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Technical Lead Principal I

Irvine, CA

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Technical Lead Principal I

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Blizzard Entertainment has an opening for a talented and enthusiastic Technical Lead to join our Game Services Core technologies team!

The Game Services group develops the software, services and infrastructure that keeps millions of players online simultaneously 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 simultaneously, GS is right there. When you use voice chat, check your profile statistics, or create 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, GS is ready to answer the call with effectiveness and professionalism, acting as the central pillar to supercharge all player engagement.


  • Lead and manage a talented team to develop technology to facilitate the authoring of scalable, highly performant platform services
  • Lead the ongoing effort to improve our platform infrastructure, with the goal of achieving ever increasing service availability
  • Manage and improve the processes and tools by which Game Service builds, validates, and deploys services to development and production environments
  • Work with the Program Management staff and other engineering leads of the Game Service group to prioritize tasks and track development progress within the Core technologies team
  • Ensure that that the Core technologies team adheres to established coding standards, development philosophies, and maintains efficient coding practices
  • Coordinate with internal and external development teams, create relationships and assist with shared initiatives
  • Perform research to acquire new knowledge necessary to perform assigned tasks and maintain a process of technological evolution
  • Oversee the operational picture of deployed services including operational documentation and service health monitoring
  • Manage, support, and guide the careers of a varied workforce of development, automation, and operations engineers
  • Serve as an active partner within the larger Game Service leadership group


  • A minimum of 7 years of relevant work experience
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment
  • Excellent communication skills and experience in managing engineers
  • 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 schema development experience (MySQL, Oracle, Cassandra, etc.)
  • Self-motivated and able to break down complex tasks


  • Previous technical leadership experience
  • GCP/AWS or other public cloud experience
  • Linux development experience (server applications, gdb debugging, etc.)
  • Experience with cloud/virtualization/containerization technologies and infrastructure
  • Experience with Kubernetes
  • Experience supporting a live service.
  • Enthusiastic about supporting a live service
  • A passion for both video games, and technology

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