Riot engineers bring deep knowledge of specific technical areas but also value the opportunity to work in a variety of broader domains. As a Staff Software Engineer, you’ll also dive into projects that focus on team cohesiveness and cross-team objectives. You’ll lead without authority and provide other engineers with a clear illustration of extraordinary engineering.

As a Staff Software Engineer within Research & Development, you are armed with a wealth of knowledge on the intricacies of gameplay technology to inject life into Riot’s exciting new games. You will work in a small team alongside a product lead and designers to answer fundamental product questions to build experiences that will fulfill our players’ impossible dreams. 

Responsibilities:

  • Ideate, design and implement prototypes to find answers to product questions
  • Write prototype code to accumulate insights that can be applied in future development stages.
  • Collaborate with product and discipline leads to identify focus areas, handoff points, and provide the best solution for the development phase
  • Lead and contribute to technical design and implementation
  • As development advances into pre-production and production, design and lead implementation on robust, scalable, performant solutions.
  • Mentor other engineers on the team in all aspects of game development

Required Qualifications:

  • 6+ years of gameplay development experience
  • 1+ years experience as team Technical Lead, or as subject matter expert in a specific engineering domain across multiple teams
  • Experience developing and shipping games
  • BS in Computer Science, or proven understanding of Computer Science fundamentals
  • Strong OO programming experience
  • Excellent debugging skills
  • Experience collaborating with teammates across multiple disciplines
  • Product sense, pragmatism, and player empathy in making tech decisions
  • Have an agile mindset

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience using game engines (ex. Unity, Unreal Engine)
  • Experience leading gameplay engineering teams
  • Experience with art pipelines
  • Experience with the prototyping phase of game development. 
  • Experience being part of a growing team

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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