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Company Name:
Blizzard Entertainment
San Francisco , California
United States
Job Type:
Position type:
Full Time
Experience Level:
Mid-Senior Level
Bachelor's Degree

Lead Software Engineer, Java (San Francisco)

[WANTED: JAVA THE HUTT] The most feared Lead Software Engineer in the galaxy, Java is wanted for gangster programming skills, veteran leadership, and battle-tested experience. From Blizzard's San Francisco outpost, Java will lead an elite Battle.net web team to provide an entire universe of fans with high performance online experiences. Whereabouts currently unknown, although given the history of passion for server-side and scalable server architecture, Death Star ties possible. Java should be considered armed and extremely talented. All teams recruit with deadly intent. No disintegration!


So, what will you be doing? As the lead software engineer, you’ll be doing exactly that - leading a team of talented engineers – to help develop scalable and high performance web sites and core platform services.  This role focuses on server-side engineering and architecture, while interfacing with front-end engineering and related design teams to push the boundaries of interactivity, integration, and quality that Blizzard products are known for. Take a look below at the requirements to get a better sense of what we’re after; if you’ve got a decade of strong experience and your passion for the discipline burns as bright as ever, we’d love to hear from you.


What can we tell you about our team? Well, here on Battle.net web we handle Alexa™ top-ranked sites like Blizzard.com and Battle.net that attract millions of passionate fans every week.  Our forums, blogs, character profiles, leaderboards, item databases, etc., get millions of views each day.  Our account and payment infrastructure handles millions of transactions for the StarCraft, Diablo, and World of Warcraft franchises, for multiple regions around the globe.  We work with every other department within Blizzard to deliver a new level of engagement for our global audience. We truly love our work, and we’re constantly challenging ourselves to elevate our game with each new project. And we also like to have a lot of fun…we are in Austin, after all, how could we not?


  • Expert Java programming skills
  • A minimum of 10 years’ professional programming experience
  • Strong understanding of scalable and high-performance server architecture
  • Strong security knowledge
  • RDBMS development experience (MySQL, Oracle)
  • Excellent communication skills and strong leadership experience
  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, or equivalent experience
  • Passion for technology and video games


  • Strong understanding of Linux / UNIX servers
  • Knowledge of SOAP and RESTful web services
  • UML diagramming experience (class, sequence)

Required Application Materials

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter which should include:
  • Why you are interested in working at Blizzard
  • What games you are currently playing

**Only submittals with Cover Letters will be considered.