Software Engineer II - Chat Foundations

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What Twitch is looking for in applicants

About Us

Launched in 2011, Twitch is a global community that comes together each day to create multiplayer entertainment: unique, live, unpredictable experiences created by the interactions of millions. We bring the joy of co-op to everything, from casual gaming to world-class esports to anime marathons, music, and art streams. Twitch also hosts TwitchCon, where we bring everyone together to celebrate, learn, and grow their personal interests and passions. We’re always live at Twitch. Stay up to date on all things Twitch on LinkedIn, Twitter and on our Blog.

About the Role

Does creating new products that help viewers to interact with broadcasters appeal to you? Are you interested in scaling one of the world's largest chat systems delivering up to 300 billion messages each day? If you have the desire to build scalable, fault-tolerant, low-latency communication systems, come join us!The Chat team is looking for a backend engineer to build and improve the tools (like Twitch Chat!) that users and broadcasters use to communicate on Twitch

This position can also be located in San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; or Remote USA

You Will:

  • Improve the Chat product for Twitch users
  • Add features to and maintain highly scalable backend systems
  • Lead code and design reviews
  • Lead project milestones where you coordinate and support other engineers
  • Collaborate with product, design, data, and other engineering roles

You Have:

  • Familiarity with data structures, algorithms, data modeling and schema design
  • Ability to apply quantitative reasoning and UX design principles to building applications
  • Experience improving service availability, resiliency and performance
  • 3+ years of experience building consumer-facing web applications at scale

Bonus Points

  • Hands-on experience building systems using Amazon Web Services
  • Experience writing Go in production ready systems
  • Experience working in a service-oriented or microservice architecture
  • Experience with large data stores (DynamoDB, HBase, Cassandra)


  • Medical, Dental, Vision & Disability Insurance
  • 401(k), Maternity & Parental Leave
  • Flexible PTO
  • Commuter Benefits
  • Amazon Employee Discount
  • Monthly Contribution & Discounts for Wellness Related Activities & Programs (e.g., gym memberships, off-site massages, etc.),
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Served Daily
  • Free Snacks & Beverages 

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at Twitch. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status, or other legally protected status.

Pursuant to the Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

The pay range for this position in Colorado and Connecticut is $ 120,000 - 160,000 yr; however, base pay offered may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. A sign-on bonus and restricted stock units may be provided as part of the compensation package, in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits, dependent on the position offered. This information is provided per the Colorado Equal Pay Act and CT House Bill Number 6380. Base pay information is based on market location. Applicants should apply via Twitch's internal or external careers site.

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