Sr. Core Engineer

    • Vancouver, Canada

Job Title:Sr. Core Engineer
Requisition ID:R002350
Job Description:Job Title: Sr. Core Engineer
Reporting To: Sr. Technical Director, Central Tech
Department: Central Tech

Your Platform

Activision Central Tech works to support our development studios and their titles. Comprised of seven main teams, we have many specialties including big data, privacy and security, motion capture and animation pipeline technologies, graphics, build and infrastructure for studio development and data centers, optimization, systems programming and online services including matchmaking and networking. Central Tech is distributed globally with offices across the U.S., and in Canada, England, Ireland and Japan.

Most of our teams are comprised of both engineering and research talent, allowing us to always have an eye on the future. Our talented engineers help with title development and provide valuable knowledge sharing between studios while our researchers are action-oriented and keep a strong connection with the needs of the game studios.

Central Tech is part of Activision. To learn more about us and our research, please visit us at

Your Mission

Activision is seeking a Senior Core Engineer to join the Activision Central Technology group. This is a unique position that will see you working aside some of the most forward-looking technologists in the industry in order to advance the state of the art in games.

As a Senior Core Engineer you will architect, refactor, optimize and maintain a variety of game, tool and low-level systems. A core generalist will be flexible and comfortable jumping into a variety of disciplines including: pipelines, tools, memory management, rendering, performance and more. The Senior Core Engineer will be working hand-in-hand with other engineers spread across the world, and content creators across a variety of disciplines. Qualified candidates need to be self-starters, able to operate in a highly dynamic environment.

This is a great opportunity for someone who has a solid technical background, a passion for the gaming industry and enjoys working with talented engineering teams.


Priorities can often change in a fast-paced environment like ours, so this role includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:

  • Architect, refactor, optimize and maintain game, pipeline, tool and low-level engine systems.
  • Design, write, debug, optimize and refine core systems, features, and infrastructure as needed.
  • Contribute extensively to the sharing of core systems and technology across all of Activision's studios.
  • Embrace multi-platform development from PlayStation, Xbox, PC to Mobile.

Player Profile
  • 5-8+ years programming experience.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in and knowledge of C/C++, data structures, performance, and multi-threaded programming techniques.
  • An ability to operate within a large, constantly-evolving C++ codebase.
  • Experience working on multi-platform software projects.
  • Ability to research, analyze and optimize code to meet performance requirements.
  • Contributed extensively to the development of two or more shipped games, PC, Console or Mobile.
  • Experience working on core engine systems and tools.
  • Proficient with 3D math including linear algebra (vector math, matrices).
  • Ability to quickly understand and work with internal and externally developed code.
  • Some familiarity with modern real-time rendering APIs and architecture is a bonus.
  • Bachelors of Science in Computer Science or related field, or equivalent experience.

Our World

Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), is one of the world's largest and most successful interactive entertainment companies and is at the intersection of media, technology and entertainment. We are home to some of the most beloved entertainment franchises including Call of Duty®, World of Warcraft®, Overwatch®, Diablo®, Candy Crush™ and Bubble Witch™. Our combined entertainment network delights hundreds of millions of monthly active users in 196 countries, making us the largest gaming network on the planet!

Our ability to build immersive and innovate worlds is only enhanced by diverse teams working in an inclusive environment. We aspire to have a culture where everyone can thrive in order to connect and engage the world through epic entertainment. We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for 'Every World' - we've got our employees covered!

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.

Activision 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.

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