Riot Games - Great Perks
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- We Riot: Once a year, the company pays for Rioters to go on an all-company getaway with their significant others. Last year’s We Riot weekend trip to Las Vegas included a party in the hotel’s Hugh Hefner suite, pool party, go-karting and poker tournament. It also included a lot of League of Legends games in a 24/7 PC cafe. “The hotel didn't have a PC café, we built one onsite just for the weekend,” the company says.
- Denewbification: New hires are “denewbified” by meeting with company founders, Marc and Brandon, and taking a deep dive into the Riot Manifesto and other elements of Riot culture. New hires participate in brainstorming sessions right away, which allows them to quickly experience Riot’s collaborative and creative environment. The company encourages them to give feedback early and bring their perspectives and talents to the table to continue to improve the company. There are team lunches, company lunches, player support shadowing, and new hire buddies to get Rioters up to speed. There is even a Riot Trivia game that all new hires participate in – it’s something like a Jeopardy game and allows people to show off the knowledge they gained during the Denewbification process through a friendly competition.
- Game Nights: Twice a month, Rioters and their significant others congregate at the company’s headquarters for a themed evening of board games or prototype video games and the company supplies the beer and food. The company also hosts twice yearly League of Legends competitions between Rioters, bringing together hundreds of Rioters for “some good ol' fashioned beat down, as well as a chance to practice the game we all love,” the company says.
- Staying Fit: To keep Rioters in game-playing form, the company maintains subsidizes memberships to their on-site gym and offers free kickboxing, yoga, Zumba and aerobic sessions. Activities are free for Rioters’ families as well. A group of Rioters called The Anti-Lazy Club work out outside three times a week. Massage therapists visit twice a week, with whom people can book sessions online.
- Significant Others Support Group: Riot Games’ efforts to make Rioters’ significant others feel like part of the team extend to offering job placement assistance for people who are relocating because of their partner’s job, including paying for moving expenses and helping find housing. The group goes on outings and is invited to Riot events.
- Taste the Riot: Rioters hold mini product demos about once a month to give coworkers a look at what they’re working on. In these Taste the Riot demos, teams take over the company’s conference rooms for two hours at a stretch and give the same five-minute presentation over and over again as other Rioters wander in to check it out.
- No Pain No Gain: Other companies have intranets, but other companies don’t call their intranets “Pain.” Rioters use the internal portal to log their queries, concerns and questions, and to see their progress the company investigates and responds to them. The Pain network takes a page from social networks like Reddit and allows Rioters to vote in support of threads, creating momentum for urgent problems or popular questions.
- Daily Game Tests and Hackathons: Rioters gather daily at a specific time to play unreleased upcoming additions to the game and to provide feedback. Three times a year, Rioters stage hackathons called Thunderdome to work on pet projects or create something new “that no one saw coming,” the company says.
- Alternative Transportation: Rioters without cars or who prefer not to drive can use carpools to get to and from work. Workers who bike or walk to work receive a cash bonus every month in exchange for their efforts to make Riot a greener company.
- Mindfulness Training: Rioters can take classes in mindfulness emotional training to learn more about themselves and monitor their own emotions, the better to improve their work performance.
Riot Games Facts
|843 Total Employees||$113,191 Average annual salary of Software Engineer|
|100% Company's 401(k) match - up to 4%||80% Company-paid health coverage for dependents|
|80% Company-paid health coverage for employees|