Pocket Gems seeks to build the greatest mobile games and most compelling interactive entertainment in the world. That’s the mission our founders began with, in an apartment above a pizza shop back in 2009, and it continues to inspire us today. Since then, we’ve grown to over 200 people headquartered in San Francisco, and with $155 million in backing from Sequoia Capital and Tencent, we’re constantly breaking new ground in mobile entertainment.

Our products have been downloaded over 500 million times by players around the world and have grossed over $1 billion in revenue. We continue to release brand new content for Episode, a mobile storytelling network and platform, and War Dragons, a visually stunning 3D real-time strategy game. 

As our community of players continues to grow, we’re committed to building diverse and inclusive environments across our teams, and in our games.

As a VFX Artist on the War Dragons team, you’ll create beautiful, highly optimized VFX, breathing life into the new dragons, spells and structures. You’ll brainstorm with Leads, Art Directors, and designers when conceptualizing new assets. All of which will simultaneously look consistent with the established art style, while striving to raise the VFX bar. This role is a part of our Empire Track, which develops strategy-based games, including fantasy and world-building.

What We’ve Accomplished:

  • Produced high quality game content for over 6 years. 
  • Captivate our players with visually stunning artwork.
  • Create a unique look and feel for each of our new dragons, which keeps our players immersed into our game.

What You’ll Do:

  • Create unique, high quality VFX which matches our aesthetics using our proprietary engine and tools.
  • Collaborate with the design, and animation departments to meet the highest visual quality and gameplay standards.
  • Implement VFX based on requirements for the tasks. 
  • Work within a deadline.
  • Communicate effectively with production, art management, and other departments.

What You Bring to War Dragons:

  • A portfolio demonstrating a talent for creating high quality real time VFX.
  • Positive work ethic, self-motivation, and eagerness for constructive feedback.
  • A working knowledge of Maya and Photoshop (or equivalents).
  • Experience with at least one game engine creating and implementing optimized real time VFX.
  • Able to follow and adapt to stylistic guidelines set by the Lead/Art Director.
  • An understanding of the principles of animation.
  • Ability to think outside the box and problem solve with creative solutions.
  • Strong organizational and file management skills.
  • Positive work ethic, self-motivation, and eagerness for constructive feedback.
  • Passion for craft: an understanding of technical limitations of game engines and can execute high-quality art within those limitations.
  • Excellent communication and problem solving skills.
  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience

Extra Gems For:

  • A solid background in 2D art.
  • Familiarity with Github and/or Perforce.
  • An avid and passionate gamer across multiple platforms.
  • Experience working on mobile games.
  • Experience using the Unity game engine.
  • A knack for optimized texture creation.

Read more about what we’ve been up to! 

At Pocket Gems, we're building teams that value originality, inclusivity, and accountability -- and we hope to engage with talent based on these and other core values. We also offer competitive perks, such as flexible vacation, 401k matching, and a generous benefits package, 

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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