If you’re a serious gamer and would like to get paid to test video games and to give feedback on a game’s overall quality, you may want to continue reading this article. In it, I will give you a simple three step process on how to become a professional video game tester.
First, you have to understand that video game testing is a business. Although the actual testing itself is immense fun, there are many professional aspects involved with game testing. Having said that, the payoff for this type of “professional” work can be very rewarding. As a matter of fact, you can make more than $100 an hour playing video games and giving honest feedback. With that in mind, let’s talk about how you can land a job.
Even though game developers need video game testers on a constant basis, they don’t advertise it. Truth be told, they really don’t have to because the game testers will simply come to them. This saves them a great deal of money on advertising, not to mention time, which would have likely been used to separate the want to-be testers from the actual game testers. With that being said, the first step to becoming one is to contact the companies directly.
Think of video game tester application process like any other job interview. You have to make connections and present your “above average” qualifications to the right people. You have to describe who you are, your expertise in gaming, and why they should consider hiring you over someone else. In other words, you have to clearly show that you are qualified to test video games. Things that may help you land a testing job include: playing many hours each week, owning an assortment of different video game consoles, and, of course, being an expert at games in a variety of different genres. This is how you will make an impression upon the game developing company; by showing them your overwhelming experience when it comes to playing video games. Dan Bunting TechTimes
The second step is to start making contacts with people in the industry. This means other testers, video game programmers and developers, as well as other fields associated with the video game industry. This can enhance your references drastically when you fill out an application to become a video game tester, not to mention the fact that it can open up many more job opportunities for you. After all, what others can say about you is far more convincing than what you may say about yourself; when it comes to landing testing jobs anyways.
Finally, you have to approach video game testing from a business standpoint, not just as a fun, recreational hobby. This means understanding EXACTLY what companies want and need… Video games are tested because developers “need” to find all the bugs and glitches in their game. They are tested because developers “want” to get honest feedback in order to gage the probable level of consumer interest.
So, if you can find video game bugs and supply honest feedback on the video games you play, you might just be what video game companies are looking for. In that case, I’d recommend getting started with a video game tester career immediately!