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

Art

Design

Engineering

Production

Quality Assurance

Writing


Background Concept Artist *** TEMPORARILY CLOSED ***

Pixelberry Studios is seeking an efficient and productive 2D environment artist to support our hit mobile game, Choices: Stories You Play. This is a project-based contract position. The artist will work closely with art leads to continuously provide background sketches for the unceasing background assets we produce for every new book.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Choices’ interactive novels include a variety of genres such as romance, sci-fi, fantasy, and horror/mystery in styles from illustrated realism, to cartoon, to anime, and etc. You will be provided with one spec sheet per background and will generate quick, adequate, and creative concepts for the team.

REQUIREMENTS

  • 5 years of experience in Photoshop as a painter and image manipulator.
  • Expert in environment art in all genres, time periods, and styles.
  • Able to eyeball all forms of perspective drawing and invent architectural spaces.
  • Able to provide solid art assets while meeting strict deadlines.
  • An enthusiastic and flexible team player who can multitask and is willing to learn and improve.
  • Good communication skills are a must.
  • Highly organized.

MATERIALS REQUESTED

  • A cover letter indicating why you’re interested in the position.
  • A current resume highlighting relevant and educational experience.
  • Your portfolio: Only digital formats such as a website, blog or online album are accepted. Physical media will not be considered.
  • An art test might be required if the work presented doesn’t adequately demonstrate a similar style to Choices.

Please submit materials to the Hiring manager at this link: *** TEMPORARILY CLOSED ***

Candidates without the above materials will not be considered.


Junior 2D Artist (On-Site) *** TEMPORARILY CLOSED ***

We’re looking for a 2D painter to support our hit mobile game, Choices: Stories You Play. The artist will be productive and flexible accomplishing a range of tasks in a fast-paced, team-collaborative studio. This is an on-site, full-time position. Pay rate is competitive.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Choices’ interactive novels include a variety of genres such as romance, sci-fi, fantasy, horror/mystery in styles from illustrated realism, cartoon to anime. You will be assisting the art team in the rendering and post-rendering process with in-game assets. Additionally, you will be involved in other creative disciplines such as FX animations and promotional art.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Proficient in Photoshop as a painter and image manipulator
  • Trained in fundamental character animation skills
  • Proficient in Illustrator, creating vector art assets
  • Able to provide solid art assets while meeting strict deadlines
  • An enthusiastic and flexible team player who can multitask and is willing to learn and improve
  • Good communication skills are a must
  • Highly organized

POSITIVES

  • Competent in multiple art styles such as illustrated realism, anime, cartoon, etc.
  • Knowledge of fashion and how to create stylish and attractive outfits

MATERIALS REQUESTED

  • A cover letter indicating why you’re interested in the position
  • A current resume highlighting relevant and educational experience
  • Your portfolio: Only digital formats such as a website, blog or online album are accepted. Physical media will not be considered
  • An art test might be required if the work presented doesn’t adequately demonstrate a similar style to Choices

Submit materials to Hiring Manager at this link: *** TEMPORARILY CLOSED ***

Candidates without all the above materials will not be considered


Product Designer (Mid/Senior, On-Site)

As a Product Designer, you’ll work closely with a team of talented individuals across several disciplines within our organization to expand and develop new features for Choices: Stories You Play.

Your primary responsibilities will involve owning specific features within the Choices storefront and to design tools to support our liveops pipeline. This can range from the design of player rewards, social messaging systems, book recommendation system, to internal tools that support content generation. You will be involved in many aspects of production, from ideation of features to finalizing in-game implementation of those ideas.

Responsibilities

  • Engage in the ideation process and produce pitches and prototypes for new features
  • Build wireframes and app flow layouts
  • Design tools to help streamline our workflow pipeline.
  • Document and communicate designs to other teams.
  • Collaborate with a small, tight team in developing intricate systems.
  • Monitor and improve existing features based on data driven performance analysis

Requirements

  • At least 5 years professional experience in either Mobile App Design, Game Systems Design (not level design)
  • Strong grasp of modern app design patterns
  • Technical writing. Experience crafting clear and concise specs, user flows, and feature documentation
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • A great attitude and desire to work in a team environment
  • Experience with Sketch, Photoshop and Omni or equivalent software

Positives

  • Strong affinity for casual games on mobile
  • Cocos 2d experience
  • Technical proficiency (Scripting experience / CS coursework).
  • Familiarity with narrative based game design
  • Experience with balancing game economy
  • Experience with pipeline development
  • Experience with A/B testing methodology

Other Perks

  • Feel good about what you do. Our game has literally saved lives
  • Job stability. Our team is 5 for 5 in launching games into the Top Grossing 100
  • Conveniently located across the street from Caltrain
  • Good work/life balance. We are family-friendly and look at things in the long term
  • Work from home on Tuesdays and Thursdays!
  • Competitive salary and benefit packages

Materials Requested

  • Cover letter, indicating why you are interested in the position
  • A current resume, highlighting either game design and systems design related experience
  • A portfolio showcasing your most recent work

Please submit materials at this link: https://pixelberry-studios.workable.com/jobs/728657

Candidates without all of the above materials will not be considered. 

Location: Mountain View, CA


Software Engineer - iOS and Android

Pixelberry Studios, a studio at Nexon, is the developer of the hit game, Choices: Stories You Play. Our team is 3 for 3 in launching games into the Top 25 Grossing on iOS, with Choices getting into the top 5 recently. We believe that innovative game design, commercial success, and making a difference all go hand in hand. We’ve leveraged the success of our games to teach millions of people about serious topics, like cyberbullying and eating disorders.

We are based in Mountain View, CA, and are looking for local candidates.

Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with a small, tight production team
  • Code native applications for iOS and Android, using C++ and the cocos2d-x framework
  • Research new technologies and shape the technology roadmap
  • Develop fun, innovative features played by millions
  • Participate in all aspects of the project life-cycle, from design through release

REQUIREMENTS

  • BA, BS, MS or PhD in Computer Science or related technical fields
  • 3+ years game development
  • Solid foundation in OOP
  • Great communication skills
  • Ability to solving tough problems
  • Fluency in C++

POSITIVES

  • Experience working on iOS/Android
  • AWS expertise

BENEFITS

  • High level of autonomy
  • Work from home Tuesday, Thursdays!
  • Competitive salary and benefit packages. Pay commensurate with experience.
  • Great working environment. Many team members have been working together for more than 10 years
  • Love what you do

MATERIALS REQUESTED

Location: Mountain View, CA


Server Engineer - iOS and Android

Pixelberry Studios, a studio at Nexon, is the developer of the hit game, Choices: Stories You Play. Our team is 3 for 3 in launching games into the Top 25 Grossing on iOS, with Choices getting into the top 5 recently. We believe that innovative game design, commercial success, and making a difference all go hand in hand. We’ve leveraged the success of our games to teach millions of people about serious topics, like cyberbullying and eating disorders.

We are based in Mountain View, CA, and are looking for local candidates.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Collaborate with a small, tight team in developing successful games
  • Design, plan, and implement high performance, scalable server architectures
  • Explore new technologies and solve cutting edge technical challenges
  • Develop fun, innovative features played by millions
  • Participate in all aspects of the project life-cycle, from design through release

REQUIREMENTS

  • BA, BS, or MS in Computer Science or related technical fields
  • 3+ years of Java experience in a server environment
  • Ability to solving tough problems at scale
  • Great communication skills
  • Solid understanding of OOP

POSITIVES

  • Experience with the Amazon Web Services stack (Dynamo, S3, EC2, EB, SQS, etc;)
  • Game industry experience

BENEFITS

  • High level of autonomy
  • Work from home Tuesday, Thursdays!
  • Competitive salary and benefit packages. Pay commensurate with experience.
  • Great working environment. Many team members have been working together for more than 10 years
  • Love what you do

MATERIALS REQUESTED

Location: Mountain View, CA


Engineering Manager (On-Site)

We are looking for a talented Engineering Manager to lead development at Pixelberry for our hit mobile game “Choices: Stories You Play.” You'll work with the best interactive fiction game team in the industry, with the many on the team working together for over 10 years.

You would be responsible for the development team delivering performant, well built, stable features to players across the world. You would lead projects by architecting features, managing their development and testing, and getting them shipped. Projects will span the whole stack - from front end client work in C++ to back end services built in Java on AWS. In addition to the technology, you would manage developers and handle hiring to grow your team, while maintaining best practices of unit testing, CI, code reviews, etc.; A portion of your time will be reserved for development - we believe this is a good way to know what's happening on the ground.

You would be working with a highly seasoned team, one that believes in delivering category leading product that touches millions. We’ve leveraged the success of our game to teach millions of teens about serious topics, like cyberbullying. We believe that innovative game design, commercial success, and making a difference all go hand in hand.

We are based in Mountain View, CA. This position is an on-site, full time position.

REsponsibilities

  • Lead a small, tight development team in software development
  • Contribute throughout the whole lifecycle of shipping fun, innovative features played by millions
  • Oversee technical design for native client and cloud services
  • Architect scaleable services in AWS
  • Code native applications for iOS and Android
  • Research new technologies and create roadmaps for future capabilities
  • Work closely with founding team in planning for the future

Requirements

  • 7 years+ of software engineering experience
  • 2 years+ of experience in the games industry
  • 2 years+ of management experience
  • A passion to work on games
  • Firm grasp of modern best practices for software development, including agile methodologies, unit testing, etc.;
  • Expert level understanding of Java and C++

BENEFITS

  • Competitive salary
  • Strong health insurance
  • Love what you do

This Job is Different

  • Feel good about what you do. Our game has literally saved lives
  • Learn about the business side of mobile games. Our team is 3 for 3 in launching games into the Top 25 Grossing on iOS
  • Good work/life balance. All three founders have families with young children and take a long term view on company growth
  • Enjoy good company. We’re a small, tight team that enjoys each other’s company. Two couples actually met via the studio and got married

How to Apply


Soundtrack Composer ***Temporarily Closed***

Pixelberry Studios is looking for a composer / soundtrack creator to provide musical score for our hit game, Choices: Stories You Play.

Applicants should be musical chameleons, well-versed in a variety of soundtrack music styles, from chillout jams to superheroic themes to historical melodies. Your professional quality tracks will set the mood for the story -- whether it be romance, horror, or sci-fi action! This is a fantastic opportunity to stretch your musical muscles in a fast-paced and rewarding video game studio environment!

Applicants must be able to produce polished tracks from initial composition to final product quickly, keeping pace with our content production pipeline.

Requirements

  • Able to produce tracks from initial composition to final product
  • Able to listen to an incorporate feedback from writers, producers, and other team members
  • Energy and enthusiasm
  • Strong writing, editing, and communication skills
  • Proficiency in Google Docs, Sheets, and standard inter-team communication tools

Positives

  • Major in Musical Composition or other college music degree
  • Knowledge of sound effect techniques
  • Technical proficiency, CS 101 or other computer science coursework
  • Knowledge of and passion for the gaming industry, specifically mobile games
  • Knowledge of and passion for soundtracks

MATERIALS REQUESTED

  • A cover letter indicating why you're interested in the position
  • A current resume highlighting educational background and relevant work experience
  • A link to your musical portfolio

Please submit materials here: *** TEMPORARILY CLOSED ***

Candidates without all the above materials will not be considered.


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 all materials to Steve at palley@pixelberrystudios.com.

Location: Mountain View, Ca 


Art Producer (English, mandarin; On-site)

We’re looking for an art producer, fluent in both Mandarin and English, to assist the Product Leads as we produce and translate content for Choices: Stories You Play.

With frequent releases to coordinate across several interactive books, the candidate should be comfortable working in a fast-paced, creatively-driven startup environment. The ideal candidate for this role is a highly-organized individual, interested in mobile gaming, with a keen eye for artistic details, ability to express themselves visually, and can translate fluidly between English and Mandarin.

Candidates must regularly consume and be up-to-date with Asian entertainment, including movies, dramas, music, games, and literature. Pay rate is competitive.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Create and/or translate art requests that are in line with the genre of the product. (Knowledge of Asian fashion trends is required.)
  • Work as a point of contact between the Product Lead, art team, and external vendors.
  • Task vendors to create background, characters, and clothing.
  • Provide art feedback at all stages to make sure the finished product hits the right quality bar and is consistent with other assets.
  • Curate all art resources; organize spreadsheets, keep track of everything in the pipeline.
  • Assist artists with art polish approval.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Excellent communication skills are a must. This candidate must understand the vocabulary of both the writing team and the art team in English and in fluent Mandarin.
  • Highly organized.
  • Energetic and enthusiastic.
  • Basic understanding of art fundamentals. Some art classes required.
  • Comfortable working with spreadsheets.
  • Expertise with Photoshop and other design and illustration software.
  • Self-starter.

POSITIVES

  • Prior game-making experience (either professionally or in an academic setting.)
  • Regularly consumes and is up-to-date with Asian entertainment and trends.
  • Experience with Asian art styles, specifically shojo, josei, and other female-focused formats.
  • Solid illustration skills are a big plus!

MATERIALS REQUESTED

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

Please submit materials at this link: https://pixelberry-studios.workable.com/jobs/744673

Candidates without all the above materials will not be considered.


QA Story Tester (On-Site)

Pixelberry Studios brings innovation to mobile games and we could use some extra hands! We are seeking for a full-time contractor to work onsite at our Mountain View office for 40-60 hours per week depending on work load. This is a 6-month contracting position with the opportunity contract extension and/or converting to permanent hire.

RESPONSIBILITIES

You will be working with the QA Story team to create and follow test plans, perform ad-hoc, creative, and structured testing on mobile applications. Our ideal candidate should possess excellent writing skills as our games are heavily story driven, have familiarity working on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, and have knowledge in testing applications on iOS and Android devices.

Given our small-studio format, you might find yourself wearing a variety of hats; candidates should be open and eager to learn new skills. 

Requirements

  • Strong in English. 
  • Familiarity with the mechanics of playing mobile games on iOS and Android devices in order to test and report bugs.
  • Willingness to work under direction and independently.
  • Ability to manage time, meet deadlines, and prioritize effectively.
  • Strong communication skills for effectively conveying issues found with the writing team.
  • Technical proficiency (some computer science coursework is a plus, but not necessary.)

Materials Requested

  • A current resume and a cover letter, highlighting QA Game Testing or other relevant work experiences.
  • At the end of the cover letter, answer the following question:
    • What is your favorite video game of all time and why? Be specific as possible. Two sentences or less responses will not be accepted.

 

Please submit all material at this link: https://pixelberry-studios.workable.com/jobs/777842

Candidates without all of the above materials will not be considered.

Location: Mountain View, CA


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 all materials to Eric 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


Junior game writer (on-site) *** Temporarily CLosed ***

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 all materials to Chelsa at this link: *** TEMPORARILY CLOSED ***

    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 


    English to Simplified Chinese Translation Editor & Writer (on-site)

    We are offering an English to Simplified Chinese Translation Editor & Writer position for our latest game, Choices: Stories You Play. Position is full-time, in-office. Pay rate is competitive, depending on experience.

    You would be working with a team of producers and writers to deliver weekly, quality content to our story-based apps. This position involves extensive editorial work, translation of existing stories, game testing, creative writing, and some social media networking as well as other more technical or artistic tasks. Fluency in Simplified Chinese and understanding of Chinese societal norms, culture, and entertainment is a must.

    REQUIREMENTS

    Our ideal candidate writes stories with interesting characters and compelling narratives, is able to follow the established style and tone of our games through translation into Simplified Chinese, 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. Candidates must regularly consume and be up-to-date with Asian entertainment, including movies, dramas, music, games, and literature.

    POSITIVES

    • Recently (within last 5-8 years) moved from China to the Bay Area.
    • Technical proficiency (some computer science coursework).
    • Knowledge about and passion for the gaming industry, specifically the mobile gaming space.
    • Familiarity making posts on Facebook, Twitter, and tumblr.
    • Familiarity with Photoshop, Pixelmator, or other photo-editing software.
    • Understanding of current Chinese high school trends and pop culture.
    • Regularly consumes and is up-to-date with Asian entertainment and trends

    MATERIALS REQUESTED

    • A cover letter, indicating why you’re interested in the position.
    • A current resume, highlighting writing 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 all materials to this link: https://pixelberry-studios.workable.com/jobs/742826

    Candidates without all of the above materials will not be considered.