Google video game system in development? May use youtube

23 April 2011
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A Google video game system? Could the Internet-giant be looking to get into the game business by leveraging it’s ownership of youtube?

Well all signs are pointing to yes according to a new job posting on Youtube.

Apparently, they are looking for a “Game Console Software Engineer” at their Youtube San Bruno, CA offices who would developer a next-generation Google videogame console!

To quote:

“The engineering team at YouTube (a Google company) serves billions of page views a day with a small group of clever, motivated and talented people. YouTube comprises more than 20% of the world’s http traffic and is the second most visited site in the world. We work together in small teams to design, develop, and roll out key features and products in very short time frames. Which means – something you write today could be seen by millions of viewers tomorrow.

The role: Game Console Software Engineer, YouTube
As part of our team you’ll be working as a Software Engineer developing the next generation game console. You will have an opportunity to try novel and unconventional ideas and launch frequent experiments to the YouTube user base. You will have a chance to get immediate feedback on user interface, human interaction design, and interest. You will be working with a variety of languages during the development process.”

Here is the list of responsibilities for the position:

  • Build the next generation game-console-based TV experience with You Tube video content.
  • Deliver a compelling lean back experience with monetization and e-commerce offerings (ie, pay-per-stream, ads).
  • Integrate and optimize with distribution channels and devices including all major game platforms.
  • Develop leading edge User Interfaces and delight users with innovative media rich solutions.
  • And here is a list of requirements for the position:

  • BS in Computer Science preferred (Master’s a plus)
  • At least 3 years of professional video game programming experience.
  • Experience with engine development on at least one major platform.
  • Deep technical knowledge of Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3 and/or Nintendo Wii.
  • Skills: C++, Java, Javascript, HTML, Python, ActionScript, Systems, UI Design and Implementation.
  • Credited on at least 1 published video game in a programmer role.
  • Note: Applications are sent to YouTube via Google.
  • Very, VERY interesting. It is always impossible to imagine another console manufacturer in the business before it happens, and right now I cannot imagine a Google videogame system. But that’s what I said before Microsoft broke into the industry, and the rest is history. But would there be enough retail space for a FOURTH videogame system? Although maybe everything would be sold digitally, and in reality it’d compete against the likes of OnLive. Then again, if there is any company that could afford to get into the games business, Google would be it. Outside of them and Apple, there aren’t very many other companies that could successfully pull it off. And I think Google is one of the few. Thanks to our reader Reteesh for the tip!

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