Lead Gameplay Programmer

Aiming to create best-in-class experiences that last forever in players memories, a team of Game Industry veterans is building a new AAA Open World game studio in Barcelona.
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What we need:

Smilegate Barcelona is seeking an experienced Senior / Lead Gameplay Programmer to lead a team of highly skilled gameplay programmers to perform in the most effective way, 

fostering a culture that balances productivity, innovation learning and healthy communication. 

We are looking for someone with:

  • The ability to operate at a high and low level - capable of hands-on work as well as leader and mentor to your team.
  • A strong understanding of how to transform Design requests into meaningful and working features.
  • Enough design knowledge to interface to Design leads in complement and amplify their design to become fully workable components.
  • A deep desire to build up a world-class gameplay programming team.

What the role involves:

Working hand in hand with Lead Engine Programmer and Design Leads to build a structure to support rapid prototyping while keeping code stability in the long term.

  • Coordinate with DevOps and QA to define the best coding environment that balances rapid iteration with solid code.
    • Be the representative and champion for the Gameplay code to all other parties.
  • Coordinate Gameplay coders establishing code guidelines, quality goals and performance budgets.
    • Work hand in hand with the Combat, World and mission design teams to make sure they have the most efficient tools.
    • Analyze, validate and incorporate feedback from the team and external user testing.
  • Help build up a world-class Gameplay Programming team by being involved in the interviewing and hiring process.
    • Be the mentor, guide and leader of your team of handpicked coders.
    • Provide meaningful feedback to your team through team meetings, 1 on 1 sessions, and 360 feedback.
    • Be on top of the personal development goals of your coders, making sure there is always a healthy environment that fosters learning.

Role requirements:

  • Excellent track record - credited on at least 2 shipped AAA games either as Senior / Lead gameplay programmer.
  • Experience and deep working knowledge of gameplay and AI systems.
  • Unreal Engine working experience in a modern console environment.
  • Innovative thinker with creative problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary, iterative environment.
  • Strong understanding of development processes, workflows, and tools.
  • Ability to lead and delegate as required.


  • 23 vacation days per year + Christmas Holiday (From Dec 24 ~ Jan 1) 
  • Flexible Working Hours & Flexible Friday.
  •  Restaurant Tickets:  approx 180 € per month (2.160€/year).
  • Private Health insurance including dental coverage.
  • Breakfast in the Office.
  • Company parties and events.
  • Relocation package and VISA support. 
  • Friday beers and the most important....very nice SmileMates 

    Are you ready to join our Smile-family? We are already excited to have you! 


    We usually respond within a week

    Or, know someone who would be a perfect fit? Let them know!


    Diagonal 409
    08008 Barcelona Directions View page

    Why join us?

    We offer you an excellent place to work in the center of Barcelona, well communicated in a sunny office. We will keep you engaged and motivated. You will be part of the next AAA open world game and you will enjoy the process.

    But let's go to the details:

    • Medical Insurance

      Smilegate will cover you with our medical plan.

    • Office perks

      Weekly fresh fruit, tasty coffee, and other office daily needs.

    • More benefits incoming

      Stay tuned! We're working to get an amazing welcome pack for our new joiners.

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