Posted 28 days ago
I'm Interested

Job Details

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

Required Qualifications:

  • 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

Desired Qualifications:

  • 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 and a collaborative spirit that prioritizes 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!

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.

We're connecting diverse talent to big career moves. Meeting people who boost your career is hard - yet networking is key to growth and economic empowerment. We’re here to support you - within your current workplace or somewhere new. Upskill, join daily virtual events, apply to roles (it’s free!).
Are you hiring? Join our platform for diversifiying your team
Senior VFX Artist - League of Legends
I'm Interested