Riot Games develops and publish the online game League of Legends. Teams write code, create game art, design the game, connect with the community, and publish the game around the world.
How to Get Hired
We asked Riot Games for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.
What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?
We look for several attributes and characteristics when considering candidates. We look for those who are able to effectively navigate ambiguous situations, can solve problems creatively, empathize with players, and be direct, honest, humble, and growth oriented. These attributes are core to who are, and ensure we bring in new Rioters who are passionate about doing right by players and teammates.
What can prospective employees do to get your attention?
For the most part, standing out is all about showing us what you’ve done and presenting your materials in a polished format. If you’re new to this, here are some tips for avoiding common pitfalls:
- Polish the heck out of it. Be sure that your application sparkles in every conceivable way. Search and destroy typos and grammatical errors. Pay attention to page layout.
- Vividly describe your impact. Search online for how to “show, not tell” and strive to be specific about the contributions you make. Focus on good verbs and nouns. Quantify your impact.
- Apply to a specific job. A cover letter and resume that could have been written for any job and any company won’t have the same positive impact as custom-tailored application materials. The reader should get the sense you took the time to understand the role to which you’re applying.
Are there any unusual or especially rigorous steps of your hiring process that candidates should be aware of?
Expect a full day of talking to our team about yourself and asking all your burning questions about Riot! During interviews, you’ll speak to various Rioters across multiple teams about a range of subjects. Come locked and loaded with questions about how we work, why you should choose to work here, and what a typical day on the job will be like. We want to know about your craft, experience, and technical chops to do the job, but we also want to dive a bit deeper when meeting you face-to-face. The on-site is about you as a person, too. This is the time and the place to be yourself! We know Riot’s not everyone’s cup of tea; after the day is done and you’re on your way home you may say to yourself, “Whew, that place is not for me!” and that’s okay.
Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?
For many positions at Riot, we’re looking for candidates who’ve demonstrated success in a similar role. However, that success isn’t always professional work experience -- sometimes personal passion projects are more than enough to prove you’re a good fit for Riot. All job descriptions at Riot have a “You Are” section that communicates who we’re looking for -- if that’s you, feel free to apply.
What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?
We have many different roles with lots of challenging and interesting problems to solve; what unites them is our culture. Riot’s unique flavor is a taste not everyone will jibe with, so we strongly encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our culture and how we work. Here are some links to get you started:
- Our manifesto: http://www.riotgames.com/riot-manifesto
- Working at Riot: http://www.riotgames.com/articles/20150808/547/working-riot
- The news articles here on riotgames.com (http://www.riotgames.com/news), particularly our CEO and co-founder Brandon Beck’s talk on talent from DICE 2015 (http://www.riotgames.com/articles/20150210/1654/brandon-beck-speaks-dice-2015)
- Our Riot Careers LinkedIn group: http://tinyurl.com/riotcareersligroup
- Our interactive Thunderdome website: http://thunderdome.riotgames.com/