Building a Near Real-Time Pipeline for All Things Blizzard

With six massively successful game franchises, such as World of Warcraft and Overwatch, Blizzard Entertainment generates a ton of data. Harnessing this data quickly reduces response times for customer-impacting events, helps identify potential problems early, lets them know which game features are working best (or not the best...), and improves all around "time to insight" for any questions they may have throughout their business.

Jordan and Chris will share how they leverage Elasticsearch, Logstash, Kafka, Kibana, tribes, and Node.js to generate actionable value from gamer and server events. You will leave with an appreciation of how they push the limits of technology for the love of the game, and the player.

Chris Burkhart

Principal Technical Lead, Activision Blizzard

Chris Burkhart is a Principal Technical Lead on the data team at Blizzard, responsible for the core components of the Global Data Platform at Blizzard. The platform is leveraged for a wide array of uses; system & application monitoring, driving business intelligence decisions, and as a source of truth for various player facing features.

Jordan Irwin

Jordan Irwin is a Technical Lead in Engineering Systems at Blizzard Entertainment, helping build a massive data platform to support World of Warcraft, Overwatch, StarCraft, Diablo, Heroes of the Storm, and Hearthstone. He's spent years building various platforms that provide analytics to engineers and analysts to improve how games are built and the business operates. He has a MBA and BA of Computer Science from Louisiana State University.