Riot Games

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Riot Games – Why Work For Us?

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We aspire to be the most player-focused game company in the world. Riot Games was established in 2006 by a couple of entrepreneurial gamers who believe player-focused game development can result in awesome games. In 2009, we released our debut title, League of Legends, to critical and player acclaim. Over 67 million play every month.

We know players form the foundation of our community and it’s for them that we continue to evolve and improve the League of Legends experience.

WHERE WE PLAY

Riot Games’ HQ is based in sunny Santa Monica, California, but we’ve got 12 offices across the globe. Our international teams ensure that player experiences aren’t lost in translation - no matter your latitude and longitude, you’re still a Rioter.

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We work in a collaborative, fast-paced and learning-rich environment with a veteran development team anchored by accomplished leaders in engineering, design, art, publishing and more. We don't believe in micro-management - Rioters have lots of room to manage themselves, and teams of Rioters operate with tons of freedom to unleash their creativity.

Let’s be real about the pace of life at Riot. Rioters work hard. That’s because constantly delighting and earning player trust is hard work. And it’s also because Riot’s an unabashed meritocracy -- where professional competence, quality of craft, and ultimate delivery of extraordinary results matter a great deal. Rewards and recognition are allocated based on performance, not seniority, likability, or anything else.

So we work hard. But not stupid hard. Healthy professional careers are built sustainably. Crushing it for a month or a quarter and then burning out isn’t healthy. We expect everyone at Riot to establish a high-performance pace that they can comfortably sustain for years. And we expect Rioters to take advantage of our open PTO policy (see “Our Benefits” section) to relax, recharge, and reinvigorate .

Riot's a global company – in addition to the Santa Monica headquarters (located just minutes from the beach), we've got outposts in St. Louis, Dublin, Seoul, São Paulo, Istanbul, Moscow, Sydney, Taipei, New York, Cologne, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

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Our goal is to become the most player-focused company in the world. With this mission in mind, we develop high-quality games and services enjoyed by tens of millions of players around the world.

To help ensure that every hire is truly onboard and aligned with our mission to serve players, we rigorously screen every candidate not just for skill and experience but also for cultural fit. To this end, we also offer new hires cash to quit -- because we want everyone here to be really bought in to our mission and values.

We also take play seriously. For us, it’s never "just a game." We play lots of games, especially our own. Everyone’s first day at Riot begins with a play test. We try to make it a daily habit. Although we’re serious professionals, we don’t take ourselves too seriously. Whether it’s memes in presentations, squirt guns at Show & Tell, or the PC Bangs built into the heart of new offices, we make time for play and fun.

At our core, we're a group of passionate people who embrace new challenges, thrive in finding smart, out-of-the-box solutions, sometimes lose things , and love League of Legends and this industry. If this sounds like a team you'd like to be a part of, check out our job openings in Santa MonicaSt. LouisDublinSeoulSão PauloIstanbulMoscowSydneyTaipeiNew YorkCologneHong Kong and Tokyo.

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As we focus on creating the best player experiences, we also strive to create a place where Rioters will thrive. Here are a few of the benefits for Rioters in Santa Monica:

THE BASICS

  • Highly competitive salary
  • Choice between four subsidized HMO and PPO medical insurance plans
  • Subsidized vision insurance plan
  • PPO dental insurance plan
  • Benefits coverage for domestic partners
  • Matching 401k
  • Short term and long term disability insurance
  • Life insurance (free basic life insurance, plus voluntary life insurance)
  • Subsidized on-campus gym

PERKS BEYOND THE NORM

  • Open PTO
  • Flexible hours
  • Subsidized dinners
  • All-company “Show and Tells”, "Taste the Riot" fairs and "Thunderdome" hackathons (infused with adult beverages)
  • Annual all-company outings (past trips included the Dominican Republic, Las Vegas and cruise to Mexico)
  • On-site PC Bang
  • Annual Riot Play Fund
  • Optional daily League of Legends play tests
  • Free cereal, fresh fruit, snacks, tea and fresh ground coffee; sodas and ice cream novelties for a quarter
  • Ongoing education and training through Riot U
  • Top-of-the-line computers and peripherals
  • Weekly visits from certified masseuses
  • Company events like early screenings of The Avengers and The Hobbit
  • Submit your champion ideas directly to the dudes and dudettes who make 'em real
  • Riot Games and League of Legends apparel and promotional items
  • Aeron chairs

It's Riot Games, Inc., policy to provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and members of the Riot team. Riot doesn't unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap, veteran status, marital status, or any other category protected by applicable federal and state law. Riot also makes reasonable accommodations for handicapped and disabled Rioters.

We're stoked to share our plan for the 2015 internship program launching on September 2. We realized in previous years that our later deadlines might've missed a group of skilled tech, art, and grad students who needed to nail down their internships earlier in the academic year. So this year we’re accommodating for those programs with earlier deadlines for a few teams. Stay tuned to this page - we'll share more when we open applications on September 2.

In the meantime, if you're an ambitious undergrad or grad student who shares our passion for games (especially League of Legends) and are eager to get into scrapes with challenging work, think about spending your summer with us.

Read this page to get informed and to see the list of teams that are hosting interns this summer. Each hosting team will supply its interns with meaty projects, honest mentorship and lots of opportunities to get to know Riot Games overall. Interns will playtest new champions and features, gain first-hand experience serving on the front lines of player support, attend leadership seminars and industry education via Riot U, and enjoy events with the rest of Riot including Show and Tell, Riot Rumble, LoL skills training and early new movie screenings.

Check out Riot's internship page for more info about Summer 2015 NA internships, deets on the application process and answers to frequently asked questions - this'll help you prepare for this year's application period.

If you're a student in Europe, you can find details about internships at Riot Dublin here.

HOW TO APPLY:

Every application must include a cover letter, your resume, your summoner name and level. In your application pitch, share why you’re interested in Riot, what you want to learn and what we can learn from you. Help us understand why you're right for the internship you're interested in by sharing what you've done that's truly above and beyond. For example, if you're an artist, slay us with your killer portfolio. If you're an engineer, show us code you wrote from that project that got you the A+. If you see Game Design in your future, maybe a carefully crafted, well-argued analysis of a current League of Legends design challenge is the way to our hearts. There are 99 ways to impress us, but an average pitch ain't one. Most internships also have a team-specific assessment, so be sure you complete these as well. Last year, we received more than 5,500 applications for 39 internship spots, so make sure yours stands out.

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    I have been working at Riot Games as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    The culture here is Fantastic, awesome group of Rioters to work with and for. The work/life is great for work and family they take in consideration of your SO(sufficient other). Pto is satisfying if you need to take time off no problem.

    Cons

    One of my challenges is trying to become a Red badge which is full time, right now i'm Blue badge(Contractor). The leadership is good could be better,

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    I think Management should be mindful of the Contractors before bringing in outside New hires, because we have already proved ourselves that we can do the job as opposed to someone coming in and have to prove themselves.

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Riot Games Interviews

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    I applied online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at Riot Games.

    Interview Details

    This was a very long process. I went through 7 phone interviews before I was invited on-site. There was some confusion as to what role was best suited for me since I had a wide array of skills. The interview process seems very unstructured and each interviewer sort of "wings it" and asks what they want. None of the phone interviews are particularly challenging but the interviewers put a lot of emphasis on what you intuitively know.

    The on-site interview is a mix of behavioral and technical. The technical questions weren't very difficult and the interviewers simply want to get a handle on what you've done previously and if the experience is translatable. The main focus is a "pitch" you have to do for two Directors at Riot. You will be given little guidance and simply told to pitch a product vision and how you would execute upon that vision. They seem to be in a phase where their preference is for seasoned veterans in the gaming industry and if you're coming from a different industry, it would behoove you to do some additional research. There are no bonus points given for asking the right questions. Also, I would advise against pitching anything too specific because it will open you up to conflicts with their internal initiatives. If possible, try and learn what these are before you go on-site. Finally, get a good sense of what their staffing is like in terms of engineering capabilities and personnel allocation. You will be asked specifically what sort of team you will need. Looking back, I would have asked previous interviewers these types of questions in the Q&A.

    My biggest mistake was picking a product idea that did not mesh with current initiatives, was mired in technical detail (due to the nature of the product), and not having a detailed plan (because I came in with too many questions about how Riot prioritizes, what other projects are in pipeline, internal metrics of the problem, resource allocation, etc.).

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Riot Games Awards & Accolades

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100 Best PC Games of All Time (League of Legends), PC Gamer, 2012
Update of the Year (League of Legends), PC Gamer, 2012
Game of the Year: MOBA (League of Legends), GameSpy, 2011
Free Game of the Year (League of Legends), PC Gamer UK, 2011
15 Best PC Games (League of Legends), GamePro, 2011
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Additional Info

Website www.riotgames.com
Headquarters Santa Monica, CA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 2006
Type Company - Private
Industry Media
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year

We were established in 2006 by a couple of entrepreneurial gamers who believe player-focused game development can result in awesome games. In 2009, we released our debut title, League of Legends, to critical and player acclaim. Over 67 million play every month. We know players form the foundation of our community and it’s for them that we continue to evolve and improve the... More

Mission: Riot aspires to be the most player-focused company in the world.

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