Backend Engineer, Data Platform

Palo Alto, CA | Data Platform

Job Description

The Data Platform Engineer is a key member of the Data Platform team at Machine Zone and will report into our Director of Engineering.  You should be well-versed in PHP or Python (or Java); be able to build/optimize complex queries in an efficient manner (mySQL knowledge required). You will be responsible for building a real-time data platform.  Your work on the system will support and optimize games played by millions of global players! 


  • Help build the real-time data platform to support all of Machine Zone's games
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with business users, DBAs, and application engineers
  • Responsible for working with large data sets to track the activity and performance of the games
  • Implementing reporting & dashboard systems as well as systems for ad-hoc analysis of game performance & deep-dive analysis


  • 5+ years of experience in web technologies, web services, REST
  • M.S. in Information Technology, Computer Science, or related discipline
  • Degree from top-tier institution preferred
  • Expert knowledge in PHP, Python, or JavaScript
  • C, C++ experience preferred
  • Expert knowledge in MySQL, and able to build and optimize complex queries efficiently
  • Prior experience working closely with team members to implement database designs, and generate and monitor regular reports
  • Must have the ability to multi-task and work effectively in a fast-paced, highly data-driven and changing environment
  • Familiarity with free2play games is a big plus 
  • erlang experience a plus
  • xmpp experience a plus
  • experience building rules engine a plus

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Top Reasons to Join Us:

  • Be part of the most innovative mobile gaming company with phenomenal growth opportunities
  • Competitive compensation package, bonus initiative plans, 401K, full health benefits, ST/LT insurance and unlimited vacation
  • Located in downtown Palo Alto near all the restaurants, bars, and cafes
  • Food, snacks, drinks, and lunches/dinners with founders
  • Monthly events (offsite mixers, game nights, ice cream socials, etc.), group lunches, holiday party, ping pong table, video games… and more!

About Us:

Based in Palo Alto, Calif., Machine Zone, Inc. (formerly known as Addmired, Inc.) is focused on creating the most engaging free-to-play mobile social games in the world. Launched in 2008 with Y Combinator, Machine Zone has seen explosive annual growth with its highly successful free-to-play games, including Game of War: Fire Age, iMob 2, Original Gangstaz, Global War, Race or Die 2, among others. To date, the company has well over 40 million downloads of their iPhone games and is the recipient of the 2010 Crunchies Award (Techcrunch) for Best Bootstrapped Startup. Machine Zone operates profitably and has raised two rounds of funding from Anthos Capital, Baseline Ventures and Menlo Ventures.

We are a unique, highly talented and ambitious team of free-to-play game experts and rock-star engineers, all focused on building highly engaging mobile experiences for our gamers.  We continue to expand our teams and look for top talent around the world to build not only the most exciting technical and social projects in mobile gaming, but to help create the best gaming company.  Come and be part of the revolution!


Machine Zone does not accept unsolicited agency resumes.  Please do not forward unsolicited agency resumes to our website, employees or Human Resources.  Machine Zone will not pay fees for unsolicited agency resumes and will not be responsible for any agency fees associated with unsolicited resumes. Unsolicited resumes received will be considered property of Machine Zone and will be processed accordingly without fee.

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