Services Engineer - Microsoft Studios - Rare

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Services Engineeer - Microsoft Studios - Rare

Job ID 549650

Location: Twycross, Warwickshire

Salary: Competitive plus benefits

Opening date: 21st May 2019

Closing date: 17th June 2019

Rare: we're not your typical developer. Our 30+ years in the game-making business have been dedicated to crafting one beloved title after another, constantly trying new things, and infusing the fun we have every day into the games we create. Check out the Rare Replay collection for three whirlwind decades of evidence! We strive to keep Rare a fantastic place to work, from its beautiful location and state-of-the-art facilities to a strong focus on work/life balance.

If you're a keen gamer, chances are you've already caught wind of our epic shared world pirate adventure Sea of Thieves, released in March 2018 and a journey we're committed to for the long haul even as we begin to think about what's out there beyond the horizon. With every day bringing new challenges and discoveries in equal measure, there's never been a more rewarding time to join our daredevil crew!


As a Services Engineer at Rare you will be responsible for building and maintaining the backend services that power Sea of Thieves. Working within the Services team you will work closely with Gameplay and Operations to deliver experiences that will surprise and delight our players.

Working on a cutting-edge Azure platform you will also be responsible for helping and guiding Rare to adapt to an ever-changing landscape of cloud services and infrastructure.

The services team are also responsible for Client-Side integration of services meaning that you will be working directly in the Unreal Engine game client.

As an Engineer at Rare, you'll tackle tough problems with little guidance and will help to set the direction of the group you're working with. We promise you'll have access to a range of challenges that will test and broaden your experience. But most of all, you'll be part of a team of friendly, highly talented developers who like nothing better than sharing their own challenges and their expertise with you.


Continued development and ongoing improvement of services that support Sea of Thieves.

Provide services to support new Sea of Thieves features.

Be an ongoing advocate of future technology and guide services implementation in future Rare titles.


5+ years of experience developing online services.

Recent professional experience developing in C++.

Experience with high volume messaging architectures (RabbitMQ, EventHubs, Akka).

Experience with modern services architecture and cloud hosting (Azure Service Fabric, RM, Kubernetes)

Experience with Unreal Engine 4 is highly desirable.

Rare is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements.