Technical Game Designer - League of Legends, Game Modes

Jul 11, 2024
Sydney, Canada
... Not specified
... Intermediate
Full time
... Office work

As a Technical Game Designer, you will design and improve the player experience by focusing on significant problem spaces and key features to enhance our products. Your analytical skills, player insight, and creativity will help craft in- and out-of-game experiences that engage and surprise players. You will work closely with interdisciplinary teams, contributing and translating feedback to innovate and iterate player-focused designs that delight millions around the world. Understanding League or other MOBAs will be crucial to understanding what appeals to our players.

Reporting to the Game Design Manager on the League of Legends Game Modes Team in Sydney, you will design, tweak, and optimize the player experience. You will collaborate with interdisciplinary teams globally to improve our existing roster of game modes, from ARAM to Ultimate Spellbook, and explore new modes. Your technical expertise and engineering competency will be essential as you build, optimize, and communicate the player experience, ensuring it meets the high standards expected by our diverse audience. We are looking for designers who deeply understand MOBA gameplay and want to build experiences that captivate and entertain players worldwide.

Responsibilities:

  • Anticipate player needs regarding game modes
  • Work with team leads to develop a vision for new and updated game modes in League of Legends
  • Update and balance existing game modes
  • Work with a diverse team of developers to deliver compelling new features
  • Guide other designers and engineers in optimal ways of building features that allow us to develop quickly now and in the future.
  • Be the "go to" person for complex implementations of design content, and for shepherding projects that require heavy programmer/designer interaction..
  • Be an example to other designers in writing clever, elegant, and maintainable implementations within designer tools.
  • Build positive relationships across teams at Riot in shared gameplay spaces

Required Qualifications: 

  • 2+ years of experience in a Game Design role or similar experience.
  • You apply a rigorous approach to design. You identify what creates interesting gameplay, what appeals to players, and why things work. You're able to translate lessons from one genre to another.
  • You can identify a problem, develop a range of solutions to it, and select the most appropriate one. Then, you can create and communicate the details of that proposed solution.
  • You are exemplary at sharing and asking for feedback.
  • You deeply understand player needs, especially those related to deep, meaningful player connections and unique game modes that keep League of Legends fresh.
  • You have a comprehensive understanding of League of Legends or MOBA design principles, particularly with respect to game modes.
  • You are comfortable with C++, and can work broadly across a complex codebase for features and tools, and can ramp into new spaces as needed.

Desired Qualifications:

  • You express the goals of your project to both designers and non-designers, along with the rationale behind how you build those goals
  • Your work is internally coherent, thematic where appropriate and trades off different values against each other to accomplish team goals.
  • Can quickly produce a wide breadth of gameplay solutions and generate and identify an excellent solution
  • Can assess a game mode design thoroughly, identify all significant problems, and prioritise them

For this role, you'll succeed through craft expertise and a collaborative spirit that prioritises the delight of players. We will look at your past studies and experience, but for this role, we also look for dedicated people with a personal relationship with games. If you embody player empathy and care about players' experiences, this is the role for you!

Working closely with Riot teams globally, Riot Sydney is a powerhouse of talent, and experts in global development. Our team works on VALORANT, League of Legends and Teamfight Tactics, alongside exciting R&D and Tech projects.

If you believe that the Player Experience comes first, we want to hear from you. Our players are a diverse group from different backgrounds, and we want to see that reflected in the people who make our games, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment

Our Perks:

At Riot, we strongly believe in work/life balance, and we encourage that with our open paid time off policy, paid parental leave (for both primary and secondary carers) and flexible work schedules to fit your lifestyle.

We also believe that work should be fun. We have a LAN gaming room, the latest consoles, a play fund so you can broaden and deepen your knowledge of our players and community, and all the snacks you would ever need to power through your day (even healthy snacks!).

And that’s not all we offer, there’s also:

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Stipend
  • Wellbeing Reimbursement
  • We will double down on your donations of time and money to non-profits
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Learning and Development opportunities

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.

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