Experienced DevOps Engineer

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Demonware creates and provides the online services behind hugely popular video game franchises such as Call of Duty and Skylanders. We do matchmaking, microtransactions, and data analytics for almost half a billion users. Demonware has offices in Dublin, Ireland; Vancouver, Canada; and Shanghai, China, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc.

We have an opening in our Vancouver office for an experienced devops engineer with a strong working knowledge of building, deploying and operating services at scale, to join the DEPCON team in our Platform department.

The DEPCON team is responsible for developing and maintaining tools and platform services that our engineers rely on to deploy and operate reliable, scalable online gaming services both in our data centers as well as in the cloud.

In this role you will contribute to the evolution and operation at scale of Bonzai!, our managed Kubernetes solution.



The responsibilities of this role will include:
  • Evolving, scaling, productizing and supporting Bonzai! to enable multiple critical Demonware services serving millions of concurrent online users.
  • Leading and/or actively participating in key infrastructure integration projects involving multiple teams.
  • Evaluating, integrating and contributing to relevant open source projects.
  • Load testing, troubleshooting and debugging, often in collaboration with various internal teams.
  • Performing root cause analyses and proposing and/or implementing appropriate engineering solutions to prevent or mitigate recurring incidents.
  • Active participation in design and code reviews.
  • Participation in a best-effort on-call support rotation.

  • These are some of the qualities we look for in an ideal candidate:
  • A degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or equivalent.
  • 5+ years relevant experience, preferably in high-volume and/or critical production service environments.
  • Demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communication within and between teams.
  • Strong programming skills, preferably in Golang, and an insatiable desire to automate all the things.
  • Experience developing and deploying large scale distributed systems in public or private cloud (hundreds to thousands of instances).
  • Experience with containers and container orchestration technologies, and in particular Kubernetes, in a production environment.
  • Experience contributing to and participating in the open source community, in particular CNCF (Cloud Native Computing Foundation) and related projects.
  • Solid understanding of fundamental technologies, e.g. TCP/IP, Linux/Unix internals.
  • Proven ability to take initiative for continuous improvement.
  • A passion for delighting internal customers.

  • If you enjoy working with very smart people on complex problems, building upon industry-leading technology, Demonware is the place for you. We are a team of exceptionally passionate people that, despite its small size, is able to accomplish a lot; we do this by making sure every individual plays a major role at Demonware. We look forward to hearing from you.

    What Demonware Offers:
  • An excellent salary, with annual performance reviews and discretionary bonuses
  • 5 weeks of vacation, standard
  • Pension matching and contributions
  • Top-tier medical, dental, and life insurance coverage
  • Flexible working practices, based on the belief that the quality of your work is not dependent on the number of hours sitting behind a desk
  • A culture that emphasizes continual learning and improvement, with opportunities for career progression, travel, and a commitment to open source

  • Demonware by the numbers:
  • 469+ million gamers
  • 3.2+ million concurrent online gamers
  • 100+ games
  • 300,000 + API calls per hour
  • Average query response time of <.03 second
  • 70,000 requests per second at peak
  • 135,000+ metrics a second