Mid-level Backend Game Developer


This role is only available to current residents of Canada. While we recognize there is talent all over the world, we can only consider Canadian residents at this time.

A Little About Us:

Making fans – That’s what we’re all about! Since our humble beginnings in 2011, these two words have driven Big Viking Games to become the successful company it is today. We are focused on making our mark as a next-generation, live operations games company.

We believe that each Viking is unique and brings exponential value to the company. In return, we provide Vikings with the opportunity to solve problems through continuous learning and fostering feedback, ultimately mastering their craft. By investing in our Vikings and in new technologies, we can continue our success for years to come.

We are embarking on an adventure and rely on our team of skilled, enthusiastic, and collaborative Vikings to turn our ship towards a new horizon. With that in mind, we are on the hunt for exceptional talent to join us on this new journey and help hoist the sails!

The Nitty Gritty:

We are seeking a skilled Game Backend Developer to join our team, focusing on developing and maintaining the server-side logic and infrastructure for our flagship games, YoWorld and FishWorld. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in backend programming languages like Java and PHP, experience with database and server management, and a passion for creating scalable, high-performance gaming experiences.

This role will be part of our Game Features team and is remote in Canada. 

We are looking for someone experienced in Game Development, this is not an entry-level role.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Design and implement scalable game backend services for high traffic and real-time player interactions.
  • Implement updates and fixes to existing systems.
  • Provide feedback and estimates on new features and fixes.
  • Design new and improve existing tools to support automation, live operations and marketing.
  • Monitoring game performance, balancing security with an optimal user experience.


The Must Haves:

  • 4+ years expertise in Java and/or object-oriented PHP.
  • Proven experience developing services within containerized, distributed, and highly-scalable architecture.
  • At least 3 years working in a Game Development role:
    • Minimum of one-shipped title, having contributed to multiple features.
  • Up to date knowledge of modern web security practices.
  • Proficiency in writing optimized SQL queries.
  • Skilled in automated functional and load testing methodologies to ensure the performance and stability of backend services.
  • A passion for games! 

The Nice to Haves:

  • Proficient in utilizing cloud platforms like AWS, Azure, or equivalents, ensuring scalable and robust and highly available backend infrastructure.
  • Live ops experience in a game environment.
  • Skilled in Typescript/Javascript, including experience with web development frameworks such as React, alongside familiarity with various development tools.
  • Versed in implementing security measures and anti-cheat systems to safeguard game services against hacking, cheating, and other forms of malicious activities.
  • Knowledgeable in using game development engines, including Unity and Unreal, to create immersive gaming experiences.


The Loot:

  • Health, Dental, and Vision Benefits
  • A generous amount of Paid Time Off (Vacation, Personal Days, Sick Days)
  • Competitive Salaries
  • Professional Growth
  • Health & Wellness Benefits (Employee Assistance Program, Monthly Spending Account, Wellness Initiatives)
  • Vikoins (Peer Recognition Program & Rewards)
  • Stock Options
  • Group RRSP Matching
  • Frequent remote events/meetings to stay connected with your peers and share company updates
  • Remote work environment

Becoming a Viking:

Does the idea of working for a gaming company doing what you love everyday sound exciting? Great, we’d love to hear from you! Send us your resume and cover letter.

Big Viking Games is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs. Accommodation may be provided in all parts of the hiring process.