Lead Software Engineer

Irvine, CA

The Overwatch team is seeking a highly skilled engineer to serve as Lead Gameplay Engineer.

Soldiers, scientists, adventurers, oddities…engineers! We are the Overwatch team, passionate gamers at heart, and we’re looking for a new hero to help us make Overwatch 2 - the globe-spanning sequel to Blizzard Entertainment’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 planet’s governments and militaries prove quickly outmatched—and the remnants of the fearless strike force once known as Overwatch rally to make a valiant stand.

Now the world’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're looking for candidates that 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 “Gameplay First” and “Play Nice, Play Fair,” 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.

As a gameplay lead on the Overwatch team, you will be part of a talented and passionate team developing world class PvE and PvP gameplay experiences, unlocking the potential of our engineers, designers and artists to create compelling and exciting gameplay features that will keep players engaged for years to come. The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of the challenges involved with authoring game systems, be comfortable leading a team of engineers, and be able to collaborate closely with other disciplines.



  • Partner with our associate technical director to contribute to the technical direction for the gameplay team across all platforms.
  • Collaborate with the design team to achieve and extend the overall vision of the game.
  • Evaluate and upgrade the technical skills of engineers on the gameplay team.
  • Work with other leads and producers to establish game related tasks and schedules.
  • Understand and articulate the tradeoffs of technical choices in support of a live game.
  • Provide critical analysis of development practices with the goal of improving game quality, team efficiency, and fostering a positive working environment.


  • Previous leadership experience
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in AAA game development
  • Experience with code and data optimization
  • Fluency in C / C++
  • Strong programming skills and a proven ability to work with all departments to carry out the vision of the game
  • Experience in the design and architecture of game systems
  • Experience with developing multiplayer games
  • Self-motivated and self-directing, willing to pitch in on many areas of development
  • Must be comfortable working within (and extending) an established code framework
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Passion for video games


  • Computer science or related degree
  • Passion for technology
  • Experience with first person shooter game development
  • Experience developing for multiple platforms
  • AI and/or animation experience
  • Familiar with Blizzard games

**Irvine/southern California is preferred, but remote may be considered**

Blizzard Entertainment is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable law, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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.

Accommodation Request: We are committed to working with and providing reasonable assistance to individuals with physical and mental disabilities. If you are a disabled individual requiring an accommodation to apply for an open position, please email your request to talentacquisition@blizzard.com. General employment questions cannot be accepted or processed here. Thank you for your interest

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