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Senior Tech Artist, Tools & Pipeline

18 days ago by Riot Games

  Los Angeles (California), USA

Level: Senior

Contract: Full Time (Paid)

Sector: Art

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In 2009, Riot released its debut title League of Legends and has since gone on to become the most played PC game in the world and a key driver of the explosive growth of esports. Delivering visually stunning experiences for a global audience while also building new games gives artists exciting and complex problems to solve. Here, artists are working not only with one another, but also side-by-side with game designers, narrative writers, audio designers, and engineers, to ensure that each piece of content from Riot reaches the level of quality players deserve. From animations to illustrations, cinematics to comics, characters to environments, we work as a team to put players first.

The mission of Technical Art on League of Legends is to establish and improve the systems, tools, rigs, and workflows that unleash the creativity of our artists and allow the production of the best possible art content for our players.

As a Tools & Pipeline Technical Artist, you’ll focus on defining and building the tools and tech that get our art assets into the game. This will involve building pipelines and workflows for DCC (Digital Content Creation) software, collaborating with engineering in the design of our in-house tools, and consulting with art to discover the best possible solutions to the challenges we face.

Responsibilities:

  • Level up the end-to-end workflow for our many art disciplines, such as Character Art, Animation, Environment Art, and VFX
  • Provide technical support to artists working from our art workflows, collecting data to further improve the tools they are using, making recommendations and improvements where necessary
  • Produce technical assets (such as shaders/materials)
  • Prototype new art assets and build asset generation pipelines and tools
  • Collaborate with production to develop a long-term strategy to maintain and evolve the art workflows for your product
  • Build close relationships with artists you work alongside with to better understand their needs and collaborate on designs and solutions
  • Build close relationships with essential engineers to help guide the design of the best possible workflows and in-house tools for our artists
  • Translate art direction into technical requirements, and technical constraints into creative constraints

Required Qualifications:

  • 5+ years experience as a technical artist in games or related industries
  • Demonstrated expertise in game development using modern engines, such as Unreal or Unity
  • Demonstrated expertise in content creation and tool development in DCC tools, particularly Maya and Photoshop
  • Demonstrated expertise in UI/UX design and front end development (Qt/PyQt skills are a plus)
  • Fluent Python programmer
  • Highly proficient communication skills and capacity to act as an ambassador between art and engineering
  • Superb critical thinking skills, particularly as it pertains to translating artistic requirements to sustainable workflow design

For this role, you'll find success through craft expertise, a collaborative spirit, and decision-making that prioritizes the delight of players. We will certainly be looking 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 the experiences of players, this could be the role for you!

Desired Qualifications

  • Comfortable writing C++
  • Experience with Substance Designer and Substance Painter
  • Experience in shader writing (HLSL/GLSL)

Our Perks:

We offer medical, dental, and vision plans that cover you, your spouse/domestic partner, and children. Life insurance, parental leave, plus short-term and long-term disability coverage are also available. Riot will support your retirement benefits with a company match, and double down on your donations of time and money to non-profit charitable organizations. Balance between work and personal life is encouraged with open paid time off, and a play fund so you can broaden and deepen your personal relationship with games.

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).

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