A few years ago, I got contacted by an industry friend of mine who I had worked with a few times over the course of my career. At the time he was recruiting for Riot and noticed I was looking for work over social media. He contacted me and asked if I would be interested in working remotely for the team. I couldn’t say no. They sent me a computer and got me ramped up with the animation skins team on League Of Legends.
The talent at Riot is unbelievable. I found myself rather intimidated to be honest. It was an amazing opportunity and I got to work with some fantastic people. Tom Robbins, for example, was initially my point person on the team. He is a great guy and was a hell of a mentor – getting me up to speed with their pipeline while keeping me on my toes with my animation quality. There are many, many more amazing animators I worked with during my time at Riot. Far too many to list. Make no mistake about it, they are very, very good at what they do.
Sadly, things didn’t work out in the long run. In the end it came down to my lack of passion for the project. I hadn’t played League Of Legends before that time and I had a pretty tough time getting into it. It just wasn’t for me and it showed in my work as time went on. So take note that if you’re working on something that your heart isn’t into, it will ultimately affect your work. I am forever grateful for my time with the good folks at Riot.
Some of the emotes I made: