Lead Game Designer (War Dragons)

Pocket Gems, a leading mobile entertainment company backed by Sequoia Capital and Tencent, is breaking new ground with graphically rich mobile games, fun new genres of mobile entertainment, and innovative technologies like our mobile-first Mantis Engine. Profitable since launch in 2009, the company has grown to over 200 employees. Pocket Gems’ games have been downloaded over 250 million times by players around the world. Our ideal candidates enjoy a work environment that requires strong problem solving skills and independent self-direction, coupled with an aptitude for team collaboration and open communication.

This person will join one of our new teams working on "core" games in the sci-fi or fantasy genres. We are looking for designers excited to bring AAA quality work and establish Pocket Gems as a leader in polished yet deep multiplayer gameplay. We are excited to be shaping and defining games as we know it on mobile.

As Lead Game Designer of War Dragons you will use your excellent system design abilities and game development experience to lead the design vision and work on the project roadmap with other stakeholders. You will be actively involved in the creative process, communicating closely with project leads and guiding other designers towards the project vision. You’ll also be working directly on most upcoming designs, getting your hands dirty and assisting in implementation using a variety of tools. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to lead production of new features by working closely with engineers and artists. As a seasoned veteran and experienced manager you’ll mentor other game designers to aid them in development of their craft.

Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of experience in game design
  • 1+ years of experience having direct reports
  • Deep understanding of social PvP games (MMO, SLG or similar)
  • Comfortable with spreadsheets and economy, balance and parameters
  • Ability to conceptualize, prototype and iterate on features
  • Strong design mentality and intuition for game mechanics and game flow
  • Avid gamer across multiple platforms/genres
  • Ability to communicate clearly and work effectively with others
  • Self-organized and self-motivated

Benefits: Pocket Gems offers top-notch benefits, including a Premiere PPO health plan. We cover 100% of the cost of employees’ Medical, Dental and Vision premiums (and 75% of the cost for their dependents), as well as short and long-term disability, and life insurance. We also offer flex spending & dependent care accounts, pre-tax commuter benefits and a 401(k) plan. Pocket Gems is located in beautiful downtown San Francisco, one block North of the Montgomery Street BART station.

Pocket Gems is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, marital status or any legally protected status..

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


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