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How can I get a job testing video games from home (and avoid getting scammed)?

In this episode of Game Industry Career Guide Podcast, I answer a question from Autrey, who wants to know how she can get a job testing video games from home, but also avoid getting ripped off by a game testing scam?

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why it’s hard to find video game testing jobs that let you work from home
  • How to identify game testing websites that are actually just scams trying to rip you off
  • How you can quickly learn how to test games and apply for the best jobs as a video game tester

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How To Become A Video Game Tester

This article is part of the Quest for Your Career series. We focus on each specific job in the video game industry by interviewing an expert in the field. Learn what they do, how they got started, and whether it's a good job for you.
Bill Schneider, Video Game Tester

“Game testing can be an incredibly fulfilling career.”

Meet Bill Schneider, Video Game QA Tester

Of all the jobs in the game industry, testing video games might be the one that gamers around the world dream about most. Today we’re talking with a guy who’s not only tested games on just about every platform, but he’s also turned the job into a rich and rewarding career.

Bill Schneider has worked as a game tester for over a decade, and you can see his name in the credits of over 40 shipped titles – everything from Harry Potter to The Sims, and from Bejeweled to Assassin’s creed. Let’s find out how his career has taken him from a front-line game tester, to a manager and leader of entire testing teams at major game studios.  Read more ›

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How To Become A Video Game Tester (FAQ)

Video game testers find a huge dead bug

Are you skilled enough to handle the really big bugs?

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!

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Video Game Tester Salary for 2017

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This article is part of the Video Game Developer Salary series. Read about the annual salary ranges of all video game jobs, and get advice on maximizing your paycheck throughout your career.
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Why shoot for the moon when Reach and Pandora await you?

Table of Contents

  1. Search for Game Tester jobs
  2. Game Tester salary: Overview
  3. Game Tester salary: Factors
  4. Game Tester salary: Details
  5. Other factors that affect Tester salary
  6. Demand for Game Testers
  7. Should I become a Game Tester?

When I was a kid, everybody dreamed of growing up to be an astronaut or firefighter, a ballerina or doctor. Things have really changed! Ask a modern kid what they want to become. Even the old standbys of “rock star” and “pro athlete” have been bumped off the wish list, replaced by something that once seemed out of reach: a job as a video game tester.

By now, most grown-ups know that getting a job as a video game tester doesn’t mean you sit around and play games. But it’s still a great way to break into the game industry. In fact, I’m the poster boy for starting as a tester: I began my career in QA, went on to become a designer and an engineer, and then eventually a director in charge of multiple departments. (I did go to school to learn programming, but only after I’d started my QA job.)

After you’ve done your research on what a video game tester actually does, you may wonder about a more practical matter: What is an average video game tester salary?

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