Riot Games

  www.riotgames.com
  www.riotgames.com

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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    Cool place to work

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    Current Employee - Community Coordinator in Sydney
    Current Employee - Community Coordinator in Sydney

    I have been working at Riot Games full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Smartest people I have ever worked with, and always focused on improving the player experience. The offices are a really fun environment but still highly productive. Everyone here are players themselves, really embodying the company culture.

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    Not a lot in my experience, but it seems like it is hard for Riot Games to find senior professionals that can provide the leadership and vision while fitting the gamer culture.

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Riot Games Awards and 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 (AUD) 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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