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The Corporate Development team at Riot strives to grow Riot's primary goals through partnerships, investments, and acquisitions. We conduct research and evaluate games and businesses, conduct due diligence, negotiate deals and manage a portfolio of investments in game studios and companies in the technology, entertainment and esports space. Recent deals include Riot's investment in Mainframe Industries and the acquisition of Hypixel Studios.

As Riot's Head of Corporate Development, you will report to the Head of Corporate Strategy, and lead Riot's investment and acquisition discipline, guide transactions across game genres and technology sectors, oversee the success of portfolio companies, and create relationships across the industry to gain access to the best investment opportunities.

You will also contribute to Riot's commitment to mature the broader gaming ecosystem, with a focus on identifying, investing in, and supporting underrepresented founders with leadership of the Underrepresented Founders Program.


  • Partner with Riot's executive leadership to understand our needs and promote those goals through a tailored investments and acquisitions strategy
  • Run the investment and acquisition process end to end – including research, evaluation, recommendation, due diligence, deal negotiations and post-deal integration
  • Build and lead a team to guide Riot's investments and acquisitions strategy to bolster recruiting, tech adoption, entertainment development and the development and production of genre defining games
  • Use your network to secure access to the best investment and acquisition opportunities in the industry
  • Establish and maintain standards and processes for the Corp Dev discipline across Riot, including hiring, evaluation, goals, and career development
  • Run holistic due diligence across multiple disciplines, coordinating and overseeing cross-functional engineering, game design and product teams in the evaluation of talent, game design, technical, and other diligence areas
  • Partner with Riot China to develop and execute Riot's investment and acquisition strategy and build our game making capabilities in the region
  • Oversee the management of Riot's portfolio of investments and acquisitions, including advising on core game strategy and managing any potential integrations to ship
  • Lead Riot's Underrepresented Founders program by identifying founders, making investments, managing the portfolio, planning workshops, and advising Founders on their journey
  • Partner with Riot Business Development to identify and work on opportunities for collaboration deal sharing
  • Originate deals through your own network of founders and investors

Required Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor's degree
  • 10+ years of experience working on investments and acquisitions, with 4+ years of experience leading teams
  • 5+ years of experience working in the games, technology or entertainment industry
  • Experience with deal evaluation and financial modeling, with experience on multiple closed acquisitions
  • Lead on $50M+ invested
  • Experience working directly with C-suite executives on deals and reporting
  • Existing network in the games industry (developers, founders, and startups)

Desired Qualifications:

  • MBA
  • Passion for games or entertainment, with an understanding of different genres
  • Experience working with/on product development teams in the games industry

For this role, you'll find success through craft expertise, a collaborative spirit, and decision-making that prioritizes the delight of players. We will be looking at your past studies, experience, and your personal relationship with games. If you embody player empathy and care about the experiences of players, this could be the role for you!

Our Perks:

Riot has a focus on work/life balance, shown by our open paid time off policy, in addition to other perks such as flexible work schedules. We offer medical, dental, and life insurance, parental leave for you, your spouse/domestic partner and children, and a 401k with company match. Check out our benefits pages for more information.

Riot Games fosters a player and workplace experience that values teamwork embodied by the Summoner's Code and Community Code. Our culture embraces differences as a strength, and our values are the guiding principles for how we approach work. We are committed to putting diversity and inclusion (D&I) at the center of everything we do, and promoting a fair and collaborative culture where Rioters treat one another with dignity and respect. We encourage you to read more about our value of thriving together and our ongoing work to build the most inclusive company in Gaming.

It’s our policy to provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and members of Riot Games, Inc. Riot Games makes reasonable accommodations for handicapped and disabled Rioters and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, handicap, veteran status, marital status, criminal history, or any other category protected by applicable federal and state law, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance relating to an applicant's criminal history.