• Lead Social Systems Designer
    As Design Analyst, you'll exercise your mighty data management muscles and employ your extensive xp in data mining, modeling, and machine learning methods to help build better player experiences. You'll apply this powerful combo of skills to effectively extract meaningful insights and conclusions from loads of data. This insight and info will help Rioters solve challenging problems and answer tough questions to make player-focused decisions. And as the go-to Rioter for data, you'll play a key role in helping inform new projects that translate to a better player experience.

    The rest of the job description is here:
    http://www.riotgames.com/careers/design-analyst

    I'm happy to answer any questions about this position in this thread, and am looking forward to the applications!
    #1
    6 months, 1 week ago
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Morior Invictis
    Hai Lyte.
    Hello!
    #2
    6 months, 1 week ago
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Erotic Lulu
    Hey Lyte.
    I'm aming for medical, but good luck finding a victim... er, new employee
    I aimed for Medical at one point, but this was more fun
    #3
    6 months, 1 week ago
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Spitsonkittens
    Are there plans to improve the honour system this season?
    Yes, we have some plans for Honor. We're focused on Team Builder for now, since I think players agree that is the most wanted and most valuable feature in progress.
    #4
    6 months, 1 week ago
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ArmySquirrel
    So, finding data within databases and I presume also code for when other people in Riot have questions? Like "How exactly is Ahri's Q implemented?" or "What's Darius's win rate with Sword of the Occult?" That sort of question?
    This person would work closely with Systems Designers like those on the Player Behavior team, so it would be more focused on questions related to insights and research into systems like Honor, Tribunal and Team Builder.

    As a numbers person, one of the draws would be the opportunity to work with data on a massive scale and be a part of a team that works on bleeding edge research across a wide variety of disciplines including sociology, psychology, anthropology and more. You'd then be able to see how this research gets applied to our game design features!
    #5
    6 months, 1 week ago
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Mark
    Would it be possible to apply for an internship doing this?
    We do accept interns on the player behavior team--just apply in the Internship program to Game Design, and explicitly call out your interest to work on the player behavior team.
    #6
    6 months, 1 week ago
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by BF123456789
    What about a BSc in Psychology with a Masters in Neuroscience? It's not completely statistical but I do have a TON of experience in statistics as a result of my degrees.
    That could work. You have a similar background to my own (Masters in Cognitive Psychology and PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience), but in this case we're looking for someone who has a bit more statistical chops than I do.
    #7
    6 months, 1 week ago
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Menea6587
    Can you hold this job open for me until I get out of graduate school in 4 years?
    This is exactly the kind of job I want D:
    I'm sure Riot will be around in 4 years. We'll see you then!
    #8
    6 months, 1 week ago
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Fuzen kuden
    what im hopeing is riot has the idea is "we would like you to have the degree, but if you can show you know what your doing...well WELCOME ABORD!" i might be wrong >.>
    This is true for almost every position at Riot; however, this one in particular we'll be looking for specific stats/modeling skills that is more rare to acquire organically without going through a degree program.
    #9
    6 months, 1 week ago
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by VG Selphius
    This posting looks like it was designed for me after I finish my Masters in Information Science in two years. :P Already got two bachelors in econ and math, and been working in data processing and manipulation for 5 years now. Sadly, I live in Michigan and the commute would be a bit extreme.

    Good luck in your search!
    We do offer great relocation packages for strong candidates
    #10
    6 months, 1 week ago
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ChaosLogan
    So I have a Math degree, and do a lot of number crunching, spreadsheet mining, database querying in my current job. My fear is that I do not have the job experience with the particular set of tools (i.e. software) that you may be using in your data mining.

    I can read and write certain code ok, but I definitely can do the Math to English translation well. My experience in Sociology, Psychology, and Anthropology are lacking other than what a college bachelor's would provide. Would you recommend a further look at this position with what I have posted above?
    We actually don't care about what stats packages or software you use. Some of our researchers/analysts use R, SPSS or Matlab, while some just use Python or Excel. It really doesn't matter as long as your analyses are clean and accurate, and you're able to break down complex problems and apply the right methodologies or techniques to derive solutions.

    Your experience with Sociology/Psychology/Anthropology would just be a bonus--we have great mentors who will catch you up. Much of the work we do in these fields is brand new research, so we are looking for a diverse range of minds that can quickly learn new material and adapt their previous experience or knowledge to extend it.
    #11
    6 months, 1 week ago
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Goumindong
    How willing are you to ease up on the SQL/coding requirements and/or wait for those aspects to be trained/learned?

    My degree is in economics, and i'm halfway into/out of a masters. Most of the work is in complex statistical applications and model building so it would fit pretty well; but I don't know SQL other than I am pretty sure you probably use it to generate datasets.
    Happy to ease up on the SQL/coding requirements, but in those cases we'll be doing a few extra interviews to gauge your ability to pick up the material and ramp up.
    #12
    6 months, 1 week ago
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Vaekarion
    SQL/MySQL experience help with the massive scale of data?
    Definitely useful.
    #13
    6 months, 1 week ago
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Mandaari
    What kind of expert in statistics are we talking about? I'm a CS + Game dev major and I've done some work with surveys/statistics.
    Here's a few examples of things we're looking for, for this position. You don't necessarily need to be all of these things to apply--the more the better.

    An equipped technical translator: you speak the language of numbers, and translate raw data into reports and presentations that are easy for statistical [i.e. non-robot] laypeople to understand; Excel, Access, and MySQL are your BFFs, helping you deftly generate reports and analysis

    A data logistician: you adeptly navigate SQL and storage systems like Hadoop and Vertica; you recognize the importance of good logging and the challenges and opportunities associated with data warehousing schemes, relational databases, and distributed data

    An expert analyst: you have extensive experience navigating large, rich data frameworks; you've employed advanced analysis techniques so often that they're second nature, and you know that machine learning isn't just something that happens in the Matrix

    A model statistician: your favorite models are the predictive kind, and statistical methods such as Linear or Logistic Regressions are the runways they walk
    #14
    6 months, 1 week ago
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Eledhan
    Lyte,

    Is someone who can do things like this in 15 minutes good enough for this kind of job?

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...mc&usp=sharing

    These spreadsheets are simple examples of the things I have done in the past...I'm just curious if I should even bother with applying because I have all but the Database Software experience, but I learn new data systems constantly, as well as design and manage them for a living.

    I am currently working in a $6m not-for profit organization, as the Controller (my title does not reflect that yet...currently titled as Accountant and Business Analyst, but responsibilities on the level of a Controller). I play League of Legends about 20 hours a week, and talk about it non-stop to anyone who will listen. I have achieved Gold ranking in both SR solo queue and in 3v3's (just didn't keep the team together long enough in 3v3)

    My friends who play League all tell me that I should apply for a job at Riot, or if nothing else, stream my analytical and problem-solving skills so people can check it out online.

    Thoughts?

    -Eledhan
    That specific work would be more interesting for our Gameplay teams working on game balance. This position is going to be closely working with the player behavior team, so the focus is a little different.

    As an example, what's an interesting insight or report you could quickly scrape up from one of the existing player behavior systems? (Tribunal, Honor, Team Builder on PBE, etc)
    #15
    6 months, 1 week ago
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Nampoosh
    I am just wondering if a company like Riot could make use of someone with an Anthropology degree that is focusing on Linguistics.
    Possibly. What technical expertise do you bring? Do you have experience designing robust qualitative surveys? Have you run focus groups before?

    The specific degree doesn't really matter--it's about what skills you bring, and convincing us you can apply them in a variety of valuable ways around Riot.
    #16
    6 months, 1 week ago
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by sofie
    I have a question. I'm almost done with my statistics degree with a minor in mathematics, one year away, but my core classes all focus on R coding. Although I do have experience with python and excel, the only experience I have is in the medical field with research analysis. So I was wondering if MySQL is necessary to learn before applying?

    The main thing is, I am debating to change my degree, although this late, to marketing analysis. I also recently applied for a job at riot that was completely not in my field, so if I were to apply, so I submit a new application?
    Being an expert at R is a plus. We're willing to train you up in SQL, but if you are already well-versed in it at the time of application, that'll be a leg up on the applicants who haven't learned it yet.

    If the job is distinct enough from your previous application, it's probably OK to re-apply.
    #17
    6 months, 1 week ago
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by IS19cf4edfe65f8db57a3e9
    Whats the point of machine learning at riot when your servers are shiet they couldn't handle the computations needed. Let alone run servers

    Upgrade your gear before you even think of hiring more people, You need stronger equipment and that's were money is best spent at this moment.
    This might be surprising, but you can do multiple things at once as an organization.

    We're always focused on the live service and making it the best experience possible; but, we can still work on new features and research. An artist isn't going to wake up tomorrow and suddenly start ordering new hardware and racking them--well, some could, but it's not efficient.
    #18
    6 months, 1 week ago
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Eledhan
    I have done a ton of talking over issues with the current ranked system, and statistical/logical analysis with regards to the likelihood that a player could truly have an "unlucky" streak and end up in Bronze when they should be Gold, and have issues climbing out. Let me dig up the link...

    http://forums.na.leagueoflegends.com...3#post42062403

    That's my first post. I had a post roughly once per page (sometimes more, sometimes I would skip a page). After my contributions, the conversation shifted to problem-solving the issues with Ranked, and what we might be able to propose to Riot in order to address the issues.

    However, if I were to come up with one singular concept with regards to player behavior, I would say this...

    So, should I apply and give it a shot?
    Unsure. What's your experience crunching numbers in a software package of your choice? For example, R, Matlab, SPSS? Do you have SQL experience and writing optimized queries?
    #19
    6 months, 1 week ago
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by CJayC
    Hi Lyte. Any rewards for honor system yet?
    Not yet! We have plans, but have decided to fully focus on Team Builder for now.
    #20
    6 months, 1 week ago
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by FrozenXylaphone
    How important is the statistical know how?

    For instance, I am a computer scientist with advanced sql skills used to create programs that keep track of financial data for my company.
    But I have never worked with R or Matlab. I did take statistics in college, but my degree was computer science so it wasn't the focus.
    It's critical for this position because we need someone who can break down a problem space or question, determine the right techniques or methodologies to employ, then actually run the analyses themselves and generate the reports in plain English.
    #21
    6 months, 1 week ago
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Labcown
    In regards with Team Builder, can you tell us about the general direction you're taking it? As in, are you and your team still tailoring it to be a seperate queue alongside the current one like in most of the iterations seen one the PBE? Or are you trying to modify the experience to allow it to be used as the main queue and get rid of the queue we have now?
    Depending on the next few PBE tests, we're probably going to try some Live Betas on some servers and see how it performs there and what the player reception is.

    But, nothing is set in stone yet and I still have to dive into the latest reports on the last PBE test.
    #22
    6 months, 1 week ago
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by pro4never
    Bah every time I see posts like this it makes me want to continue developing my programming skillz.

    @Lyte - I hate to throw this off topic but I've always been curious... what type of job would someone with a background in program but emphasis on feature design and integration be looking at?... Cause I've avoided 'programming' jobs because I just don't feel I'd make a competitive candidate (plus the general career trajectory of a programmer in the gaming industry is horrifying) and so instead have focused more along designing and integrating features

    EG: I've done a lot of work writing pservers before but my focus has been on taking the concept of what the game should be and turning it into tangible features and systems that the original game never had.

    Anyways, best of luck to all the applicants!
    Sounds like you're interested in the Tech Designer role, which is a hybrid Game Designer with enough engineering expertise to contribute directly to the integration and execution of features.
    #23
    6 months, 1 week ago
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ChaosLogan
    Can you give a sample type question that someone might face in this position? Doesn't need to be Riot centric for the example, just a type of problem they will be facing.

    To be honest, this has gotten my attention to see if I could do something like this but I am afraid of what I don't know I don't know.
    One player behavior example would be: "How would you identify the positive players of a community?" or "Can you predict when someone is having a bad day, and that that is affecting their attitude or playstyle?"

    Your sources of data could be reports (all categories, received and sent), honors (all categories, received and sent), chat logs, game engagement (what game modes does a player play, how often, with who, etc), social networks (who is on a player's friends list?), etc.
    #24
    6 months, 1 week ago
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Fang0r
    @Lyte, I'm actually running a data mining operation on tribunal cases currently. I started from case 6690000 so I have about a month's worth of data (~17000 cases right now)

    Hopefully, I'll get some interesting results for you to look at over the weekend :O (though I wouldn't be surprised if you already have a framework set up for looking at tribunal data >_<)
    We do, but the fact that you can do it, and can generate insights from it would be a great bonus if you were to apply. If you can teach us something new about the systems or draw new insights to inform future decisions, then ++++++ bonus.
    #25
    6 months, 1 week ago
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Fang0r
    @Lyte, I'm actually running a data mining operation on tribunal cases currently. I started from case 6690000 so I have about a month's worth of data (~17000 cases right now)

    Hopefully, I'll get some interesting results for you to look at over the weekend :O (though I wouldn't be surprised if you already have a framework set up for looking at tribunal data >_<)
    We do, but the fact that you can do the analyses and generate insights from them is a plus if you were to apply. If you can teach us something new about the systems, or generate new insights we haven't figured out that can inform future decisions, then +++++ bonus points.
    #26
    6 months, 1 week ago
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by WizzadDeBz
    Ok so:
    BS in Business Economics and Finance
    BA in French
    Some academic background in Engineering and Accounting

    Statistics:
    Engineering statistics for applications (distributions, hypothesis testing, basic regression)
    Business Forecasting (Exponential smoothing, regression, and box-jenkins models, interpreting statistical data for business application[basic language for business reports])
    Eviews, Minitab, and Excel

    Basic database background from Computer management/information systems. Family in big data and programming so I could learn other stuff pretty easily in theory.

    Soc/Psyc background limited to Organizational behavior and basic psychology and whatever human insights I've gained from extensive language/literary background.

    I have a feeling the stat background is not intense enough but just curious.
    Might be a bit weak on the stats background, but it's close. Do you have strong experience with SQL?
    #27
    6 months, 1 week ago
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Fudouri
    Woo. While you are replying, I don't know if you remember me. Over the summer (maybe it was last summer) I had played with the Tribunal data and it was just a lot of fun. Stopped because I got frustrated with the lack of data.

    Is there any way to get an NDA or what not to access some of the fields which currently can't be scraped? No interest in a job (as much as I'd like to, think I'm outside salary expectations), but I feel like the tribunal is one of the most interesting places to get social experiment data and so it would be fun to play with.
    If you are part of an academic institution, we do collaborate with them on research. Otherwise, it'd be difficult to get data as an independent researcher for now.

    What do you mean outside salary expectations?
    #28
    6 months, 1 week ago
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by King Rath
    Hey Lyte,

    What sort of team would one at this position be working with or is it more of a solo lane? Is there a preferred number of years experience? I have a BS in Information Technology and finishing my MS in Information Technology both emphasizing in database technologies. Also have some experience under my belt. I'll be sure to apply. Feel free to tweet me @savtwo

    Thanks!
    This person would be working directly with the player behavior team, and dabbling with a variety of game design teams. There's no preferred number of years of experience--just bring critical problem solving, statistical expertise and a strong understanding of games.
    #29
    6 months, 1 week ago
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by KiteAzure
    Hi lyte I met you at the world championships when you were with your wife! I was walking around with miss ryze at the time, you guys are great and I still love your video about league behavior!
    I remember you! Hope you've been enjoying League and looking forward to Team Builder
    #30
    6 months, 1 week ago
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by GundayMonday
    Hey Lyte,

    Applied for the Statistician posting a few months back and have my third interview next Tuesday with Mr. Bonaparte. Would you mind taking a look at my resume? This is the kind of work I'd like to be doing and I fit every desired quality you listed. Good luck finding someone awesome for this regardless!
    If you're already in the pipeline for Statistician and having a third interview, just mention to Mr. Bonaparte that you have a strong interest in player behavior--we often have statisticians from their department directly on our player behavior design team.
    #31
    6 months, 1 week ago
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by KWolff
    Hey Lyte!

    Question first: I've read through the posting and your previous comments. Anything specific within the declared subject matter areas you are looking for? You mentioned SQL in prior posts, and the posting refers to Machine Learning. Anything else? Also, what kind of skills would you prefer an applicant has mastered, and what do you think you could 'train to' or mentor?

    My background:
    B.S. in Math/Stat (Pre-Actuarial Science)
    Data Analyst in banking industry.
    I use SQL and SAS every day for my data mining and analysis.
    I use Tableau for reporting.
    I know my way around Python and Octave ("free Matlab").
    Have used R, but not regular user.
    Have been to Riot to interview for similar positions in the past, will be there again in coming weeks (mentioned this to you on Twitter).
    Recently completed a Machine Learning course through Stanford (on Coursera); very excited to begin applying these methods.
    In my prior interview, I have identified player behavior and game design roles (as an analyst) as my top interests.
    No formal instruction or experience in Game Design, but feel I have good instincts. Seeking mentorship in this area.

    Right now, I'm kind of on the fence as to whether I should apply or not; I'm very much focused on the other position at Riot right now. However, it makes sense to pursue both as I am not a CA resident, and I'd prefer to optimize my time & money (as well as yours) in the event that the other position ends up not being the best fit. My expectation is to be a the Riot offices in the next 2-4 weeks (waiting for my recruiter to set it up). Ideally, I'd just stay an extra day and visit with your team then. Your thoughts? I don't know if you'd prefer I go through the official channels (apply, phone interview, etc.) first, talk to me while I'm there, or wait and see how the other interview shakes out.
    In your situation, I'd just talk to your interviewers and mention a strong interest in design and player behavior. We often fly candidates down and find out during their interviews that there is a better fit elsewhere in the company.

    During our interview process, we first determine whether a person should be a Rioter, then figure out what's the best position fit for them at the studio.
    #32
    6 months, 1 week ago
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by RocketSlug
    Lyte, I'm really excited for this job posting, as it matches closely with what my current job's responsibilities. Bachelor's in Industrial Engineering (Operations Research) from Georgia Tech, currently working in supply chain management as a data analyst. I support the demand planning team and am the go-to guy for any data pull and master of every report that our team generates. Previous experience in other roles also included root cause analysis for various business issues.

    My only concern is probably my technical skillset. Currently working on applying for a Master's program in data science, but from your previous posts in this thread I'm interested if my current credentials are sufficient, since I do have some saving graces. Our data frameworks at my current company aren't rich (nothing massive, standard SAP Enterprise Resource Planning system), but I'm a whiz with crunching that data in Excel. Seriously, some of the sorcery I've cooked up in my worksheets would have me burned at the stake for witchcraft. And anything I can't do in the cells I automate by writing my own macros and scripts (handy for actually generating the reports). Coursework from college has taught me MatLab, MySQL (relational databases in general), and Java for programming languages as well, and am familiar with the principles of distributed computing models like MapReduce/Hadoop (no practical experience, however), but they're slightly stagnant for lack of use in my current role.

    As an answer to your previous question on interesting insights, the some questions I would like to investigate include:
    • The value-add for allowing a lane position selection for non-captains queuing into team builder. Controlling for champion, investigate how often an offered position is rejected by the player before one is accepted and compare with the increase in queue time. Will probably also need survey data on how frustrating searching for the "perfect" team is. Would players prefer longer wait times with smaller chance of rejection or a more "speed dating" approach?
    • Player behavior in response to honor. Investigate whether being honored or being on the team of an honorable player improves other players' behavior in future games, how long that effect lasts, and whether it increases the likelihood of those players honoring others. Can positivity spread like toxicity does? Implications for possible pareto principle effects on positive (i.e. above neutral) behavior.
    • Performance metrics for the Tribunal, like mean time a case spends in deliberation and other such details an operations research geek like me would appreciate.
    • (FAR OUT THERE, inspired by your PAX East 2012 panel) Investigate possibly creating player psychographic profiles to augment matchmaking. Build models that would automatically rate your playstyle as casual/competitive, team-oriented/selfish, tactical/strategic, and matchmake players that are not only similar skill-wise (MMR) but also of similar/compatible psychographic profiles.
    If you can do the things you list and more, you should apply and chat with us. We're doing a lot of those investigations, but I always like seeing new, creative looks at the same problem space and it's clear you are thinking in the right direction.
    #33
    6 months, 1 week ago
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DaejinTye
    Problem here is, there are a LOT of people who can do jobs like this. However, they don't have any credentials because they couldn't go to school, or didn't go to school for that specific area.

    *Sigh*
    Wish I could get hired for video-game related anything... I'd become the best at what I do.
    Don't get bogged down about school or degrees. If you know how to do this stuff, apply and show us. Do a report with a cool insight, and attach it to the application.
    #34
    6 months, 1 week ago
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Maximum Jarvan
    Hey Lyte I know this is off topic but how does one get on the more team or become a shoutcaster? I feel that the lore of League is kind of neglected and would love to work on it. However I also love LCS and would love to get to be apart of the experience and seeing as I will probably never go pro that seems like a nice alternative. In general I love this game and would move to LA to be a janitor at Riot if it mea being a part of the experience.
    I believe our Creative Writing team is hiring, you'd have to check the Careers page. That's the team that does work on the lore.

    For shoutcasting, you'd have to apply to the relevant position in eSports.
    #35
    6 months, 1 week ago
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Maximum Jarvan
    Thanks for the reply. You're my first red response and I have been a GD man for months now. Thank you Lyte senpai.
    Edit
    I am having a hard time getting to the appropriate addresses to look into what you posted. Could you possibly give me a link? I know you're busy but I am trying to di this on a smart phone and it is kind of a pain.
    Looks like I was wrong. We're only looking for Senior Creative Designers right now, and here's the job description:

    http://www.riotgames.com/careers/sen...ative-designer
    #36
    6 months, 1 week ago
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by miamibadboi
    Lyte do you guys use STATA or similar programs (SAS, ect.) to analyse big data?
    Depends on the Rioter. Some use R, STATA, SPSS, Python, Matlab, etc.
    #37
    6 months, 1 week ago
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by blindworld
    Hi Lyte,

    Out of curiosity, do you ever hire anyone who has no experience with League of Legends? My fiancé is a statistics nerd (degree in mathematics), has a lot of experience with big data and modeling in the medical field but has never actually played League of Legends. I have no idea what she's talking about most of the time, but I know she has experience in R and SQL, some knowledge of Hadoop, and loves modeling and regression analysis. We have frequent discussions about game theory (she's a board gamer) and she her typical response to losing (especially on kickstarter purchases) is something along the lines of "Did they even run Monte Carlo simulations on this game?!"
    Applicants don't have to have League of Legends experience, but they do need to be gamers. We take games and play pretty seriously here, and it wouldn't be a good cultural fit if a person just didn't believe video games were a core part of their life.
    #38
    6 months, 1 week ago
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Apocalypsicl
    Lyte,

    I'm very intrigued by this position. I'm currently the director of institutional research a 4-year college. I basically analyze student, faculty, and staff data and prepare dashboards and reports based on that data in order to inform decision making for the senior team.

    To see an example of my statistical reasoning (note that I intentionally left out the mathy talk), see this ancient post:

    http://forums.na.leagueoflegends.com...t=apocalypsicl

    Here are a couple of analyses I would be interested in running if I worked for you guys:

    1) To what degree do players honor "calling" in a game lobby?

    I would look at all game lobbies where the message "adc" (or other similar messages like "ad" or "adc please") and look at the percentage of games where they (the first player to "call" adc) end up playing the only adc in the game.

    I would then see how this percentage varied by:
    Actual pick order (was this person 2nd pick, 3rd pick, etc.)
    Elo (of individual, or average of team)
    Over time (are people less likely to "honor" pick order now vs season 1)

    2) Does a team's initial attitudes (as defined by the messages in lobby and in first 2 minutes of game) affect win-rate?

    The "team attitude score" could be gauged according to the use of words and phrases that are known to lead to positive reports for individual players. So, the use of words like "gl hf," "fill," "thanks," "sure," would increase a team's attitude score, and words that get censored and other words like "feed," "suck," "don't" etc. would contribute toward a negative team attitude score.

    I would then run a logistic regression to see if Team A's (chosen randomly) attitude gap (calculated as Team A's attitude score - Team B's attitude score) could predict a win.

    If this effect did exist (and I bet it would), what could it mean?
    Well, maybe every game lobby should have a tiny delay of being able to enter a chat, and the first message that would appear in the chatbox would be "Riot Team: Good luck, and have fun!" This may prompt a positive mindset before any messages are typed.

    Should I apply? (I know, a stupid question)
    Interestingly, people asking if they should apply isn't a stupid question. By us saying "Yes" or "No" it gives all other readers insight into where the potential bar might be, and helps filters the applicants down to the qualified, top-notch candidates.

    If you can run the analyses above yourself using the software package of your choice, and your design chops are good enough to own the design of some of our systems, you definitely should apply.
    #39
    6 months, 1 week ago
  • Lead Social Systems Designer
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ArmySquirrel
    So kind of a whatever your preference is and whatever you want to use to get the job done in a timely fashion?
    Basically We can get you whatever software you need, all that matters are that the outcomes are insightful and accessible.
    #40
    6 months, 1 week ago
  • Lead Social Systems Designer
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ShaidyAdvice
    @Lyte I actually just applied for this position and after stumbling upon this thread and seeing that it's with the player behavior team I'm even more excited. Here's hoping HR recognizes that a physics PhD possesses the desired skill set.
    Good luck, hope to see you in a panel!
    #41
    5 months, 2 weeks ago