden and the West End, and you have a fairly ideal job location. And if you’re worried about London being expensive (which it undoubtedly is), a flatshare in not-too-south Oval can cost as (relatively) little as £100/wk.

    Then there’s the fact you’d be working for a developer actually doing something positive for the industry you love. Hell, there are so many pluses emanating from this opportunity it almost outdoes the Medigun.

    P.S. £20k is do-able in London, so long as you find somewhere cheap and close to your workplace to keep your commuting costs down. You won’t be living a lavish lifestyle away from work, but at work you’ll be working for Introversion…

  16. Meat Circus says:

    @John P:

    We call them ‘rat-infested sewer-trains’ in London Village.

    The RPS hive mind (with John Walker as the queen) is located in Bath, which is of course a socialist utopia like in Star Trek, with unlimited supplies of replicated synthohol and they get the money for nothin’ and the chicks for free.

  17. Meat Circus says:

    @Seniath:

    Everything worth knowing about C is in the books “Effective C Plus Plus” by Scott Meyers and “Modern C Plus Plus Design” by Andrei Alexandrescu [Added words as the commentfilterator seems to be removing plus signs].

    Read them to be enlightened. In that order.

  18. Nallen says:

    You know, I have a good grasp of C++ and love games. But I also enjoy being well-paid.

    When those guys do an id software in a few years and are all driving about in £200k cars they’re desperate to give away to anyone that can beat them at Multiwinia just so they can buy another, you’ll be kicking yourself ;)

    Also, I just got a raise to £30k and was feeling very pleased with myself, please be careful with my delusions of grandeur :)

  19. Seniath says:

    @Meat Circus:

    Oh, it’s too late for me now, I’ve lost all desire to work in any field related to my degree. Which is quite tragic, really.

  20. Lightbulb says:

    …but not that uncommon.

    3 to 5 years doing the THEORY of anything is going to put you off…

    I know i am sick of Civil Engineering. Luckily the actual job will be more interesting!

  21. Jim Rossignol says:

    In case someone missed what’s going on, we posted this because I would really like Introversion to find the right guy. And that might be one of you.

  22. Phil says:

    Considering most decent programmers in London are currently charging about 20k, minimum, per contract (which seem to all involve using phrases like ‘synergistic cross platform engagement’ at the pitch, then spending three months debugging a login page) – This is definitely more an opportunity for a CV credit and to do something cool.

    For the record it is possible to survive on 20k in London – just be prepared to use ‘found material’ as food and possibly shelter.

  23. Mo says:

    I’d love to apply, but there’s a tiny problem: I live in Canada. :)
    I could do London, Ontario though. :)

    Veering a bit off-topic, but …

    3 to 5 years doing the THEORY of anything is going to put you off…

    I don’t think Computer Science is quite as bad. I’ve had lots of CompSci classes which are pure theory, but I’ve also had many that were skewed heavily towards the practical side. In 2nd year we wrote compilers, 3rd year had me writing an Operating System, and next semester I’m taking Intro to Graphics, which will involve writing a raytracer, a skeletal animation system, and a final project of my choice, among other things.

    The other thing I’d recommend is getting a summer job in your field. My university has a “co-op” program, which means the school works with us to get a job in our field every other semester. So I work for a semester, and study for a semester. Which makes for a nice change of pace.

  24. Kast says:

    Funnily enough I just received an unconditional offer for a BA (Hons) Computer Games Modelling and Animation. And my first thought upon seeing this article was “Drat, wrong course!”

    Lucky, lucky person who gets this job. Best of luck to everyone who applies.

  25. Butler` says:

    Hmm, we have undergraduates in my year on placements earning ~£30k p/a in London ;/

  26. yxxxx says:

    There are plenty of places around London that you can commute from.

  27. Meat Circus says:

    @Jim Rossignol:

    In case it is one of us, you should implant a post-hypnotic suggestion that makes the lucky person unkowingly forward exclusive Subversion news to us.

  28. Lightbulb says:

    Mo – True, i’m generalising – by theory i meant more ‘in theory’ rather than practical.

    Of course designing a program for uni and a program for business is the same. Designing a real building and watching it get built is different to doing some calculations though. :)

    However i know English literature students who now hate reading so its quite common i think.

    After a number of years doing the same thing its nice to have a change of direction. Some people however want to get their teeth into the ‘real thing’…

  29. MaW says:

    If they weren’t in London or it was entirely home-based with occasional trips down to the office… hell, I’d apply. I can do C++.

    I might not be good enough, but it’d be worth a try!

  30. Andrew Doull says:

    It’s possible to survive on £2 per week in London, as I discovered whilst trying to find work mid-2002. Buys a bag of potatoes and 4 cans of tuna… of course, it helps if you’re living in the kitchen for free of your mates place. There’s plenty of Aussie/Kiwi/SA flats like that.

    (Since then, I went on to make nearly £15K in a month at one stage, so that eased the early suffering considerably… ah, contracting).

    £30K is a great entry level programmer with grand ideas/wants to be famous – I think they’re looking for a mini-Chris type.

  31. Ging says:

    I’m sort of tempted… considering how little I’m currently earning, £20k p/a in London is a huge step up, just, can I be arsed going to London from Lincoln?

  32. Seth Tipps says:

    It’s interesting to me that for such a small team they only specify a requisite knowledge of C++. If only I’d started learning when I was a teenager instead of waiting till now… sigh.

  33. NegativeZero says:

    I would be all over that opportunity if I wasn’t living in Australia :(

  34. Ging says:

    Seth: I could see a larger team looking for different languages (though, not many are used in commercial game dev outside of C++), but with only 8 / 9 people, it’s best to keep it all under a common tongue. Of course, there’d be nothing stopping you using something else for tool writing if that was what was assigned to you.

  35. jph wacheski says:

    wonder if they need a scripter. I havent bothered much with c but all programing is the same really,. I wolud work for that much money,. 20k in london is 40k dollers here,. must be some doggy cheap flats arounds,. perhaps I will fire off a cv,. . not sure about moving across the pond,. and Im no fan of monster cites,. perhaps not..,

    link to emix8.org
    new test game, very rudimentary,. just learning ZGE.

  36. soylent green says:

    What kind of salary is that? 20K in London will make you beg for food after work…

  37. MaW says:

    More to the point, 20-30K is the range I’m earning at the moment in Nottingham, and even if I got 30 it’s not much to uproot and move to London on.

    It’s actually rather surprising that the ‘last of the bedroom programmers’ has an office in the most expensive city in the country. It’d be much more appropriate to find them in Nottingham or Birmingham or Manchester, surely.

    Or in a hut in the Yorkshire Dales.

  38. AbyssUK says:

    Ah you poor programmers… am a chemist and I now laugh at your 30K in London! Get a real degree…

    I did work in the games industry as a tester (14k a year).. and can’t belive how poorly the trained programmers were paid and the extra hours (unpaid!!) you guys are crazy. As with every business its the suits that get the money, don’t become a programmer… design is were the real money/power is :)

  39. Okami says:

    @AbyssUK: design is were the real money/power is

    Uhmmmm…. No. Production is where the real money is. Want to earn lots of cash? Go work for a publisher! Designers don’t earn that much, programmers are usually better paid than game or level designers..

  40. Meat Circus says:

    @AbyssUK:

    Being a developer pays well enough if you choose your industry correctly.

  41. AbyssUK says:

    @Okami – yes production is what I mean’t no idea why I said design.. colour me stupid.

    @Meat Circus – Yes, but I think security, networking and hardware guys get better deals normally. I think programmers get bum deals 9 times out of 10.

  42. Meat Circus says:

    All I’m saying is, I’m a developer and I’m not getting a bum deal as far as I know.

  43. Malibu Stacey says:

    It’s been said already but to reiterate the point:
    £20-30k in London is lower than entry level. I’m a software developer in Glasgow & our company consider £25K+ to be the entry level for graduates straight from University. Glasgow is significantly cheaper to live in than London.

  44. apa-eu says:

    You brits should really switch to euros. I wondered about the pay until I read the comments and understood it was GBP :D

    (also SI units would rock…)

  45. Crispy says:

    It’s a pity everyone here is so money-obsessed. I’d definitely rather be working for someone I have the utmost respect for than earning the same amount or more working on blockbuster titles with no real credibility.

    Different strokes for different folks. I’m sure Introversion will find the right person for the job.