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For very Obvious reasons, the job description of a video game tester sounds way too exciting for almost all youngsters. But then doesn’t it sound too good to be true?
If you do some online search on “video game testing jobs”, you’ll come across several websites that promise assignments on unreleased video games with great pay as well. Most of them are crappy sites, some are sort of agents who promise to find you work, but some of them are really genuine who offer relevant jobs in this area.
But before you look in this area, I’m sure you have some idea about what it takes to take up such jobs. A video game testing assignment does involves some technical know-how, and the basic aim is to find glitches at various levels of game production.
To be able to perform the job well, its best to have experience in playing games; you may have testing & quality assurance experience on other software projects but for you be able to perform the job well, its important to have hands on experience.
Video game manufacturers do have people who work on the ‘quality assurance’ part of the project, however for certain projects, it just makes more economical sense to hire freelancing testers rather than hire full-time video game testers.
Those who manage to find long-term assignment in this work can expect a decent pay, ($45,000 per year is reasonable), though most video game testing jobs are paid by the hour. In that case, you could be paid around $30-$150 per hour depending on the project and your skills. In fact, if you are able to find bugs, you could be paid more benefits, in addition to the amount that was agreed.
That brings us to the next interesting question, where & how to find these jobs.
The most obvious place is to checkout the websites of popular game-makers such as Microsoft Xbox, Nintendo, Sony, Code Masters and others. You might be just lucky to find that opportunity that you’re eagerly waiting for. You should also approach other video game companies and let them know of your capabilities and how you could help.
Most take short classes at their community college or read a book on the subject, and once they get excited (most of them do), they try to figure out how to find jobs or make a career in this line of work. Avid gamers would love to take up such jobs but then its not very easy to find assignments, especially if you don’t know where to look.
Another thing is that most of these jobs, especially at the entry levels, may not be high-paying nor fun, as you may have been led to believe. However, with more experience under your belt, the pay and benefits (and the excitement) will surely come.
Most video game testing programs online are scams; you just cannot hope to build a video game testing career by simply signing up with a program. Can you? Here, on this site, we’ll tell you which are the sites that should not be touched and wasted money on. We will help you find video game testing jobs, that you’ll love doing.