This time last year, Pocket PlayLab had handful of employees. Today, we have 80 plus 1 intern! As indie game developers we are always drowned in some or the other work. At times it becomes so hectic that we don’t even get proper time to sleep. Midst this, we get a helping hand in the form of interns. This year, we have one such intern, an enthusiastic student from one of the most prestigious U …Read More
This time last year, Pocket PlayLab had handful of employees. Today, we have 80 plus 1 intern!
As indie game developers we are always drowned in some or the other work. At times it becomes so hectic that we don’t even get proper time to sleep. Midst this, we get a helping hand in the form of interns.
This year, we have one such intern, an enthusiastic student from one of the most prestigious Universities of Thailand.
Anuj Ramakant Tripathi joined us back in March this year. He is a graduate student at Stamford University doing his MBA in Information Technology. Anuj is handling most of the duties of Quality Assurance monitoring, analyzing and testing our current games plus upcoming game titles. He works closely with development teams across Pocket PlayLab to ensure they have the resources they need to produce polished, high quality results.
Before joining Pocket PlayLab he worked at one of the number one banks in Bangkok, Kasikorn Bank. He worked there for 3 years as a “Core Test Analyst” where he tested the core banking system for loans. Currently, along with doing intern at Pocket PlayLab he is busy doing his thesis on video games business ecosystem in APAC region! We wish him luck.
Here’s a rapid fire questionnaire for him, where he shell out some secrets…
1.Why did you want to intern at Pocket PlayLab?
7 months ago, I was searching for an internship in Bangkok where I could observe my MBA learnings. One common friend of mine and Jakob (Our CEO) suggested me to forward my resume to Pocket PlayLab. I was selected for the interview and right from my interview day I knew that I belonged here. During my interview I found out that there is a lot that can be done to implement quality assurance processes (which I expertised while working 7 years for competitive Indian IT industry) as the company was growing. This exactly matched with my long term goal of active quality contribution to software industry in APAC region. So, I decided to join Poket PlayLab.
2. Which part of the job you like the most?
Pertaining to Job; the multicultural environment, flat team structure, direct contribution to world mobile games business ecosystem and support from management & peers are all I am enjoying the most. In addition, overall care of employees and facilities of product based company are something to mention about that I was missing in my last Job.
3. What does a typical day in the office look like for you?
Being a QA guy every day is challenging. When our developers make games they think it works fine. But we have to think exactly opposite.
Along with our normal QA activities we have to take care of customer complaints of our live games. The most challenging part is, along with validation of correctness of game, we have to take care of it’s fun factor too which can just be felt and can’t be measured mathematically. There is a little responsibility pressure of delivering the quality approved game on time to game producers but I enjoy working under pressure. Moreover pressure here is far lesser than my last job of QA in banking industry.
4. What have you learned so far?
My best learning in here is reading the market and delivering the product as customer demands. Google, Apple and Amazon have provided an excellent feedback system for their mobile platform apps which makes it possible to monitor the live games performance at micro level. We do changes in games based this feedback and relaunch the games.
5. What are the things you expect from the company in reference to learning?
Usually there is more focus on development in growing companies. Since PocketPlayLab is earning the brand value exponentially, further down the line I expect more focus on quality assurance of our games too. There are various examples in our industry where brand name got negatively affected due to minor quality errors which could have been easily avoided by a set quality processes. The latest example is quality issues in Apple as detailed in this article from Business insider – http://www.businessinsider.com/the-apple-employee-overseeing-ios-8-update-also-oversaw-apple-maps-2014-9?&platform=bi-androidappThese quality issues have put a dent on Apple’s brand image of being a flawless mobile makers.
We would like to welcome him to the Pocket PlayLab.
Needless to say we’ve grown very quickly and we are excited to welcome new, great talent to our team.
Current job openings at Pocket PlayLab http://pocketplaylab.com/careers/
About Pocket PlayLab
Pocket PlayLab is a leading developer of the world’s most popular casual games with over 22 million downloads. Founded in January 2012 and located in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand, Pocket PlayLab is the home of hits like Juice Cubes, Jungle Cubes and more hit games in the pipe! Completely free-to-play, they are available on mobile devices via Apple Store, Google Play, Amazon or Facebook. For more information, please visit: www.pocketplaylab.com