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PlayStation Developing New Platform for Free-to-Play Mobile Titles

PlayStation Developing New Platform for Free-to-Play Mobile Titles - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 June 2024 / 2,806 Views

Sony is developing a new platform that will be focused on free-to-play mobile games, according to a new job listing for a Mobile Platform Architect at PlayStation Global spotted by TweakTown.

The new job will be part of PlayStation Studios Mobile, which is looking for an "experienced software engineer to design PlayStation’s platform for developing, publishing, and operating free-to-play mobile games.

"An individual in this role will spearhead the design and implementation of this platform; work in partnership with internal teams to connect mobile games to PlayStation services; and ensure that all mobile games meet PlayStation’s quality standards."

The responsibilities for the new role will be to "design the system architecture and backend services for the mobile games platform," "establish pipelines and processes to facilitate the delivery of high-quality software," and more.

Read details on the job listing below:

Mobile Platform Architect

at PlayStation Global, United States, Remote
 
Why PlayStation?
 
PlayStation isn’t just the Best Place to Play — it’s also the Best Place to Work. Today, we’re recognized as a global leader in entertainment producing The PlayStation family of products and services including PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®VR, PlayStation®Plus, acclaimed PlayStation software titles from PlayStation Studios, and more.
 
PlayStation also strives to create an inclusive environment that empowers employees and embraces diversity. We welcome and encourage everyone who has a passion and curiosity for innovation, technology, and play to explore our open positions and join our growing global team.
 
The PlayStation brand falls under Sony Interactive Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation.
 
PlayStation Studios Mobile is seeking an experienced software engineer to design PlayStation’s platform for developing, publishing, and operating free-to-play mobile games. An individual in this role will spearhead the design and implementation of this platform; work in partnership with internal teams to connect mobile games to PlayStation services; and ensure that all mobile games meet PlayStation’s quality standards.
Responsibilities
  • Design the system architecture and backend services for the mobile games platform
  • Measure and improve platform security, availability, throughput and cost efficiency
  • Provide technical leadership and guidance to the platform engineering team
  • Establish pipelines and processes to facilitate the delivery of high-quality software
  • Collaborate across teams to integrate the platform with internal services
  • Influence and contribute to the platform engineering roadmap
  • Clearly communicate end-to-end system behavior to platform users and stakeholders
  • Actively track technical innovations, changes, and trends affecting mobile game development
Desired Skills and Experience
  • 8+ years of professional experience in the mobile games industry
  • Experience as a technical leader in an enterprise setting
  • Skilled communicator with both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Expertise in software architecture, service design and distributed systems
  • Expertise operating backend services at scale
  • Experience designing APIs or related SDKs
  • Experience with infrastructure-as-code, containers and Kubernetes/EKS
  • Working knowledge of Unity or Unreal Engine
  • Working knowledge of emerging technologies affecting mobile game development
  • B.S. in Computer Science, or equivalent

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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13 Comments
JackHandy (on 22 May 2024)

I honestly didn't even know mobile games were still cool. Back in the Angry Birds, Temple Run, Flappy Bird era, that's almost all you heard from regular people. Mobile, mobile, mobile! Now, you never hear about them. I figured it was because it was just passe. But maybe not?

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DroidKnight JackHandy (on 22 May 2024)

Mobile gaming is the largest platform for gaming.

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JRPGfan JackHandy (on 22 May 2024)

We live in a echo chamber.... and play bigger pc/console games. However there is a gigantic casual market, that plays mobil games.

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JackHandy JRPGfan (on 23 May 2024)

I just never hear about it anymore. Like, no one is ever talking about it. Back in the day, you couldn't escape it. I mean, Angry Birds were literally everywhere. They had freakin' TOYS in STORES back then! TOYS! lol So I guess it's a little surprising to me to see that they're (mobile games) still so popular.

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 25 May 2024)

Ughhh the annoying mobile games but it is inevitable they are the majority

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Soonerman (on 22 May 2024)

The way Sony and MS are going it appears Nintendo will be the last and only way to find traditional gaming.

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VAMatt Soonerman (on 22 May 2024)

Nintendo likes money. They'll eventually throw more stuff at the mobile wall to see what sticks.

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Qwark VAMatt (on 23 May 2024)

Nintendo also likes the mobile gaming market and other exploits like movies, theme parks and mobile games. Just look at Mario Kart Tour the Mario Bros mobile game and Pokemon Go

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VAMatt Qwark (on 23 May 2024)

Yes. But, I think that their investments in Mobile have been very conservative so far. I don't expect that to continue forever (though they will probably keep being Nintendo, and proceeding cautiously).

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BraLoD (on 22 May 2024)

Meh, why have a dedicated device for it when smartphones are everywhere already?
Don't see it being a good ideia, unless Sony manages to make something that simulates the likes of Pokémon success (which is virtually impossible), people either won't care or will want it on their phones.

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CosmicSex BraLoD (on 22 May 2024)

This doesn't sound like a dedicated device. This sounds like a backend that supports PSN services in mobile titles.... or in other words a platform.

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BraLoD CosmicSex (on 23 May 2024)

Seems like I'm not getting it then, this platform would operate within PSN?
So... porting mobile games to PS5?
It also mentions "developing mobile games" that would... not be mobile on a Sony device? Just on smartphones?

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Imaginedvl BraLoD (on 22 May 2024)

It is a platform... Not a device..
And if you read the bullet point; it makes even more sense, it will be a platform (with backend services, dev. kits, etc...), not a new device.

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