As part of the Real-Time VFX team, you’ll design and help implement the sleek, dynamic and dramatic special effects that add atmosphere and depth to gameplay. With your experience, you’ll create aesthetically astounding visual effects that communicate essential game information. You’ll use your artistic and technical skills to breathe life into undead spells, channel primal emotions and capture the essence of hundreds of champions. 

As a Senior VFX Artist on the Champions team, you will report to the VFX Art Lead. You will create VFX for new champions and champion updates at high-quality and at times raise or redefine the bar for effects in League of Legends. You will support team leadership in operational efforts such as mentoring those in your craft and leading initiatives for their craft disciplines growth. A Senior VFX Artist on the Champions Team is a force multiplier in the creation, sharing, and upholding of Champion and VFX clarity style guides. 

Responsibilities:

  • Design and help implement the sleek, dynamic, and dramatic special effects that add atmosphere and depth to gameplay
  • Balance visual satisfaction and gameplay clarity while working to ensure amazing effects are accurately representing a given action or state 
  • Create aesthetically astounding visual effects that communicate essential game information and capture the essence of hundreds of characters
  • Use your craft skills to draw, paint, animate and model with equal proficiency as-needed 
  • Use your your encyclopedic knowledge of visual effects to synthesize brand new assets from classic designs
  • Find creative and effective solutions to eliminate difficult problems in production and as-needed

Required Qualifications:

  • 6+ years of professional experience
  • Advanced skills in 3D/2D Software - Maya, 3DS Max, Photoshop 
  • Experience creating high-quality, stylized real-time VFX
  • High proficiency in VFX development, including fundamentals like timing, shape language, color theory and mesh engineering
  • Knowledge of the MOBA genre, ideally League of Legends, as it pertains to game design, isometric content and visual clarity

Desired Qualifications:

  • Past leadership or management experience
  • Familiarity with the League of Legends IP and skins universes
  • Experience working in several game development tools, pipelines, and game engines
  • Experience giving direction and delivering clear, constructive feedback to vendors
  • Shipped titles as VFX Artist

As a part of the application process, you will be expected to provide a portfolio or demo reel of your work and may be asked to complete an art test.

Our Perks:

We offer medical, dental, and vision plans that cover you, your spouse/domestic partner, and children. Life insurance, parental leave, plus short-term and long-term disability coverage are also available. Riot will support your retirement benefits with a company match, and double down on your donations of time and money to non-profit charitable organizations. Balance between work and personal life is encouraged with open paid time off, and a play fund so you can broaden and deepen your personal relationship with games.

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