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Computer games tester Games tester, quality assurance tester, video games tester, quality assurance technician

Computer games testers play computer games to check they work properly. They find and record problems or bugs.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £15,000 to £40,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: Variable per week

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.

You could also get into this job through an apprenticeship.

Creative Skillset has more information about becoming a computer games tester.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • 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

4. Salary

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: 12 April 2017