Dovetail Games

Bringing you news and career opportunities from Dovetail Games, the award-winning developer and publisher of Train Simulator, Dovetail Games Euro Fishing, and DTG Flight School, and TSW.

2017 is shaping up to be a very exciting year, from the release of Train Sim World: CSX Heavy Haul in March to the recently published pre-order announcement of Euro Fishing to be released on PS4 in April 2017, which will be joining the already existing release on Xbox.

We have room to grow across our studios in Kent and Stirling in roles including programming, art, production, marketing & QA - all with the vision to become the No. 1 Simulation Entertainment Company in the World.

At Dovetail Games we are passionate about building beautiful worlds that empower players with the freedom to unleash their creativity, and live out their dreams. As a team we are proud of who we are, and the entertainment we aim to deliver to our customers, we work hard to build an environment that people can feel passionate about. Using cutting edge technology such as Unreal Engine 4, exploring virtual reality experiences and building our games across multiple platforms, you'll get the opportunity to do some of the best work of your career at Dovetail Games. We are growing fast, and currently employ more than 130 passionate & creative individuals across two UK sites, Kent (HQ), and Stirling.

Dovetail Games Chatham, UK
19 Apr, 2018
Full time
Assistant Technical Designer Job LocationsUK-Kent-Chatham   Job ID   2018-1195   Department   Train Sim World Overview At Dovetail Games we are passionate about empowering our people to build beautiful worlds and create breath-taking games.  We are growing fast, developing our games using cutting edge technology and across multiple platforms, and we have big ambitions to become the Number 1 Simulation Entertainment Company in the World.     To help achieve this ambition, we are looking to recruit an Assistant Technical Designer to work on our Unreal Engine 4 simulations. You will work closely alongside the Design and Production team to help develop and support content for our Train Simulation titles. The successful candidate will have great technical abilities, knowledge of the UE4 editor and excellent attention to detail.   This is a 1 year fixed-term position. Responsibilities Assist in the research and planning of Design content for different Routes in Production Use reference tools and documentation to ensure authentically accurate rail experiences Assist in the creation, integration and testing of Scenarios and Tutorials for different Locos and Rolling Stock on Routes in Production. Critically review designs and tools functionality at each stage of development to improve processes Working as part of a team to resolve design and gameplay issues as they emerge during development Create suitable documentation for internal and external audiences Assist with testing and bug-fixing where necessary Person Specifications Knowledge and practical use of UE4 and UE4 Blueprints Experience of working in the games industry beneficial Must be a creative but practical problem solver Must be resourceful, self-motivated and organised About Dovetail Games We are committed to promoting equal opportunities and diversity, and all applicants will be considered on their merit, qualifications, competence and talent regardless of any protected characteristics. Recently announced in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 Winners of the KEiBA 2015 Technology Business of the Year Developing games across multiple platforms using cutting edge technology 23 days holiday + 8 days statutory holiday, increasing with service Excellent work-life balance Pension scheme Childcare vouchers Eye-care vouchers Free parking Regular social and sporting activities
Dovetail Games Stirling, UK
19 Apr, 2018
Full time
QA Sign Off Tester Job LocationsUK-Stirling   Job ID   2018-1192   Department   QA & Localisation Overview Role: QA Sign-Off Tester Team: Quality Assurance Location: Stirling, UK   At Dovetail Games we are passionate about empowering our people to build beautiful worlds, create breath-taking games and do the best work of their career.   We are growing fast, developing our games using cutting edge technology and across multiple platforms, and we have big ambitions to become the Number 1 Simulation Entertainment Company in the World.   To help achieve this ambition, we are looking to build a team of Quality Assurance Testers at our office in Stirling. Reporting into the QA Manager, you will play our games, look for bugs, feedback accurate QA findings to our internal development studios and update our bug database to maintain an accurate record.     Responsibilities Test software to the defined standard across all current Dovetail gaming platforms following methodical quality assurance processes and test scripts. Document test results using standard industry software providing professional, clear, accurate and complete bug descriptions. Provide feedback to avoid repeated mistakes, contributing to the refinement and improvement of testing procedures and test plans. Work with development teams to rectify errors, providing game-play and game-balance feedback. Work with other team members to coordinate test coverage and avoid duplicated effort, assisting on the training of new team members when required. Person Specifications Minimum Maths, English & ICT Standard grade, GCSE or equivalent Understanding the role of quality assurance and principles of software/game testing Keen gamer with the ability to familiarise with game-play elements rapidly Strong organisational and time keeping skills Good problem solving/analytical skills, strong attention to detail Ability to fluently communicate in a European language (particularly French, German, Russian) is beneficial but not essential Knowledge or prior experience of bug reporting software/systems is beneficial About Dovetail Games Recently announced in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 Developing games across multiple platforms using cutting edge technology 31 days off per year Excellent work-life balance Pension scheme Childcare vouchers Eye-care vouchers Free parking Regular social and sporting activities We are committed to promoting equal opportunities and diversity, and all applicants will be considered on their merit, qualifications, competence and talent regardless of any protected characteristics
Dovetail Games Chatham, UK
19 Apr, 2018
Full time
Technical Product Owner Job LocationsUK   Job ID   2018-1191   Department   Dovetail Live Overview At Dovetail Games we are passionate about empowering our people to build beautiful worlds, create breath taking games and do the best work of their career. We are growing fast, developing our games using cutting edge technology and across multiple platforms, and we have big ambitions to become the Number 1 Simulation Entertainment Company in the World. To help achieve this ambition, we have launched ‘Dovetail Live’ – a community hub operating to deliver long term value and insights into the company and its franchises via: A website allowing full community hub experiences and apt content, with features that reach in and out of our range of simulator games. The building of engaging loyalty programmes, alongside deep analytical understanding underpinning our game franchises Integration with our digital store and CRM to grow and evolve the Dovetail Live service We are now looking to recruit a Technical Product Owner who will manage the Dovetail Live team and deliver web and in-game features that will grow our community and customer experiences as part of loyalty and engagement programmes. Responsibilities Responsibilities : Setting and delivering the implementation of new feature releases for Dovetail Live, our loyalty and engagement platform Managing multidisciplinary teams including frontend and backend web developers, data analytics and web QA Maintaining an up-to-date roadmap for implementation of key features of the Dovetail Live Scoping work for external teams to quote and deliver from – with strong understanding of working with external development games teams and web contractors/agencies Determining (with collaborative input from brand and game development teams) the critical features and telemetry that will shape customer experience of Dovetail Live Ensuring that clear and consistent data control standards, APIs, UI/brand design templates, etc. are available and confirmed Work with game development teams to harness content opportunities, entitlement systems and surface those in a meaningful way via Dovetail Live, both in and out of game Be aware of platform-owner (in particular, Microsoft, Sony and Valve) policies and requirements for protection of customer data Ensure Dovetail Live meets appropriate security, scalability and availability targets and compiles with relevant legislation such as GDPR and COPPA   Person Specifications What we look for in you: Experience of working with and managing teams that use: React, Google Web Platforms, Jira, SSO, CRM tools and e-commerce stores Ability to set up systems and procedures, create and monitor KPIs, constantly critique and report on success and failure Previous hands-on experience of technical development using React and backend services and deployment technologies Strong project management credentials, with experience using MS Project, Trello, JIRA etc and utilising both agile and waterfall methodologies Understand the technical infrastructure of online platforms, web technologies and cloud hosting Familiar with data architecture, analytics and reporting tools Experience working with multi-disciplinary teams such as game developers, web designers, brand & marketing functions, including external teams and contractors Familiarity with Steam, Xbox, PlayStation from a technical or consumer perspective is hugely beneficial About Dovetail Games Why work for us?   Recently announced in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 31 days off per year (including bank holidays), increasing with service Excellent work-life balance Pension scheme Childcare vouchers Eye-care vouchers Free parking Regular social and sporting activities We are committed to promoting equal opportunities and diversity, and all applicants will be considered on their merit, qualifications, competence and talent regardless of any protected characteristics
Dovetail Games Chatham, UK
19 Apr, 2018
Full time
Graduate Software Engineer Job LocationsUK-Kent-Chatham   Job ID   2018-1187   Department   Studio Aviation Overview Role: Graduate Programmer Team: Flight Sim World Location: Chatham, UK   At Dovetail Games we are passionate about empowering our people to build beautiful worlds, create breath-taking games and do the best work of their career.   We are growing fast, developing our games using cutting edge technology and across multiple platforms, and we have big ambitions to become the Number 1 Simulation Entertainment Company in the World. To help achieve this ambition, we are looking for a Graduate Programmer, who will join the engineering team to help develop the core of Flight Sim World. Reporting into the Lead Programmer. You will primarily be coding in C++ and working with our engine based on the Microsoft Flight Simulator technology. This is a generalist role and you will be working on various components of the engine such as aircraft, airports, runways, air traffic control and much more. An interest in aviation is an advantage but not essential. Responsibilities Developing gameplay features through all stages of production Perform R&D to improve current systems Debug and fix issues raised Working both individually and as part of a team on various features Optimising and maintaining existing code base Person Specifications A good degree in Computer Science, Mathematics or equivalent Passion and aptitude for practical game and simulation system development Excellent C++ programming skills Excellent team work, but also a good self-motivator Proficiency in Maths / 3D Algebra is highly desirable A methodical approach to code analysis and debugging About Dovetail Games 23 days holiday + 8 days statutory holiday Excellent work-life balance Pension scheme Childcare vouchers Eye-care vouchers Free parking Regular social and sporting activities We are committed to promoting equal opportunities and diversity, and all applicants will be considered on their merit, qualifications, competence and talent regardless of any protected characteristics. 
Dovetail Games Chatham, UK
19 Apr, 2018
Full time
Build/Tools Engineer Job LocationsUK-Kent-Chatham   Job ID   2017-1178   Department   Studio Central Overview Role: Build / Tools Engineer Team: UE4 Game Teams Location: Historic Dockyard, Chatham, UK   At Dovetail Games we are passionate about empowering our people to build beautiful worlds, create breath-taking games and do the best work of their career.   We are growing fast, developing our games using cutting edge technology and across multiple platforms, and we have big ambitions to become the Number 1 Simulation Entertainment Company in the World. To help achieve this ambition, we are seeking a qualified Build/Tools Engineer who will report into the Technical Director. The successful candidate will assist in the design, implementation and continuing support of cross platform build systems, continuous integration build systems, profiling tools, patching systems and packaging systems across multiple branched environments. Responsibilities Works with the game technology leads to design and define development infrastructure Responsible for the development, maintenance and iteration of build and deployment systems Responsible for automated testing and reporting systems Test and refine code and systems throughout the development cycle of the project Assist in the planning and estimation of work on their backlog Provide insight to anticipate technical/workflow issues and provide solutions A demonstrable willingness to develop software engineering process and game production skills Person Specifications Expertise in cross platform build systems in Linux and Windows Knowledge of multiple branched environments Knowledge in Unreal Engine 4 build process a benefit Expertise in one or more scripting languages (Python, Lua, Java, Bash) Strong interpersonal skills and problem solving ability Great communicator and team player A passion to deliver quality simulation software About Dovetail Games Recently announced in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 Winners of the KEiBA 2015 Technology Business of the Year Developing games across multiple platforms using cutting edge technology 23 days holiday + 8 days statutory holiday Excellent work-life balance Pension scheme Childcare vouchers Eye-care vouchers Free parking Regular social and sporting activities We are committed to promoting equal opportunities and diversity, and all applicants will be considered on their merit, qualifications, competence and talent regardless of any protected characteristics. However, we are currently unable to employ anyone who does not have the legal right to live and work in the UK. 
Dovetail Games Chatham, UK
19 Apr, 2018
Full time
Speculative Application Job LocationsUK-Kent-Chatham | UK-Stirling   Job ID   2015-1061   Department   Studio Central Overview At Dovetail Games we are passionate about empowering our people to build beautiful worlds, create breath-taking games and do the best work of their career.   We are growing fast, developing our games using cutting edge technology such as Unreal Engine 4® and across multiple platforms, and we have big ambitions to become the Number 1 Simulation Entertainment Company in the World. Responsibilities In 2017 we will be hiring Programmers, Artists, Producers, Project Managers, QA and a range of other technical roles at all levels to deliver the next generation of train, fishing and flight simulation to hundreds of thousands of passionate fans across the world. We are also building an exciting team to explore how virtual reality can be used with our games. Person Specifications We are currently finalising the exact hire plan for next year, but if you are interested in joining our passionate, creative and talented team, we would love to hear from you in the meantime. About Dovetail Games Why work for us?   - Using cutting edge technology such as Unreal Engine 4® and Virtual Reality - Recently announced in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 - Winners of the KEiBA 2015 Technology Business of the Year - Developing games across multiple platforms - Excellent work-life balance, with very little crunch in comparison to the game industry standard - Free parking - Regular social and sporting activities   We are committed to promoting equal opportunities and diversity, and all applicants will be considered on their merit, qualifications, competence and talent regardless of any protected characteristics. However, we are currently unable to employ anyone who does not have the legal right to live and work in the UK.