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Senior Software Engineer (C++) - Game Service
Irvine, CA

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Job Description

The & Online Products organization is home to 300+ superpowered engineers, program managers, and designers focused on the technology that powers Blizzard Entertainment's games. Whether you're playing one of our titles, chatting with friends, or just shopping online, B&OP ensures that our players are immersed in engaging, exciting, and secure experiences. Games Services (BGS) develops services and infrastructure that keeps millions of players online at a time worldwide, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. When you login, send a friend request, a whisper or a chat within one of our rich virtual worlds, alongside millions of other players, BGS is right there. When you use voice chat, check your profile statistics, or craft a new group, in service to our players we are the team that makes those things possible. From Overwatch to Hearthstone, StarCraft 2 to Diablo 3, World of Warcraft to Heroes, regardless of the game, time zone, or scale, BGS is ready to answer the call with effectiveness and professionalism, acting as the central pillar to supercharge all player engagement.


* Work with a small and talented team to develop scalable, highly performant platform services
* Implement new features and services to support the needs of multiple teams
* Oversee embedded and external teams, create relationships and assist with shared initiatives
* Participate in the ongoing effort to improve our platform infrastructure, with the goal of achieving ever-increasing service availability
* Perform research to acquire new knowledge necessary to perform tasks and maintain a process of technological evolution
* Develop unit and integration test code to validate service reliability
* Mentor and educate more junior engineers on the team


* A degree in computer science, or a related field
* A minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience
* Ability to work in a collaborative environment
* Excellent communication skills
* Advanced understanding of C++
* Prior development work on distributed systems and client/server architectures
* Strong data-structure, logic, and algorithm skills
* Knowledge of network and server security issues
* Experience with performance analysis and code optimization
* Experience with protocol and API design
* Database development experience (MySQL, Oracle, Cassandra, etc.)
* Self-motivated and able to break down complex tasks
* A desire to help make the service the best that it can be for our players


* Proficient in at least one scripting language such as Python
* Linux development experience (server applications, gdb debugging, etc.)
* Experience with cloud/virtualization/containerization technologies and infrastructure
* Enthusiastic about supporting a live service
* Familiarity with Blizzard Entertainment games and features, at least at a casual player level

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 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 experiences…ever. Join us!

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