Computer games tester Games tester, QA tester, quality assurance technician, video games tester
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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: 02 April 2018