so I "applied" to Riot a while ago...

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CheZai

Recruiting Coordinator

11-05-2013
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Ok, so I'm in college at Virginia State University. I want to be a game designer and make my own game! I have the world map drawn major towns/cities, I have races you can be. I download a few programs trying to teach myself how to make the characters/environment it takes a long time for one person U.U I going to college because i want to get better at the making games part. Vsu doesn't have a Game Design department... so i been told. They put me in computer engineering. which i think its not going to help me in becoming a great game designer. One day in class i was bored and i was drawing a few pictures and my teacher saw it and told me to stay back after class. she said that i am a really great drawer and i should switch my major to becoming and artist or something like that. she also said it looks like i really love drawing and i do. So my question is... Is computer engineering going to help me become a great game designer so i can join riot? All i want to do is help make a game or make my own game. I'm a great artist i won best artist in my graduating class in high school. Also my art teacher from there said I'm really good at drawing and possibly that I might be the best one in school. So I really want to be in the gaming industry. So can you give me so feed back :3 Oh I'm 19 and i can draw anything! But there is always room to learn more. I sent a picture i draw of friend
Hey Wolfsterr,

Sorry for getting back to you 3 weeks late [eek!].

Going to work backwards here:

- I'm not the best person to give you feedback re: your artwork [I'm not an artist, regardless of how loosely you define the term].

- From what you've posted, I can tell you're really into games. However, it seems as if you're not really familiar with Game Design as a discipline. Before you make a decision, definitely do your research into Game Design. It's not as simple as 'should I be a software engineer' or 'should I go to art school'. There are many different facets of game design which require specific skill sets and expertise. Take a look at the resources available to you and figure out what fits you best.


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CheZai

Recruiting Coordinator

11-05-2013
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Chezai I'm on fall break from college now, and I planned to apply to a whole bunch of support jobs that are Latin American-related because I'm fluent in Spanish and really love the culture (I've taken college classes ranging from salsa dancing to 16th-century Spanish literature, I've done community service trips to Costa Rica and hosted a foreign exchange student from Spain.) I really enjoy helping others and I'm majoring in Computer Science, but unfortunately several listing were taken down in the last couple days (i.e. Latin American Tech Support Specialist & Player support generalist) and I would still really like to apply for these jobs. There are plenty of other positions I'm interested in at Riot, but I think I could do more for the company if I could also use my Spanish and my experience in Latin American culture. :\

Is there anything I can do/anyone I can contact directly (I don't really want to email this to info[AT]riotgames.)?
Hey Jarvan Krislov,

If you go on our Careers page you'll be able to find positions specific to LatAm. However, these roles are most likely full-time positions. You might have better luck by posting on our LinkedIn group page. There are Rioters there who could provide you with more information as they work closely with the LatAm team.


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Smited Your Mom

Senior Member

11-05-2013

Hey, Chezai!

Recently finished HS and would like to begin pursuing a career with Riot down the road.
What path would one take to go into eSports and or game balance?


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Jarvan Krislov

Senior Member

11-05-2013

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Hey Jarvan Krislov,

If you go on our Careers page you'll be able to find positions specific to LatAm. However, these roles are most likely full-time positions. You might have better luck by posting on our LinkedIn group page. There are Rioters there who could provide you with more information as they work closely with the LatAm team.
Thanks, Chezai!


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CheZai

Recruiting Coordinator

11-06-2013
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Hey, Chezai!

Recently finished HS and would like to begin pursuing a career with Riot down the road.
What path would one take to go into eSports and or game balance?
Hey WindAeris,

Esports and game balance are very broad areas. For example, Esport positions currently posted on our Careers page include: Esports Java Engineer, Assistant Events Coordinator, Esports League Operations Coordinator, Esports Shoutcaster, and Esports Marketing Manager. These are just a few of the many roles available. As you can tell, each of these roles require a different and very specific skill set. If you've had experience in shoutcasting but not in software development, you probably won't be applying for the Esports Java Engineer role.

In short, there are many paths you can take to get to where you want to be. To get started, you have to figure out what you're passionate about and what you want to do. This will then help you figure out a game plan.

I cannot emphasize this enough, but: DO YOUR RESEARCH!!! You have access to a plethora of resources on the interwebs. Using this super useful information [designer blogs, Esports news sites (not just LoL but Esports as a whole), etc.], you'll be able to put together a better picture of what it is that you may want to do and how to get there.

My personal recommendation is to get a college degree. Not only is it a pretty awesome achievement, you obtain many skills which are transferable to everyday life.


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CSDragon

Senior Member

11-07-2013

Hey Chezai, how entry-level are the QA jobs listed on the website? The requirements seem simple enough and I'd consider it a great way to get my foot in the industry (and get my blank experience section of my resume that first note).

Would a guy like me who is about to graduate college with a BS in Computer Science, but had never been selected for an internship or hired (due to lack of experience >_>) even be a viable applicant?


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CheZai

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11-07-2013
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Hey Chezai, how entry-level are the QA jobs listed on the website? The requirements seem simple enough and I'd consider it a great way to get my foot in the industry (and get my blank experience section of my resume that first note).

Would a guy like me who is about to graduate college with a BS in Computer Science, but had never been selected for an internship or hired (due to lack of experience >_>) even be a viable applicant?
Hey CSDragon,

TL;DR - recent graduates - viable. you specifically - I don't know. Read on for more details!

'Entry-level' is a relative term. Example: Retail store cashier positions are considered 'entry-level'. Some stores expect applicants to have some experience in retail while others don't. Comparatively, an associate software engineer position is considered 'entry-level'. However, in many cases, if not all, it requires a 4 year CS education and extensive programming experience [be it personal projects, schoolwork, and/or actual work] or equivalent.

The questions to ask yourself would be: how do I stand out from the pack? Have you tackled projects just for the sake of doing it? Have you done beta testing or somehow immersed yourself in the industry even though you're not 'in' yet?

With regards to the QA positions listed, most of the QA analysts I work with have experience in one form or another from before Riot. Experience being the all-encompassing getting hands dirty and digging deep into things be it through a formal position, beta testing, etc.


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Commando Yi

Senior Member

11-07-2013

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Hey CSDragon,

TL;DR - recent graduates - viable. you specifically - I don't know. Read on for more details!

'Entry-level' is a relative term. Example: Retail store cashier positions are considered 'entry-level'. Some stores expect applicants to have some experience in retail while others don't. Comparatively, an associate software engineer position is considered 'entry-level'. However, in many cases, if not all, it requires a 4 year CS education and extensive programming experience [be it personal projects, schoolwork, and/or actual work] or equivalent.

The questions to ask yourself would be: how do I stand out from the pack? Have you tackled projects just for the sake of doing it? Have you done beta testing or somehow immersed yourself in the industry even though you're not 'in' yet?

With regards to the QA positions listed, most of the QA analysts I work with have experience in one form or another from before Riot. Experience being the all-encompassing getting hands dirty and digging deep into things be it through a formal position, beta testing, etc.
don't suppose you can tell me what kind of work you have available along the lines of database administration?


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AlonneKnight

Senior Member

11-08-2013

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Originally Posted by Commando Yi View Post
don't suppose you can tell me what kind of work you have available along the lines of database administration?
This is what your looking for.
http://www.riotgames.com/careers/dat...dministrator-0


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CSDragon

Senior Member

11-09-2013

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Originally Posted by Riot Chezai View Post
Hey CSDragon,

TL;DR - recent graduates - viable. you specifically - I don't know. Read on for more details!

'Entry-level' is a relative term. Example: Retail store cashier positions are considered 'entry-level'. Some stores expect applicants to have some experience in retail while others don't. Comparatively, an associate software engineer position is considered 'entry-level'. However, in many cases, if not all, it requires a 4 year CS education and extensive programming experience [be it personal projects, schoolwork, and/or actual work] or equivalent.

The questions to ask yourself would be: how do I stand out from the pack? Have you tackled projects just for the sake of doing it? Have you done beta testing or somehow immersed yourself in the industry even though you're not 'in' yet?

With regards to the QA positions listed, most of the QA analysts I work with have experience in one form or another from before Riot. Experience being the all-encompassing getting hands dirty and digging deep into things be it through a formal position, beta testing, etc.

Once again, the self-perpetuating curse of not having any experience ;_;