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Pocket Gems Overview

San Francisco, CA
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
Video Games
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Pocket Gems wants to build the greatest games and interactive entertainment in the world. That’s the mission our founders began with in an apartment above a pizza shop back in 2009 and we continue it today.

Pocket Gems has grown to over 250 people ... Read more

Mission: We have 2 missions: Build the world’s greatest games and become a global leader in the mobile entertainment industry.

Company Updates

  • We are super excited to finally share the game we’ve been working on: Wild Beyond. Many incredibly talented people have put in a ton of work into creating this game, and we’re eager to release it to players everywhere. It’s available to download now on iOS and later this week for select Android devices.

    Pocket Gems' Wild Beyond bring core real-time strategy to mobile

    Core games are faring better on mobile these days, and that's the trend that Pocket Gems is seizing upon with the unveiling of Wild Beyond, a mobile game that blends real-time strategy and collectible card games. The free-to-play, sci-fi title debuts on iOS on November 22, and it is the first game from Pocket Gems' new San Francisco studio, Strange Sevens Studio.

  • Pocket Gems is hiring! We are looking for talented individuals to join our growing company. Do you think you could be a fit? Check out our available jobs and apply.

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Pocket Gems – Why Work For Us?

Pioneering Mobile Games and Entertainment

Our strategy is driven by the belief that extraordinary results come from the creation of new categories, and we go after these opportunities fearlessly.

Our initial slate of games created the simulation genre on mobile, one of the very first successful categories. Over the past couple of years, we have been building on our legacy through the establishment of two new categories:

Storytelling in the form of an interactive mobile-first platform

Synchronous AAA-quality multiplayer 3D games

If you want to be part of building an incredible creative organization and enjoy a work environment that requires strong problem solving skills and independent self-direction, check out our open roles!


Everyday Life at Pocket Gems

What kind of games company would we be if we didn’t like having fun? Pocket Gems has something for everybody: great parties, in-office yoga, board game nights, Magic tournaments, open mics, and more. It’s not just about fun though. We also have a recurring lecture series, Pocket Gems University, where team members teach everything from stained glass design to effectively running a scrum.

As great as our office is, we don’t want you to spend all your time here. We believe strongly in a healthy work-life balance and encourage our team members to do the same. We also have a flexible vacation policy and we work closely with parents to find flexible hours that make sense for them.

The perks are pretty awesome too. We have competitive salaries, a 401k plan, meaningful equity and commuter benefits to name a few. Plus, we cover 100% of employee health insurance premiums and 75% for partners and families. We also give every new hire $100 to contribute to something cool to the office. Recent purchases include a 3D printer, a Mahjong table, and a massage chair.

Pocket Gems is looking for the best developers in the world to join us in revolutionizing the mobile gaming paradigm!

As a mobile engineer for Pocket Gems, you will build games and features with rapid release cycles that have an immediate impact, allowing you to reach tens of millions of users instantly.

We are looking for talented engineers who want to:

  • Collaborate closely in small, nimble, cross-functional teams with product managers, artists and designers to define our next generation of games
  • Develop and code innovative features using groundbreaking technologies
  • Enjoy the freedom of writing native applications while exploring the latest cross-platform technologies
  • Participate in all aspects of the project life-cycle, from specifications through release
  • Design and implement scalable, reliable and maintainable technologies for our iOS and Android gaming platforms 
  • Control, manage and analyze big data flows, allowing us to fully leverage our massive data streams
  • Work with brilliant and fun people!

We also offer some awesome perks and benefits:

  • Amazing, open plan office in the heart of San Francisco
  • Convenient Caltrain and BART access
  • Competitive salaries
  • Generous medical, dental and vision plans
  • Pimp your computer – Mac, PC, one monitor, two monitor, red monitor, blue monitor. We let you choose your weapon
  • Catered lunches every day and dinner options

  • Founded: Pocket Gems began in 2009 by creating entirely new types of mobile games. We’re continuing that tradition today by developing genre-defining games and entertainment.
  • Games: Most recently, we’ve launched Episode, a mobile storytelling network and platform, and War Dragons, a visually stunning 3D real-time strategy game.
    • Titles are free-to-play and allow users to personalize their experiences through the purchase of virtual goods.
  • Accolades: Episode won Best Community Building Game in the Google Play Awards 2018 and was featured in "Reading Reinvented" in Trends of the Year in Apple's Best of 2017.
  • Downloads: Our products have been downloaded over 325 million times by players around the world.
  • Investors: With backing from Sequoia Capital and Tencent, we’re constantly breaking new ground with graphically rich mobile games, fun new genres of mobile entertainment, and innovative technologies like our mobile-first Mantis Engine.
  • Founders: Daniel Terry and Harlan Crystal
  • Board Members: Daniel Terry (CEO), Harlan Crystal (CTO), and Jim Goetz (Sequoia Capital)

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    "Best company I’ve ever worked for."

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    Current Employee - Artist in San Francisco, CA
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    I have been working at Pocket Gems full-time (More than a year)


    Competitive pay, perks, relaxed atmosphere, great people, culture, organization, the list goes on and on.


    Location. That is the one con, it is located downtown and I am not a huge fan of riding the BART as drug addicts, beggars, litter, etc fill the stations and cars.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.

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    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Pocket Gems (San Francisco, CA) in November 2017.


    Applied on company website, contacted by HR the next day, had one comprehensive, short Q&A phone interview focused on graphics and 3D math, followed by 2 phone interviews on coderpad solving algo problems. Interviewers are nice and helpful, they ask follow ups to make sure you fully understand what you think you understand, but are pretty forgiving in general so it's not stressful. For coderpad coding you're supposed to build and run the program, so better be very familiar with the types of problems they ask.

    Finally I was invited on-site where I had 4 rounds of 1-hour interviews, including one round of graphics and C++, two whiteboard algo and one OO design. Got verbal offer the next day and was asked for three references.

    During the process their HR was very responsive and helpful, they gave thorough feedbacks from multiple interviewers after the on-site which can help you evaluate your performance. I feel that they value communication, bug-free, honesty and domain specific knowledges. Being able to understand the problems, communicate your idea and justify your decision is really important.

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Pocket Gems Awards & Accolades

  • Best Community Building Game, Google Play Awards, 2018
  • Top 50 Developer, PocketGamer, 2012
  • Top Grossing App of 2011 (#1 Tap Zoo and #4 Tap Pet Hotel), Apple, 2011
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