Technical Director - Online Services (Apex Legends)

Electronic Arts
March 01, 2024
Offerd Salary:$178,100 - $271,700
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Technical Director - Online Services (Apex Legends) Multiple Locations: Los Angeles, CA, USA • Madison, WI, USA •

Vancouver, BC, Canada • Redwood City, CA, USA

Requisition Number: 179262

Can this position be remote?: Yes

We are a global team of creators, storytellers, technologists, experience originators, innovators and so much more. We believe amazing games and experiences start with teams as diverse as the players and communities we serve. At Electronic Arts, the only limit is your imagination.

Founded in 2010 by the original creators of the Call of Duty Franchise, Respawn was created with the philosophy that when accomplished people have creative freedom, they'll make extraordinary games that achieve the unexpected. From our roots as an indie studio to joining the roster of studios at Electronic Arts, this remains our guiding principle. We love what we do and want to share our passion with players worldwide. Our shipped titles include critically acclaimed multi-platform games Apex Legends, Titanfall, Titanfall 2, Star Wars™ Jedi: Fallen Order and Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond. Join us for the opportunity to create groundbreaking games with some of the best developer talent in the industry.

You can learn more about our studio and values at

Reporting to a Head of Engineering, You will:

  • Manage a team of Managers, Leads and Individual Contributors in the online / adjacent spaces.
  • Partner with the Game and Technical Leadership team to define and implement strategic goals and milestones, establish best practices, and promote the core development values of the engineering team on APEX Legends.
  • Work with production staff, Directors, and other Leads to scope tasks and input requirements.
  • Arbitrate technical decisions and roadmap priorities for Tech, using your technical expertise to draw out not only the WHAT, but the WHY for the roadmap.
  • Provide technical mentorship and guidance to the team.
  • Be a hands-on participant in architecture/design for our hardest technical challenges.
  • Review completed engineering deliverables before release.
  • Collaborate with broader team partners (design, production, and so on) to ensure that engineering interests and values are represented and maintained through the course of development, and that features are being developed on schedule.
  • Identify, manage, and drive to completion, risks and mitigations for tech on the project.
  • Perform research to acquire new knowledge necessary to perform assigned tasks and maintain the technological evolution of the project.
  • Establish a depth of knowledge of Respawn and EA's current game technology across Client, Server, and Backend.
  • You have:

  • 15+ years of professional experience in a software Engineering organization
  • 10+ years of professional experience as a software engineer.
  • 5+ years of experience leading a team of software engineers.
  • Shipped at least 2 AAA titles in large (100+ person) game teams.
  • Shipped at least 1 Live Service game with high scale (1M+) concurrency.
  • Experience with performance analysis and code optimization.
  • Experience collaborating with artists, designers, and other engineers.
  • Experience with technical architecture and design.
  • Experience with at least one major cloud infrastructure solution (one Amazon, Azure, Google.)
  • Expert in at least one of the following domains, and some experience with the other two:
  • Game client development.
  • Dedicated server (simulation server) development.
  • Backend Service development.
  • Bonus:

  • Experience with a first-person shooter.
  • Experience managing managers / leads.
  • Proficiency in C++, PHP, Lua

    The base salary ranges listed below are for the defined geographic market pay zones in these locations. If you reside outside of these locations, a recruiter will advise on the range and benefits for your specific location.

    EA has listed the base salary ranges it in good faith expects to pay applicants for this role in the locations listed, as of the time of this posting. Pay offered will be determined based on numerous relevant business and candidate factors including, for example, education, qualifications, certifications, experience, skills, geographic location, and business or organizational needs.


    • California (depending on location e.g. Los Angeles vs. Sacramento): º $178,100 - $271,700 USD Annually • New York (depending on location e.g. Manhattan vs. Buffalo): º $166,700 - $271,700 USD Annually • Jersey City, NJ : º $201,800 - $271,700 USD Annually • Colorado (depending on location e.g. Denver vs. Colorado Springs): º $166,700 - $227,900 USD Annually • Washington (depending on location e.g. Seattle vs. Spokane): º $166,700 - $258,200 USD Annually • British Columbia (depending on location e.g. Vancouver vs. Victoria): º $134,250 - $220,050 CAN Annually

    Base salary is just one part of the overall compensation at EA. In the US, we offer a package of benefits including paid time off (3 weeks per year to start), 80 hours per year of sick time, 16 paid company holidays per year, 10 weeks paid time off to bond with baby, medical/dental/vision insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, and 401(k) to regular full-time employees. Certain roles may also be eligible for bonus and equity. For British Columbia, we offer a package of benefits including vacation (3 weeks per year to start), 10 days per year of sick time, paid top-up to EI/QPIP benefits up to 100% of base salary when you welcome a new child (12 weeks for maternity, and 4 weeks for parental/adoption leave), extended health/dental/vision coverage, life insurance, disability insurance, retirement plan to regular full-time employees. Certain roles may also be eligible for bonus and equity.

    About Electronic Arts

    Everything we do is designed to inspire the world to play. Through our cutting-edge games, innovative services, and powerful technologies, we bring worlds with infinite possibilities to millions of players and fans around the globe.

    We're looking for collaborative and inclusive people with diverse perspectives who will enrich our culture and challenge us. We take a holistic approach with our benefits program, focusing on physical, emotional, financial, career, and community wellness to support our people through every chapter of life. We provide comprehensive benefit packages and support for a balanced life with paid time off and new parent leave, plus free games and so much more. Our goal is to provide a safe and respectful workplace that empowers you to thrive in both work and life.

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