We Want You

A new world and a new journey await you. It is a world different from any other Blizzard has created.

If you’re a passionate game developer, and, well, a good human being, then we’d love to talk to you. We have a new AAA survival game in the works, set in a new IP for PC/Console. It’s going to be amazing, and we’d love to bring you along for the ride. Together, we’ll build something big, bold, and beautiful.

We are seeking a Principal Tools Engineer to help build development support and content creation tools to empower and supercharge the productivity of our development team. If you enjoy improving the day-to-day experience and workflows of your fellow workers or authoring solutions to get key game development tasks done in less mouse clicks and less time, read on!

We believe our team is good. Really good. Granted, we’re obviously biased. But we also believe there are lots of developers out there who can make us even better. You could be one of those people. If you’re looking for a team where inclusion, thoughtfulness, empathy, professionalism, and collaboration are all seen as critically important, we believe our team could be a phenomenal fit for you. Join us and help craft our future!

Location flexible:

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 Albany, NY, or Irvine, CA.

We need help with

  • Drive conversations with design, art, engineering, and audio to define tool workflows and feature sets.

  • Implement new tools and improve existing ones that meet the project’s needs.

  • Furthering the efficiency, maintainability, and scalability of the tools and technology developed by the team.

  • Educating and mentoring junior members of the engineering organization on best practices regarding software and tools development.

  • Advising leadership of opportunities and risks across tools development and the larger project.

  • Evaluating internal/external technology and tools with the goal of sourcing and integrating technology that meets project requirements and goals.

  • Authoring documentation and communicating best practices and technical constraints of the engine and tools stack to team members.

  • Partnering with technical leadership and senior engineers across the organization to promote cross-team shared code initiatives and open/internal source contributions.

  • Championing Blizzard’s core values.

What you are good at

  • Making tools for shipped AAA games

  • Writing tools that support multiple gaming platforms.

  • Building consensus across engineers as well as other disciplines regarding the vision and direction of large-scale tooling and workflow initiatives.

  • Writing fluent C++ code with advanced knowledge of both historical patterns and modern language features.

  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills.

  • Authoring tools and development workflows with a service-oriented attitude.

Extra awesome points for

  • B.S. (or higher) degree in Computer Science or equivalent.

  • Experience with Unity, Unreal, or other development engines.

  • Experience with performance analysis and code optimization.

  • Experience with Relational Databases (SQL) or Document stores (NoSQL).

  • Experience with modern source control systems, such as Subversion, Git, or Perforce.

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! At Activision Blizzard, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage you to apply.

Blizzard Entertainment is a global company committed to growing our employees along with the business. We offer generous benefits and perks with an eye on providing true work/life balance. We’ve worked hard to foster an intensely collaborative and creative environment, a diverse and inclusive employee culture, and training and opportunities for professional growth. Our people are everything. Our core values are real, and our mission has never changed. We are dedicated to creating the most epic entertainment experiences ever. Join us!


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 $146,000.00 - $270,004.00 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.