Computer games tester Games tester, QA tester, quality assurance technician, video games tester
Computer games testers play computer games to check they work properly. They find and record problems or bugs.
1. Entry requirements
There are no set entry requirements, but you'll need a good standard of English. Learning some programming may help.
Your playing skills and knowledge of different platforms and games are more important than qualifications.
You could take a computer games course that includes a work placement.
Going to games events and joining industry forums are good ways to hear about jobs.
Creative Skillset has more information about becoming a computer games tester.
2. Skills required
- excellent gaming skills and the ability to play for long periods
- attention to detail and analytical skills
- excellent communication skills
- the ability to use IT systems and software like databases and spreadsheets
3. What you'll do
You'll work for a games publisher, a games developer, or a testing company. Usually, you'll work in a team with other games testers.
Your day-to-day duties could include:
- testing different levels and versions of a game
- finding the cause of faults and recommending improvements
- entering each 'bug report' on a quality management system
- comparing the game against other games on the market
- checking for spelling mistakes in the game and in instruction manuals and packaging.
- reporting copyright issues like the use of logos
- checking a game's accessibility options
- working under pressure and to deadlines
Starter: £15,000 to £20,000
Experienced: £25,000 to £30,000
Highly Experienced: up to £40,000
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
You'll work long hours including evenings, weekends and public holidays.
You'll work in an office at a computer.
6. Career path and progression
With experience, you could become a quality assurance manager or move into games marketing.
With further training, you could become a games designer, animator or developer.
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Last updated: 27 September 2017