Expert Software Engineer

Nov 09, 2022
Vancouver, Canada
... Not specified
... Intermediate
Full time
... Office work


Job Description:

Want to be responsible for the awesome gaming experience of hundreds of millions of players? How about building a scalable platform that enables key revenue-driving and player engagement features in world-renowned games?

We're looking for an Expert Software Engineer to join up with the development team in Vancouver that designs, builds, runs, and evolves our game progression, rewards, and player engagement services platforms for the Call of Duty franchise and other popular Activision titles.

This role is part of the Game Services department, which is responsible for delivering core capabilities in the Demonware online platform and developing new online services and features to support the future of the online gaming market. The development is geared towards low-latency and large-scale distributed systems that can handle millions of concurrently connected users. This role will have a large impact on the online and multiplayer experience for AAA multiplayer games, including Call of Duty.

In this role, you will:   

  • Design and build highly-scalable services using open-source technologies to deliver key progression, rewards, monetization, and social game features.

  • Demonstrate a customer-focused mindset, keeping the success of our game studio partners and an excellent player experience front and center at all times.

  • Be a contributing member of the worldwide Demonware software development community. 

  • Build innovative and scalable services.

  • Be an essential part of a full-service, cross-disciplinary software development team, participating in all stages of the development process: technical design, prototyping, peer reviews, testing, production deployment, and sustainment.

  • Investigate and resolve problems at scale for our mission-critical services, contribute to root cause analysis efforts and help the team implement fixes and apply what we’ve learned to prevent recurring issues.

  • Share comprehensive design feedback in the development of new services and service architecture, both with your own team members and with other teams across the company.

  • Build long-term working relationships with Senior Online Engineers, Technical Directors, and Producers across Activision’s game studios.

  • Influence our software development community and strengthen the culture of service ownership at Demonware. 

  • Engage in mentoring more junior team members to level up this mindset in other engineers.  

About you:  

  • 6+ years relevant work experience

  • Expertise in designing and building software for services platforms

  • Excellence in writing and reviewing code, preferably in Python

  • Experience with load testing and performance optimization best practices

  • Experience building applications that use MySQL, Cassandra, and/or Redis

  • Experience with test-driven development and automated testing frameworks

  • Experience delivering within Scrum/Agile development methodologies

  • Experience working in a business-critical production environment

  • Passion for investigating, analyzing and solving challenging technical problems through collaborations with other engineers

Bonus Points:  

  • Experience implementing robust service orchestration

  • Experience working with high-volume, consumer-facing applications

  • Experience working with VMs, Linux containers, Docker, and Kubernetes

  • Experience working in game economy or social networks

  • Instincts for an investigative approach and a curiosity to apply new technologies

  • Flexibility and adaptability to changing situations and requirements

  • Ownership of initiatives from inception through deployment and sustainment

  • Excellence in proactive, open-minded collaboration across teams

What Demonware Offers:  

Relocation Support, generous paid vacation, RRSP matching program and top-tier medical, dental and life insurance coverage for you and your dependents and perks.   

About us:  

Demonware is an independently-run part of Activision Blizzard. We run every part of the players’ online experience, from logging in to matchmaking to climbing the leaderboards, for popular video game franchises such as Call of Duty, Tony Hawk Pro Skater, Crash Bandicoot and Skylanders.  

The work we do together every day impacts almost half a billion players around the world. We solve big company challenges with a small company feel. We are technology-driven with a culture of openness. This means collaborating to solve interesting challenges, enjoying the freedom to talk to anyone, and always feeling respected. We take the work seriously; ourselves, not so much. 

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 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 

General employment questions cannot be accepted or processed here. Thank you for your interest.          

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! We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage you to apply.                                                               

This role is anticipated to be assigned to work on-site at an Activision Blizzard office.  However, we understand each person’s circumstances may be unique and will work with you to explore possible interim options.”

About Activision Blizzard Media

Activision Blizzard Media is the gateway for brands to the #1 cross-platform gaming company in the western world, with hundreds of millions of players across over 190 countries. Our legendary portfolio includes iconic mobile game franchises such as Candy Crush™, esports opportunities like the Call of Duty® and Overwatch® Leagues, and some of the top PC and console gaming franchises such as World of Warcraft®, Call of Duty®, and StarCraft®. 

The idea is simple: great game experiences offer great marketing experiences. We have built a new team to introduce innovative, impactful, and rewarding advertising experiences to our huge audience of highly-engaged players. We are looking for new talents to help take our emergent media offering to the next level.

We need all sorts of heroes

Making games is fun. Especially when you do it with people who share the same idea of what makes a good workplace, great. We design games for everyone, no matter where they are or who they are, and we employ all sorts of people from all kinds of backgrounds to bring them to life. Truth is, we simply can’t expect diversity in our players and originality in our games without first nurturing it in our people. 

Ready to play? 

Come join our world and work alongside some of the best and brightest minds in the business.

All applications should be made in English.

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