Riot engineers bring deep knowledge of specific technical areas but also value the opportunity to work in many broader domains. As a Software Engineer, you'll also dive into projects that focus on team cohesiveness and cross-team goals. You'll lead with a clear illustration of extraordinary engineering.

As a Principal Software Engineer on our Client Update team, you will bring your game development technical skills to the around game client domains and create tools and workflows that make it easier for designers and artists to create awesome experiences for our players. As a technical leader, you will guide and be accountable for the technical decision-making processes and technology quality on the team You will report to the Initiative Engineering Manager with a team based out of LAX.


  • Collaborate with external teams in other business units working in the same technical spaces (including Game Designers, Artists, Animators, Quality, Engineers, and Producers) to shape player experiences

  • Give feedback to designers and artists on the technical tradeoffs for improvements of their tooling

  • Give feedback to product leaders about product direction and benefits for creative teams

  • Lead and deliver game client content tooling to support external teams (including Game Designers, Artists, Animators, and Producers)

  • Collaborate with and mentor engineering teammates

  • Deliver exciting and meaningful improvements to gameplay tools focused on opening game design space in environments, physics, audio, and navigation

  • Build projects implementing complex system changes

Required Qualifications:

  • 8-12 yrs of collective professional experience in game development

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or comparable field or equivalent experience

  • Expert working with non-engineering collaborators to deliver value

  • Expert with C++ in complex code bases

  • Experience with building game content tools and pipelines

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

  • (Los Angeles Only) Base salary range between $218,300.00 - $304,300.00 USD + incentive compensation + equity + 401K with company match + medical, dental, vision, and life insurance + short and long-term disability + open PTO.

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 (LAMC 189.00).