Life at Pixelberry

Pixelberry is a studio in Mountain View, CA dedicated to creating games with heart. Many members of our team have worked together in the mobile space for over a decade. We're 5 for 5 in developing Top 100 games that blend addictive design with compelling narrative gameplay.

Through our Top 10 title High School Story, we've partnered with leading nonprofits to tackle teen issues like cyberbullying and eating disorders in our storylines, donating $350,000 to The Cybersmile Foundation in the process. Our current focus is Choices: Stories You Play, a digital storytelling platform that's landed us in the Top 25.

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
  • 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 2D Artist

We’re looking for a veteran 2D painter to support our hit mobile game, Choices: Stories You Play. The ideal candidate will be highly flexible and able to work in a creative, fast-paced, team-collaborating environment, delivering in-game art assets as well as promotional and cinematic illustrations. This is an on-site, full-time position. Pay rate is competitive.

Responsibilities

 Together with your fellow artists, you will be working closely with multiple teams of writers and producers to materialize characters and environment art for Choices interactive books in a variety of genres such as romance, sci-fi, fantasy, and horror/mystery; renders would also cover a variety of styles such as illustrated realism, cartoon, or anime. You will also be responsible for creating promotional and cover illustrations that will give you the opportunity to paint your heart out.

Requirements and Experience

  • 5+ years as a 2D painter.
  • An expert in Photoshop, both as a painter and as an image manipulator.
  • Proficient in Illustrator.
  • Possesses a good understanding of lighting, color, forms and composition.
  • Able to create multiple concept iterations of the same spec, while working within design constraints.
  • Able to paint anatomically correct humans and animals from different angles as well as bring out personality through subtle facial features or body posture.
  • Able to paint natural skins, hair, fabrics, etc.
  • Well-versed in a variety of art styles such as illustrated-realism, anime, cartoon, etc.
  • Able to provide solid art assets while meeting strict deadlines.
  • A great team player who can both take the lead and be led by others.
  • Good communication skills are a must.
  • Energetic and enthusiastic.
  • Highly organized.

Plusses

  • Familiarity with all Adobe Creative Suite applications, such as Flash and After Effects.  
  • Familiarity with 3D capabilities in Maya, Max, or Zbrush, etc.
  • Knowledge of fashion and how to create stylish and attractive outfits.

Materials Requested

  1. A cover letter indicating why you’re interested in the position.
  2. A current resume highlighting relevant and educational experience.
  3. Your portfolio: Only digital formats such as a website, blog or online album are accepted. Physical media will not be considered.
  4. An art test might be required if the work presented doesn’t adequately demonstrate a similar style to Choices.
  5. Please put your resume, cover letter, and portfolio into the body of an email (no attachments) with the subject line 'Senior 2D Artist - [Your Name]'. Submit materials to Howard at artjobs@pixelberrystudios.com.

Entry Level Project manager

We’re looking for an entry level project manager to assist our staff as we produce content for Choices: Stories You Play, a hit narrative-based game. With weekly releases to coordinate across several interactive books, the candidate should be comfortable working in a fast-paced, highly creative startup environment. This is an on-site, contract position that requires at least 40 hours per week. Pay rate is competitive.

Duties include

  • Working with writers, artists, and developers to make sure internal processes run as efficiently as possible.
  • Developing new pipeline processes that increase overall productivity.
  • Approaching content with a critical eye, and finding ways to improve quality of releases.
  • Light scripting of game economy and design flow.
  • Performing technical entry, including data migration.  
  • Managing the schedule, including elements needed for creating and releasing a Book and weekly chapters.
  • Creating internal documentation.

Important Skills

  • Good communication skills are a must.
  • Highly organized.
  • Some familiarity with coding (Taken a few CS courses).
  • Energetic and enthusiastic.
  • Comfortable working with spreadsheets (Google Docs/Excel).

Additional Helpful Skills

  • Good art/fashion/pop culture instincts and knowledge.
  • Comfortable communicating directly with fans.

Materials Requested

  1. A cover letter indicating why you’re interested in the position.
  2. A current resume highlighting relevant and educational experience.
  3. Please put your resume and writing sample into the body of an email (no attachments) with the subject line 'Entry Level Project Manager - [Your Name]'. Submit materials to Max at producerjobs@pixelberrystudios.com.

Entry level art producer

We’re looking for an entry level art producer to assist the Product Leads and Senior Writers on our staff as we produce content for Choices: Stories You Play. With weekly releases to coordinate across several interactive books, the candidate should be comfortable working in a fast-paced, highly creative startup environment. The ideal candidate for this role is a highly-organized individual, interested in mobile gaming with a keen eye for artistic details. This is an on-site, contract position that requires at least 40 hours per week. Pay rate is competitive.

Duties Include

  • Create art requests that are in line with the genre of the product. (Knowledge of fashion trends is a plus.)
  • Work as a point of contact between the Product Lead and the art team.
  • Find reference images based on writer suggestions.
  • 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.
  • Process art into its final in-game version.
  • Create or edit images for marketing, social media.

Important Skills

  • Good communication skills are a must. This candidate must understand the vocabulary of both the writing team and the art team.
  • Highly organized.
  • Energetic and enthusiastic.
  • Basic understanding of art fundamentals (You've taken a few art or drawing courses.)
  • Comfortable working with spreadsheets (Google Docs/Excel).
  • Photoshop.

Additional Helpful Skills

  • Good art/fashion/pop culture instincts and knowledge.
  • Loves fashion.

Materials Requested

  1. A cover letter indicating why you’re interested in the position.
  2. A current resume highlighting relevant and educational experience.
  3. Please put your resume and writing sample into the body of an email (no attachments) with the subject line ‘Entry Level Art Producer - [Your Name]‘. Submit materials to Max at producerjobs@pixelberrystudios.com.

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 and 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.

    Please put your resume and writing sample into the body of an email (no attachments) with the subject line 'Junior Game Writer - [Your Name]’. Candidates will not be considered without a writing sample. Submit materials to Chelsa at writerjobs@pixelberrystudios.com.

    We encourage you to download and play Choices: Stories You Play, High School Story, and Hollywood U (available on iOS, Android, and Kindle) 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.
    4. Please put your resume and writing sample into the body of an email (no attachments) with the subject line 'Choices Remote Game Writer - [Your Name]’. Candidates will not be considered without a writing sample. Submit materials to Chelsa at writerjobs@pixelberrystudios.com.
    5. We encourage you to download and play Choices: Stories You Play, High School Story, and Hollywood U (available on iOS, Android, and Kindle) to get a feel for the type of work our studio does.

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


    external script writer (contract, off-site)

    We are looking for writers to work on contract, delivering content for our hit mobile game “Choices: Stories You Play.” The content will come in the form of scripts that include dialogue, descriptions of action, and branching narratives based on player choices. Payment will come on delivery of chapters (approximately 5000 words each) with bonuses upon hitting certain milestones. Pay rate is competitive.

    JOB DESCRIPTION AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    You will be working with an editor to deliver high-quality interactive narrative content for the game “Choices: Stories You Play” in the form of game scripts.  You’ll be provided with some general training and samples of our formatting, as well as a detailed outline for the content you’ll be writing.  You’ll receive feedback on each chapter you complete and revise as necessary, with the expectation of one round of revisions. You’ll also keep track of story elements like characters and locations and write short descriptions for how you envision them for us to give to our art team.

    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.

    We are only interested in writers who have at least one professional writing credit. This can be a published book, a purchased screenplay, work on a released video game, etc.

    This is an external contractor position, not full-time employment. The work will be done remotely, off-site.

    PLUSSES

    • Major in English, specifically creative writing.
    • Knowledge about and passion for the gaming industry, specifically the mobile gaming space.
    • Understanding of current trends and pop culture. 

    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; we strongly encourage you to play a few chapters of Choices to get a feel for the kind of stories we tell.
    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.
    4. Please put your resume and writing sample into the body of an email (no attachments) with the subject line 'Choices External Script Writer - [Your Name]’. Candidates will not be considered without a writing sample. Submit materials to Andrew at contentjobs@pixelberrystudios.com.
    5. We encourage you to download and play Choices: Stories You Play, High School Story, and Hollywood U (available on iOS, Android, and Kindle) to get a feel for the type of work our studio does.

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