Lead Software Engineer, Gameplay

Engineering Irvine, CA


The World of Warcraft team is seeking a highly-skilled engineer to lead the Gameplay team.  It’s not lightly that Blizzard Entertainment counts “Gameplay First” among our core values that serve as critical guideposts to everything we make here.  A great, lasting game begins and ends with gameplay, and in this role, your challenge is clear: craft the game systems that make compelling gameplay possible.  This position is one of two leads on the Gameplay team.  Together, and with the support of one of WoW’s largest engineering teams, you will define the technical vision for World of Warcraft gameplay.

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 a deeply 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!


  • Manage, mentor, and evaluate a team of gameplay programmers
  • Work with production and other leads to manage the Gameplay schedule and backlog
  • Maintain familiarity with the game’s design
  • Serve as a sounding board for the technical design of gameplay systems
  • Maintain collaborative connections with Design, Art, Audio, QA, and the other engineering discipline teams
  • Serve as an active partner in the engineering team’s leadership group
  • Work with the team to define and maintain gameplay technical vision


  • Must currently hold a senior software engineer position or higher
  • Broad understanding of current World of Warcraft gameplay and systems
  • A minimum of 5 years of programming experience
  • Fluent in C++
  • Experience in the design and architecture of various game systems
  • Deep understanding of client/server architecture
  • Experience with code optimization
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills


  • Experience leading projects or teams
  • Experience working on MMOs
  • Degree in computer science or related field