More vacancies at Valve
Another pair of revealing job placements have been added to Valve’s Jobs page: a smack-talking DRM/Security opening, and an intriguing Web Applications position.
Senior Software Engineer, DRM/Security
Deliver the next generation of digital rights management, anti-piracy and anti-cheat solutions. Help solve some really hard and interesting problems to grow the digital game distribution business and keep the online gaming experience fair and fun for our customers. Numerous bad people all over the world will attack your code, this is your chance to prove you’re smarter than they are.
The DRM elements of Steam haven’t had any interesting developments for some time now. A quick scan-over of the usual places reveals four or five cracked clients running around that allow users to connect to standard Steam servers – but tellingly, not one of them can access servers running VAC. They must be having a great time. Reliable information on VAC itself is proving harder to come by, but going on the contents of the official forums it seems to be doing its job.
The position clearly suggests that the core authentication system is undergoing changes, undoubtedly being upgraded to its Steam 3.0 iteration. As we’ve seen, VAC helps, but the underlying authentication system doesn’t seem (going again on the crackers’ discussions) to have had any major updates for quite some time – VAC being something that merely ‘plugs in’ on top of it. I could always be wrong of course…
Senior Software Engineer, Web Applications
As a senior engineer in charge of web applications and tools, you’ll be part of an extremely motivated and experienced group of people. You will:
- Work as part of Valve’s core development team, adding web applications and components to our best-of-breed computer games and pioneering e-commerce platform.
- Regularly ship a variety of products from small internal tools to large-scale web applications used by millions of people per month.
- Directly and meaningfully impact the experience of those players & customers.
- Develop an understanding of Valve’s player community and contribute creative web-focused design solutions to improve the experience of using Valve’s products
- Improve internal visibility of various game-related and Steam-related data
- Follow-through from project inception through design to detailed completion
- Iterate on solutions based on internal and external (customer) feedback
- (further bullet points cut)
What could Valve want from a web application when they have Steam? Displaying data to those who don’t use it might be one answer, as could the republishing of data for inclusion in web pages, perhaps for server stats, personal stats (matchmaking?) or even something similar to the Xbox Live GamerCard. It should certainly be interesting to find out.