Riot Games

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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.

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WHERE WE PLAY

Riot Games’ HQ is based in sunny Santa Monica, California, but we’ve got 15 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 Berlin, Brighton, Mexico City, Dublin, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Moscow, New York, St. Louis, São Paulo, Seoul, Sydney, Taipei 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 Monica, BerlinBrighton, Mexico City, Dublin, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Moscow, New York, St. Louis, São Paulo, Seoul, Sydney and Taipei.

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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)
  • On-site PC Bang
  • Annual Riot Play Fund
  • 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
  • Submit your champion ideas directly to the dudes and dudettes who make 'em real
  • Riot Games and League of Legends apparel and promotional items

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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Riot Games Interviews

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    I applied online. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at Riot Games.

    Interview Details

    Not what I expected at all.
    It's a classic corporate interview disguised as a relaxed one. Be prepared to confront many problems with schedule, no one answering you or just ignoring you for months.

    Absolutely lack of ownership as there is no real hiring manager, only many people that casually work together.
    If you don't have gaming professional experience, don't even bother. Almost all the interview will be about why you're not fit because of that. Pretty boring.

    Very bad follow up (if any), they can let you linger for months without an answer, even when that answer is positive.

    Only apply to Riot if you're already on another place, have no rush or economic issues. Even you have the luck (emphasis in that, as they way they choose seems pretty random, besides the funny but fake concept of hiring the best). If it's your first and only choice, then be prepared to have quite a few complications. Don't put a hold in your life to get there.

    I was expecting a tricky but fair process conducted by great people. I received instead a particularly long process, poorly managed by not so great people. After all I read previously from Brandon Beck and Jabout Riot's "secret sauce" was the people, being treated so corporately was weird and tragicomic.

    The story:
    I was part of 2 different processes in different places.

    1 Process took 4 months of interviews (about 1 each month), and then they brought me on site.
     Expenses. Make them pay you everything in advance, don't accept further refunds as you'll find yourself fighting over a month to get it

    Lack of ownership is probably the biggest issue along the processes, as it occurred many times (e.g. "it was their responsibility not mine; the hiring manager should have told you that; they didn't contacted you yet?” etc.).

    * Interviews. Phone call interviews were classic, relaxed Riot interviews, with the exception of HR (or Talent, how they like to call them) which was a typical HR interview.
                 On site interview. It started with a few questions about the position that the hiring manager forgot to mention (e.g. different locations and long etc),

    About the onsite: I went to the office, have a 6 hours interview in a small closed room (with 45 minutes lunch outside) and left the building. Nobody will explain you much, even you'll receive questions about a position you didn't were aware of.

    After that, a month without an answer.
    I returned to my home thinking something I did not expect: "I hope they don't call me back".

    2nd process.

     After the classic delay, they send me a request for an interview, I answered with my availability and no answer afterwards. They scheduled the interview without confirmation and previous notice. If you're available at that time, ok, if not, you'll most likely miss it.
    They won't say sorry for missing that. It seems the main issue is HR lack of commitment to the job, the candidates or who knows what...

    Bottom line, for a company that sort of make his hiring speech that they're all about people, this is most likely the worst Hiring process I've ever been in my life.

    No organization, no ownership of the process. No respect for the candidate, even mistreat. Ridiculous delays with no updates, and a long, long etc.

    The difference between expectations and reality is pretty big.

    Getting into must be really nice, the road to get it, not at all and makes you wonder if the first part is actually true, or it's just everyone to afraid to comment.

    Interview Questions
    • Keep in mind, there are all classic behavioral questions that you can read on any site. Just memorize the answers and you should be fine. They're not expecting real creativity, but exact answers. It's pretty similar to Amazon process, but instead of review the principles, memorize the Manifesto and Mission

      - Do you know the Manifesto? What part do you like the most?
      - Do you know the Riot Mission? Tell me about it.
         Don't paraphrase, they want to hear the exact words, not your explanation.

      - Why I shouldn't hire you? They'll explain you after why you shouldn't came to Riot
      - Tell me, in 10 minutes (no more than that) about yourself
      - Give me examples of leadership techniques. Leadership certifications
      - Tell me about a time you took risk
         examples of taking risk
      - Tell me how your resume and experience adapt to the current position
      - What are you going to teach me?
      - What is the one thing you have to see when you hire? ANSWER: Potential
      - Examples of KPI (5 at least) and support metrics, and adapted to Riot Support (analyze that in Riot site)
      - What games do you play?
      - Name me the best or 3 best games you played?
      The 3 worst games?
      - What you don't like in games?
      - Tell me about what you think should be Riot's next game
      - How do you delegate? What to delegate and what not to delegate?
      Analysis of Performance / Potential Diagram (google it, is simple). What to do with someone on each stage= lower performer and potential, mid and high. Fire that person, improvement plan, prepare for the next role.
       
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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 ₹10 to ₹50 billion (INR) 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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