Riot Games

Riot Games – Why Work For Us?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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:


  • 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


  • 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.


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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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA (US)
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    I have been working at Riot Games full-time (more than 3 years)


    Riot is a great place to work if you have effective time management skills, are able to self-direct well, and have that "entrepreneurial spirit" that a lot of tech companies look for. There is a lot of autonomy when it comes to your job, and if you like that, and are good at it, then you will succeed. Culture is key at Riot, and if you "fit in" with their mindset, you will have an amazing opportunity to impact the organization no matter what position you hold. Management is always willing to listen to your feedback and in fact, encourages you to speak-up when you feel something is going in the wrong direction, or needs improvement. This is not a place where you can do the minimum and just skirt by; this is a high-performance, demanding, but fun place to work. They do have really high expectations, and if you cannot fulfill those expectations, then you will not succeed there.

    Everyone thinks that they have what it takes to work in an environment like this, which in theory sounds amazing (who wouldn't want to have control over what they do every day?), but in practice is a lot more difficult than it sounds. Some people are more successful being told what to do every day (soldiers), while others want to be in charge (leaders). It really takes a leadership mindset to be successful at Riot imo. It's like a sports team, they look for "all-stars," and cut the ones that don't perform at that level. Passion (for your job, the company and the game), determination (no constraints), and a high-level of accountability are some of the key attributes they look for in Rioters.

    The benefits and perks are amazing; they say there is work-life balance, but I know many, including myself, who pulled 10-12 hours daily. Not that they have to, but because of the culture that compels them to do so. And that is great at first, because almost everyone around you is doing it, and you build great rapport with your coworkers. But that kind of work style is unsustainable in the long run, and eventually it leads to burnout.

    Important takeaway for those that want to work there: if you don't play the game (League of Legends), you best sign-up and start playing before even thinking about applying for a position. Drink the Riot kool-aide and magical things will happen.


    I don't have too many negatives to say about Riot. My time there was an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I learned more working there than in any of the positions I've held at any other organization in my 10+ years working as a professional. I work smarter, not harder now, and I owe a lot of that to what I learned from senior management and my coworkers.

    My only negative is the whole work-life balance issue. Working ridiculous hours is something that you impose on yourself though, no one makes you do it. So make sure you're working efficiently in the hours you do clock-in; having effective time-management skills will benefit you in the long run.

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    Mistakes are going to happen; don't be so hard on your reports when they occur. Help them learn and grow from their mistakes, instead of making them feel like they're going to lose their job if they make even the slightest error. This is not across the board with management, just a few key stakeholders.

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    Onsite. Before onsite, 1 introductory call, 1 cultural call, 2 tech call.

    70%of time on culture fit and none tech questions. 30% on technical. Technical are fairly simple/straightforward. No algorithms. Only software design concepts.
    Culture questions are ridden with seemingly friendly and simple answers but are traps. If you not careful with even a word in cultural it can be used against you. Be smart about it. They are looking for specific answers. Completely understand considering this is not a Google or tech focused software company.

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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

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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