Riots Job Requirements are ridiculous

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Max Gripness

Senior Member

12-19-2012

This is incredibly insightful. I thank all of you for posting such priceless information.


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SnoWolf x

Senior Member

12-19-2012

Good read, even though im Australian, which.. we really dont have anything close to the sorts of the stuff mentioned in here lol.


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Kwisatz Haderach

Senior Member

12-19-2012

If everyone required 10 years of this **** how would you get a job doing it? LOL catch-22

The real question is...if you have such high expectations, how well did you treat the person previously in this position? Why is it even open?


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Solid Gold 24k

Senior Member

12-19-2012

Just incase someone from Riot is still awake (I'm sure some of you are ), I have a question which maybe others would benefit from as well:

What would you suggest as an alternative career/industry to video game development. I see/know so many people who want to work in the video game industry, and get demoralized when they don't get in. But really, doesn't the game industry share many qualities, or even careers as say, the film/movie industry for example?

I'm pretty sure that there are many jobs that us gamers associate with the game industry, but in reality, have many other applications.


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Sinister Beam

Junior Member

12-19-2012

This is a little bit off subject (something I thought about reading an earlier comment about "..expecting a lot so we give a lot..."). If you want another nice bonus for Riot employees (assuming you don't do this already) you should hire a massage therapist to come give massages to employees at work.

And you folks stressing out about getting into the field should go get massages to, relax a bit & give thoughts to how you want to get into your fields with a calm, clear mind. ^_~


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Mihlo

Senior Member

12-19-2012

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Originally Posted by Morello View Post
Also, live in California, Washington or Austin. If you're serious about this, you'll need to move or live in one of those places.
This makes me sad panda, really want to be a desktop analyst for you guys, I love troubleshooting and installing new hardware, I feel like a kid with new toys when I'm installing stuff.

But I'm in Houston, no Riot office here :'(

Ahh well, I'll have to grab an internship while at Uni and start there, should force myself to code too, even though its not my favorite thing to do.


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YGY818

Senior Member

12-19-2012

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Originally Posted by Lyte View Post
*These views are mainly relevant to mid- to senior-level positions only.

Apparently my interviews are some of the most grueling experiences at Riot, so I was asked to voice some thoughts here. Every company, every school, every lab or club has an all-star or two. I think everyone has met someone like this before, where we reflect and say, "I don't care what I'm doing or where I have to go--I want to work with that person and learn from that person." Riot has teams of all-stars. So what does that mean?

It means it's not about just having great ideas. When you are working with industry experts in every discipline, everyone has amazing ideas. The next big idea for a game feature could come from QA, Game Design, or even Marketing and with so many smart people focused on the same goals, I hear a lot of great ideas. In a vast majority of interviews, I'll listen to dozens and dozens of great ideas.

"I would do this for League."
"I want to build this for Riot."
"I have a great idea for this new feature."

But guess what? In 99.9% of cases, I've heard the idea 200+ times already. However, if an applicant takes a great idea and shows me how they actually executed the idea and got tangible results--that's impressive. Students often ask me, "Well, how do I get a position in PBJ? No game developers are really hiring psychologists or neuroscientists so I can't get experience." Why do you have to be at a game studio to execute on a great idea? We're now in a day and age where you can create mods, build models, or run analyses that are all valuable to game developers--why not just do it and prove that you can execute on your great ideas?

Secondly, teams like player behavior don't need to hire anyone. We're looking for the best and we are willing to wait. I often ask applicants, "What do you bring to Riot that we currently don't have?" The reason I ask this question is because I want to know exactly what is the opportunity cost of not having this person at Riot. Am I worried if this person joins a competing game developer? Is there something we simply cannot create or build without this person?

You'll notice that at this point I haven't mentioned degrees or experience. Sure, degrees and experience are correlated with intelligence and knowledge, but we all know it's not everything. Without those things, you need to have created enough awesome and show enough tangible value in your projects to the point where an interview later, I'm thinking: "We cannot afford to lose this person--they have to be a Rioter."
Very well written. You should write a book on interviewing skills :P

Haha it'd be amusing if all one had to say was "riot pls i'd like a job" or print out a few posts saying "Riot hire this guy!"


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DRIVEATAR RSCNyx

Senior Member

12-19-2012

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Originally Posted by Morello View Post
I worked at Microsoft, on the XBox360 launch and as QA for Perfect Dark Zero. That experience + being in a top guild got me in as QA for ArenaNet, where I later became a designer.
I'm sad that you didn't say more about what a train wreck that game is.

Anyway, reading a lot of interesting things in this thread! And yeah, the requirements are there for more guaranteed quality. A lot of companies have them for higher-up jobs. You start somewhere, and build up from there.

Getting a degree is, literally, just the start. Don't expect your dream job right away.


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Morello

Lead Designer

12-19-2012
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Originally Posted by LouisLeGros View Post
Do you have many alumni from Digipen at Riot?
Some in art and at least one in production, but I don't think I have any Digipen designers. It is a good game school, though


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MidbossK

Member

12-19-2012

@Morello : How do you guys view government/military service (leaving political opinions behind) since a large portion of the training involves things like teamwork, problem-solving, and leadership? Does it add the kind of "years of experience" required by the job posting in Riot's views?