About Run An Empire

Run An Empire is a mobile game that takes place in the real world, where neighbours compete against each other to own the most territory. To capture the most land, players must literally run (or walk) around it more than their opponents. The idea was born from the studios collective passion for gaming of all types and borrows from classic board games like Risk and Go.

The studio was found by Ben and Sam in 2014 following running a design agency since 2012. We've put play at the heart of our studio culture and love inventing new, experimental and unique types of game. We foster a deep critical appreciation of culture and technology too, reflected in establishing our studio in an active digital maker space in Somerset House, central London.

As a studio we're striving to make a great product as well as foster the best possible working environment. We're looking for people who're also fuelled with a passion to make something special and have it recognised by thousands of players around the world. At Run An Empire we’re also excited about your personal development, everyone has a voice and all ideas are considered. If you’re up for the challenge, then join us.

Role Specific Detail: Server Side Developer (Ruby)

We're looking to hire an experienced ruby developer who is excited by the challenge of building a game with thousands of users playing around the world. You will be closely involved in decisions about the game, how the mechanic can be delivered most effectively and making recommendations on performance improvements across the full stack. Ideally you have:

• Experience working with mapping technologies such as PostGIS

• Experience building web APIs to interface with client side systems.

• The ability to prototype rapidly and iterate on new features

• Experience of building systems that have scaled to handle high load

• Excitement for building and playing games (we play a lot of games)

You will also be expected to:

• Produce clear, readable, well documented code

• Work within an agile team on weekly sprints

• Work closely with the client side team to ship product weekly

• Be responsible for making decisions about your working process


We are a product focused company, but we really believe in our team and it’s development. As such, working for Run An Empire makes you a fully paid up member of Makerversity, including access to digital and making tools, free events and lots of perks at Somerset House (Free ice skating anyone?).

As a studio we also believe in doing stuff together, like away days at speaker events and conferences, as well as informal fun stuff like board game nights (we’ve had a few D&D nights too), days out to immersive theatre performances and occasionally just going to the pub.

We offer a competitive package that matches industry standards and an EMI options scheme.