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Published 2024-02-20

Senior Game Systems Engineer – Old School RuneScape

Type of job: Remote
Country: England
City: Cambridge
Company: Jagex Limited

Description of the offer

Are you an experienced Game Systems Engineer who enjoys collaborating with engineers and would like to work on the engine that powers one of the industry’s largest and most successful MMOs?

Working as part of a passionate and cross-disciplinary agile game team, you will be integral to the development and delivery of the Old School RuneScape product roadmap. You’ll be working closely with our game developers on the game roadmap and larger initiatives like bringing the game to new platforms and audiences.

We’re looking for enthusiastic and passionate developers with an attitude to learn, collaborate, aspire, continuously improve, and thoroughly enjoy what they do on a highly successful MMO. You will have a huge impact, not just on our engineering teams but the huge communities of Old School RuneScape players all over the world!

If this sounds like you, and you’re up for the challenge, then we would love to talk to you.


What you’ll be doing:

  • Programming using Java (and other languages where appropriate), defining tasks & utilising your programming knowledge and experience to complete assigned tasks and scheduled requests
  • Working closely with other development teams to evolve the current game server and client architecture powering Old School RuneScape
  • Building strong working relationships with team members both in the engine, server, infrastructure and content development groups
  • Defining and developing client-server architecture, taking ownership of significant feature areas within the game server
  • Researching, innovating, and developing new game engine technology
  • Taking a proactive approach to finding ways to make our technology more effective
  • Contributing to overall project strategy.  Be willing to put forward ideas, and to positively critique those put forward by others, encouraging and partaking in effective collaboration
  • Work with Junior team members to expand their skills, focus on training needs and help them to develop in their roles

What we’re looking for:

  • Extremely proficient with Java (C# considered)
  • Experience working on backend systems as a software developer
  • Experience working in at least one public cloud provider (AWS preferred)
  • Experience in designing and shipping 3rd party APIs
  • A passion for innovating solutions and solving problems in a unique technology stack
  • Ability to work well in a team and with others, good communication skills are essential
  • Relevant qualification at degree level or equivalent experience.


Collaboration is at the heart of Jagex. We love getting together with our teams to share ideas and socialise.

If you live in the UK, we offer a flexible working model that empowers you to work in the way that suits you best, while also getting the best from your working relationship with all the great people you’ll be connecting with here. We support you to be set up for success no matter where you log in.

Flexibility really is the key to how we set up working schedules, we’ll discuss your needs with you and be transparent about the working schedules of the team you’ll be working with during our interview process.

About Jagex:

Make forever games with us.

Jagex is a thriving international games company with a growing library of forever game IPs for core gamers. We have such huge expertise at running games for the long term that we re-define expectations for what evergreen success looks like.

We create spaces for our players to come together – with each other and with us – inside and outside of our games. We empower our players with real influence on the game’s evolution. We help our players belong. Our community experiences give players a greater stake in what they’re playing, creating loyal forever fans.

These strengths inform our vision of our studio as a thriving international games company with a growing library of forever game IPs for core gamers. Our forever games will nurture sizable communities whose loyalty provides consistent revenues.

This in turn drives our mission: We create forever fans by empowering our community. We give players experiences worthy of their long-term time investment and actively collaborate with them to shape the games and the community for the better.

If this is something you want to be a part of, get in touch.

We have 500 of the industry’s most talented individuals in our Cambridge studio; if you share our values and ambition, we’d love to talk to you. Worried you don’t meet all the requirements in the spec? Your attitude, fresh perspective and experience is just as important to us; if you think this could be the perfect job for you, let’s talk.

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