How to Become a Games Tester

Become a Games Tester

In our review of different careers, we take a look at how to become a games tester.  We also look at the skills and attributes you need to become a Games Tester.

What Does a Games Tester Do?

As a games tester, your job would be to test new games for bugs and glitches before the game goes on sale to the general public.  As a games tester you might work in an office environment, or work from home.

You day to day activities might include playing one level, a few levels or entire games to check for glitches and bugs, writing reports on bugs and glitches you have found, investigating previously reported bugs, checking in game copy to ensure there are no errors and providing feedback on the overall playability of the game to the relevant departments.

Working as a games tester will usually require working 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, and usually offers a relaxed work environment.

Is Becoming a Games Tester Right For Me?

The following skills and attributes are ideal for anyone who wishes to become a games tester:

  • A genuine love of video games
  • Patience
  • Attention to detail
  • The ability to work well alone
  • The ability to maintain focus
  • An excellent knowledge of the industry and a willingness to keep up-to-date with the latest news

How Much Can a Games Tester Earn?

Being a video games tester is an extremely attractive job to a lot of people and so as you can imagine it is not extremely well paid.  You can earn anywhere between £13,000 and £20,000 a year.

What Qualifications Do I Need To Become a Games Tester?

There are no qualifications required to become a games tester. But an enthusiam for video games, a keen eye for detai and the ability to communicate the 'experience' of playing a game back to a development team are key component for a good games tester.