Manager, Software Engineering

Bellevue, WA

Riot Games was founded in 2006 by Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill with the intent to change the way video games are made and supported for players. In 2009, Riot released its debut title League of Legends to worldwide acclaim. The game has since gone on to become the most played PC game in the world and a key driver of the explosive growth of esports. Players are the foundation of our community and it’s for them we continue to evolve and improve the League of Legends experience. Riot Games is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA and has 23 offices worldwide.  

The last 12 months have been amazing for esports at Riot. We held our most-watched League of Legends Worlds Championship, and we ran our first global tournaments for VALORANT, Wild Rift, and Legends of Runeterra. On the back of that success, and in our ever-growing dedication to our mission to be the most player focused company in the world, we are doubling down on our investment in esports. We are doing this through our high-priority focus on Unleashing Fandom, Reinventing the Watch Experience, and through investing in industry-leading innovations like Project Stryker.

The Sport IO team is focused on innovating in the broadcast storytelling experience as well as delivering tools and technology for esports players, teams, and tournaments. We have a mix of user facing experiences through our web properties and and back-end tools which are used by the broadcast producers and tournament operators.

As the Engineering Manager, you’ll be tasked with building the long-term success for your organization by co-owning the product vision, mentoring and growing talent, and being accountable for delivering results. Engineering Managers are held to a high standard and expected to foster an inclusive culture, ensure work-life balance, and manage expectations while driving their forward in a sustainable way.

This role reports to the Senior Manager in the Esports Sports Innovation and Optimization organization.


  • Lead a team or team(s) with broad, mission-critical scope
  • Drive to create and manage the team roadmap and delivery
  • Hire, mentor, and grow talent within your organization
  • Hold your team accountable for delivery; be held accountable by your team for setting realistic expectations
  • Delegate technical excellence through management 
  • Ensure business continuity within your organization

Required Qualifications:

  • 3+ years experience as an Engineering Manager
  • 7+ years of experience or equivalent in Software Engineering using cloud-native architectures
  • 3+ years of experience with AWS (or comparable cloud environments)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Experience guiding multiple direct reports through a promotion

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience building and maintaining an organization plan
  • Experience driving organization-wide changes or innovations
  • Experience managing outside vendors

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.

(Bellevue only) Base salary range between $170,000 USD - $238,000 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.

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