A game tester job is a dream for many passionate video-game players. Opportunities to work in the video game industry are in high demand with the release of next generation game consoles. The position is an important role that helps ensure a game is released problem-free to the public. It requires no formal training.
1. Think about your education. While game testers do not need a formal degree, you may want to use it as a stepping stone to a career in the video game industry. If so, consider taking courses in video game design or programming. Understanding the process of how games are created will give you an idea if this is the right field for you.
2. Do research and network online. Join gaming forums. Not only will you find out some inside information about the gaming industry, you can find out about companies with job opportunities. You should also read as much as you can about other testers’ experiences (maybe even contact them directly if you can) to help give you a heads up on what to expect with the job.
3. Strengthen your skills. Successful game testers are individuals with an eye for detail, are computer literate and have strong written and verbal communication skills. You will also need to be an organized individual who can prioritize their time, work well with people, have a patient personality and can be highly adaptable to a fast-changing environment.
4. Do beta video game testing. It is available to the public online with games that can be downloaded for free. This is a good way to improve your chances of being hired, and will give you an idea if this is something you want to do. Keep in mind that a real game testing job will require you to work on several games at once. You will also have to repetitively play sections of a game from all angles and paths in order to discover potential problems.
5. Contact large video game companies directly. Employers hire individuals who are passionate about improving the playability and design of games. In addition, your video game knowledge of consoles, titles and frequency of play are good selling points.
6. Prepare for long hours and low pay. As the date to release a game become close, the pressure to ensure there are no bugs or glitches becomes intense. Game testing is considered a stressful job with a high turnover rate. As for pay, the typical rate game testers can average nine to twelve dollars an hour.