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

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Calderweiss

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01-29-2014

I've been lurking here, and have found it really helpful. Thanks!


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TastyPotatoX

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01-29-2014

I wonder. How useful a chemical engineer would be to Riot. Ill be done in 4 years.


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Sh11ft

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01-29-2014

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Originally Posted by TastyPotatoX View Post
I wonder. How useful a chemical engineer would be to Riot. Ill be done in 4 years.
I think the point that has been really highlighted is that riot looks less at what you majored in, and more your interests and work/life experiences.

EDIT: Came out a little brash... Sorry about that.


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Zen Fury

Senior Member

01-29-2014

I notice there are a number of starry eyed individuals in this thread looking to get their foot in the door in the games industry. I'd just like to post this little note of caution as someone who worked for a number of years in the game industry: Be sure your dream job doesn't blind you from reality.

Think of the games industry like the movie industry, without the protection of a big union. Many game shops practice churn and burn strategies to keep costs low. They like to hire fresh young college grads, work them like dogs, and when they become too much of a cost burden or burn out then they let them go to be replaced by new cheap grads. Often times you work long hours (sleeping bag next to your desk type of hours) and can be locked in perpetual crunch times as deadline after deadline is introduced. That $50K starting salary may seem pretty sweet until you're working 12 hours days 6 or 7 days a week (all perfectly legal, as IT workers are exempt from overtime rules in most states).

If you're expecting foosball tables and 40 hour work weeks, you may be in for a serious reality check.

I'm not implying or trying to imply that Riot operates in this fashion, however I have worked for (either directly or through contract) several major game development studios in the past and this was pretty much standard operating procedure. As always, do your due diligence. If you manage to get an interview, don't be afraid to ask hard questions about hours and work conditions. And if they give you evasive or vague answers, then perhaps you might be happier somewhere else. There's no point in getting your dream job if it turns out to be a nightmare.

As for me, I got out of the games industry and went to work for a "regular" company where I work 40 hours a week (except for rare occasions) and earn 4 times as much. I still write software, but now instead of spending all my time developing games I can actually play them.


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Marth╬╝

Senior Member

01-29-2014

@Riot Chezai

Here's a small list I compiled from some of the stuff you said so far:

Important things for applying to Riot
1) Schooling
-It's recommended to have good education, usually in the form of graduating from university/college.
-Not sure if marks in school are taken into account, or graduate school for that matter.
-The area of study isn't the most important part but you can learn necessary tools for the Riot industry (i.e Problem solving)

2) Experience
-In the form of work experience, doing past jobs that will help benefit you when you work at Riot.
-Also comes in the form of exceptional talent, due to doing something 'spectacular' maybe in the form of building your own game in your free time. This can lead to being able to by-pass the work experience and be taken right after schooling (the dream).

3) Passion
-Should have a love for the game (in this case League of Legends) and always want to see it grow and develop.
-Fit in the position that you want, don't try to squeeze through the cracks of another position just because you may have the skill set in that area to get a job at Riot.

4) Competition
-You are not the only one applying, there's more applications than Riot can handle, if you think you were a star in university then you're probably being measured against thousands of other stars.
-You need to stand out. Good grades only gets you so far.


Is there anything I missed? Also if you haven't said it explicitly; is there anything you'd want to add to this list?


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Almorada

Senior Member

01-29-2014

Riot Chezai, I am currently going to school to become an attorney (such fun), do you guys need a kick ass lawyer? (;


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Shattered Clock

Senior Member

01-29-2014

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Hey Shattered Clock,

If you do a quick search for 'writer' on our Careers page, you'll be able to find a few things. I believe the position of 'Writer' itself might touch on Lore and everything in between.

Best of luck!

All I've been able to see under the "writer," section-since Trynd posted about needing new lore writers on Reddit-is for a "Localization Specialist," in Instanbul, Turkey.

After doing the magical ctrl+f search for every job available(I love ctrl+f search, makes life so much easier) I discovered a writer position under marketing, but I'm not entirely sure if that's the position I'm looking for. There was also some E-sports writer thing, but I don't really think of myself as a script writer, I'm more of a "think of joke/gag and crank out a 1500-2300 word short story about it," kind of writer.

Some more questions though.

1. If I wish to apply for multiple positions (that community content thing looks awesome, getting to discover all the amazing League art and music so other people can enjoy it just sounds spectacular) would I submit multiple applications, or just include in my email that I am applying for multiple positions so I'm not bogging down your internal email with multiple emails from the same person (not trying to look desperate or anything)

2. If I wish to apply for a position that does not even exist yet (transcribing professional matches for the deaf/hard of hearing for example) what would be the proper course of action for that?


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CheZai

Recruiting Coordinator

01-30-2014
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I've been lurking here, and have found it really helpful. Thanks!
Hey Calderweiss,

Thanks for the feedback! Let me know if there's something lacking or if you have any specific questions


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Calderweiss

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01-30-2014

I might ask some questions about a project that people in RiotImminence might start, but we'd have to get farther along in that process.


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CheZai

Recruiting Coordinator

01-30-2014
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Originally Posted by Sh11ft View Post
I think the point that has been really highlighted is that riot looks less at what you majored in, and more your interests and work/life experiences.

EDIT: Came out a little brash... Sorry about that.
To add to this:

Completing a program shows that you're able to follow something through to the end and are willing to learn/grow. This is extremely valuable in any field you decide to go into as things constantly change [new technologies, workflow management systems, etc.].