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What game companies hire remote programmers?

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In general, it's very difficult to find permanent positions that are remote. Fully telecommuting companies that I know of are Slightly Mad Studios (http://www.slightlymadstudios.com/careers.html) and Boomzap (http://www.boomzap.com/jobs/) both of which look like they're hiring at the moment.

 

I think that most telecommuting/partial telecommuting positions you'll find are going to be contract only, and typically people hiring contract coders are expecting a high level of experience, I don't know where contract coders go to find work. The other common route to telecommuting is to be on the inside somehow (e.g. after working in-house at a company for awhile, switching some or all of your hours to wfh for whatever reason).

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Yup, with contracting you mostly just need a data connection. As long as you get the contract complete and stay in contact with the producer in charge there is less expected. The contractor doesn't need to move their business to the office space, although they may need to visit occasionally.

 

But as an employee, time at the office is normally just part of the employment deal.  Quite a lot of corporate contracts require secure environments for their equipment and software, and your employer isn't likely to ask Nintendo or Sony or Microsoft to rewrite their contracts just so you can work in your pajamas.

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