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The minions of Hell are growing stronger...

We are looking for a passionate Lead Software Engineer, Online, who is excited to drive implementation of server technology at a global scale in service of amazing experiences for our players. If you have a passion for game development and want to participate in the future of Blizzard, we would love to hear from you! Our team values creativity, collaboration and a commitment to quality and we are searching for like-minded developers to add to our team of talented game makers.

You will help develop new systems and services for our game, coordinating across disciplines with designers and client engineers. In addition to having the usual technical chops, we want to hear from qualified engineers who have an absolute passion for gaming, programming, and finding simple solutions to complex problems. The ideal candidate should be excited by the idea of working closely with designers to create compelling and epic features that will keep players engaged for years.

We love engineering, geeking out over new technology and helping move the industry forward. Most importantly, we learn, grow, and ultimately enjoy success as a team, overcoming new challenges together.

This role is anticipated to be a hybrid work position, with some work on-site and some work-from-home. The potential home studio for this role is either Albany, NY, Irvine, CA or Austin, TX


  • Contribute to defining the project’s technical vision for the server infrastructure, collaborating within the project team and across multiple operations teams within Blizzard to ensure service requirements for the project are clearly defined and met.

  • Managerial responsibilities to include: one on ones, annual review process, reviewing peoples work, planning and team direction, establishing vision for your team, coaching and mentoring, assessing priorities and risks, meeting with engineering department managers.

  • Ensure the efficiency, maintainability, and scalability of the services and technology developed by the Online team.

  • Participate in driving the delivery of social and other multiplayer features

  • Act as a point of contact for cross-team server development, partnering with a central-service and platform team to define and execute on project requirements

  • Promote, contribute to, and participate in our culture of inclusion and diversity

  • You are going to work with production staff and other leads of the Diablo team to prioritize tasks and track development.

  • Ensure that your team adheres to established coding standards, development philosophies, and maintains efficient coding practices.

  • Serve as an active partner within the larger Diablo team leadership group.


  • Minimum of 1 year leading a small software engineering team

  • Strong programming skills in C++

  • A minimum of 5 years' programming experience with at least one shipped video game

  • Prior development experience in distributed systems and client/server architectures

  • Strong code review, interpersonal and communications skills

  • Experience working in a collaborative team environment and handling multiple projects simultaneously


  • Previous experience shipping and supporting a Live product at a global scale

  • Networking experience in TCP, UDP, and higher-level protocols

  • Expertise in Windows and Linux environments.

  • Experience with cloud/virtualization/containerization technologies and infrastructure

  • Expertise in relevant technologies such as SQL, Cassandra, Docker, Kubernetes, Pulsar, etc.

  • Familiar with security considerations (encryption, denial of service).

  • A degree in computer science, or a related field

  • Previous experience shipping video games on console platforms

  • Passion for video games

The videogame industry and therefore our business is fast-paced and will continue to evolve. As such, the duties and responsibilities of this role may be changed as directed by the Company at any time to promote and support our business and relationships with industry partners.

We love hearing from anyone who is enthusiastic about changing the games industry. Not sure you meet all qualifications? Let us decide! Research shows that women and members of other under-represented groups tend to not apply to jobs when they think they may not meet every qualification, when, in fact, they often do! We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage you to apply.

Accommodation Request: We are committed to working with and providing reasonable assistance to individuals with physical and mental disabilities. If you are a disabled individual requiring an accommodation to apply for an open position, please email your request to [email protected]. General employment questions cannot be accepted or processed here. Thank you for your interest.

Our World

At Blizzard Entertainment, we pour our hearts and souls into everything we create. Best known for iconic video game universes including Warcraft, Overwatch, Diablo, and StarCraft, we’ve been creating genre-defining games for millions of players around the world for more than 30 years. We’re on a quest: bring our dreams to life and craft the most epic entertainment experiences…ever. Hard work, iteration and polish go into the Blizzard “secret recipe,” but the most important ingredients come from talented people who share our vision. If that sounds like you, join us.

The videogame industry and therefore our business is fast-paced and will continue to evolve. As such, the duties and responsibilities of this role may be changed as directed by the Company at any time to promote and support our business and relationships with industry partners.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status, among other characteristics.


We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ - we’ve got our employees covered! Subject to eligibility requirements, the Company offers comprehensive benefits including:

  • Medical, dental, vision, health savings account or health reimbursement account, healthcare spending accounts, dependent care spending accounts, life and AD&D insurance, disability insurance;

  • 401(k) with Company match, tuition reimbursement, charitable donation matching;

  • Paid holidays and vacation, paid sick time, floating holidays, compassion and bereavement leaves, parental leave;

  • Mental health & wellbeing programs, fitness programs, free and discounted games, and a variety of other voluntary benefit programs like supplemental life & disability, legal service, ID protection, rental insurance, and others;

  • If the Company requires that you move geographic locations for the job, then you may also be eligible for relocation assistance.

Eligibility to participate in these benefits may vary for part time and temporary full-time employees and interns with the Company. You can learn more by visiting

In the U.S., the standard base pay range for this role is $121,500.00 - $224,880.00 Annual. This base pay range is for the U.S. and is not applicable to locations outside of the U.S. Actual amounts will vary depending on experience, performance and location. In addition to a competitive base pay, employees in this role may be eligible for incentive compensation. Incentive compensation is not guaranteed.