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- Your host is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Ian Schweer about building the data systems that power League of Legends
- How did you get involved in the area of data management?
- Can you describe what League of Legends is and the role that data plays in the experience?
- What are the characteristics of the data that you are working with? (e.g. volume/variety/velocity, structured vs. unstructured, real-time vs. batch, etc.)
- What are the biggest data-related challenges that you face (technically or organizationally)?
- Multiplayer games are very sensitive to latency. How does that influence your approach to instrumentation/data collection in the end-user experience?
- Can you describe the current architecture of your data platform?
- What are the notable evolutions that it has gone through over the life of the game/product?
- What are the capabilities that you are optimizing for in your platform architecture?
- Given the longevity of the League of Legends product, what are the practices and design elements that you rely on to help onboard new team members?
- What are the seams that you intentionally build in to allow for evolution of components and use cases?
- What are the most interesting, innovative, or unexpected ways that you have seen data and its derivatives used by Riot Games or your players?
- What are the most interesting, unexpected, or challenging lessons that you have learned while working on the data stack for League of Legends?
- What are the most interesting or informative mistakes that you have made (personally or as a team)?
- What do you have planned for the future of the data stack at Riot Games?
- From your perspective, what is the biggest gap in the tooling or technology for data management today?
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