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Principal Software Engineer

Santa Monica, CA

The & Online Products organization is home to 300+ super-powered 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. 


The Identity team is responsible for the development of foundational account services used by all players on the web, in-game and on mobile. We build and maintainkey services such as login, signup, recovery and settings which see millions of players every day. It is our mission to deliver secure, stable and performant services coupled with intuitive and delightful interfaces for our players as they play our games and interact with the larger platform. 

This role is anticipated to be a hybrid work position, with some work on-site and some work-from-home. The potential home studio for this role is Irvine, CA. However, we understand each person’s circumstances may be unique and will work with you to explore other possible options, including remote work arrangements.


  • Contribute to the Identity team’s portfolio of services including, login, signup, recovery and settings  
  • Gather requirements, produce technical designs and deliver features spanning across both back and front-end applications 
  • Work closely with game development teams and immediate partners in design and product to deliver AAA quality features for our players 
  • Review code, write tests and respond to issues with our critical live service 


  • 10+ years of professional web software development experience 
  • Experience writing Java web applications using Spring Framework 
  • Experience writing HTML/CSS/JS 
  • Experience writing scalable non-blocking applications using asynchronous frameworks like Reactor 
  • Strong understanding of algorithms, data-structures and design patterns 


  • Experience securing web applications from common exploits (like XSS, CSRF and other injections) 
  • Experience writing modern front-end Javascript using frameworks like (React, Vue, Angular) 
  • Experience leveraging Oauth 2.0 for application authorization 
  • Experience using intermediary caches (like Redis) to optimize application performance 
  • Experience using Remote Procedure Calls between services and using binary message formats 
  • Experience using WebSocket for bidirectional communication between services 
  • Experience with Kubernetes and public cloud deployments (AWS, Azure) 


The video game industry and therefore our business is fast-paced and will continue to evolve. As such, the duties and responsibilities of this role may be changed as directed by the Company at any time to promote and support our business and relationships with industry partners.   


We love hearing from anyone who is enthusiastic about changing the games industry. Not sure you meet all the 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! 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 [email protected]. General employment questions cannot be accepted or processed here. Thank you for your interest.   


Our World    

At Blizzard Entertainment, we pour our hearts and souls into everything we create. Best known for iconic video game universes including Warcraft, Overwatch, Diablo, and StarCraft, we’ve been creating genre-defining games for millions of players around the world for more than 30 years. 

We’re on a quest: bring our dreams to life and craft the most epic entertainment experiences…ever. Hard work, iteration and polish go into the Blizzard “secret recipe,” but the most important ingredients come from talented people who share our vision. If that sounds like you, join us.   


The videogame industry and therefore our business is fast-paced and will continue to evolve. As such, the duties and responsibilities of this role may be changed as directed by the Company at any time to promote and support our business and relationships with industry partners.   


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status, among other characteristics. 



We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ - we’ve got our employees covered! Subject to eligibility requirements, the Company offers comprehensive benefits including:

  • Medical, dental, vision, health savings account or health reimbursement account, healthcare spending accounts, dependent care spending accounts, life and AD&D insurance, disability insurance;
  • 401(k) with Company match, tuition reimbursement, charitable donation matching;
  • Paid holidays and vacation, paid sick time, floating holidays, compassion and bereavement leaves, parental leave;
  • Mental health & wellbeing programs, fitness programs, free and discounted games, and a variety of other voluntary benefit programs like supplemental life & disability, legal service, ID protection, rental insurance, and others;
  • If the Company requires that you move geographic locations for the job, then you may also be eligible for relocation assistance.

Eligibility to participate in these benefits may vary for part time and temporary full-time employees and interns with the Company. You can learn more by visiting 

In the U.S., the standard base pay range for this role is $146,000.00 - $270,004.00 Annual. These values reflect the expected base pay range of new hires across all U.S. locations. Ultimately, your specific range and offer will be based on several factors, including relevant experience, performance, and work location.

Your Talent Professional can share this role’s range details for your local geography during the hiring process. In addition to a competitive base pay, employees in this role may be eligible for incentive compensation. Incentive compensation is not guaranteed.

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