Guide to getting a Video Game Tester job – PART I

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This site is obviously about the job of Video Game tester, yet until now I never felt the need to write an article about how to become a Video Game Tester. The reason is you do not really “become” a Video Game Tester.

There is no recognized school or diploma for game testing.

There is no training or certification that you write down on your CV that would magically make gaming companies think you are a rock star when it comes to game testing.

So how do you get to be a Video Game Tester?

The answer is quite simple: you go job hunting for a position of Video Game Tester and get the job. And let me give you some advice on that.

Ohhh I can feel your disbelief and  hear the voices inside in your head: “It cannot be that simple!”, “This guy is smoking trees!“, “Yeaaah another scam, he’ll try to sell me something”. To all these objections I say NO.

No,  don’t use drugs.

No, I won’t try to sell you anything.

And not, it’s no that simple. Because it still means you have to get your bottom off the sofa and get that job.

 

PART I: Finding the jobs

 

Job ads

First thing you need to do is go on Indeed.com and search for “Video Game Tester” nationwide.

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See? I’m not crazy! The jobs exist, they’re right there for you to apply.

Now I want you to look at a few of the job descriptions and see what they require from the candidates.

Don’t panic yet! These requirements describe the ideal candidate, which does not exist. Also take a look at my articles about the skills required to be a game tester.

From these requirements, make the following lists:

  1. The skills you already have
  2. The skills you don’t have but could get on your own
  3. The skills you don’t have and would be too hard to learn without getting trained on the job

After you’ve made these lists, you will have a better idea of  which job offers give you the best chances.

Repeat the process with as many online job board as you can and keep track of the jobs your want to apply to.

 

A little warning:

Recruiters like to justify their paycheck by writing fancy job descriptions that use long sentence to describe simple things.

For example I have seen this requirement on a job offer:

“Demonstrated aptitude in both formal and informal methods for all forms of communication, with a specific focus in strong professional technical writing for expansive, dynamic audiences”

Don’t get too intimidated by this nonsense.  It simply means you are able to communicate clearly verbally and by email with both your teammates or your boss’s boss without being a jerk.

Actually don’t hesitate to copy/paste this kind of stuff in the comment section if you need me to clarify.

 

The hidden job market

Have your ever been told that only 20% of open positions are advertised? There is some truth in that.

You need to be proactive in your job search. Do not limit yourself to positions that are advertised,

Create a list of all gaming companies in your area.

Linkedin is a good tool to find companies. it has  company search page that lets your filter by industry and area.

Another source for your list is – while you are looking at job offer on job boards – to write down the name of any gaming company even if the job offer is not for Video Game Tester.

Once your have your list, go on the website of each company. They usually have a “Careers” or “Jobs” section. It’s often a sub-section of a section called “Company”. There you might be able to find job offers that were not published on job boards.

But even if you don’t see a job offer for a Video Game Tester position on a company website, you can still send an unsolicited application for that position. Actually I advise you do it for all the companies on your list.

 

Using your network

Last but not least: The ultimate best way to find a job is to know someone in the company who can tell you there’s an opening even before it becomes public. Or even better: someone that could refer you and vouch for you, telling the company that you are a good fit.

 

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You have to understand that when a company hires  a person, they require some technical skills, but they also want to hire someone with good personal qualities:Easy to work with, serious, thorough, proactive, etc…

And if an existing employee tells them you are good guy, then you are already ahead in the race for the job.

 

 

OK, that a lot of homework for you to do already.

PART II will come a later as another post  where I talk about applying to the jobs.

 

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12 Responses to Guide to getting a Video Game Tester job – PART I

  1. katy says:

    how are you supposed get the training then . if you been playing video games for along does that even count as being a video game tester . i have been reject 4 times already. video games companies oh well?

    • Undercover Tester says:

      Hi Katy,

      This is a problem for many professions. Employer usually ask for experience at junior positions.
      The tricky part is really to get that first job.

      I will try to write a dedicated post about the interview in the coming weeks.

  2. John says:

    Ok so I work at a truck stop in the middle of nowhere is it possible for me to get a game tester job but be able to do it at home?

    • Undercover Tester says:

      Hi John,

      I have never seen a home based game testing job.
      Any website claiming so seems to be a scam.

      Now I won’t say it’s impossible, but I’ve never seen that.

      • John says:

        So is there any way I can get a job with Ubisoft, the casino that’s right next to where I work goes through them or should I try a small company first?

        • Undercover Tester says:

          If you’re switching jobs, apply wherever you’re interested to work. You don’t need to consider options for now because you have no job offer.
          Later if you do see a couple of companies are interested to hire you, you might want to take more time to choose which one to pick.
          But for now, you can only send as many job applications as possible.

  3. Talha says:

    Plzz help me with this..
    I have completed my 12th and intrested in game testing career .
    So which degree or course i have to do for this job.
    Plzz help me with this…

  4. Ann says:

    Hi, I just graduate with maths degree from uni, i play lol 3 yrs, like buy mistery skin and play different champions, but not improve my rank much, played few phone game and like play board game with friends. I am not sure my career path, and really worry about it. When I look in the job website, there is one called game testing, I not sure whether I can get this job as I bearly have experience and shy to communicate. Can you maybe help me and let me know, whether I need look into this testing job or dont waste my time and get to normal life.
    xx

    • Undercover Tester says:

      Hi Ann,
      Since you are young and have a Math degree, I think you should consider other career paths as your main path.
      On the other hand, you can always try video game testing for 3 months and quit if you don’t like it, and never put it on your CV.

      Just be aware that video game testing jobs usually don’t pay well and it’s hard to build a real career in this kind of job.
      And testing a video game is way, way less fun than playing it.

  5. Jeremy says:

    I live in a small city of ~200 thousand. Should I rule out testing games that aren’t small indy?

    • Undercover Tester says:

      Hi Jeremy,

      Do you mean limiting yourself to indie companies? Why?
      I would say apply to any company that employs video game tester, regardless of company size.

      Obviously smaller cities will have less options. But if a big studio happens to be located there, don’t rule them out.

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