One Of Palworld’s Developers Was A Part-Time Convenience Store Worker, CEO Reveals

The team has come a long way since the development of the game began.

Story Highlights

  • Pocket Pair CEO Takuro Mizobe said that one of Palworld’s devs was a part-time convenience store worker.
  • He was only 20 when he was hired and learned how to use animations and tools by watching YouTube.
  • Takuro was impressed by his gun reload animations. His expertise quickly grew after the CEO hired him.

As Palworld gains popularity, many have asked about the talented team behind its global success. The results may surprise you, however. The devs that have worked on the game art Pocket Pair come from humble backgrounds. The studio CEO Takuro Mizobe made a blog post on Note.com and explained that one of the game’s major artists was a part-time convenience store worker before he became one of the leading figures.

When I asked him about it, he told me that he really had no experience in the industry and was currently working part-time at a convenience store in Hokkaido. He seems to have learned how to use animations and tools by watching YouTube on his own,” says the CEO. [machine-translated]

The artist created gun-reload animations and shared them on Twitter as a hobby, which lured the CEO. Takuro was already seeking a dev to handle the FPS part of Palworld. The dev also realized he was talking to a 20-year-old part-timer who worked at a store. However, during the interview phase, the artist found many flaws in the shared in-dev footage of Palworld gunplay, which impressed Takuro. Thus, he was eventually hired by the CEO. 

Even when he actually worked face-to-face, he was still excellent. He seemed to have no problems in his life, so he officially retired from his part-time job and started working at our company. […] In two years, he became even better. His talents didn’t stop at gun animation.”


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Palworld launched to critical acclaim on January 19, 2024, for Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, and PC. It has continued to sell like hotcakes around the globe, reaching over 7 million copies sold in just five days. The title can now also be played in VR using the UEVR mod. eXputer’s Rabiya Rizwan reviewed the entry and gave it a remarkable 4.5/5 score. The open-world survival was praised for its fun gameplay loop and unique features.

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Shameer Sarfaraz is a Senior News Writer on eXputer who loves to devoutly keep up with the gaming and entertainment industries. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and several years of experience reporting on games. Besides his passion for breaking news stories, Shahmeer loves spending his leisure time farming away in Stardew Valley. His articles have been cited by VGC, IGN, GameSpot, Game Rant, TheGamer, GamingBolt, The Verge, NME, Metro, Dot Esports, GameByte, Kotaku Australia, PC Gamer, and more.

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