Pocket Gems Values
We are driven to create new things – be they characters, worlds, technology, genres, or gameplay – that succeed at mass market scale and move our industry forward. While we are informed by those that came before, our goal is always to innovate on what we’ve seen, discover new opportunities, and define categories. We’ve created pioneering games before, and we will keep doing it again and again, our way.
We care deeply for our team, our players, and our products. We want to make memorable mobile games for lifelong players with a team that values one another. To do this, we must be ethical, build meaningful relationships with our players, cultivate our craft, and work in ways that are sustainable and fun. We’ve been building mobile games for over 10 years, and we intend to continue to do it for decades more.
Our curiosity drives us to ask questions, listen to alternate view points, desire candid feedback, and pursue a holistic understanding of whatever lies before us. We work to avoid assumptions or hasty conclusions, instead asking questions and seeking a shared understanding of challenges. When we fail, curiosity allows us to be open and empathetic, wanting to learn from it. When we have doubts, curiosity helps us navigate them as a team.
Creativity comes from the collaboration between a diverse team of people whose unique experiences and perspectives lead to stronger ideas. We know there isn’t “One Right Way” to make something great, and look for different approaches to ideation, decision making, analysis, and design to solve our shared problems. We regularly ask how we can create safer and more inclusive spaces to support this collaboration. This includes practicing active listening, identifying and overcoming biases, and making space to understand our coworkers’ individual backgrounds and experiences.
We are directly responsible for our work and its impact on our products and company. We’re most excited when we can roll up our sleeves, get our hands dirty, and use our expertise to directly improve everything we do, from internal processes to player experiences. We learn best by apprenticing under craft leaders, working alongside them, and coaching others. We’re most effective when we have the autonomy and respect to deliver on our goals in a way that best serves our company, team, product, and players; and we speak up and help eliminate bureaucracy or roadblocks that get in the way.
Iterate and Improve
We are driven to learn and improve rapidly, always working to make our company and our products better. We believe success comes from sharing work often with our team, testing frequently with our players, reviewing results, and rapidly iterating. We seek clarity over polish, feedback over personal instinct, and developing a project’s vision as we work together.