I’ve always had a passion for video games.
As a lawyer, there were plenty of interesting
things to work on, but the stuff I really wanted to work on,
the clients I really wanted
to represent, were the video game clients.
When I tell people I work in video games,
the first thing they wanna know is,
“What specifically do you do?”
And when I tell them I’m a lawyer that works
in video games, I think most people think that’s pretty cool,
although a lot of people are sorta confused.
They wanna know more.
What does that mean?
And it’s always kinda fun to see the different
ways that people react ’cause a lot of people don’t know what lawyers do for video game companies.
You have employment lawyers, lawyers who are
doing deals, lawyers who are managing litigation…
I do a lot of intellectual property work,
so I get to view a lot of the content that’s being created
and check it for legal issues
before it goes out to millions and millions of people.
And that’s what I really love about being
a lawyer in a video game company.
I get to have a direct impact on content that
goes out to millions of players around the world.
My dad was a software developer, so we always
had really great computers, just around the house.
And as soon as we had computers, there were
inevitably games that we could download.
I remember playing Whacky Wheels, Commander
Keen, some of these really old games.
Having a 25 megahertz, you know, processor
on your computer was super exciting.
From there I was just, whatever I could get
my hands on, I was playing games all the time.
I started my journey to professional gaming
in middle school when I stopped playing Warcraft 2 and I started playing Starcraft.
And once Starcraft came out, it changed everything
I even rearranged my schedule when I got into
high school to make sure all of my classes were just the right way,
so I could get home
as early as possible, start playing as much Starcraft as possible.
I needed to get in at least five and a half
hours of Starcraft every single day to compete at a high level,
and I played every day, all
the time – and that’s all I really cared about.
Once I cracked the top five in the Starcraft
ladder, I got approached to join a professional gaming team in Korea.
It was the very first Western professional
Unfortunately my parents wouldn’t let me go,
so I had to finish high school.
But eventually I was able to take that passion,
and, you know, 20 years later, it came back to help me get my job here at Riot.
We had a lawyer at our firm who represented
Ubisoft, and I was always knocking on his door.
“Hey, can I please work with you?
Can I please work with you?
I wanna work for Ubisoft and the other game
companies you represent.”
And after being relentless, he finally gave
me some stuff to work on,
and that only made me thirstier for more video game clients and
video game matters.
And it just happened that I reconnected with
someone who I had met playing Starcraft 20 years ago,
and one thing led to another, and
I had an opportunity to come in-house.
And I couldn’t be happier.
Riot is a special place because a lot of the
people here, if not most of the people here, love video games.
It’s this sort of shared passion for games
that makes this a really awesome place to work.
Everyone is on the same page about making
great games for players.
If you love playing video games, and you want
to work in the video game industry, don’t give up.
I was in high school, I was 15 years old,
and it was my dream to work in the video game industry.
It took 20 years to actually work in the video
game industry, and I never thought it would happen.
My parents discouraged me, they wanted me
to have a “real job,” and eventually I got a real job.
But you know, 20 years after the fact, I realized
that what I really wanted was to be in the video game industry.
That passion had never gone away, and if that’s
you, don’t ever give up on that dream, even if it takes you 20 years to get there.