Principal Gameplay Engineer

Engineering · Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Department Engineering
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Schell Games is a highly talented group of artists, programmers, producers, and game designers led by game industry veteran Jesse Schell.  We're the largest full-service education and entertainment game development company in the United States.  Since 2002, we've worked with world-class clients and partners to create interactive experiences that engage and inspire players of all ages across all platforms.  Presently, we are focused on virtual reality, augmented reality, location-based experiences, and social games.

Do you like to work on innovate projects in a motivating, friendly atmosphere? Would you agree that games can engage and inspire?

If you answered "YES!" to both questions then Schell Games would like to hear from you!


We are seeking a Principal Gameplay Engineer to join our talented studio in tackling some of the most diverse and exciting projects. Past projects have ranged from VR & AR games to large-scale theme park installations. You’ll work alongside other Senior and Principal Engineers to help foster an environment where team members are excited to grow their careers and continue to launch engaging high-quality games. We're looking for someone who is excited about mentoring game engineers who are at the early stages of their careers.


  • A Minimum of 20 years of industry and/or relevant technical experience
  • Proven experience as a Senior-Level Engineer
  • Highly skilled in either C/C++ or C#
  • Unity3d and/or UE4 experience
  • Deep understanding of algorithms, performance, and optimization
  • Analytical mind with problem-solving aptitude


You are an expert. Your department leadership can delegate responsibilities to you and rely on you to operate with high autonomy. You consistently use your expertise and experiences to build the foundational elements of our most important projects and, as a result, enable the studio to work more effectively. You demonstrate a strong desire to continue learning and champion that knowledge and desire across the studio.

Not only do you excel at building strong team relationships, you are able to parlay that ability to strong partner and client relationships on a consistent basis. In addition, you've found ways to share your team's knowledge throughout Schell Games for the leveling up of other teams. You regularly provide feedback that improves the studio, while being open and quickly adjusting to feedback on your own performance. Your empathy allows you to be highly aware of how your work and behavior impacts others.

You have a deep knowledge of development methodologies and apply them in service of your project goals and constraints. You can successfully navigate unexpected problems. You are trusted and proven on teams to lead and deliver incredible amounts of value. You help ensure that the studio's development methodologies meet the needs of our teams and our clients.

You are respected and sought out as a leader both within and outside of your team. Others look to you to define strategy, effectively communicate, and develop best practices. You are able to lead and address conflicts while remaining humble, empathizing to identify shared values and priorities amongst teammates and clients.


Our studio is committed to providing an equitable and inclusive work environment that ensures that all applicants and team members are treated with dignity and respect.  We will not tolerate any type of discrimination or harassment directed at any applicant or employee because of their sex, gender, gender identity, race, religion, age, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, veteran, family or parental status or any other protected group characteristic.  This equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policy applies to all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.

Prohibiting discrimination and harassment is only one part of the equation. “Diversity makes us strong” is more than just something we say.  We value diversity in all forms because it is essential to our success, and we want every member of our team to feel their best creative self.  Our development environment and social culture are based on welcoming, respecting, and celebrating differences among our team members and our players.  We rely on each person to add their own unique skills and perspective to our culture.  Every member of our team is responsible for making the studio as inclusive and equitable as possible.

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Candidate selected for this position will be subject to standard employment verification and criminal background check upon offer of contingent employment.

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    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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