Video game testing is a type of job that has only recently became a “thing”. It’s currently rising in popularity while game developers are focusing more and more on consumer feedback at the pre-release stage of a game. We have been carrying out considerable research by contacting a Game testing company such as this one.
They have reported an enormous growth in recent years. They now have way over 100 employees. Back in 2016 they had only 50 employees. That means they’ve more than doubled in size in just 3 years. And they aren’t showing any signs of slowing down.
What is it like working as a video game tester?
Well, apparently it’s good. But not great. Some people get their hopes up a little bit too much. They think that they will be put into a room with a game console and a game and be left there for hours and hours. This is however not the case. Video game testing often requires some planning and structure. You need to understand what the gaming company wants you to achieve from your testing.
Gaming companies will often request certain focus points and ask for feedback for specific functions or parts of the game. Game testing can also be repetitive, so you do need to have patience. The overall work environment when working as an in house game tester is usually very relaxed. The “office” mostly just consists of game rooms.
There are however more and more positions opening up for remote game testers. This allows companies to hire people on a global basis, which in turn results in more diverse test groups. People of all different backgrounds and cultures can tackle game issues and provide feedback from many different angles.
How Much do Game Testers Earn?
Game testers can earn anywhere from $10-$15+ per hour as a starting salary. I believe the CC GameTesters company is paying $15 per hour as just the starting salary for a normal game tester. This may vary from country to country, but it’s certainly an attractive starting salary.
Some companies also provide large discounts or support with purchasing gaming related products such as high performance computers, new game consoles, new video games and other equipment. They often have good relationships with major gaming companies so they can help you get a good deal on stuff.
I discussed how the development of the eSports industry has evolved in a previous post. The game testing industry is another piece of living proof for how the gaming industry is growing at a fast rate.
What Does a Typical Game Testing Day Look Like?
Every day would be different, but here’s an example of how a typical game testing day may look like if you worked in an office:
- Start with a group meeting at around 9am. Your manager would give a breakdown of the tasks that need to be completed and delegate specific tasks to each employee. This is often a group discussion where you will get a chance to express what task you feel you would perform best with.
- Once you’ve been delegated a task, you will have a few hours to play the game assigned to you and test the parts they asked you to test. A task like that can be for example: Remain in the North East part of the map and look for any bugs/issues within that section.
- After a few hours of testing, you’d most likely be approaching lunch time now. You’d get a 1 hour lunch break where you will most likely have some time away from screens. Most game testing offices contain “offline” games such as a Pool/Snooker table and a Foosball table. This is a good chance to move around on your feet and prevents your eyes from straining.
- Once your break is finished, you’d either continue with the previous task (if you didn’t complete what you needed to do), or you would start on something new. Your manager would be with you on a daily basis to make sure you know what to work on.
- There’s usually not a specific time that you finish. It should be around 5pm but you will often be allowed to leave early if you finish testing the game. And you will also be expected to stay a bit longer if you haven’t quite finished.
I hope that this is useful information for anyone looking to become a game tester. It can be a very rewarding job.