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Talk: Getting the horse to drink: Optimising a high fidelity console game for mobile platforms
Speaker: Megan Bowra-Dean

PikPok's Rival Stars Horse Racing was initially developed at a fidelity level suitable for current generation console platforms. However we also planned to publish a version for mobile platforms that got as close to the console experience as possible. Here's how we achieved that with Unity's recent performance advances and a lot of elbow grease.

Game Connect Asia Pacific 2019: Lighting The Way

Game Connect Asia Pacific is Australia's premier games development conference and a part of Melbourne International Games Week.

Situated in Melbourne, Australia during October, GCAP is world-renowned for its talks, collaboration, expression, networking and inclusive environment.

Video courtesy of GCAP and the Game Developers' Association of Australia.

www.gcap.com.au

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Megan Bowra-Dean
PikPok
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Rival Stars Horse Racing
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PikPok is looking for talented Senior Programmers to join our world beating mobile game dev team!

The ideal candidate will have considerable experience in the Games Industry and have shipped multiple titles working in a managed team environment. You should enjoy the fast pace of mobile game development, and the challenges that entails. You should also have knowledge of a variety of game systems, such as: graphics, gameplay, networking, AI, art pipeline, sound, and animation. You must be a strong communicator and should enjoy collaborating with team members across disciplines to design robust solutions to the tricky issues inherent in modern game development.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with artists and designers to create quality PikPok signature experiences.
  • Lead small teams and mentor other developers.
  • Learn, create and master any game systems as required.
  • Create and maintain tools for use by other members of the team.
  • Work with Producers to manage priorities and timelines.

Requirements:

  • 5 Years experience in the Games Industry or related fields.
  • Fluent in C++ and/or C#.
  • High aptitude for learning new skills.
  • Intuitive understanding of good software design and architecture.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Able to talk through problems and collaborate in system design.
  • Excellent debugging skills and practices.
  • Visual Studio and/or Xcode experience.
  • Experience working with version control systems (SVN and GIT).
  • Writes good readable code.
  • Familiar with scrum/agile development practices.
  • Knowledge of mobile game production processes.
  • Experience in developing AI, 3D graphics, 2D based engines, networking, and/or physics game systems beneficial.
  • Must be eligible for NZ Visa.
  • Fluent in English.

Bonus points:

  • Experience in Unity3D.
  • Experience working with and integrating 3rd party SDKs.
  • Experience with content creation tools - Maya, 3DS Max, After Effects.
  • Foosball Skills.
  • Likes Coffee (Wellington has the best coffee in the World!)

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Please send your application along with a digital copy of your resume/CV to: careers@pikpok.com
Additional contact details can be found below and by visiting us online at www.pikpok.com

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PikPok is looking for a passionate Online Services Development Manager to head up ongoing development of our service backend - PikPokPlus!

PikPok is a globally focussed, leading digital publisher of fun and addictive games across smart phone, tablet, and desktop. With a portfolio of original, licensed, and third party developed properties, PikPok delivers games that appeal to a broad range of consumers with addictive game play, high-quality art, and immersive audio design.

We are looking for a skilled, experienced and proactive developer to lead ongoing development on PikPokPlus, our online game services platform. PikPokPlus drives all core online functionality across our portfolio of current and future titles, with features including leaderboards, cross platform profile synchronisation, and user to user challenge mode game play. The backend serves hundreds of thousands of users daily, has over 100 million user accounts, and runs on multiple servers inside AWS.

You should have a good mix of technical and soft skills, with experience leading small teams and developing web applications with REST like APIs. You should enjoy the challenges of balancing new feature work with tasks designed to improve service reliability and development process. Strong applicants will understand the importance of communication, service scalability and the realities of developing in a fast paced environment where platform stability and timeliness of feature development are critical to the ongoing success of the business.

Responsibilities:

  • Design and develop online services to meet the needs of new and existing game titles.
  • Act as an advocate for good development practice within the PikPokPlus group.
  • Prioritise and estimate tasks in discussion with management stakeholders in order to deliver service stability and new features over time.
  • Lead development of the PikPokPlus team, providing consistent technical guidance and a high level of skill.
  • Work with game teams to identify potential problems in online interactions, and assist in designing around these.

Requirements:

  • 5 Years professional experience developing online services.
  • Fluent in Python and web application frameworks (such as Flask or Pyramid).
  • Experience with SQL based databases essential.
  • Intuitive understanding of good software design and architecture.
  • Experience designing databases for scalability, reliability and long term ease of use.
  • Up to date knowledge of current web technologies for website development, with a focus on developing web based tools for use by internal teams.
  • Experience planning feature development.
  • Experience of team leadership highly desirable.
  • High aptitude for learning new skills.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Experience working with version control systems (SVN and GIT).
  • Familiar with scrum/agile development practices.
  • Experience working on game client code is desirable.
  • Must be eligible for NZ Visa.
  • Fluent in English.

Bonus points:

  • Experience with Redis, Pylons, Celery and Memcached.
  • NoSQL databases.
  • HTML, CSS, JavaScript.
  • Web app frontend frameworks (such as AngularJS)
  • C++, C#, and Unity3D experience all desirable.
  • Likes Coffee (Wellington has the best coffee in the World!)

Contact:

Please send your application along with a digital copy of your resume/CV to: careers@pikpok.com
Additional contact details can be found below and by visiting us online at www.pikpok.com

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PikPok is looking for a Senior Tech Artist to join our world beating mobile game dev team!

The ideal candidate will have considerable experience in either the Games or Film Industry and have supported multiple projects working in a managed team environment. You should be driven to see art pipelines working smoothly and efficiently, and should appreciate how such processes can have a significant impact on product quality. You should enjoy the fast pace of mobile game development, and the challenges that entails.

You must be a strong communicator and should enjoy collaborating with team members across disciplines to design robust solutions to the tricky issues inherent in modern game development. You should be a self motivated problem solver, who is happy being the go-to person for artists looking for technical assistance.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with artists and programmers to shape art pipelines and tools across multiple titles.
  • Drive the development of technology to improve content creation workflows and processes.
  • Assist art and tech staff in solving problems pertaining to 3D assets, animation, and rendering.
  • Work with Producers and Division heads to manage priorities and timelines.

Requirements:

  • 5 Years experience in the Games Industry or related fields.
  • Expert level knowledge of Maya, specifically scripting workflows.
  • High level of skill in Python and C#.
  • High aptitude for learning new skills.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Able to translate art requests and tech restrictions into concrete requirements.
  • Some knowledge of Unity3D highly desirable.
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Experience working with version control systems (SVN and GIT).
  • Familiar with scrum/agile development practices.
  • Must be eligible for NZ Visa.
  • Fluent in English.

Bonus points:

  • Experience with C++, MEL & JavaScript.
  • Experience writing Shaders, Cg if possible.
  • Foosball Skills
  • Likes Coffee (Wellington has the best coffee in the World!)

Contact:

Please send your application along with a digital copy of your resume/CV to: careers@pikpok.com
Additional contact details can be found below and by visiting us online at www.pikpok.com

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Game—Play—Word—Free
These are the words of FOUR LETTERS.

Read—Make—Find—Easy
We give you four letters, and you make a word as quickly as you can.

More—Time—Fast—Best
Keep making words to increase your score. The challenge increases the longer you last.

Cool—Glee—Love—Grin
Once time runs out, have another go! FOUR LETTERS is the endless word puzzle that you'll play for E-V-E-R!

Get the game now! http://bit.ly/FLGame

We love to hear from our players!

On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pikpokgames

On Twitter: Drop us a line @pikpokgames and join the conversation with #FourLetters

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We’re looking for talented and experienced senior concept artists to work on a permanent fulltime basis in our Wellington, NZ studio. Working closely with our Art Director to establish and develop the visual design of our projects, our senior concept artists are expected to aid in leading and motivating a team of concept artists within a highly collaborative, creative and team-focussed environment.

For more information, head onto the Pik Pok Linkedin company page below (or view the job ad slideshare here).

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Welcome to the game that Basketball fans have been waiting for!

You will be the one who brings together a collection of star players and leads them to the pantheon of legends!

Draft tremendous athletes and use their skills to leave your rivals in the dust. Make thrilling clutch plays with a swipe of your finger. Slam the decisive dunk home and leave their jaws on the floor.

You are the inspiration.

Master one-swipe gameplay with steals, passes, shots, and dunks

Draft from hundreds of unique, fully-animated star player cards

Immerse yourself in deep card management with infinite strategy and plays

Claim outstanding prizes with regular online tournaments

Rival Stars Basketball is free to play but offers some game items for purchase with real money.

We love to hear from our players!

On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RivalStarsBasketball

On Twitter: Drop us a line @pikpokgames and join the conversation with #RivalStars

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Flick Kick Football Legends brings Flick Kick to all new heights with more diverse onfield gameplay, team building and management, and a multi-level league structure. Packaged in a vibrant comic inspired style filled with lively characters, quirky scenarios and rich animation, you will guide your team towards a highly sought after championship win to achieve legendary status.

FKFL FB fan page: http://bit.ly/fkflegends
FKFL iOS: http://bit.ly/17ElfOM
FKFL Android: http://bit.ly/1dKGZXS

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An updated look at some of the awesomely fun games we've worked on! How many of them have you played?

Included Games:
Flick Kick Football Legends - http://ppok.me/fl
Into the Dead - http://ppok.me/dr
Turbo FAST - http://ppok.me/tu
Giant Boulder of Death - http://ppok.me/gb
Halos Fun - http://ppok.me/wh
Flick Kick Field Goal 2014 - http://ppok.me/fg2
Super Monsters Ate My Condo - http://ppok.me/sm
Robot Unicorn Attack 2 - http://ppok.me/ua

Want to connect? Find us here:

Website http://www.pikpok.com
Twitter http://twitter.com/pikpokgames
Instagram http://www.instagram.com/pikpokofficial
Facebook http://facebook.com/pikpokgames

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