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How To Become A Video Game Tester (FAQ)

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Of all the jobs in the game industry, I get the most questions about how to become a video game tester. Maybe it’s the appeal of “getting paid to play video games.” Maybe it’s just an interesting option for people hoping to work from home doing something they love. I mean, who wouldn’t dream of getting paid to play games all day?

Even though being a QA tester for a game company isn’t exactly “getting paid to play video games,” it’s not a bad way to earn a living. And it’s certainly a common way for newbies to break into the game industry.

If you’re thinking about becoming a video game tester, this is for you. I’ve compiled this FAQ-style list of the top questions I get about QA testing jobs. If you don’t find your question here, be sure to ask it in the comments section below – I’ll answer it, and then add it to the list!

Steps to become a video game tester

  1. Learn what a game tester does, and decide if a job testing games is right for you
  2. Learn the basic skills and vocabulary of game testing
  3. Complete your formal education or training (optional)
  4. Write your game testing resume and cover letter
  5. Search for jobs and apply for the openings that fit your salary needs, location needs, and desired lifestyle

What exactly does a game tester do?

Game testers support a game development team by playing versions of the game that are under development, and reporting on any bugs that they find. Some of the tasks that game testers do might include:

  • Play the build, looking for bugs and other defects
  • When you find a bug, figure out how to reproduce it (“repro” it) predictably
  • Type up a bug report, using the company’s bug-tracking software
  • Submit the bug report to the game development team so they can try to fix it
  • The programmer who receives your bug report might ask you for more details to help them track it down

There are many other things that testers do, such as attending meetings with the development team or the other testers in your group. But the bulk of the work of a tester is finding and reporting bugs as described above.

How can I learn game testing job skills?

To get hired as a game tester, there are several skills you’ll need to learn: how to find and reproduce (“repro”) bugs, how to write bug reports, and how to verify that the game development team has fixed them. There are also “soft skills” you’ll need to learn such as being a good communicator, detail-oriented, and self-motivated. You can learn all of this and more by reading my book, Land a Job as a Video Game Tester. You’ll learn the basics of game testing, and all the steps to apply, interview, and accept job offers. It’s got everything you need to know to get a job testing games. read it

How much do video game testers make?

Testers can be paid hourly or they can be on an annual salary. Either way, the pay rate can vary a lot — it’s based on factors such as which game company you’re working for, what geographical location the studio is located within, and how many years of experience you have as a game tester or a game testing lead. Read more about the specific salary numbers per job and years of experience in my article about video game tester salary. I update it with the latest pay figures every year.

Do I have to go to college or university to become a video game tester? What kind of degree should I get?

QA testing is generally considered an entry-level position in the game industry, and most companies do not require a college degree to be hired as a game tester. But if you do get a degree, then you’ll have a much better chance of moving into higher-paying jobs in QA/testing, or even moving into other areas of game development like art, design or programming — game jobs that almost always pay a lot more than a job as a tester. So if you want to have a career in the game industry and not just a job then it’s smart to get an education.

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In fact, many of the testers I’ve known over the years were working as testers so they could pay their way through college. They would work part time while they went to school, or even full time while they took classes in the evenings. (Many colleges have “evening degree” programs for working professionals.) Then, after they got their degrees, they got a new job in the game studio doing what they went to school for – like art, programming or design. And you can bet they also got a healthy pay increase to go with the promotion.

How do I write a resume for game testing?

To apply for game testing jobs, you’ll need to write a good resume (called a CV in many countries), and optionally a cover letter. Fortunately, game testing resumes aren’t much different from any other resume, so you can start by using resume examples from other successful people in the game industry.

Just be sure to focus on your skills that match the needs of the specific job you’re applying to. If you’re not sure, start by searching for game testing jobs and then read the “requirements” section of the job posting to discover what skills and talents they want you to have before applying.

You should also ask a friend or family member to proofread your resume, because if you make any mistakes on spelling or grammar, it could cost you the job. Game testers need to be detail-oriented, and your resume is the first place employers will look to make sure you can dot your “i’s” and cross your “t’s” — literally.

Do I need to move to a certain location to be a video game tester?

Most game testing jobs are near the larger game studios, which happen to be in the larger cities around the world. You may be able to find testing jobs in smaller towns and cities, but if you’re positive that you want to break into the game industry then you’ll have the best chances of finding work if you can move to one of the major cities for game development.

If the idea of moving to a different city (or even a different country) freaks you out, I urge you to keep an open mind. Many people move to a new town to start their first video game job, so there’s already a support network in place to help you out. The company that’s hiring you might even offer financial assistance to help you with your moving costs.

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Can I get a job testing video games from home?

I asked one of my friends who has run several QA groups over the years, and he’s heard good things about uTest. They provide a “crowdsourced” testing service, and he thinks that many of their QA employees work from home. But in general, if you want solid, full-time employment as a game tester, you won’t be able to work from home because nearly all game companies do not hire work-from-home testers. In fact, please be careful, because there are several scam websites that you need to watch out for. Learn more in my podcast about work from home testing scams. If it seems too good to be true… it is.

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While the idea of working from home might seem appealing, most people actually prefer working in an office. You’ll learn much faster when you’re around other, more experienced testers. And it’s also a great way to build a community, and make a group of tester friends who will help each other out later on in your careers. Working from home can be extremely lonely, and people who work from home often don’t advance their careers as often as people who work in the office.

Nearly any game studio needs testers, and some of the big companies like Nintendo, EA, and Microsoft employ hundreds of game testers either directly or through temp agencies. Like any job, you can start by searching for job postings near your city using the video game job search tool. You can also search on popular tech-industry job sites like Monster.com, or on job aggregator sites like Indeed.com.

For in-depth tips on how to apply and interview for tester jobs, consider getting a copy of my new book Land a Job as a Video Game Tester, because it’s chock full of info on how to do just that.

What high school classes or after school activities would be great for video game testers?

Can I assume that you already love to play games? If so, start paying attention to the bugs in each game. Learn how to “break” the game by doing things inside the game world that the designers didn’t expect you to do. Also, to be a good tester you need to be disciplined and focused. Pay attention in school and get good grades.

Some classes that could help you get a QA job might be: technical writing, computer programming (introduction), project management, possibly Microsoft Excel. You can also learn more about game design by reading through some of the top game design books.

Another thing to consider, is that there are hundreds of “indie” game companies, many of which are just one- or two-person teams building games in their spare time. If you offer to be a beta tester, or even offer to test their game for free, it can be a good way for you to learn game testing and put some testing experience on your resume.

What qualities/requirements are video game testing companies looking for in a a rookie testing candidate?

Since game tester jobs don’t usually require any specific education, hiring managers look for people who have certain “soft skills” that are seen in some of the best testers in the industry. Specific traits that game studios and testing companies look for in a good tester include:

  • Focus: You need to have a good attention span, and not get bored of a game even after you’ve been testing it for a long time. And I mean, for a looooooong time — modern, triple-A games can take up to five years of development and testing before they’re released to the public.
  • Detail oriented: You need to be able to spot bugs, figure out how to make them happen predictably, and describe the precise steps to the development team to help them find and fix the bugs. Nothing can be overlooked or slip through the cracks, because every bug that ships with the game has a negative impact on players.
  • Writing: You’ll be communicating with the game development team and other testers by email and through notes in the bug-tracking software, so you’ll want to be able to clearly communicate your thoughts in written form.
    Writing bug reports is considered “technical writing” so it takes more skill and practice than writing on social media.
  • Attitude: Companies look for testers who have a good attitude, are hard workers, and can be fun teammates. They’ll avoid you if you’re overly negative, sarcastic, arrogant, or angry. If that sounds like you, then start practicing a positive attitude now, so it will become a habit by the time you apply for jobs. No matter how skilled you are at testing, nobody wants to have a jerk on their team.

Are game testers required to travel once in a while?

Testers don’t normally need to travel very often, but it depends on what kind of company you’re working for. If you end up being a tester on a project that’s developed in a different town than where you’re testing it – for example if you’re working for a publisher in San Francisco but the developer is in Seattle – then you might need to travel occasionally. If you can’t travel for some reason, it’s probably not a deal-breaker for most testing companies.

Any travel that you may be required to do for work will be covered 100% by the company. They’ll pay for your flight and your hotel, and they’ll give you an allowance each day for food and other miscellaneous expenses. In general, business travel can be fun, and it’s a convenient way to see new cities. As a nice bonus, it also racks up your personal frequent flier miles.

What other kinds of testing jobs are out there?

Besides a typical “game tester” job, there’s also a job that you may not have heard of yet called an “SDET” (pronounced “ESS-det”). That stands for “software design/development engineer in test.” It’s a cool job that’s basically a tester that writes computer code – code that tests the game in an automated way. So it’s like a testing job, but the salary is much higher since it requires programming skills. A programming degree or some programming classes would be really helpful for landing a job as an SDET.

For example, a large multiplayer online game might have 10,000 different areas that players can explore over several years of play. It would be impossible to test all of those areas manually, every time a new build of the game is created. So instead of doing it manually, an SDET might write a test program that quickly moves the player character to each one of the 10,000 areas for a few seconds each. That’s way faster than a human tester could ever do it manually.

What kinds of companies would be good to work for?

That’s really up to you! What kinds of companies do you like? Which games and types of games are your favorites? Which companies are in cities that you think you’d like to live in?

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It’s a big life decision, so don’t expect to make it right away. Do some research online, and put some thought into it. Here are a few “rules of thumb” to help guide you:

  1. Work at a company that makes games you’re interested in. You’ll be spending a lot of time testing their games, and it will be more fun and engaging if you like what you’re working on. You won’t always get to work on stuff you love to play, but you should take that opportunity whenever you can.
  2. Work at a company that’s big enough to have different career options for you. You probably won’t want to stay in the same job forever. Try to work at a company that has several teams and several products, so you can have a chance to move up or change jobs after a few years. Better yet, work in a city that’s a game dev hotbed.
  3. Work at a company that has friendly, fun, nice people working there. You may be working very long hours for days or weeks before each game release, which will be much more enjoyable if the people you’re working with aren’t jerks. Research the studio on Glassdoor.com, and ask people who may have worked there in the past. Avoid companies that seem to be full of jerks.

How old do you have to be in order to be a video game tester?

Technically, you need to be at least the minimum working age in your country, state, or province. But practically, most game companies won’t hire people as testers until they turn 18 years old. If you’re not old enough yet, you can start preparing for your future job by following some of the advice listed elsewhere in this article, and listen to my podcast about getting a job in games.

Do testing companies provide health insurance and other benefits?

Not all companies provide health insurance to QA testers. Many companies hire QA as temporary (“temp”) workers, and are not required to pay for their health benefits. If a tester is employed through a temporary staffing agency, the agency may pay health insurance. Otherwise you should buy private insurance for yourself.

This is one reason why it’s best to try and get a full-time employment (“FTE”) testing job at an established game company. Most regions require that employers provide medical benefits to their full-time employees, so it’s often a safer way to go. If you can’t find and FTE job initially, you may want to consider working as a temp at first, just to learn the job and get some experience on your resume.

How can I start learning about game testing right now?

Learn how to become a game tester with my book, Land a Job as a Video Game Tester. You’ll learn the basics of game testing, and all the steps to apply, interview, and accept job offers. I worked hard to write a book that provides everything you need to know to get a job testing games, but if I missed anything then you should email me and I’ll answer any remaining questions you may have. read it

Do video game testers get bonuses for Christmas or other holidays, and if so how much?

Some studios give bonuses and many do not, it just depends on which studio you work for. For companies that do give bonuses, it’s usually based on the success of a shipped product, or it could be based off of the studio’s revenue for the past year. Bonuses are usually a percentage of your annual salary, and are often anywhere from 5% on up.

Just keep in mind that bonuses aren’t guaranteed, and even studios that have given bonuses in the past aren’t required to keep giving bonuses in the future. So don’t count on it, because it might not happen. And when it does happen, just consider it, well, consider it a bonus.

Do video game testers get vacations? If so, how long, and are you paid during vacations?

It depends on whether you’re working as a part-time, full-time, or temporary worker. If you’re hired as a full-time employee, you’ll normally start accruing paid vacation time right away and can take vacation at any time, as long as it’s ok with your manager. If you’re hired as a temporary employee, then you usually would not get any paid vacation. Note that temp workers can still take vacation from time to time, but you won’t be paid for the time you’re away from work.

Do companies give you the game systems you need to work with, or do you need to buy them yourself?

You’ll never need to buy your own equipment, because the game company you work for will provide you with a computer, the game system(s), and any other hardware or software you might need to do your job. Often, you’ll be using a “dev kit” version of the game system, which is a specially-modified version of the hardware that allows developers to debug their games while they create them. Dev kits are often provided to game studios even before the hardware is announced to the public, so only official game studios — and you, if you have a job there — will have access to them.

Be aware that there are scam websites that will try to get you to pay for your own equipment in order to get a job testing games. Do not work with those companies! All legitimate testing companies will provide you with everything you need, because they’re legally required to do so. Also, you should never have to pay money in order to find and apply for testing jobs. If a website asks you for money to help you find a testing job, stay away!

Where can I get information about video game schools?

You can use the game school search tool to find out about video game schools near you. It’s never too soon to start collecting info, and it’s totally free.

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317 comments on “How To Become A Video Game Tester (FAQ)
  1. corey says:

    Hey jason im a really big fan of video games espically with the xbox and im hugly above average with my it skills i spend a lot of time on the computer in early hours of morning and xbox in evenings and the odd time im doing kickboxing. I usally help games such as world of warcraft….roblox….etc. with repprting bugs anf at times ive been able to give ideas for creating games and testig them and the same with xbox ive been in touch with alot of game creators.. i hope it doesnt make to much of a differance that im 13 years of age

    • Jason W. Bay says:

      Hi Corey, most companies would not hire you until you turn at least 18. But that just means that you have a few years to prepare! Learn as much as you can about making games, so you’ll have some experience and knowledge when you start looking for jobs later on.

  2. B says:

    Hi,

    I love playing video games. But I’ve always wanted to know how the characters are made. I already went to college for game design, but because I couldn’t pass this one programming class, I ended up having to change my major. The art classes didn’t really help me much in understanding how to model a character. People have told me I’m pretty damn creative and I’m detail-oriented. I’m also very focused and love to write.

    I just graduated this May and have been searching for jobs ever since. I’d like to become a video game tester, but I wouldn’t know how to break a game. I’ve never done that before. For the five years I went to college, I didn’t learn much in game design.

    These gaming companies are always looking for someone who’s experienced. I may not be experienced enough, but I’m more than willing to try and learn how to do it. Sadly, I don’t think that’s going to help me much… 🙁

    B

  3. Mitchell says:

    I have been gaming sencie I was six, I have played many consoles. This includes the nes,snes,n64,GameCube,Wii,ps1,ps2,ps3,Xbox,and xbox360. I have played so many games I have lost count. I have always wanted to be a tester full time. I have many questions though. The first is do you need to be a highschool graduate to be accepted for a job as a tester. What are good companies like Square Enix to work for, and where are they located. What abilitys do companies require their testers to be capable of doing.

    • Jason W. Bay says:

      Hi Mitchell, most game testing jobs will definitely expect you to have a high school diploma or equivalent (such as a GED). After that, the top things that testing managers look for are computer skills, teamwork skills, and ability to focus and work hard.

  4. Lestat says:

    i was wondering if there are any locations in michigan to get a game tester job.

    • Jason W. Bay says:

      I did a quick search on some game boards (the GICG job search, and Gamasutra jobs) and didn’t find any game testing jobs open in Michigan. However – according to gamedevmap.com, there are a few game studios in Michigan. So you might have some luck by reaching out to those studios via phone or email to find out whether they have in-house testing teams, or ask if they outsource to a local testing company you could get in touch with.

  5. Eziel Diaz says:

    hello mr Jason W. Bay

    I have to take a test to become a game tester in one of the famous game developer. Currently I’m waiting for a call for an interview . I want to ask you, what should I prepare for the interview call ?

    thank you

  6. Michelle Holden says:

    I love the information. Thank you for all of that. I was just wondering, I am majoring in Computer Science would this be a good job to into when graduate with my degree?

    • Jason W. Bay says:

      Hi Michelle, I’m glad this was helpful! If you’re getting a degree in computer science then I think you’ll be overqualified for most QA testing jobs. I would recommend you look for game programming jobs, because they have a higher pay and they’ll take better advantage of your CS skills and degree.

  7. Austin m Hood says:

    hey jason i really like playing video game but im only 14 but i have been reserching video game testing for 7 years now, and i need money bad BTW srry if spell bad

    • Jason W. Bay says:

      Hi Austin, you wouldn’t be able to get a job testing games until you were closer to 18 years old. But you can learn as much as you can about game dev and testing now, so you’ll be ready!

  8. Roman Dragone says:

    Hello! I’ve been playing video games for nearly all my life. I’ve put in so much time on gaming it’s crazy. But what do I do half the time I game? I find glitches. I’ve participated in private beta trials in nearly 6 PlayStation exclusive games and two other well-known games. I have also acquired the knowledge to use Microsoft Office programs proficiently, and I am studying game programming for the sake of learning how to better grasp the terminology and understanding of how a glitch is caused, and how it can be fixed. I’m only 17 and I am a junior in high school, however my dream is to become a QA Tester at Insomniac Games, the developers of Ratchet & Clank (which happens to be my favorite game franchise of all time). With the progress I’m making and these goals I have in mind, do you think they would accept me in the event I choose to apply for the job? Thanks for your input in advance. 🙂

    (By the way, I apologize for the long comment.)

    • Jason W. Bay says:

      Hi Roman – if you’re old enough to get a job, you have a lot of experience playing games, and you have a good work ethic? Then yes, you might have a good shot at getting a job as a game tester. You may not be able to get a job at the specific company right away, any testing job will help you get started. But it doesn’t hurt to try – why not apply for the job?

  9. Dalton Harcrow says:

    hi Mr. Jason my Name is Dalton I have been currently working as a student in the Cascades jobcorps in Sedro Woolley, but frankly I’m from Marysville WA, I wanted to ask you if a game tester/QA tester gets any kind of Social life while trying to maintain his current life, I have been told from one person that it’s life crushing and from another it’s a can-do Career, but I wanted to know from your point of view

    • Jason W. Bay says:

      Hi Dalton, some testing jobs are fine and others might require a lot of overtime. It just depends on the company you’re at, some companies are well-run and some aren’t. And some are well-run, but sometimes external factors cause problems with the game’s shipping schedule and overtime might be required. I’d recommend doing some research on any company before you take a job offer to find out whether their employees seem to be happy or not.

  10. Riko Banerjee says:

    Hello Mr. Bay,
    I am from India. I am 16 years old and am doing a Diploma in Computer Science and Technology. After completing my diploma, I would be doing B.Tech and then M.Tech in computer science. I am interested in gaming practically since I first started playing games. Game testing is not only a hobby for me but I am really passionate about this profession. Will my M.Tech degree be sufficient enough to get me a game testing job in a major game developing company like rockstar or ubisoft? If yes, then what would I exactly do after completing my M.Tech? I mean to say that where and how do I apply for this job?

    • Jason W. Bay says:

      Game testing jobs generally don’t require advanced degrees. Since you’re going for post-secondary degrees, then it might be more applicable for you to work toward a job as a video game programmer, rather than a tester. In either case, start by looking up job postings for game studios near your home to see what requirements they list, and then start working toward those requirements. There are a number of large game studios with a presence in India such as Ubisoft, EA, Microsoft and more.

      • Riko Banerjee says:

        Hello Mr. Bay,
        Thank you for taking your time to reply to my comment. I just have a couple of more questions. Which one of the following jobs has a higher value in the gaming industry ? Is it video game testing or video game programming ? What are the main programming languages that are used in video game programming ?

  11. Nafis says:

    hello Jason,
    i am from india, and i just graduated my high school with 70% in science. i just want to know how do i prepare to get a good job in the gaming industry. What qualifications i need. i dont want to be just a game tester but really make game, m not much into arts and designs i can do programming though, where do i apply for the jobs.
    and by the way this blog is amazing. THANKS!

    • Jason W. Bay says:

      Hi Nafis, if you already know how to program, then you should practice programming video games and start building a portfolio of small game demos. You can apply for game jobs just the same way you apply for any job: Search the Internet or game studio websites to find the job openings, read the requirements to see if you fit 80% of the requirements listed, and then follow the instructions to apply.

  12. Matthew says:

    Hey Jason, I was looking into trying to get a job as a QA tester but all companies require years of previous experience. How do I get experience if no one will hire you unless you have it? Thank you

    • Jason W. Bay says:

      When companies post their jobs, the requirements are usually flexible – what they list is actually what they want “in a perfect world.” So if you find jobs that only require 1 or 2 years of experience, you should apply for the job and you might get an interview. But you should learn as much as you can about game testing before the interview, so that you don’t sound like a complete n00b – learn as much about testing as you can so you can speak about it intelligently during the interview.

  13. how old do you have to be?

  14. Nafis says:

    hi jason,
    what course should i take for my graduation degree for becoming a game programmer?
    computer science or software engineering?

  15. Ethan says:

    What is it like having a flexible schedule with in a gaming company?

    • Jason W. Bay says:

      Some companies have what they call “core hours.” That means everybody needs to be there between a certain time range (like 10am to 4pm), but you have the flexibility to work around those hours however you want. So you could come in at 7am and leave at 4, or you could come in at 10am and leave at 7.

      • James Chamoun says:

        Hi jason, my name is james, i’m 15 and i’ve been working with a company for about a month now, i love programming and we’re working on a hands free social media app called fallound. I really don’t know what i’m gonna do in college but i want to be part of a major position in a gaming company like ubisoft or rockstars for example, can you tell me what major should i do in college, thanks!

      • Jason W. Bay says:

        Hi James, if you love programming then you might do a computer science major, or a game-related degree like DigiPen’s RTIS degree. Here’s more info that might help: Computer science degree for gamed, How to learn game programming in high school.

  16. Emad says:

    Hi jason.i playing games since i was 6years old.i really want to become game tester but the problem is i live in another country and here poeple do not pay attention to games.i want to ask can i work for a dev games from my country(online)?
    If not what advice you gave. What are you suggest?
    Please answer it to my email

  17. Dana says:

    Hey my name is dana i would like to be a game tester or game designer but in my country we dont have such a thing what i mean is in my country gaming is not a main job its just a hobby we dont have companies that helps us to develop or work as game tester or designer not only my country but also the nearby countries

    So the only solution in my opinion is to travel to US or UK and follow my dream to work in one of the biggest companies as a game tester or designer, so what do you think ?

  18. Terence says:

    Hi Mr Jason

    I would like to ask, can a game tester able to switch to a software tester later on? This is because I am having a physics/engineering degree and I do have some knowledge of programming. But what I lack of is the experience of testing a software.

    Since game tester is the only software QA jobs that doesn’t require a per-requisit to be a computer science/ IT graduate. Will I be able to join game testing to get myself familiar with the testing environment and then switch to software testing ?
    Thank you.

    • Jason W. Bay says:

      Not necessarily, because testing games can be quite different from testing business software. Doing ad-hoc testing of game clients doesn’t well prepare you for a different job writing test automation for Java servers, for example. But it will familiarize you with the software development process, and you’ll get practice reproducing, reporting and regressing bugs.

  19. Johnathan says:

    Hi my name is Johnathan. Im from Virginia. I want to play video games for a living but I hear you don’t make good money is this true and what is the max I can make as a Video Game Tester. Also I am 17 so im trying to start working so

  20. Carlos Castro says:

    I am currently striving for a college degree in writing and programming, it would seem going with the game tester route would be the easiest in terms of climbing he hierarchy, and just going in with a college degree would be faster but I think experience beats that.so if I developed my own game or my own storyboard etc.would that help me in getting more better jobs such as in design or art

    • Jason W. Bay says:

      Hi Carlos, in your question, you mention several different game jobs: writer, programmer, tester, design, and art. So the first thing I’d recommend is to get some clarity on which game job you want to do. If you can identify what it is you want to do, then the path will be clearer. If you’re currently going for a degree in writing or programming, then try to do some game-related projects while you’re in school, to start building your portfolio. Then you’ll be able to apply for jobs directly after college.

  21. satadala says:

    Dear Admin,

    I am b.tech,CSE student and I have 1 yr experience as a IT support engg. and 1.5 yr experience as manual tester in a Software company.But i want a job in gameing industries as a tester .So please suggest me what types experience required to be part of a game industries.
    Because I have applied many time in UBISOFT, gameloft ,EA and other game companies for QA post and game tester post,but till i am not getting any response from their site. So please suggest me what type of qualification and knowledge required.

    • Jason W. Bay says:

      Hi Satadala, I think you have enough experience to get a job as a game tester. So it’s hard to know why you have not been hired yet, you may just need to be persistent and keep applying. You should also try applying for smaller game studios, as EA/Ubisoft/Etc. likely receive hundreds of applications each week. You may have better luck with a smaller studio to start out.

  22. Jacob H. says:

    Hi. I am a 17 year old student from new zealand in my final year of high school. I have been playing video games since Crash Bandicoot came out on the Playstation 1 system, and back then I could find many bugs and errors with the game. I am looking for a job as a Video Game Tester, and I enjoy challenging environments, as well as repeating things in games over and over again, this coming from my Prince of Persia puzzle history with the original game. Is there any branches for large companies such as Bioware, Bethesda Game Studios or EA in new zealand? or will I have to search outside of the country?

    • Jason W. Bay says:

      Hi Jacob, your first stop when looking for game studios in a given location should be GameDevMap.com. It’s a crowd-sourced list of studios. I can see that there are over a dozen developers and publishers there, but I don’t see any of the “giant” companies you mentioned – but that’s okay, because you don’t need to target the big, famous developers for your first job. Start wherever you can, build your experience, and then you can move elsewhere later on. Good luck!

  23. ALWIN says:

    Hi.I am a 12th student from India and have taken the commerce stream . Sir i would like to become a Qa tester,but i dont know what to do after 12 like what course should i go for for acheiving my ambition .I am willing to go to any place and study to achive my dream . Sir please help to achieve my dream and help me to reach a higher position in my life with a good salary.

  24. Sachidananda Bishwal says:

    i am good in both programming and gaming,i am confused whether to go for software engineering or gaming..please help me.if gaming than what should be the best option in gaming??

    • Jason W. Bay says:

      Programming is a career path, but gaming is not a career path. Well, at least it’s not what I’d call an “established” career path – there are people making money as streamers on Twitch for example, but it’s rare to make a full-time income by playing games.

  25. Dillon Jerome says:

    I am really interested in becoming a video game tester! I really like finding bugs and sharing about it to my friends. The only problem is in not a great writer. Would that be a major deal?

  26. Nick Tweedell says:

    The website is Helpful.

  27. Semanou Edorh says:

    Hello my name is Semanou and I’m 13 years old and I’m in 7th grade. Is it possible for me to became a game tester at this young age. One of my friends plays tournament and gets paid so could I became a game tester and get paid. And if I could be a game tester could you leave a link or email for a companies that could accept me.

  28. Ruben Tejeda says:

    Hello, I’m 16 and I have been playing video games for as long as i can remember. I enjoy playing games for hours on end, I also enjoy finding bugs in games that are in closed Betas. I have found numerous bugs on League of legends PBE, Overwatch Open Beta, Even found a few on big name games like Halo and Call of duty. I have reported all of these bugs and have gotten them fixed because of me finding them. I do not even know how or where i would even start to pursue a career in this field.I am determined to get a job as a game tester because of my love for video games. I would highly appreciate if you could give me a rundown on where to start, What requirements i need, Where i need to go and a overall estimate on how much this would cost me. Thank you very much!

    • Jason W. Bay says:

      Hi Ruben, it sounds like you’ve already started developing some of the skills you need to get a job testing – namely, learning about games, and learning how to find and report bugs. You do NOT have to pay anybody to get a job testing games – game testing is like any other job, you just need to find the jobs (start your search here), apply, and interview. If anybody tries to make you pay to find testing jobs, it’s probably a scam and should be avoided.

      Here are some additional resources that will help: search for video game tester articles on this site.

  29. stephen reno says:

    hey i’m 15 and i play videogames all day when i get home from school and soccer is there anyway i could learn more about video game testing???

  30. Nima says:

    Hi, I’m from Sri Lanka. I’m an undergraduate at an engineering faculty. I’m looking forward to work as a game tester in the vacation of the university. Is this possible given that I’m from Sri Lanka? Is there anyway to work as a temporary game tester online?

    • Jason W. Bay says:

      Hi Nima, there aren’t really any jobs as “work from home” or online game testers. You should apply for normal, on-site testing jobs in your country. If there aren’t any game studios or game testing companies near you, then consider working for a non-game software company as a tester, because you may still get useful experience in software development.

  31. Hello Jason W. Bay I was playing video games with my dad when I was around 6 months (I wasn’t very good at all) Like running to wall for hours and for days too. And you can see dad laughing. And soon I was getting good at it. So when I was 10 years old I was thinking for when I was 4. I want to be a Game Tester and my dad said to me “You can be anything you what you got to believe it inside yourself” So I believe for a every long time, Now I’m 17 years old and thinking for almost 13 or 12 years now. I’m finally thinking doing it but my hometown, Kingston South East (South Australia) No TAFE at all, but Mount Gambier have it but no Game Tester. But I see a lot of Game Tester sites but really have no guts do it. But now I can, it’s there anything I can do because Video game have been I my life for so long. If you read this please text back because I really in is stuck of things. Thank you Jason W. Bay

    • Jason W. Bay says:

      Hi Leahym, game testing is just a job like any other. You need to have some basic skills to do the job, and then you can start applying for jobs. However, if there aren’t any game testing jobs in your city, then you may need to relocate if you get a job offer in a different city.

  32. Evan says:

    Hey Jason, so I’m 15 years old and have been into gaming ever since I was 4, so my question is which degree should I really go for when I go to college to be a playtester? And how will that degree impact my career?

    Oh, but here’s the catch: the only company I would ever playtest for would be VALVe or EA. (Only for Battlefield of course.)

    VALVe would be my first choice, but it is quite literally across the damn country.

    But by the time I turn 18, EA could be swimming in lawsuits and could be a memory of the past. Ultimately I see VALVe winning but like I said, they’re on the other side of the country and the playtesting program they have focuses on local playtesters, such as those in Bellevue, Washington.

    So how do I go about this?

    • Jason W. Bay says:

      Hi Evan, thanks for the questions. First of all, playtesting isn’t a full-time job, you might be thinking about the QA Tester job that’s described in this article. That is a full-time job, and most companies do not require a degree to do that job. Also, there are dozens (hundreds?) of game studios in the US, so I recommend you don’t limit yourself as to which one you’d work for when you first start out — you’ll have a lot to learn, and you can learn at most any game company.

  33. Pol Matsikas says:

    Hi,I am only 17year old but I’ve played so many games.Actually I’ve been playing since I was 5,and got my first gaming computer.I would love to play video games and be paid for it.I know that it’s not like that,but it’s harder than it sounds,but I searched it and I know what I have to deal with.I am spending arround 17-20hours per day just playing games,every type,I never get bored of it.The bad thing is that no one supports me and I live in a country that can’t provide games….So that’s how I ll never be a game tester.

  34. Darren Hughes says:

    Hey Jason, I have read so much on become a QA tester and have a few questions. First I’m going to start off by saying I am a successful BDA for All State insurance, I am 27 years old, and I have 3 diploma’s all in the business field. You might be wondering why I would be interested in pursuing a video game testing job as I do have a successful career already but to be honest gaming is the thing I love the most and I’ve never had that feeling of waking up and being excited to go to work, I kind of just do it cause the money is good and its what I’ve got at the moment so I roll with it. I now understand that you need to do a job you love over a job that pays well because its the thing you do most of the time! and lets be honest, I don’t get excited everyday about selling insurance or handling someone’s claim. I have been a hardcore gamer since I was 5 years old, all started with a Sega genesis. Ive played competitive in league of legends, heroes of the storm, overwatch, cs:go, wow arena (when it was big), I’ve literally played all these gamers with the best of the best and at one point was sponsored by 2 different companies to pursue a competitive scene in overwatch and league of legends. So my gaming experience and skills at games are well above average, as well as my knowledge for games themselves (I’ve played so many!) My question to you is do you think it is possible for someone being 27 years old to get into the gaming career? Am I limited by my age? And I also live in Canada (close to Toronto) and I feel Canada may not have the best gaming studio’s, if any near me at all….. Now I tried reading a few things from your book and tried using your “search for studio’s near you” engine but I don’t think its geared for Canadians. What steps do you think I should take to pursue this dream I have to become a game tester or even just work with a gaming company through marketing or design, writing (I have a very smart mind and I feel I can create a very good gaming story line, Ive created 2 previous games with my friends and the story line was killer! Story was all me!) etc.

  35. Devyn T Strzalka says:

    Hey. I’ve been gaming most of my life and am meeting my ends as a teenager. im 17 almost 18 and am a senior in high school. For my English 4 class im required to ask a few questions that hopefully you can answer? I Love most games, and I always replay levels on games over and over, simply to see if I can do weird things anyways, so I thought maybe starting as a beta tester and working towards a game designer would be really nice. Id rather work from home though, as im limited on transport. any suggestions?

  36. Myra says:

    Hi Jason, my name is Myra and my question to you is. Do any game companies hire GT’s for specific software only? I specialize in slot apps and I feel my input towards a game company’s slot app could really benefit their app’s success and could take their app to another level. Is there anyone looking for people like that or are GT’s expected to be equipped with multiple games skills?

    • Jason W. Bay says:

      I think your experience testing slot apps would be appreciated by game companies, because the testing process should be nearly identical between the two types of products. I think you should go for it.

  37. Alyssa says:

    Hello! I know this is from a few years ago, but I see you still answer peoples inquires, thanks so much for that! I only have one question, what are the reports on bugs like? Is there a format that you need to use, and do many of the reports look similar if the bug is similar? For instance, if you glitch through the floor in a building, but also in another town over of a game, would that be two different reports written the same, except for location? And how long are the reports typically? I’m actually about to buy your book in a few minutes so sorry if you address this within it, but thought I’d just get a jump start and ask here. Thank you!

    • Jason W. Bay says:

      Hi Alyssa, my book does go into detail about how to write bug reports (thank you for buying a copy!). The answer to your question is “it depends” — sometimes a bunch of glitches are caused by a single bug in the code, but you probably wouldn’t know that unless you talked to a programmer about it. In your example, if you notice that you glitch through the floor in many places, you might write just one report that describes the bug and then gives a few examples of where it happened. That might be good enough to help a developer find the bug and fix it.

  38. Hunter says:

    Hey I really want to Persue a career in video games and want to read your book but do I really have to buy it? I’m 17 and I don’t have a credit card lol. My parents don’t really like the idea of video games as a career either so they won’t buy it. So is there anything else that I could do to read it?

    • Jason W. Bay says:

      Your parents might be open to it, if you can help them understand more about the game industry. I recommend sending them a link to the getting started page, because it gives an overview of how big the industry is and how much people can get paid working in games. If they have any more questions, please let them know they can email me. 🙂

  39. ashton giacobbo says:

    I love gaming a lot i also haved beta tested and alpha tested once, i am really good at finding gitches in games and other things like teuture desplacement and other things. wish i can get the job that i want

  40. Alex says:

    Hi, I am Alex and I am in school at this time(VERY YOUNG in jr high)I am looking for a university and stuff and I was looking mosty at the game department and really would like to be in makeing games or a game tester please reply to this and any collages for me?

  41. Parth Patel says:

    Hello, Do I need to study in the field of IT or Computer Engineering for this game testing job.

  42. Naman Jain says:

    Hi,I have completed my 12th & wants to be a part of game tester industry. Can anyone please guide me for the first step to take up in making a successful career in this industry?

    • Jason W. Bay says:

      Game testing does not typically require specialized education, so you could start applying for jobs now. Search online for game studios or testing companies that have open positions for “game tester” or “QA tester”, and apply online. There are numerous articles on this site on how to write your resume and apply for jobs, look under the “Blog” menu for more information. I wish you luck!

  43. Jasson yours says:

    Hello Jason W. Bay I was playing video games with my dad when I was around 6 months (I wasn’t very good at all) Like running to wall for hours and for days too. And you can see dad laughing. And soon I was getting good at it. So when I was 10 years old I was thinking for when I was 4. I want to be a Game Tester and my dad said to me “You can be anything you what you got to believe it inside yourself” So I believe for a every long time, Now I’m 17 years old and thinking for almost 13 or 12 years now.

  44. Amir says:

    I am a game tester but in my home.u know hideo kojima is my hero.

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