Life at Pixelberry

Pixelberry is a studio in Mountain View, CA dedicated to creating story games with heart. Many members of our team have worked together in the mobile space for over a decade. Our Top 25 app, Choices: Stories You Play, is a narrative game played by millions of players around the world.

None of this would be possible without a tight-knit team of eager, passionate, and talented minds. At Pixelberry, we do what we love, and we love what we get to do. The entire company laughs through lunch together daily, lines up for movie field trips on opening day, and plays board games late into the night. And the first time you get a thank-you message from a troubled teen player or their mother telling you that your game literally saved their life, you’ll know that you haven’t just found a job. You’ve found a purpose.

Other perks

  • Relaxed, open office environment
  • Free food and snacks
  • Work from home Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Board game nights, movie field trips, and murder mystery parties!
  • That warm fuzzy feeling that you’re not just making a difference at a company, but in the lives of people all over the world

OPEN Positions


Senior game writer (on-site)

Pixelberry Studios is looking for talented, experienced senior writers to lead content for our hit mobile game “Choices: Stories You Play.” You'll work with the best interactive fiction writing team in the industry, craft characters, plots, and series concepts, and see your writing come to life in the game. This is an on-site position with benefits that requires at least 40 hours per week. Pay rate is competitive, depending on experience and hourly with the option of paid overtime.

Our ideal candidate creates stories with interesting characters and compelling narratives, is able to follow the established style and tone of our games, and can write from a variety of perspectives. Additionally, candidates should be able to adapt writing to meet requirements, and consistently meet deadlines. Excellent copywriting and editing skills are a must.

responsibilites

You would lead a team to deliver high-quality interactive narrative content for the game “Choices: Stories You Play.” This position involves leading brainstorms, outlining, reviewing outlines to ensure cohesiveness of storytelling, hands-on writing, extensive editorial work, game testing, and collaboration. You'll also work with an art producer to ensure the vision and quality of the final product, and give feedback to artists.

Requirements

  • At least one professional writing credit. This can be a published book, a purchased screenplay, work on a released video game, etc.
  • 5+ years of relevant work experience.
  • Experience working creatively and collaboratively with a team.
  • Experience with revision, incorporating feedback, and giving constructive feedback.

Plusses

  • Leadership or management experience.
  • Major in English, specifically creative writing.
  • Knowledge about and passion for the gaming industry, specifically the mobile narrative gaming space.
  • Passion for a specific genre of writing, i.e. Romance, Fantasy, Adventure.
  • Technical proficiency (some computer science coursework or knowledge).

Materials requested

  • A cover letter, indicating why you’re interested in the position. In this letter, please state the top three genres you would be interested in writing for Choices; we strongly encourage you to play a few chapters of Choices to get a feel for the kind of stories we tell. Please include if you're able to be on-site in Mountain View, CA.
  • A current resume, highlighting writing or editing work and educational experience.
  • A writing sample (short story, script, or game writing). We prefer fictional samples of writing that showcase friendship and romance. If you have more than one applicable sample, you can send more than one.

Submit materials to Max at this link: https://pixelberry-studios.workable.com/jobs/562648

Candidates without all the above materials will not be considered.

Location: Mountain View, CA

Keywords: senior, game writer, writing, mobile games, iOS, Android

Video Compositor and Animator (On-Site Preferred)

Pixelberry Studios is looking for a video compositor with animation experience to assist the game team and marketing team across various projects. You should have experience and expertise in creating dynamic motion graphics for engaging video marketing material and in-app content. Your experience in animation helps you bring 2D assets to life for use in a highly creative fast paced environment. As a highly creative visual storyteller, you pride yourself in your ability to create quality, polished and impactful content for our highly successful interactive storytelling app, Choices.

Responsibilities 

  • Delivering high quality video marketing creatives in a fast paced environment
  • Creating animations and motion graphics using static imagery
  • Producing new and iterating on existing videos to be implemented in our mobile marketing campaign strategy
  • Work closely with the art team to conceptualize and execute in-game animation

Requirements

  • 2+ years of experience as a video compositor and animator.
  • Proficiency with the Adobe Creative Suite (After Effects, Premiere, Photoshop, Illustrator)
  • Experienced in character rigging in After Effects.
  • Trained in fundamental character animation skills.  
  • Experienced in incorporating sound effects and design into video
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to effectively present ideas

Plusses

  • Digital illustration experience
  • Experience with Element 3D, Maya or Cinema 4D
  • Enjoy creating visual content for social media platforms
  • Experience working with online marketing platforms, Google, Facebook, etc.

Materials requested

  • A cover letter, indicating why you’re interested in the position
  • A current resume, highlighting work and educational experience
  • Portfolio of most recent and relevant work in digital formats such as a website, blog or online album are accepted. Physical media will not be considered.
  • Also be prepared to take a motion graphic and compositing test with supplied assets.
  • Please put your resume, cover letter, and portfolio into the body of an email (no attachments) with the subject line ‘Video Compositor/Animator - [Your Name]‘.

Submit materials to Howard at artjobs@pixelberrystudios.com.

We encourage you to download and play Choices: Stories You Play, High School Story, and Hollywood U (available on iOS and Android) to get a feel for the type of work our studio does.

Product Manager (On-site)

Pixelberry Studios is a rapidly growing developer of story-driven mobile games. We’ve had a lot of commercial success -- our first three releases have made the Top Grossing charts -- but we also try hard to make a positive difference in our players’ lives and the world at large. For instance, we’ve promoted special content in our games to raise money and awareness for nonprofits like the Cybersmile Foundation and the National Eating Disorders Association. We think games can and should be a powerful force for good, and our company culture reflects that mindset.

We’re looking for a talented Product Manager to help us make data-driven improvements to our newest Top 20 Grossing mobile game, Choices: Stories You Play. This is an on-site, full-time position. Pay rate is between $90,000 to $125,000, based on experience. The ideal candidate will possess:

  • The intellectual curiosity necessary to research a product and ask the right questions about how to improve it;
  • A love for developing intuitive hypotheses of usage and gameplay to answer those questions;
  • The scientific chops to develop and execute tests of those hypotheses;
  • The design knowledge and communications ability to make product recommendations based on those results;  
  • A love of games, interactive entertainment, and fiction;
  • A penchant for learning quickly and adopting new roles as circumstances require;
  • And, most importantly, the ability to thrive as part of a very close and very diverse team.

A successful applicant will quickly see why members of the Pixelberry family tend to stick around for the long haul. We all work from home two days a week. We get awesome health insurance and free meals. Our office is a two-minute walk from the San Antonio Caltrain station in Mountain View. Finally, our co-founders are among the most experienced and successful team leaders in the entire mobile games industry, meaning that there is no better place to learn and grow.

Requirements

  • At least 3 years of experience in a Product Management or Analyst role at a mobile-first tech company (ideally mobile games)
  • Fluent in Excel and Google Docs for Work
  • Extensive management of A/B tests and experiments
  • Intermediate or better SQL
  • BA or BS degree (ideally in a quantitative or social scientific field)

Plusses

  • Expertise in Game Design and/or User Experience Design
  • Familiarity with survey research and/or focus group testing
  • Experience with fiction, television, and/or film writing or production, particularly in Young Adult or female-focused genres

Materials Requested

  • A current resume highlighting relevant and educational experience.
  • Please put your resume into the body of an email (no attachments) with the subject line 'Product Manager - [Your Name]'.

Submit materials to Steve at palley@pixelberrystudios.com.

Location: Mountain View, Ca 

Office Manager / Payroll Manager (on-site)

Pixelberry Studios is looking for an office manager / payroll manager to help office operations run smoothly at our Mountain View location. The ideal candidate for this role is a detail-oriented, organized go-getter with strong communication skills and the ability to see tasks to completion. Accounting experience is a strong plus. This is an on-site, full-time position with benefits that requires at least 40 hours per week. Pay rate is competitive and depends on experience.

Responsibilities

  • Maintaining organization and neatness of office spaces and conference rooms, addressing any concerns with either company or property management.
  • Managing costs for office-related services and items, such as weekly office lunches and supplies.
  • Planning and executing events by working within a budget to maximize value, including office celebrations, movie trips, and holiday parties.
  • Acting as the main point of contact between property management and company operations.
  • Managing and utilizing a team of interns.
  • Planning seating charts and office furniture layout to ensure a comfortable environment.
  • Partnering with hiring team to acclimate new hires and potential employees and to create and post new job listings.
  • Handling inter-office issues calmly and professionally.
  • Coordinating with managers and employees to obtain and confirm information required for payroll.
  • Processing payroll accurately and in a timely fashion.
  • Coordinating with payroll service providers on preparation of payroll tax returns and tax payments.
  • Managing payments for vendors and remote contractors.
  • Help CEO, COO, and Studio Manager with financial, operational, and other company-wide tasks.

Requirements

  • Exceptional planning and organizational skills with strong attention to detail.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Effective self-management skills and problem-solving and the ability to take tasks from initiation to completion.
  • Familiarity with payroll and benefits programs (ADP and Zenefits a plus), budget management, and human resources operations.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and adapt on short notice.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Google programs.
  • Ability to handle physical tasks as needed (e.g., lifting delivery boxes and assembling furniture).
  • Preferred: At least 3 years of relevant experience.


Materials Requested

  • A cover letter indicating why you’re interested in the position.
  • A current resume highlighting relevant and educational experience.

Submit materials to Adrienne at this link: https://pixelberry-studios.workable.com/jobs/539476

Location: Mountain View, CA

Junior game writer (on-site)

We are offering an entry-level “Junior Game Writer” position for our latest game, Choices: Stories You Play, at our Mountain View office. This is an on-site position with benefits that requires at least 40 hours per week. Pay rate is competitive, depending on experience, with the option of paid overtime (overtime is 1.5 x the hourly rate per hour).

    Job Description and Responsibilities

    You will be working with a team of writers to deliver weekly, quality content to our story-based apps. This position involves creative writing, extensive editorial work, game testing, and some social media networking as well as other more technical or artistic tasks. Given our small-studio format, you might find yourself wearing a variety of hats; candidates should be open and eager to work in several roles and learn new skills.

    Requirements

    Our ideal candidate writes stories with interesting characters and compelling narratives, is able to follow the established style and tone of our games, and can write from a variety of perspectives. Additionally, candidates should be able to receive frequent feedback, adapt writing to meet requirements, and consistently meet tight deadlines. Excellent copywriting and editing skills are a must. 

    Plusses

    1. Major in English, specifically creative writing.
    2. Technical proficiency (some computer science coursework).
    3. Knowledge about and passion for the gaming industry, specifically the mobile gaming space.
    4. Familiarity making posts on Facebook, Twitter, and tumblr.
    5. Familiarity with Photoshop, Pixelmator, or other photo-editing software.
    6. Understanding of current high school trends and pop culture.

    Materials Requested

    1. A cover letter, indicating why you’re interested in the position.
    2. A current resume, highlighting writing and educational experience.
    3. A writing sample (short story, script, or game writing). We prefer fictional samples of writing that showcase friendship and romance. If you have more than one applicable sample, you can send more than one.

    Submit materials to Chelsa at this link: https://pixelberry-studios.workable.com/jobs/510064

    We encourage you to download and play Choices: Stories You Play, High School Story, and Hollywood U (available on iOS and Android) to get a feel for the type of work our studio does.

    Location: Mountain View, CA

    Keywords: entry level, entry-level, junior, game writer, writing, mobile games, iOS, Android 


    remote game writer (contract, off-site)

    We are looking for writers to work on contract, delivering content for our hit mobile game “Choices: Stories You Play.” You'll brainstorm with the team, craft characters, plots, and series concepts, and see your writing come to life in the game. Pay is hourly and based on experience.

    JOB DESCRIPTION AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    You will be working remotely with a team to deliver high-quality interactive narrative content for the game “Choices: Stories You Play” in the form of game scripts. This position involves creative writing, extensive editorial work, game testing, and collaboration.

    On-site training: Writers will come to our Mountain View office for 3 months of creative and technical training.

    REQUIREMENTS

    Our ideal candidate creates stories with interesting characters and compelling narratives, is able to follow the established style and tone of our games, and can write from a variety of perspectives. Additionally, candidates should be able to accept and incorporate feedback, adapt writing to meet requirements, and consistently meet deadlines. Excellent copywriting and editing skills are a must.

    This is an external contractor position, not full-time employment. The work will be done remotely, off-site. There will typically be between 40 to 50 hours of work each week. Overtime rates will apply over 40 hours per week. You will be expected to frequently attend video conference calls for brainstorming, training, and weekly writer syncs. Pay is competitive.

    PLUSSES

    • Major in English, specifically creative writing.
    • Knowledge about and passion for the gaming industry, specifically the mobile narrative gaming space.
    • Understanding of current trends and pop culture.
    • Passion for a specific genre of writing, i.e. Romance, Fantasy, Adventure.
    • Technical proficiency (some computer science coursework).

    MATERIALS REQUESTED

    1. A cover letter, indicating why you’re interested in the position. In this letter, please state the top three genres you would be interested in writing for Choices.
    2. A current resume, highlighting writing and educational experience.
    3. A writing sample (short story, script, or game writing). We prefer fictional samples of writing that showcase friendship and romance. If you have more than one applicable sample, you can send more than one. We strongly encourage you to play a few chapters of Choices to get a feel for the kind of stories we tell.

    Submit materials to Owen at this link: https://pixelberry-studios.workable.com/jobs/510075

    We encourage you to download and play Choices: Stories You Play, High School Story, and Hollywood U (available on iOS and Android) to get a feel for the type of work our studio does.

     

    Keywords: external, contract, game writer, writing, mobile games, iOS, Android