As Product Lead for VALORANT Esports in North America and OCE, you will guide the efforts of building a thriving competitive ecosystem for VALORANT. Your strategic vision, entrepreneurialism, product management skills, operational excellence and passion for esports will help you to establish new standards in professional esports.
To create holistic, outstanding experiences for players, fans and esports organizations, you will partner with different stakeholders and teams from our local teams of publishing, production, broadcast, business development, league management and operations to the Global Esports team in Los Angeles.
You will report to the Head of Esports, NA and OCE to align your product strategy with our overall esports strategy for these regions. This role is based in Los Angeles.
You will be committed to ensuring that Riot continues to be the most player-focused game company in the world.
• Run the holistic product experience, P&L and strategy of new or current projects for VALORANT competitions in the NA+OCE regions.
• Build, lead and develop a growing and highly dedicated team focused on delivering amazing experiences to VALORANT fans, teams and pro players.
• Develop and design a fan experience that puts players and fans first while being commercially viable
• Act as a fusion point between competitive operations, business development and finance.
• Focus on the growth of the NA esports team's relationships with tournament organizers, professional esports organizations and pro players to drive successful relationships and help foster the continued growth of the professional VALORANT ecosystem in NA+OCE.
• Manage external teams and vendors to ensure the esports experiences are tailored to, and resonant for, each local market's fanbase.
• Coordinate between partners and Riot stakeholders (global team, marketing, game teams) towards a shared vision and roadmap for VALORANT esports.
• Maintain deep understanding and current awareness of the esports, sports and entertainment industry.
• 8+ years of product leadership experience in sports, tech, or entertainment;
• 4+ years of experience managing others, including hiring and performance management
• Extensive experience in competitive product management; experience in online / offline esports event production.
• Experience setting a clear strategic vision and translate that vision into a cohesive portfolio of competitive products
• Experience negotiating deals with tournament organizers, production companies, broadcasters and media groups.
• Expert knowledge of the esports and gaming industry globally.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Detail-oriented and digitally organized
• Experience working with remote teams and external vendors
• Understanding of the tactical shooter genre
• Experience with VALORANT as a game and the esports ecosystem
• Experience with esports business from the league operator and pro team perspective.
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!
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).
Jobcode: Reference SBJ-rnkzpk-18-204-2-146-42 in your application.