Riot Games was established in 2006 by entrepreneurial gamers who believe that player-focused game development can result in great games. We released League of Legends in 2009 which has since become the most played PC game in the world and a key driver of the explosive growth of Esports. With the release of Valorant, LoL: Wild Rift, Team-fight Tactics & Legends of Runeterra, Riot has now transformed into a multi-game studio, expanding our footprint in Asia and internationally in order to develop new games that can hyper-serve players globally.

As a Senior Animator in Research & Development-Shanghai, you will be responsible for all aspects of animation prototype development. With a focus on game development, you will bring character to life supporting the combat, character interaction and gameplay goals of an R&D project focused on the China market.

You will create high-quality animations as well as uphold other animation responsibilities such as rigging, pre-visualization and motion-graphics work for a new game richly filled with diverse characters, creatures as well as opportunities for cinematic & story-telling sequences. You will work closely with designers and others to develop new features and gameplay experiences that meet the needs of R&D prototype development, pushing the visual fidelity of our game and building organizational confidence in our R&D project, facilitating efficient progress through the R&D development cycle.


  • Help define the animation systems and style explorations for characters, creatures and cut scenes according to gameplay prototype goals.

  • Partner with Design, Tech art, and Engineering teams to design and implement the right level of animation for early prototypes through pre-production.

  • Balance animation satisfaction and gameplay clarity to communicate essential game information, recognize areas of opportunity for animation to enhance gameplay.

  • Flexible in approach and driving rapid iteration, while also setting the style and visual bar for animation craft during pre-production.

  • Work with Tech Art & Engineering to define tools and workflow best practices, and ever-efficient work processes.

  • Meet project deadlines in a timely manner without compromising artistic integrity as defined by the Art Director and R&D development stage.

Required Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of professional experience working in 3D game animation

  • 5+ years of professional experience working in Maya

  • Experience in Unity and/or Unreal

  • Experience in mobile and/or AAA development

As a part of the application process, you will be expected to provide a portfolio or demo reel of work and may be asked to complete an art test.

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