On the Real-Time VFX team at Riot, we design and implement the sleek, dynamic and dramatic visual effects that represent gameplay and add atmosphere to the world of League of Legends. We use our experience to create aesthetically astounding visual effects that communicate essential game information and personify the characters and skins we create. League of Legends has a diverse roster of powerful champions with a vast range of abilities, from cosmic dragons to undead warlords and our universe is full of creative potential.
As a Senior VFX Artist on the PIE (Player Immersion & Expression) team, you’ll use your artistic and technical skills to create stunning visual effects. You will bring your 2D painting skills and your experience in realtime VFX to provide some light art direction, such as VFX concepts and mood boards. Understanding art style as a whole, in order to communicate effectively with 2D and 3D teams, you will be required to give paint-overs to help guide other VFX artists across PIE and train concept artists to create assets that can be used by the VFX discipline. Effects may vary from champion skin abilities to emotes, sight wards, and just about any other variety of VFX assets that will go into League. You will work with Product Leads, Delivery Leads, team members, and the Art Director to stay aligned on vision and priorities, reporting to the VFX Art Lead. You will participate in VFX feedback, training, and mentorship with teammates and contribute to craft review sessions. You will find success by understanding the connection between the League of Legends Alternate Universe narratives and their power sources and how that ties to in-game visuals.
Create aesthetically astounding visual effects that balance player satisfaction and communicate essential game information and capture the essence of hundreds of characters
Build VFX that hit product quality standards, project art pillars, and highlight improvement areas through a variety of feedback methods
Find creative solutions to eliminate difficult problems in production and drive improvements to pipelines, processes and techniques
Execute 2D VFX concepts and paintover, moodboard reference that can be shared with the rest of the VFX team and partner team to inform direction and cohesion on VFX motion/shape language with VFX tech insight in mind
Use your your encyclopedic knowledge of visual effects to create brand new assets from classic designs, and push the quality bar of our art style
Engage with or lead projects to grow our VFX discipline at Riot
Mentor VFX artists in their craft, delivering feedback to aid in their growth
5+ years of experience in a creative industry
High proficiency in VFX development, including fundamentals like timing, shape language, color theory and mesh engineering
Advanced skills in 3D/2D Software - Maya, 3DS Max, Photoshop
Knowledge of the MOBA genre as it pertains to game design, isometric content and visual clarity
Shipped titles as a Senior or Lead VFX Artist
Experience mentoring and training artists
Familiarity with the League of Legends IP and skins universes
As a part of the application process, you may be expected to provide a portfolio of your work.
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!
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 $126,700.00 - $176,200.00 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).