Are you an expert with data, have game design sense and want to join Riot?

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Aithòs

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01-15-2014

Hmm, sounds interesting...unfortunately I don't think this is the right fit for my skillset. I'm a senior level systems programmer that works a lot with our database structure and user management systems but don't have a lot of statistics experience. My logic and game theory skills are very good, I'd love to have a chance to do balance since I've worked on PVP game balance for multiplayer online games before.

I love when you guys post to the forums but it never seems to be anything I'd excel at I'm sure I could do it, but I don't aim for average...


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Lyte

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01-15-2014
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Hey Lyte,

What sort of team would one at this position be working with or is it more of a solo lane? Is there a preferred number of years experience? I have a BS in Information Technology and finishing my MS in Information Technology both emphasizing in database technologies. Also have some experience under my belt. I'll be sure to apply. Feel free to tweet me @savtwo

Thanks!
This person would be working directly with the player behavior team, and dabbling with a variety of game design teams. There's no preferred number of years of experience--just bring critical problem solving, statistical expertise and a strong understanding of games.


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Lyte

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Hi lyte I met you at the world championships when you were with your wife! I was walking around with miss ryze at the time, you guys are great and I still love your video about league behavior!
I remember you! Hope you've been enjoying League and looking forward to Team Builder


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Hey Lyte,

Applied for the Statistician posting a few months back and have my third interview next Tuesday with Mr. Bonaparte. Would you mind taking a look at my resume? This is the kind of work I'd like to be doing and I fit every desired quality you listed. Good luck finding someone awesome for this regardless!
If you're already in the pipeline for Statistician and having a third interview, just mention to Mr. Bonaparte that you have a strong interest in player behavior--we often have statisticians from their department directly on our player behavior design team.


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Firu

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01-15-2014

Lyte. For data and the right to try and make a publication, I'd help. Random coefficients modeling, structural equation modeling, these are my toys and I will share. :P Good luck though! You will find your methodologist soon.


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DaejinTye

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01-15-2014

Problem here is, there are a LOT of people who can do jobs like this. However, they don't have any credentials because they couldn't go to school, or didn't go to school for that specific area.

*Sigh*
Wish I could get hired for video-game related anything... I'd become the best at what I do.


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Lyte

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Hey Lyte!

Question first: I've read through the posting and your previous comments. Anything specific within the declared subject matter areas you are looking for? You mentioned SQL in prior posts, and the posting refers to Machine Learning. Anything else? Also, what kind of skills would you prefer an applicant has mastered, and what do you think you could 'train to' or mentor?

My background:
B.S. in Math/Stat (Pre-Actuarial Science)
Data Analyst in banking industry.
I use SQL and SAS every day for my data mining and analysis.
I use Tableau for reporting.
I know my way around Python and Octave ("free Matlab").
Have used R, but not regular user.
Have been to Riot to interview for similar positions in the past, will be there again in coming weeks (mentioned this to you on Twitter).
Recently completed a Machine Learning course through Stanford (on Coursera); very excited to begin applying these methods.
In my prior interview, I have identified player behavior and game design roles (as an analyst) as my top interests.
No formal instruction or experience in Game Design, but feel I have good instincts. Seeking mentorship in this area.

Right now, I'm kind of on the fence as to whether I should apply or not; I'm very much focused on the other position at Riot right now. However, it makes sense to pursue both as I am not a CA resident, and I'd prefer to optimize my time & money (as well as yours) in the event that the other position ends up not being the best fit. My expectation is to be a the Riot offices in the next 2-4 weeks (waiting for my recruiter to set it up). Ideally, I'd just stay an extra day and visit with your team then. Your thoughts? I don't know if you'd prefer I go through the official channels (apply, phone interview, etc.) first, talk to me while I'm there, or wait and see how the other interview shakes out.
In your situation, I'd just talk to your interviewers and mention a strong interest in design and player behavior. We often fly candidates down and find out during their interviews that there is a better fit elsewhere in the company.

During our interview process, we first determine whether a person should be a Rioter, then figure out what's the best position fit for them at the studio.


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If you're already in the pipeline for Statistician and having a third interview, just mention to Mr. Bonaparte that you have a strong interest in player behavior--we often have statisticians from their department directly on our player behavior design team.
Will do, thanks!


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Lyte

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Lyte, I'm really excited for this job posting, as it matches closely with what my current job's responsibilities. Bachelor's in Industrial Engineering (Operations Research) from Georgia Tech, currently working in supply chain management as a data analyst. I support the demand planning team and am the go-to guy for any data pull and master of every report that our team generates. Previous experience in other roles also included root cause analysis for various business issues.

My only concern is probably my technical skillset. Currently working on applying for a Master's program in data science, but from your previous posts in this thread I'm interested if my current credentials are sufficient, since I do have some saving graces. Our data frameworks at my current company aren't rich (nothing massive, standard SAP Enterprise Resource Planning system), but I'm a whiz with crunching that data in Excel. Seriously, some of the sorcery I've cooked up in my worksheets would have me burned at the stake for witchcraft. And anything I can't do in the cells I automate by writing my own macros and scripts (handy for actually generating the reports). Coursework from college has taught me MatLab, MySQL (relational databases in general), and Java for programming languages as well, and am familiar with the principles of distributed computing models like MapReduce/Hadoop (no practical experience, however), but they're slightly stagnant for lack of use in my current role.

As an answer to your previous question on interesting insights, the some questions I would like to investigate include:
  • The value-add for allowing a lane position selection for non-captains queuing into team builder. Controlling for champion, investigate how often an offered position is rejected by the player before one is accepted and compare with the increase in queue time. Will probably also need survey data on how frustrating searching for the "perfect" team is. Would players prefer longer wait times with smaller chance of rejection or a more "speed dating" approach?
  • Player behavior in response to honor. Investigate whether being honored or being on the team of an honorable player improves other players' behavior in future games, how long that effect lasts, and whether it increases the likelihood of those players honoring others. Can positivity spread like toxicity does? Implications for possible pareto principle effects on positive (i.e. above neutral) behavior.
  • Performance metrics for the Tribunal, like mean time a case spends in deliberation and other such details an operations research geek like me would appreciate.
  • (FAR OUT THERE, inspired by your PAX East 2012 panel) Investigate possibly creating player psychographic profiles to augment matchmaking. Build models that would automatically rate your playstyle as casual/competitive, team-oriented/selfish, tactical/strategic, and matchmake players that are not only similar skill-wise (MMR) but also of similar/compatible psychographic profiles.
If you can do the things you list and more, you should apply and chat with us. We're doing a lot of those investigations, but I always like seeing new, creative looks at the same problem space and it's clear you are thinking in the right direction.


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Firu

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01-15-2014

Also, I did the world's worst designed study (it took like 3 minutes) about locus of control and player roles. Just if you're curious - used part of Rotter's 1966 scale. Let's say.. It doesn't age well to the league playing population.