Riot Games was established in 2006 by entrepreneurial gamers who believe that player-focused game development can result in great games. In 2009, Riot released its debut title League of Legends to critical and player acclaim. As the most played video game in the world, over 67 million play every month. Players form the foundation of our community and it’s for them that we continue to evolve and improve the League of Legends experience.

If a game's never just a game to you, you love pushing the limits of what's technically possible, and you also believe that doing the right thing often requires disregarding the rules and upending the status quo, then we'd love to talk to you! Our Engineering leaders are experts at balancing a strong vision while allowing teams ownership of their problem spaces. We're looking for a talented, like-minded engineering lead to join us and help shape the future of gaming.

We’re looking for humble but ambitious, razor-sharp professionals who can teach us a thing or two. We promise to return the favor. Like us, you take play seriously; you’re passionate about games. We embrace those who see things differently, aren’t afraid to experiment, and who have a healthy disregard for constraints.

That's where you come in.

As the Engineering Lead, you will build a multi-disciplinary China technology team in our Shanghai office. These disciplines include IT frontline support, software engineering, esports network engineering, esports systems engineering, and whatever technology/engineering needs you think Riot should have to better deliver the best experience to players. You'll develop this team to support all of our new business in China.

As a Rioter in China, you'll join a team of internationally and culturally diverse professionals that share our prioritization of player experience, rejection of convention and maniacal passion for gaming. 

To reinforce Riot’s collaborative culture in our China offices, we’ve decided to do away with the constraints of traditional hierarchical title structures that are more common in the region. Titles don’t really matter at any of Riot’s offices, but we chose to take this extra step in our China offices to foster a space where teamwork thrives. We believe that removing this constraint will promote individual autonomy, ownership, collaboration, and a focus on results. We promise you won’t need a title at Riot to make an impact.

You are:

  • Player-focused: you're a gamer whose passion for games (especially League of Legends) helps you stay focused on initiatives that make the difference to players in and out of the game
  • A threat to convention: bored by what's considered traditional, you constantly push past limits until the status is no longer quo; you don't "think outside the box" because, hey, there's no box
  • Multilingual: you're comfortable conversing in English and Mandarin; you didn't learn these languages in a cultural vacuum and can pick up nuances that could mean the difference between pleasing someone and pissing them off
  • Focused on team: you find, shape, and cultivate teams that don't just swing for the fences, they jack that (metaphorical) baseball beyond the stars; you help Rioters develop the tools and creative atmosphere to shine, but ultimately hold them accountable for making smart calls and delivering player value
  • Seriously playful: you work hard but always leave time for pentakills; whether you're grabbing a game of League in our onsite PC Bang or rapidly sharing cat GIFs, you make time for daily play in all of its wonderful forms
  • Humbitious: you're ambitious but humble, a state of being summed up by fans of portmanteau as "humbitious;" always striving for continuous improvement, you never forgo rounds of feedback from teammates, players, and partners who keep you from drifting off into space

You will:

  • Develop your team as the ultimate, accountable party for ensuring a highly-functioning technology team; whether you manage people or lead technical vision, you'll be responsible for recruiting, training, and continually-improving high-performing Riot Engineers; you'll not only exemplify our cultural pillars, but also be adept at imparting them on others
  • Support your partners by building and maintaining strong relationships between the China engineering team and various stakeholders (Information security team, Central esports engineering team, Tencent operations team, etc.) to ensure teams are focused on delivering the right product and delivery for players
  • Be accountable for execution as part of a highly-functioning team that gets things done; collaborating with cross-functional teams, you'll own moving fast and ensuring the right product ships to players
  • Drive technical vision and direction, as you're ultimately accountable for the technical quality of your product/service – whether that's a software feature or an esports tournament server environment; you determine how to use technology and engineering prowess to enhance the experience we deliver to our players in China
  • Lead beyond your team; with a growing global community, you'll focus your efforts on supporting your teams and contributing to the overall growth of the entire technology organization as well as our Shanghai office

Additional insight into applying to Riot Engineering is available on our discipline page.

Don’t forget to include a resume and cover letter. We receive a lot of applications, but we’ll notice a fun, well-written intro that shows us you take play seriously.