Backend Server Engineer (PHP)

Engineering · Vancouver, British Columbia
Department Engineering
Employment Type Full Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

17 years ago, our founder decided to start a mobile game company called IUGO, which in Latin means “to connect”. His vision was boldly to do just that; connect people through mobile games. Today we are the longest standing mobile gaming company in Canada with a wide variety of games under our belts including The Walking Dead: Road to Survival, PvPets, Middle-earth: Shadow of War and many more. Our team is full of intelligent and passionate foodies, beer connoisseurs, thrill seekers, musicians, fitness fanatics, leaders, dreamers and of course - GAMERS! For pictures and more information about our space and culture, check out our Instagram and the career page on our website.

 We're after a backend development guru who can design and implement an API in their sleep and are able to translate complex game design requirements into highly functional server solutions.  As a Backend Server Engineer (PHP) at IUGO, you will be responsible for the development and maintenance of game features experienced by millions of players worldwide. 

The ideal candidate should be an expert in backend server development and experienced architecting robust and scalable systems to support large audiences. They should also be highly self-motivated and display exceptional problem solving skills. 

Please note, IUGO is open to filling this role with a remote candidate. We offer local, Canada-wide, and Global options for candidates. 


  • Design and develop robust and performant game server systems
  • Implement features for massive multiplayer mobile games using PHP and other languages
  • Develop server tools for game features and live operations
  • Collaborate with our dynamic and highly-driven game development teams


  • Proficient with PHP
  • Proficient with Object Oriented Programming
  • Proficient with relational database usage and configuration
  • Hardworking and highly self-motivated
  • Excellent communication skills and able to work in a team environment
  • BS/MS in Computer Science or qualifications in a related technical discipline
  • Experience with RESTful APIs or Event-Driven Architecture


  • Experience with Cloud Service Providers (AWS, GCP, Azure)
  • Experience with PHP Frameworks
  • Expertise in any major interpreted or compiled language.
  • Experience with NoSQL database systems
  • Experience with caching systems such as Memcache/Redis
  • Experience developing in a Linux environment
  • Experience with large scale distributed server infrastructure design and development
  • Networked games or Social games server development experience
  • Experience with performance profiling


  • 3 weeks paid vacation & 4 personal days per year (will earn up to an extra week)
  • Lifestyle subsidy for your favourite activities
  • Company parties, traditions & team building events
  • Transit subsidy 
  • Extended benefits package 
  • Monthly Lunch & Learns from internal and external speakers 

IUGO is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to building a diverse and equitable workplace, and inclusive environment for all existing and potential employees. Employment decisions are based on candidate qualifications and business need, not race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, political belief, religion, creed, marital or family status, medical condition, genetic information, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, prior criminal conviction or any other protected class in accordance with federal, state or provincial and local laws and ordinances. Accommodations will be provided as requested by candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

What Happens Next?

Our team reviews all applications, however, because we receive such high volumes of talent, we are only able to reach out to those who closely match our needs. If you are not contacted right away, don’t be discouraged as we will contact you should a suitable role open up. All candidate information collected will remain confidential, and will not be disclosed to anyone who is not involved in your hiring process. IUGO will keep all candidates information on file for up to 1 year.

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  • Location
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Department
  • Employment Type
    Full Time
  • Minimum Experience