Mission: Riot aspires to be the most player-focused company in the world.
Best Places to Work: 2016 (#18)
Riot Games hosted Bring Your Riotling to Work Day with activities like shoutcasting with the pros, designing a champion skin, sound design workshops, coding with engineering, networking events for parents with young children, and of course — lots of games.
In this week’s Quick Notes, NA LCS Broadcast Producer Arthur "theMay0r" Chandra shares the work that went into creating a brand new Analyst Desk for the North American LCS.
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.
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, and we’ve got 23 offices across the globe. Our international teams ensure that player experiences aren’t lost in translation - no matter your latitude and longitude, you’re 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 offices in Berlin, Brighton, Dublin, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Mexico City, Moscow, New York, St. Louis, Santiago, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo, and more.
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 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 into 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 a summer with us. Look for info on open intern positions and our 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
First and foremost, there is a distinct and well-defined culture. This company has a great onboarding process – the best I’ve ever experienced. Managers actually honor the process so that Rioters can be focused on learning the ropes, which is really refreshing. It’s also clear that player experience is at the crux of everything Rioters do, and you can see there’s a great sense of pride in that.
Since I joined Riot I’ve had the opportunity to solve really interesting and challenging problems in my craft space, and I’ve been able to take what I’ve learned in my profession and scale it here. And that’s part of the beauty of working at Riot – having room to grow, and the ability to execute on your ideas.
A level of ambiguity and chaos that comes with an organization that’s going through growing pains which, for some, can be frustrating.
Advice to Management
Invest in what’s next for the company, and that includes leveling up your managers. Their impact on culture can be significant, and so it’s important to ensure the leadership body is effective and that they continue to exemplify our values and manifesto.
First they give you a email back with a time to set a phone call. You have a phone call with someone on the team, tell them about yourself, and if they decide you're a good fit with the team you will move on to a second call interview .