At Riot Games, 96 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 551 employee surveys, with a 95% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 3.17. It was published on Sep 4, 2015. 48807 Visitors

What Employees Say

Our facilities contribute to a good working environment.
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
People care about each other here.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
This is a fun place to work.

What They Do

We asked Riot Games to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

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.

About this Company

Website: US Headquarters: Los Angeles, California
US Sites: 3 Founded: 2006

Riot HQ, Los Angeles

Perks and Programs

We asked Riot Games to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Champions Cup: The most important expression of Riot’s values is the Riot Manifesto. It’s a living distillation of the company’s unique culture and values: Player Experience First, Challenge Convention, Focus on Talent and Team, Take Play Seriously, Stay Hungry; Stay Humble. The Champions Cup is awarded to teams and individuals who go way above and beyond to uphold one of the values enshrined in the manifesto. When someone's spotted doing something awesome in the name of these values, Riot shares stories to the rest of the company about their deeds. Each new story further deepens understanding of the values and deepens Rioters’ ability to continue to behave in a way that’s consistent with Riot’s values and beliefs. This mechanism helps keep the company culture strong and alive.
  • Unlimited PTO: Rioters 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’re all expected to establish a high-performance pace that we can comfortably sustain for years. Rioters are also expected to take advantage of Riot’s open PTO policy to relax, recharge, and reinvigorate.
  • Thunderdome: Riot’s Thunderdome, a 49 hour hackathon, gives every Rioter the opportunity to build a team, take on any role, tackle any challenge, and make anything possible. While Thunderdome experimentation often inspires player-facing work, the real point is to throw out convention, remove constraints, and entertain any idea no matter how crazy it might seem, as long as its goal is to deliver player value.
  • Annual Riot Play Fund: Rioters are gamers, and Rioters love games. As Riot strives to create the best player experiences, it’s important that Rioters understand play beyond Summoner's Rift. This means Rioters play games – not just League of Legends. The Play Fund encourages plentiful play by giving each Rioter $300 to spend freely on any video game, whether MOBA, FPS, console or PC. The Play Fund is more than a traditional perk and more than a tantalizing add-on to Riot’s existing benefits; it’s an important part of the company’s efforts to become the most player-focused game company in the world. To know players and create player-focused games, Rioters need to be players themselves.
  • Queue Dodge: In June 2014, Riot implemented Queue Dodge, where new hires who decide that Riot’s not a fit are offered an incentive to quit. If someone gags on the unique flavor of Riot’s culture, they’d be doing themselves and the company a disservice to hang on just for the paycheck. Culturally aligned people and teams are more effective, and alignment around mission and values allows Riot to better serve players. Riot designed Queue Dodge to help self-identified mismatches move on in an open, positive, and constructive way. The conditions are, (1) any new hire can elect to Queue Dodge at any time during their first 60 days, (2) those who elect to Queue Dodge will be paid 10% of their annual salary, up to $25,000.


$52,292 Average salary and additional cash compensation for QA Analyst $128,000 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Software Engineer
100% 401(k) match of employee's contribution, up to 3% of an employee's salary 80% Company-paid health coverage for employees
80% Company-paid health coverage for dependents


  • 401(k) or 403b plan
  • Pre-tax savings account


  • Free snacks during the day
  • Free lunch on a regular, daily basis
  • On-site package/mailing service
  • Discount ticket sales
  • Personal travel service
  • Free beverages during the day
  • Free breakfast foods on a regular, daily basis
  • Massage therapy
  • Fitness classes
Riot HQ, Los Angeles


80 days Job protected maternity leave 20 days Paid leave for adoptive parents


  • Flexible schedule
  • Compressed work weeks
  • Telecommute option
  • Lactation room(s)


  • Dental care
  • Prescription drug subsidy
  • Alternative treatments, such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic
  • Vision care
  • Mental health care
  • Fertility treatments


  • Flu shots
  • Subsidized offsite gym memberships
  • Complete biometric screening
Riot HQ, Los Angeles


Riot HQ, Los Angeles

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:
- Working at Riot:
- The news articles here on (, particularly our CEO and co-founder Brandon Beck’s talk on talent from DICE 2015 (
- Our Riot Careers LinkedIn group:
- Our interactive Thunderdome website:

hiring Outlook

24% Job Growth 7% Total voluntary turnover of full-time employees in the past year
40000 Applicants in past year 360 Openings in past year

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