Mark Thompson
Cambridge, United Kingdom

A passionate and driven problem solver with a thirst for knowledge, always looking to develop myself in all areas of web, server and software development. Having started in 3D and graphic design, I have found my passion and natural skill lies in programming and logical problem solving, with a keen eye for detail. With over eleven years of commercial experience developing and maintaining web-based systems for corporate, eCommerce and high-demand gaming and content driven websites, game APIs and in-game realtime communication systems. I moved to a server development job in the games industry for Frontier Developments 5 years ago in Cambridge, where I am now designing, developing and supporting the on-going development and improvement of key back-end services and APIs for Online game development and integration with other third party services such as XBox Live and Playstation. Using Amazon Web Services to implement high-demand scalable applications ready for online gaming needs. Specialities include (but are not limited to): PHP (including Symfony, Slim and Code Ignitor frameworks), MySQL, Aurora, Dynamo, Amazon Web Systems, High-Demand Web API development, Data driven Typescript App Development, Onling Authentication Integration, Online Payment Integration, Html, CSS, eCommerce Websites.

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Splash Damage
May 2022 - Apr 2024 (1 year 11 months)
Senior Backend Engineer
Part of the in-house backend server team helping to design, size and develop solutions for our backend apis and services for our upcoming games catalogue. Taking the opportunity to learn a new language in GO and try some new things.
go postgresql proto sqlc json rest api agile gitlab jira
Frontier Developments
7 years 3 months
Senior Server Developer
Apr 2021 - Mar 2022 (11 months)
Continuing my role as part of the back-end Web and Server Development team supporting our online services and web APIs for various game development projects, integration with third party systems and features to create rich and engaging experiences for our users.
php symfony mysql typescript mongodb dynamodb aws amazon ec2 amazon s3 jira gitlab agile scrum unit testing database design
Server Developer
Dec 2014 - Apr 2021 (6 years 4 months)
Part of the back-end Web and Server Development team supporting our online services and web API for various game development projects.
php symfony mysql typescript mongodb dynamodb aws amazon ec2 amazon s3 jira slim
Arena Airsoft
Aug 2009 - Aug 2012 (3 years)
Technical Director
Helped plan and start the company, developed an automated online booking system to track and book in attendees of airsoft events. Designed, developed and maintained the website for the company.

Key Areas:
- Development and maintenance of website booking system built on a MySQL database.
- Facebook and other social media set up, management and integration with website.
- Helped build and develop internal layout of the arena during it’s operation.
- Technical specialist for airsoft gun modification, maintenance and repairs.
- Management of events and money taking during operational hours.
database MySQL php css html5 adobe photoshop ajax rest api mysql

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Transformers: Reactivate
May 2022 - Jan 2023
Splash Damage
Part of the backend team supporting the gameplay and feature teams developing Splash Damages new Transformers Franchise game.
GoLang postgresql Protobuf project planning agile
Twitch Drops Integration
Jan 2020 - Dec 2021
Frontier Developments
Development of the PHP API to integrate and manage Twitch Drops including capturing VHS Data, defining the requirements for drops and rewarding drops to viewers.
Re-Development and adjustment of the PHP API to integrate with Twitch Drops V2.
Addition of Twitch drops Beta key distribution feature for one of our 3PP titles, Lemnis Gate.
Planet Zoo: Franchise mode
Dec 2018 - Mar 2022
Frontier Developments
Part of a small team producing the Online Server component of Franchise Mode as part of the larger Planet Zoo game.

Including (but not limited to) back end systems work on:
- Storage and handling of Franchise, Zoo, Animal and player data.
- Animal Genome Generation.
- Animal Market Seeding.
- Animal Trading.
- Animal Breeding.
- Animal Genealogy.

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Grimsby Institute of HE and FE
Diploma in HE, Digital media production, Multimedia pathway
Jan 2007 - Jan 2009
Franklin College (UK)
Jan 2004 - Jan 2007

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