Mission: Riot aspires to be the most player-focused company in the world.
Best Places to Work: 2016 (#18)
We pull back the curtain on the Riot Rumble, and two teams destined to clash in an epic showdown, because whatever else they are, they’re definitely (not) rivals.
Take an inside look at the (often intense) Rumble competition, where Rioters battle it out on the Rift for fun, pride, and a sweet jacket.
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 Los Angeles, California, but we’ve got 17 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.
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 Los Angeles headquarters (located just minutes from the beach), we've got outposts in Berlin, Brighton, Dublin, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Mexico City, Moscow, New York, St. Louis, Santiago, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Taipei, and Tokyo.
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 Los Angeles, Berlin, Brighton, Mexico City, Dublin, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Moscow, New York, St. Louis, São Paulo, Seoul, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo, and Santiago.
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 Los Angeles:
PERKS BEYOND THE NORM
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, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, 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.
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 next summer with us. Look for info on remaining open intern positions and our 2016 Internship Program here.
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, enjoy events with the rest of Riot including Riot Rumble, League skills training, and early new movie screenings. Riot interns also receive housing for the summer.
I have been working at Riot Games full-time (More than 3 years)
- Tons of driven people from other tech, gaming, and other industries.
- Able to work on projects that impact hundreds of millions of players.
- Fantastic perks from free lunch and dinner every weekday, coffee and smoothie bars, and gaming lounges.
- Lots of growth opportunities, room for advancement across the organization.
- Riot is growing extremely rapidly, and ensuring that all new hires are aligned to our culture is becoming more difficult.
- Not as open as other tech companies about R&D teams. Riot is very risk-adverse to leaks in general. This is starting to change in the last couple of years.
Advice to Management
Keep focusing on players, and Riot will succeed.
I applied online. I interviewed at Riot Games.
I applied online and completed a couple of interviews. The process started off great. Sable set up the interview for me. She was very welcoming and genuine. She seemed very passionate about getting new players into League. My first interview was with Jenny, and it went very smoothly! Jenny was very personable and professional. But my last interview left a bad taste in my mouth. The gentlemen who interviewed me (I don't remember his name) created a scenario and asked how I would handle the situation. He went on to drop F bombs (as apart of the scenario) and I felt that was inappropriate. He wanted to create a high pressure situation by snapping back at every single answer I gave. I understand that Riot has a relaxed work environment but it actually just made me more nervous that someone was yelling at me (and swearing) during a job interview.
I was barely asked any technical question that would align with the duties of a NOC Analyst instead they asked opinionated questions like "If you couldn't work for Riot what other company would you work for?"
The feedback I received in my rejection letter was unhelpful. I was told that I rushed through the questions. It was clear that Riot had never taken the time to evaluate my actual knowledge or skills.
I was not rejected for lack of skills or qualification, but because I did not work well with someone yelling at me.