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


Marketing Designer (On-Site)

The Pixelberry User Acquisition team is looking for an organized design generalist with both graphic design and video experience who is interested in working in a creative and fast paced marketing environment. Your primary functions will be to help conceptualize and execute on performance focused creative. Additionally there will be an opportunity to work on app store related elements as well as social media creative efforts. The marketing designer will also be expected to help organize and manage design assets for sharing with external content partners. You are a strong team collaborator on larger projects while also being able to work comfortably as a sole contributor. This is an on-site position for our Mountain View office.

Responsibilities

  • Organize and maintain marketing assets
  • Providing information and assets to external marketing partners
  • Regular generation of new creative concepts
  • App store related design collateral
  • Brand oriented social channel marketing content
  • Cross team collaboration
  • Work with and suggest improvements to existing creative pipelines
  • Research and share industry trends and competitive insights

Requirements

  • Advanced knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Best practices on visual mediums (digital and print)
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Layout and Graphic Design expertise
  • Exceptional eye for design, composition, color, and typography
  • Basic knowledge of video editing principles
  • Digital painting

Positives

  • Marketing creative experience
  • Writing ability
  • Gaming industry experience
  • Love for games (especially Choices!)
  • Experience working with contractors and agencies
  • Experience with playable ad units

MATERIALS REQUESTED

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

Please submit materials to Norman at this link: https://pixelberry-studios.workable.com/jobs/659957

Location: Mountain View, CA


Soundtrack Composer

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: https://pixelberry-studios.workable.com/jobs/659082

Candidates without all the above materials will not be considered.


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


Community Manager (On-Site)

We're looking for a skilled Social Media and Community Manager to help boost Pixelberry's brand across various platforms in innovative ways while supporting a growing player community. This is an on-site, full-time position. Pay is hourly and based on experience.

Responsibilities

You will be working on the Community Management team to foster a positive and engaged player community, with a focus on our newest game, Choices: Stories You Play. Given our small studio format, the ability to adapt and learn new skills is a must. Some of your responsibilities will include:

  • Act as a key point of contact between the online fan community and Pixelberry
  • Represent player interests, concerns, and feedback to other studio teams
  • Assist with customer support on social media platforms
  • Assist in communication between Community Management, writers, and other studio teams
  • Coordinate between the Support Team and other studio teams to ensure consistent messaging
  • Compose written content and use Photoshop to plan, create, and post on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and more)

REQUIREMENTS

Our ideal candidate approaches social media with both a professional and creative eye, while staying on top of current pop culture and online trends. Candidates should be able to readily receive feedback, promote communication between teams, and quickly assess social media landscapes.

  • Bachelor's degree required
  • 1+ years of experience in customer service
  • 1+ years of professional experience in running social media accounts and/or community management
  • 3+ years of experience planning and creating consistent online content (blogs, social media, and other public-facing content)
  • Proficient in utilizing social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Twitch) to maximize impact and reach
  • Skilled in Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Google Docs, and Excel
  • Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills
  • Attention to detail and ability to handle sensitive situations

POSITIVES

  • Major in English, Communications, Marketing, Graphic Design, or related fields
  • Technical proficiency (some computer science coursework)
  • Skilled in graphic design, video editing, and other forms of content creation
  • Experience with community moderation in an online environment
  • Experience with both online and offline event planning
  • Knowledge of and passion for the gaming industry, specifically mobile games

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 social media portfolio, including professional accounts and individual content samples demonstrating your social media management experience

Submit all materials at this link: https://pixelberry-studios.workable.com/jobs/606370

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

Candidates without all the above materials will not be considered.


Entry Level Art Producer (On-site)

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, full-time position that requires at least 40 hours per week. Pay rate is competitive.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • 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
  • Task external art vendors to create background, characters, and clothing
  • 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
  • Assist artists with art polish approval

REQUIREMENTS

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

POSITIVES

  • In-depth knowledge of art fundamentals and current fashion trends
  • Prior game-making experience (either professionally or in an academic setting)

MATERIALS REQUESTED

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

Submit all materials to Stella at this link:  https://pixelberry-studios.workable.com/jobs/603868

Candidates without all the above materials will not be considered.

Location: Mountain View, CA


Entry Level Technical Producer (On-site)

We’re looking for an entry level technical producer 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, full-time position that requires at least 40 hours per week. Pay rate is competitive.

RESPONISBILITIES

  • Performing technical entry and configuring files
  • Light scripting of game economy and design flow
  • Managing the schedule, including elements needed for creating and releasing a Book and weekly chapters
  • Creating internal documentation

REQUIREMENTS

  • Some familiarity with coding (you've taken a few CS courses)
  • Good communication skills are a must
  • Highly organized
  • Energetic and enthusiastic
  • Comfortable working with spreadsheets (Google Docs, Excel)

POSITIVES

  • Experience working in a team setting
  • Prior game-making experience (either professionally or in an academic setting)
  • Experience with Photoshop or similar

MATERIALS REQUESTED

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

Submit all materials to Steve at this link: https://pixelberry-studios.workable.com/jobs/603852

Candidates without all the above materials will not be considered

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


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 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


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 


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 all 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) *** TEMPORARILY CLOSED ***

    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 all materials to Owen 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.

      

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