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Leszek Godlewski

Hello! I'm a software engineer with a background in the game development industry. My field of interest is rendering and core technology. Or, in other words, making pretty pixels fast.

I take pride in professionalism, dedication to making informed decisions based on data, and proper engineering for the rest of the team to rely on.

Stockholm, Sweden
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Rendering Engineer

April 2018 – present

Development and maintenance of rendering systems.


  • TBA

Engine Programmer

Starbreeze Studios
May 2017 – April 2018

Somewhat accidentally ended up in ownership of engine stability.


  • OVERKILL's The Walking Dead (coming 2018)
  • Project Crossfire (TBC)

Lead Programmer

Flying Wild Hog Cracow
Dec 2015 – May 2017

Herding the code hogs at the Kraków branch of the company. Engine/renderer programming on most days; mentoring and recruiting on others.


  • TBA

Engine Programmer

The Astronauts
Nov 2014 – Dec 2015

Adjusting, hacking and profiling the Unreal Engine 4 rendering pipeline to hit performance targets, and to the needs and wants of our artists. Miscellaneous engine-side work as well.


  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (2015) for PS4/Win (Redux version)/VR

Porting Programmer

Nordic Games, Freelance
Sep 2013 – Nov 2014

At Nordic: One-man “internal tech team”, as company PR once dubbed me. Linux ports and other generalist programming.

Previously: A freelancer in the Linux porting business. Contracted by The Farm 51 and Nordic Games for different projects.


  • Darksiders port for Linux/Mac (Nordic Games)
  • Deadfall Adventures port for Linux (The Farm 51)
  • Painkiller Hell & Damnation port for Linux (The Farm 51)

Generalist Programmer

The Farm 51
Mar 2010 – Aug 2013

All-round programmer. Started in gameplay, then took on shaders, tech & middlewares; turned a critical bug squasher. Unreal Engine 3 used throughout.


  • Deadfall Adventures (2013) for Win/X360
  • Painkiller Hell & Damnation (2012) for Win/X360/PS3/Linux
  • Alien Fear (2010; cancelled) for Win/X360/PS3

Selected Skills

  • Low-level, high-performance programming & debugging
  • Rendering techniques
  • Core game engine technology programming
  • Console platform programming (PS4 & Xbox One)


Master of Computer Science

Silesian University of Technology
Feb 2013 – Sep 2014

Majoring in Interactive 3D Graphics. Thesis subject: Parallelization of Existing Game Logic Code (impl. 2 techniques in the Quake III codebase).

Bachelor of Computer Science

Silesian University of Technology
Oct 2009 – Jan 2013

Majoring in Computer Graphics and Software. Thesis subject: High-Performance Particle Effect System (modular, retargetable back-ends, sample back-end for JIT x86/64 assembly).


The Vanishing of Milliseconds

Optimizing the UE4 renderer for Ethan Carter VR
Blog post

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, with its rich visuals and a graphics workload somewhat uncommon for Unreal Engine 4, has been a difficult case for attaining VR perf targets. This is a story of scraping off frame render time, microsecond by microsecond.

Advanced Linux Game Programming

GDC Europe 2014

Ever since the advent of SteamOS, interest in game development for Linux has seen an increase. This lecture aims to address some more advanced issues encountered by programmers on this platform, beyond the very basic Linux setup, and drawing from over a year and two and a half games of experience in the subject. The areas discussed will be:

One year of porting

Post mortem of two Linux/SteamOS launches
Digital Dragons 2014

2013 was the year in which Linux finally got the attention of game developers; it was also the year in which my first two Linux/SteamOS ports were released. This talk will cover the learnings of one year of porting work from a programmer's point of view: DOs and DON'Ts and issues both expected and unexpected.