The following is a basic, 7 step process to landing your first video game tester job, and subsequent game tester jobs as well. You will find each step expanded upon in the articles section in the right sidebar, but below is a summary of the most bullet-proof process of landing the best video game tester [...]

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admin on August 8th, 2009

Becoming a great video game tester means being able to find lots of bugs - the higher your bug count, the more valuable a video game tester you become. With that skill development comes higher wages and increased job opportunities - companies will always want to hire or rehire the hottest game tester. So how [...]

Continue reading about Step 1 - Great Players are Great Testers

admin on August 8th, 2009

The 2nd step towards becoming a great video game tester involves moving beyond the what - finding bugs - to the how. How, exactly does one uncover flaws in the game? Ultimately, most bugs will fall into two categories - either design and gameplay bugs, or code bugs. Understanding that you aren’t simply testing [...]

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admin on August 8th, 2009

The 3rd step towards becoming a great video game tester and getting hired for video game tester jobs involves learning multiple platforms. This means if you have played exclusively Xbox, move beyond that to using the PC as a gaming platform, and if you can, becoming familiar with Nintendo and Playstation platforms as well. [...]

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admin on August 8th, 2009

The 4th step towards becoming a great video game tester and getting hired for video game tester jobs involves getting some real-world video game testing experience before applying and interviewing for your first your first paying video game tester job. Doing so will greatly increase your odds of getting hired, as well as open [...]

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admin on August 8th, 2009

The 5th step towards becoming a great video game tester and getting hired for video game tester jobs involves learning a bit about the video game industry. Potential employers will be impressed upon hearing a potential video game tester demonstrate a basic understanding of the game development lifecycle, as well as a good general [...]

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admin on August 8th, 2009

The 6th step towards becoming a great video game tester and getting hired for video game tester jobs involves determining which video game companies you would like to work for. A big factor in determining this choice will be your own preference of gaming platform, as well as gaming experience. Are you more [...]

Continue reading about Step 6 - Determining Who to Work For

The 7th step towards becoming a great video game tester and getting hired for video game tester jobs involves creating a cover letter and resume that showcase your passion for video games, your dream of making a career out of being a video game tester, and the benefits you can bring your new employer.
Many [...]

Continue reading about Step 7 - Creating a Killer Resume and Nailing the Interview

admin on August 3rd, 2009

Ready for WoW Cataclysm? I sure am. Blizzard is simply amazing. I think one of the best jobs in the world would be to work as a tester on World of Warcraft. Finding employment by testing the world’s greatest MMORPG would truly be a dream career for most of us. Becoming a Blizzard game [...]

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admin on June 17th, 2009

Video Games testing jobs at the entry level are fairly easy to come by. Often times, nothing more is required than a desire to play games and get paid – however, don’t expect to see much more than 10-15 bucks an hour for a job not requiring any computer skills. The good news is, [...]

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admin on May 18th, 2009

Entry Level Manual Game Tester
Required:
1. Must like to play video games
2. Must be able to identify a bug when one sees one
3. Must be able to compose a decent bug report to hand off to the devs
4. Must be willing to work long hours when the crunch is on to get the thing shipped
5. Decent [...]

Continue reading about Video Game Tester Jobs - Required Skills

admin on May 17th, 2009

These are the prevailing game tester salary contract wages in the Seattle area. After 7 years full-time, I left my employer for a while, and did contract work as a level V. With overtime, it was a pretty nice wage!
 
Game Tester Salary Contract Rates - 2009
Level 1: 17-22\hr
Level 2: 20-25\hr
Level 3: 24-35\hr
Level 4: 33-45\hr
Level 5: [...]

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admin on May 17th, 2009

Game Tester Salary Levels are often greatly exaggerated, primarily from people who a) have never been employed as a game tester or developer and b) are trying to sell you an eBook they plagiarized from the few legitimate Game Tester Job Guides available. These scoundrels lie and promise $90\hr (or more!) to people with no [...]

Continue reading about Video Game Tester Salary - Realistic Expections

This is from a company hiring game testers by the dozen:
OVERVIEW:
STE1’s If you do not have games test experience you must have a strong interest / passion for games. Independent professional with strong communication skills. STE’s will be test casing, writing tests and have area ownership.
Your responsibilities will include:
•Executing well defined, written test scripts
•Running simple automated [...]

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