Valve: Web Engineer – Back End

Posted by | January 5, 2012 | Web Pro Job Tips


Location: Seattle, Wa


Steam is one of the fastest growing multimedia digital
distribution platforms in the industry today. A rich web presence and
strong web backend are central to the architecture of Steam. The Steam
team is seeking senior level engineers who can help design, implement,
and ship new features on the web in addition to strengthening the
web-based architectural components of the platform.
As a part of our extremely motivated and experienced group of
people, you’ll work with Valve’s game and Steam development teams to add
exciting new web-based features to our best-of-breed computer games and
pioneering e-commerce platform.
  • Regularly ship a variety of products from small internal
    tools to large-scale web applications used by millions of visitors per
  • Directly and meaningfully impact the experience of those players and customers.
  • Develop an understanding of Valve’s player community and
    contribute creative web-focused design solutions to improve the
    experience of using Valve’s products.
  • Improve internal visibility of various game- and Steam-related data.
  • Follow through from project inception through design to detailed completion.
  • Iterate on solutions based on internal feedback, plus feedback from publishing partners and customers.
  • Drive the development of end-to-end data management solutions
    including database schema, database back-up and management, and
    performance tuning.
  • Participate in design process, gathering requirements with other engineers and designers
  • Create measurable success.
  • Create open and re-usable web application components.
  • Be self-directed and be able to prioritize your own workload.
Three or more years experience with many or all of these aspects of web-based software development:
  • Fluency with HTML and CSS
  • Expert level programming skills with experience with PHP or
    another common web programming language such as Java, Python, Ruby, or
  • Experience with C++/C is also desirable, though not required
  • Experience scaling out large websites and debugging performance issues in large scale production environments
  • Database development experience with at least one of the following: Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, or Oracle
  • Web API design experience with JSON and/or XML
  • Experience with presentation technologies like AJAX, or similar

To apply:

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