If You Build It, They Will Hire; HackerRank Launches New Way for Gaming Companies to Find and Hire Great Talent, Because Technical Recruiting is Still Playing in the Atari 8-Bit Era
Innovative recruiting platform unveils new game developer challenges to bring a smoother hiring process for game companies like Riot Games and Pocket Gems while still being fun for developers
HackerRank, the platform used by programmers to hone their skills and by companies to recruit great tech talent, is announcing that it has launched the best way to help game companies source and hire top-tier talent, through innovative new challenges on their site directly related to game companies. HackerRank solves the problems of identifying the right hires and objectively measuring software engineering skill of game developers, making talent--irrespective of schooling, gender or location--what truly counts.
The games industry has always relied on software engineers, but in recent years the competition for developer talent has intensified as mobile game revenues have hit huge levels, and other industries have begun hiring from the same talent pool. A recent report by Yoh found that game developers are being courted by companies across a diverse range of industries, from television broadcasters to colleges to banking. The report also found that software engineers knowledgeable in iOS, Android, HTML5 and Ruby on Rails are in the highest demand, as are essential for making casual, social and mobile video games.
To combat this fierce fight for talent, companies like Riot Games and Pocket Gems are using HackerRank to tap into a deep pool of normally overlooked talent -- people who don’t have the prestigious university or glamorous past work experience to turn heads -- and finding great hires. Not only does HackerRank find the diamonds in the rough, but it equips companies with tools that are finally up to the job at hand.Amongst the benefits HackerRank offers for gaming companies are:
- An inbound recruiting system that brings candidates to game companies en masse and administers specially designed challenges relevant to real-world game-development problems, specifically in the areas of C, C++, C#, Java and Python.
- Language agnostic tests that let interdependent game development teams share results and best practices.
- A coding platform that makes communication -- an essential part of being a good game developer -- during interviews natural and easy, all while collaboratively coding on a shared screen.
And now, HackerRank is launching custom-built challenges, like the AI Bot challenge, so the entire game industry can evaluate candidate’s relevant game development skills in a way that is both effective and fun. These challenges can be posted directly to a company’s website, which not only creates a recruitment meritocracy by letting any interested candidate demonstrate their coding skills, but the fact that the games are fun also draws developers who are merely looking for a challenge. This opens up the developer talent pool enormously, and allows companies to find quality candidates that might not have applied otherwise.
“The games industry is booming today, especially with the rise in popularity in mobile games over the past few years -- which has seen hiring growth even during the recession. Backend mobile engineers are in extremely high demand, so companies are tapping into the same pool of developer talent across the board,” said HackerRank co-founder Vivek Ravisankar. “We help feed this demand by bringing to light all the talented developers out there who are overlooked. We democratize tech recruiting by giving them a chance to show their true skill and compete for great jobs.”
About HackerRankHackerRank is a Palo Alto based social platform for developers, where hackers of all skill levels can test their skills with fun games, challenges, and competitions. HackerRank, founded in July of 2012, is a graduate of Y Combinator and was co-founded by Vivek Ravisankar and Harishankaran Karunanidhi .
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