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

Design

Engineering

Production

Quality assurance

User Acquisition


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


Senior Software Engineer

Pixelberry Studios, a division of Nexon, is the creator of the hit game "Choices". Our team has been around since 2011, and is 3-for-3 launching games into the AppStore's Top 25 Grossing chart. Choices has smashed our wildest expectations, recently breaking into the Top 5. We believe that innovative game design, commercial success, and making a difference all go hand in hand. We are based in Mountain View, CA, and are looking for local candidates.

Our world-class development team is in search of a Senior Software Engineer. The winning candidate will help us work on supporting our award-winning game Choices. Working alongside our tight, razor-sharp team with a high degree of autonomy, you will take ownership of architecting new features, troubleshooting issues, and shipping new product. We will rely on you to work alongside veteran designers, producers, and artists, delivering the game to our millions of fans worldwide.

Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with a small, tight production team to develop successful games

  • Code mobile apps and accompanying tools using C++ (cocos2d-x framework)

  • Research new technologies and help architect the technology roadmap

  • Participate in all aspects of the project life-cycle, from design to release

  • Develop fun, innovative features played by millions

REQUIREMENTS

  • 3+ years of C++

  • Computer Science degree or equivalent work experience

  • Solid foundational programming skills (algorithms, data structures, OOP, etc)

  • Experience working as part a lean / iterative engineering team

POSITIVES

  • Experience working on iOS/Android

  • Professional game development experience

  • Cocos2d-x experience

  • Javascript experience

BENEFITS

  • Competitive salary.

  • High level of autonomy and freedom.

  • Work from home Tuesdays and Thursdays.

  • Full benefits package (PTO, 401k, Medical, Dental, Vision).

  • Easy commute (one block away from CalTrain).

  • Free food and snacks, movie nights, and field trips.

HOW THIS JOB IS DIFFERENT

  • Feel good about what you do. Our game has literally saved lives.

  • Engineering-led organization. The majority of our founders are coders, and still code day-to-day. Great environment to grow and thrive around senior mentors.

  • Learn about the business side of mobile games. Our team is very good at what we do.

  • Good work/life balance. We are family-friendly and look at things in the long term.

  • Enjoy good people. We’re a small, tight team that enjoys each others' company. Two couples actually met via the studio and got married.

MATERIALS REQUESTED

We believe that the unique contributions of all our team is the driver of our success. To make sure that our products and culture continue to incorporate everyone’s perspectives and experience we never discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, or marital, veteran, or disability status. All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines. Pixelberry is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Location: Mountain View, CA


Senior Platform Engineer

Pixelberry Studios, a division of Nexon, is the creator of the hit game "Choices". Our team has been around since 2011, and is 3-for-3 launching games into the AppStore's Top 25 Grossing chart. Choices has smashed our wildest expectations, recently breaking into the Top 5. We believe that innovative game design, commercial success, and making a difference all go hand in hand. We are based in Mountain View, CA, and are looking for local candidates.

Our world-class development team is looking for a Senior Platform Engineer. The winning candidate will help us build reliable and secure services that drive our narrative gaming stack. Working alongside our tight, razor-sharp team with a high degree of autonomy, you will take ownership of architecting new tools, rolling out server infrastructure, and engineering platform services. We will rely on you to deliver mission-critical components, serving our millions of fans worldwide.

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

  • Participate in all aspects of the project life-cycle, from design through release

  • Develop fun, innovative features played by millions

REQUIREMENTS

  • 3+ years of Java experience in an enterprise platform environment

  • Computer Science degree, or equivalent work experience

  • Ability to solve cutting-edge technical challenges at scale

  • Solid foundational programming skills (algorithms, data structures, OOP, etc)

  • Experience working as part a lean / iterative engineering team

POSITIVES

  • Experience with the AWS stack (Dynamo, S3, EC2, EB, SQS, etc;)

  • Professional game development experience

  • Automation & Scripting experience.

BENEFITS

  • Competitive salary.

  • High level of autonomy and freedom.

  • Work from home Tuesdays and Thursdays.

  • Full benefits package (PTO, 401k, Medical, Dental, Vision).

  • Easy commute (one block away from CalTrain).

  • Free food and snacks, movie nights, and field trips.

How this job is different

  • Feel good about what you do. Our game has literally saved lives.

  • Engineering-led organization. The majority of our founders are coders, and still code day-to-day. Great environment to grow and thrive around senior mentors.

  • Learn about the business side of mobile games. Our team is very good at what we do.

  • Good work/life balance. We are family-friendly and look at things in the long term.

  • Enjoy good company. We’re a small, tight team that enjoys each others' company. Two couples actually met via the studio and got married.

MATERIALS REQUESTED

We believe that the unique contributions of all our team is the driver of our success. To make sure that our products and culture continue to incorporate everyone’s perspectives and experience we never discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, or marital, veteran, or disability status. All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines. Pixelberry is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Location: Mountain View, CA


Data Engineer

Pixelberry Studios is the creator of the chart-topping hit game "Choices". Our team has been around since 2011, and is 3-for-3 launching games into the AppStore's Top 25 Grossing chart. Choices has smashed our wildest expectations, recently breaking into the Top 5. We believe that innovative game design, commercial success, and making a difference all go hand in hand. We are based in Mountain View, CA, and are looking for local candidates.

We're hiring a Data Engineer to join our world-class development team. Our Big Data platform processes over a billion of events per game to support our analysts and other functional groups, to make better business decisions. Working alongside our tight, razor-sharp team with a high degree of autonomy, you will develop and support various real-time ETL processes to transform data from different input sources including our own game SDK. We will rely on you to take ownership of architecting and maintaining data pipelines, integrating new feature data, and scale to serve our millions of fans worldwide.

Responsibilities

  • Design, build and launch efficient & reliable data pipelines to move and transform data

  • Own the data engineering component of the solution end-to-end

  • Assist with all parts of our internal analytics system (ETL, Redshift, Airflow)

  • Provide technical support and advice to the analytics and data visualization team

Requirements

  • 2+ years back-end web services programming (Java or Scala or Python)

  • 3+ years of relational database experience (MySQL, RedShift, Vertica)

  • Computer Science degree, or equivalent work experience

  • Experience with the AWS big data SaaS stack (Kinesis, Firehose)

  • Experience designing, implementing, and maintaining custom and structured ETL

  • Experience working as part a lean / agile engineering team

Bonus Points

  • Experience with scalable systems in a load balanced environment

Benefits

  • Competitive salary.

  • High level of autonomy and freedom.

  • Work from home Tuesdays and Thursdays.

  • Full benefits package (PTO, 401k, Medical, Dental, Vision).

  • Easy commute (one block away from CalTrain).

  • Free food and snacks, movie nights, and field trips.

Materials Requested

  • A cover letter indicating why you’re interested in the position

  • A current resume highlighting relevant experience

Please submit materials at this link: https://pixelberry-studios.workable.com/jobs/854365

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

How This Job is Different

  • Feel good about what you do. Our game has literally saved lives.

  • Engineering-led organization. The majority of our founders are coders, and still code day-to-day. Great environment to grow and thrive around senior mentors.

  • Learn about the business side of mobile games. Our team is very good at what we do.

  • Good work/life balance. We are family-friendly and look at things in the long term.

  • Enjoy good company. We’re a small, tight team that enjoys eachothers' company. Two couples actually met via the studio and got married.

We believe that the unique contributions of all our team is the driver of our success. To make sure that our products and culture continue to incorporate everyone’s perspectives and experience we never discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, or marital, veteran, or disability status. All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines. Pixelberry is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To all 3rd party recruiting agencies: Nexon does not accept agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our recruiters, employees or any other company location. Nexon is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.


Development Executive

Pixelberry Studios, a Nexon company, 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. 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 Development Executive to join our new LA Studio and help us scale our production of world-class interactive content. The ideal candidate will possess the outstanding creative instincts and broad knowledge of entertainment necessary to shape ideas into commercially viable products; the ability to recruit and effectively communicate with a wide variety of writers, including Hollywood talent, published novelists, interactive specialists, and less experienced up-and-comers; substantial expertise in editing and annotation; and proficiency managing many live projects at once.

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 and enjoy a good deal of flexibility in our schedules on top of that (especially valuable in Los Angeles). We get awesome health insurance and free meals. Finally, this role is a rare opportunity to join and grow with a new studio from the ground up, while also enjoying support from a highly experienced and successful core team in Mountain View.

REQUIREMENTS

  • 3-6 years of experience in a Creative Development position in TV, Film, Interactive Content / Games, or Publishing

  • Fluent in G Suite, especially Docs and Sheets

  • Excellent communication skills over email, text, phone and in person

  • Highly organized and punctual

  • A good manager who can keep projects moving forward AND cancel them when necessary

  • Omnivorous consumer of entertainment across media and genre

POSITIVES

  • Preexisting working relationships with many different writers, especially interactive writers

  • Creative credits (books, TV, film, or interactive)

  • Regular player of mobile story games, especially Choices and its competitors

  • Deep expertise in genre fiction, especially the romance, mystery, thriller, and paranormal genres

BENEFITS

  • 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

  • Good work/life balance. We are family-friendly and look at things in the long term

  • Competitive salary and benefit packages

MATERIALS REQUESTED

  • A cover letter indicating why you’re interested in the position

  • A current resume highlighting relevant experience

Please submit requested materials to Steve at this link: https://pixelberry-studios.workable.com/jobs/828452

Candidates without all the above materials will not be considered

Location: Los Angeles, CA


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 Client Tester

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 Client Functionality team to create and follow test plans, perform ad-hoc, creative, and structured testing on the functionality of mobile applications. Our ideal candidate should have knowledge in testing applications on iOS and Android devices, and possess excellent organizational and communication skills.

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

  • Familiarity with the mechanics of playing mobile games on iOS and Android devices in order to test and report bugs.

  • Comfortable with working with spreadsheets and organizational software.

  • Proficient in English.

  • Willingness to work under direction, with a team, and independently.

  • Ability to manage time, meet deadlines, and prioritize effectively.

  • Strong communication skills.

  • 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 as specific as possible. Two sentences or less responses will not be accepted.

Submit all materials at this link: https://pixelberry-studios.workable.com/jobs/841976

Candidates without the above material will not be considered.


User Acquisition Manager (On-Site)

Pixelberry Studios, a division of Nexon, is the creator of the hit game "Choices: Stories You Play". Our team has been around since 2011, and is 3-for-3 launching games into the AppStore's Top 25 Grossing ranks. We believe that innovative game design, commercial success, and making a difference all go hand in hand.

Our Marketing team is looking for a data hungry, performance UA manager. Someone that will fit in with their quirky and hard working style. Do you have what it takes?

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Build, launch, analyze and optimize mobile app traffic campaigns, in order to maximize KPI goals.

  • Research and present new testing opportunities for active media buying channels and ASO.

  • Research and identify creative opportunities to share with the team, provide detailed analysis for best performing concepts for each channel.

  • Collaborate with design and content teams on production of new creatives.

  • Structure and launch creative and ASO A/B tests.

  • Monitor data integrity on a weekly basis and communicate any discrepancies back to Marketing analytics team.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s Degree in marketing or a quantitative discipline.

  • Strong entry-level or internship experience.

  • Proficient in excel and powerpoint.

  • Ability to troubleshoot data issues.

  • Ability to initiate, develop and maintain partnerships with other mobile and online companies.

  • Knowledge of mobile advertising campaign setup, optimization, and accounts management.

  • A passion for casual and mobile games!

POSITIVES

  • 1+ year experience in digital marketing.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including strong writing and editing skills.

  • Familiarity with performance mobile marketing concepts like CPM, CPC, CTR, CVR, ROAS, LTV, etc.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and lead them through to implementation.

  • Ability to work under your own initiative.

MATERIALS REQUESTED

  • Cover letter indicating why you’re interested in the position

  • Current resume highlighting relevant and educational experience

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

Submit all materials at this link: https://pixelberry-studios.workable.com/jobs/847404