AVAILABLE POSITIONS Principal Software Engineer – Game of Thrones Slots

Zynga seeks a Principal Software Engineer to develop architecture and systems to support great user experiences in our games.  As a Principal Engineer, you will be taking the lead in designing, implementing, and supporting new systems that drive our games forward to deliver industry leading game play.  You will mentor other developers to help elevate the entire team’s capabilities and skills.  You will work with team leads to develop timelines and plans to orchestrate complicated features and challenging deliverables.


  • Define, architect, & develop core engine components primarily in PHP
  • Develop, innovate & integrate new technologies and tools (working with content teams)
  • Create and work with data objects in relational and non relational storage models and APIs
  • Optimize code & memory for high performance and low latency
  • Scope out tasks and systems, looking for future improvements
  • Help mentor other specialists in core language and technology struggles.
  • You will be addressing critical issues on one of our biggest game titles. You must be able to write coherent, organized code and be able to work on a complicated code-base with high levels of abstraction.

Desired Skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science (or related field) or equivalent work experience
  • 6+ years of software development experience
  • Expert knowledge in PHP or other backend programming languages
  • Strong Object Oriented design and architecture skills
  • Strong leadership, organizational, and communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Experience in programming RESTful services
  • Deep understanding of algorithms, design patterns, debugging and performance optimization.
  • Experience with database optimization: SQL, NoSQL, and data caching technologies/in-memory databases such as MemCached and Redis.


  • Good understanding C# and Unity
  • Git Experience
  • Game Design and development experience
  • Experience with Facebook SDKS
  • Experience with Amazon AWS & Related technologies

**remote work from an alternate location could be considered**

HIRING UPDATE: The safety of our candidates and team members is our top priority. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our workforce transitioned to working from home, with all interviewing and onboarding being conducted virtually until further notice.

We are an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to building a diverse and talented workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, disability, or any other class or characteristic protected by applicable law. We welcome job-seekers, players, employees, and partners from all backgrounds to join us!

We will consider all qualified job-seekers with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable law.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities in order to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.  Please contact us at AccommodationRequest@zynga.com to request an accommodation associated with your application for an open position.

Careers Category: Engineering

Careers location: Austin, TX, Chicago, IL, Remote, US, Remote, Canada, Toronto, Canada

Connected Worker Type: Connected, Onsite, Offsite

Requisition ID: P210464

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