Lead Game Designer


Currently, we have a great opportunity for a Lead Game Designer in our Los Angeles, CA office. If you want the opportunity to work with a creative and talented team and have a positive, "can do" attitude, we want to hear from you!

The ideal candidate will be a well-rounded game design professional, with specialization in game systems & game mechanics, and experience working on one or more AAA games known for a high level of polish and game mechanics quality.

Responsibilities (to include but not limited to):

  • Oversee the day-to-day activities of the League of Legends design team.
  • Work closely with designers, engineers, artists and producers to design, lead, tune and implement various aspects of League of Legends and/or unannounced projects.
  • Author and drive major initiatives to improve League of Legends.
  • Assist Design Director on initial steps of new projects separate from League of Legends.
  • Mentor designers; Push a continued high standard in design through demonstration and leadership.


  • High intelligence and fantastic, well-rounded problem solving skills.
  • Great communication skills with the ability to explain complex concepts and the logic behind them succinctly to designers and other developers.
  • Extreme passion for games; widely played across the games of the past and the games of today. Must be a serious online gamer, preferably one who is a very strong player as well. We are not interested if you are not a hardcore online gamer.
  • At least 5 years of game development experience, with a full-time design credit on at least one well-regarded AAA title which was designed for core gamers.
  • Mastery of game mechanics and game systems and experience to prove it.
  • Leadership experience as a systems sub-lead, lead level designer, or lead designer a plus.
  • Detail oriented.
  • Effective at delivering useful feedback to other designers.
  • Must have excellent organizational and communication (verbal & written) skills.
  • Positive team-oriented attitude.
  • Bachelors degree or equivalent experience.  Master's degree in an analytical field a plus.
  • Valid US work authorization.

To apply, please send an email with "Lead Game Designer | yourname" in the subject line to: design_recruiting@riotgames.com. Please include the following:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • List of games you've played over the past 6 months
  • Your top 10 games of all time
  • Brief explanation of where you would do things differently on League of Legends
  • ** Resume submissions missing the title of the position in the subject line WILL NOT be considered. **