Software Developer, Rules Engine

Date: Apr 4, 2018

Location: Renton, WA, US, 98057

Company: Hasbro

Requisition ID: 626

Job Category: WOTC - Game Development

Business Unit: Wizards of the Coast

Employee Group: 1 Employee



Wizards of the Coast, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc., and the world's largest publisher of adventure games, including Magic: The Gathering® Trading Card Game and Dungeons & Dragons® Roleplaying Games has an exciting opportunity for a Software Developer to join our MAGIC DIGITAL team.


If you’re the one who explains the rules in your board game group…
If you think about optimal path algorithms while going for a run…
If you like engineering, science, math, and golems…
We’d like to meet you!


We implement game mechanics and game-flow features for Magic: the Gathering Arena. In this role you’ll collaborate frequently with game designers and front-end developers to deliver a snappy and engaging digital experience, but with all the strategy of authentic Magic. Some problems you’d get to tackle include:

  • Improving algorithms for predictive mana payment, turn passing, and targeting.
  • Determining what game state and ability data to send to the front-end client.
  • Optimizing core rules to improve performance and consistency.
  • Implementing that super awesome upcoming creature. You know, the one with all the teeth.



  • Programming the comprehensive rules of Magic. All of them. There’s a lot.
  • Expanding the scope of our natural language parser to understand new card text.
  • Adding functionality and content to our automated testing framework.
  • Crafting tools to help your fellow developers, artists, designers, and pyromancers.
  • Gathering metrics and making performance improvements to our rules engine.
  • Investigating and fixing live bugs to support our game.
  • Code reviewing, brainstorming, and helping our organization grow.



  • 3+ years of object-oriented design experience.
  • 3+ years working with C++ and/or Python.
  • 3+ years designing and implementing gameplay systems.


Characteristics of the Ideal Wizard:

  • Has game development experience, and is passionate about games.
  • Revels in resolving technical problems.
  • Likes collaborating on feature implementation.
  • Is interested in parsers, compilers, and linguistics.
  • Enjoys digital card games and Magic: The Gathering.


Physical Requirements:

  • Office environment, able to work on computer or phone for long periods of time.


We are an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.


The above is intended to describe the general content of and the requirements for satisfactory performance in this position.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of the duties, responsibilities, or requirements of the position.

Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World's Best Play Experiences. From toys and games to television, movies, digital gaming and consumer products, Hasbro offers a variety of ways for audiences to experience its iconic brands, including NERF, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and MAGIC: THE GATHERING, as well as premier partner brands. Through Hasbro Studios and its film labels, Allspark Pictures and Allspark Animation, the Company is building its brands globally through great storytelling and content on all screens. Hasbro is committed to making the world a better place for children and their families through corporate social responsibility and philanthropy. Hasbro ranked No. 1 on the 2017 100 Best Corporate Citizens list by CR Magazine, and has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies® by Ethisphere Institute for the past six years. Learn more at, and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews) and Instagram (@Hasbro).

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