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Blizzard Entertainment

Senior Animation Engineer - Overwatch 2

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Blizzard Entertainment
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Irvine, CA

Soldiers, scientists, adventurers, odditiesโ€ฆengineers! We are the Overwatch team, passionate gamers at heart, and weโ€™re looking for a new hero to help us make Overwatch 2 - the globe-spanning sequel to Blizzard Entertainmentโ€™s acclaimed team-based game.

In Overwatch 2, the nations of Earth are under assault. As the omnic forces of Null Sector launch a barrage of surprise attacks around the world, the planetโ€™s governments and militaries prove quickly outmatchedโ€”and the remnants of the fearless strike force once known as Overwatch rally to make a valiant stand. Now the worldโ€™s heroes must each decide whether to answer the call to reemerge, reunite, and serve as a beacon of hope in a new era of crisis.

We are seeking a talented, motivated, and experienced Senior Animation Engineer who shares our values:

  • We take responsibility for delivering our work
  • We collaborate constantly, helping each other to be successful
  • We continuously improve our knowledge, workflows and processes
  • We communicate openly, calling out issues, opportunities, and sharing feedback
  • We have integrity, maintain confidentiality, and share a sense of ownership in our success
  • We have passion for the game, our players, quality work, and technology

This philosophy, along with the Blizzard values of โ€œGameplay Firstโ€ and โ€œPlay Nice, Play Fair,โ€ has made Overwatch one of Blizzard's most successful games, and it has forged a bond of trust with our worldwide player community that is extremely important to us.

Our ideal candidate has a passion for games and working with animators to bring characters to life.

Covid-19 Hiring Update: Weโ€™ve transitioned to a work-from-home model and weโ€™re continuing to interview and hire during this time. This role is expected to begin as a remote position. We understand each personโ€™s circumstances may be unique and will work with you to explore possible interim options.

Responsibilities

  • Build optimized, sustainable and maintainable technologies to help solve game driven animation problems
  • Implement tools and pipelines integrating with game systems for the rapid creation and iteration of animation content
  • Work closely with designers, artists, and other engineers to ensure a great player experience
  • Work with the animators and technical artists to support their needs and ensure a powerful and easy workflow
  • Advise and mentor programmers within your areas of expertise

Requirements

  • Extreme passion for playing and making video games
  • Advanced C++ programming skills
  • 5+ yearsโ€™ experience in game programming, including experience working on at least one AAA shipped title
  • Comfortable defining how animations are organized and played back in-game
  • Experience with engineering highly optimized networked animation and game systems
  • Experience with blend tree systems
  • Experience with low-level animation constructs: compression, blending, and posing
  • Strong experience with various data structures and algorithms
  • Strong mathematics skills including proficiency using trigonometry and linear algebra
  • Must be comfortable working within and adding to an established code framework
  • Self-motivated and self-directing
  • Effective communication skills with developers of all technical skill levels

Pluses

  • Multi-threading and optimization
  • Client-server game development
  • Game physics
  • Wide range of PC hardware and console platforms
  • Version control systems: Git, Perforce, or Subversion

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. Weโ€™ve worked hard to foster an intensely collaborative and creative environment, a diverse and inclusive employee culture, and training and opportunity 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 experiencesโ€ฆever. Join us!