Blizzard Entertainment is looking for a talented and experienced Principal Quest Designer for the World of Warcraft team. Principal Designers are multi-talented and experienced game designers with the ability to adapt to various forms of content or systems design. They can take responsibility for realizing our design philosophies in the form of epic, engaging content.
As a Principal Quest Designer, you will build and implement creative quest content and mentor members of a large and exciting design team on World of Warcraft. You will collaborate with a team of designers, engineers, artists, producers, and QA to carry quest design from initial pitch into final implementation, and be a champion of Blizzard's core values. We value diverse voices and varied backgrounds, and we're looking for individuals to help us build fun, compelling, and inclusive gameplay and experiences for World of Warcraft.
You will have proven experience in game design, an innate aptitude for critical thinking and analysis, outstanding communication skills, boundless creativity, and a longstanding passion for playing games.
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 Irvine, CA or Boston, MA.
Priorities can often change in a fast-paced environment like ours, so this role includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:
Help express the story of WoW via excellent exploration, gameplay, and activities.
Partner with your lead, peers, QA, and producers to plan, implement, document, and test content.
Mentor team members through creating and iterating designs, and on implementation best practices.
Scope out and push for process improvements that will support the Quest Design pipeline.
Collaborate with WoW’s other discipline teams to create a cohesive game experience.
Promote, contribute to, and participate in our culture of inclusion and diversity.
Knowledge & Skills
Portfolio demonstrating equivalent experience OR a minimum of 7 years of quest content or outdoor world repeatable content experience. You’ve been responsible for designing significant chunks of game content from concept to completion.
Passion for mentoring others through understanding their needs, advocating on their behalf, and providing support and guidance as required.
Excellent verbal and written communications skills when working with a wide variety of individuals and perspectives.
The ability to provide and receive feedback gracefully from multiple view points and provide guidance to teammates to make the best overall decision.
Passion for playing and making computer games.
Familiarity with World of Warcraft questing and outdoor content.
Experience as a developer of multiplayer content in an MMO or RPG environment.
Experience leading or managing others.
Lore experience with World of Warcraft characters and story.
Experience creating worlds, maps and stories in roleplaying games, either live action or pen and paper campaigns.
Knowledge of scripting languages such as Lua or Python or experience writing add-ons for WoW.
Cover Letters are strongly encouraged and should include:
Why you are interested in working at Blizzard
What you believe you can bring to the World of Warcraft quest team
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.
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.
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 https://www.benefitsforeveryworld.com/.
In the U.S., the standard base pay range for this role is $116,800.00 - $216,000.00 Annual. These values reflect the expected base pay range of new hires across all U.S. locations. Ultimately, your specific range and offer will be based on several factors, including relevant experience, performance, and work location. Your Talent Professional can share this role’s range details for your local geography during the hiring process. In addition to a competitive base pay, employees in this role may be eligible for incentive compensation. Incentive compensation is not guaranteed.