Principal Game Developer

November 3, 2022
Remote (New Zealand and Australia)
Job type:
Full Time

2UP Games Limited

At 2UP Games, we make co-op mobile games for a massive audience.

Our mission is to bring the joy of cooperation to hundreds-of-millions of players every day. Our games are great to play with strangers. They’re even better with family and friends. 

We’re a remote-first studio, backed by Supercell. We offer the adventure of a startup, with the backing of the biggest name in mobile games. 

Job Description - Principal Developer

Help guide a small team with big dreams and high velocity. Work with motivated peers on the varied challenges of global cooperative multiplayer. Split your time between helping other developers, and writing code.


  • Decision-making: Make thoughtful technical decisions, collaborating closely with our technical co-founder and other senior developers.
  • Problem solving: Go beyond the surface of feature requests and bug reports. Work to help the team understand the big picture.
  • Get it done: You take on any implementation challenge – from gameplay refinement to SDK integration.
  • Empower peers: “Level up” your colleagues with wisdom from experience. Create powerful tools and simple pipelines, for a happy team.
  • Quality: All team members own game quality. We grow that from the inside out, with clear, understandable code and builds that succeed.
  • Architecture and infrastructure: Help our client and server developers make excellent decisions. Work with them to build powerful, reliable software.
  • Creative collaboration: Suggest, refine, and elaborate on the creative ideas that make our games special. We all have a voice in the games we make


  • 8+ years of professional programming experience
  • 3+ years of working on mobile games
  • Decision-making and leadership experience
  • You have the right to work in New Zealand or Australia

Bonus Points

  • 3+ years working with Unity
  • Experience with server-authoritative multiplayer
  • 3+ years working in teams sized 3-10
  • Experience working in a structured Agile environment, such as Agile Scrum or Kanban
  • Experience in a live service environment with a persistent backend
  • Literacy in mobile gameplay and progression systems

Founding Employees

You’ll be a founding employee. What does this mean?

  • You get excited about bringing people together through co-op games. 
  • You may not know much about co-op (yet!), but you are pumped by the challenge of making co-op work on mobile.
  • You’ll model and improve our employee values. Have a look at them (below) and see if they sit right with you.
  • You’ll be invested in improving your studio. And you’ll want to share the upside when things go right for the company – ask us for more info on equity options.
  • You’ll help us improve our remote-working model. We want this to be the place where we do the best work of our careers. How can you help?
  • You’ll see boring health and safety statements and raise a wry smile. But seriously, please do take care of your home office environment. You’ll get a budget to ensure you have great gear. Use it, align it, and your body will thank you for it in your retirement. Any questions, just ask.

Work Hours

This is a startup, does that mean I’ll work crazy hours?

We want the team to be happy and productive for the long haul. We balance a sensible baseline with the occasional need to push hard.

  • Baseline of 40 hours per week. 
  • Some flexibility when you work the hours within a week. 
  • Occasional surges around milestone releases. 
  • Once a game is released - rostered time “on call” to respond if there are problems.

Employee Values

These values describe how we aim to work at 2UP Games. 

  • We’re Considerate – We’re trying to do something hard, together. Take the time to help your co-workers achieve their dreams. Collaborate compassionately, critique respectfully, and listen deeply.

  • We’re Motivated – We are pioneers, motivated from within. We work to support everyone’s productivity. And we never lose sight of the goal: shipping our games to millions of delighted players.

  • We’re Individuals. Find the awesome—your way. Bring yourself to work: your strengths, your quirks, and your ways of getting things done. Be your best self, no one else.

Co-Op Secret Sauce

Making a co-op mass-market mobile game is challenging. Our Co-Op Secret Sauce is our collected knowledge of how to best rise to this challenge. Our best guess at the current key secret sauce ingredients are listed below.

  • Connecting – everything should bring players together. This is the most important ingredient.
  • Inclusive – our games whisper “it’s for you!” to hundreds of millions of players.
  • Rewarding – whether players invest seconds or years, our games give a deep feeling of reward.
  • FOREVER – built to be played for years.

Our secret sauce will develop and change over time. You’ll help make it tastier. And secret-er.

The Mission

The Mission is: “Bring family and friends together through co-op mobile games.”

Some details:

  • We aim for hundreds-of-millions of players, on the world’s biggest platform.
  • Players will have a “connecting” experience. Playing our games helps create and maintain interpersonal connections in our players’ lives.
  • We believe the “Co-Op Secret Sauce” is key to achieving the mission.

The Mission may change over time. Your commitment is to maximise our chance of achieving the latest version of The Mission.  It’s why we exist.


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