My YouTube Video About How To Become A Video Game Tester
I decided to make a video about becoming a video game tester, as I saw how bad and misleading some of the videos on there were! I hope you find it useful, although Im not very good at public speaking lol
Anyway, here is a transcript of the video (semi accurate!)
Hey guys, Dan here…Today I just wanted to make a video for my blog about how to become a video game tester.
As you may know if you have read my blog already, I am a full time game tester, and have been doing the job for about 2 years now. Prior to that I had basically just drifted from one bad job to the next. So you can see don’t need any special qualifications or experience to get the job.
There are a lot of people out there who want to become video game testers, and I get a lot of emails from guys and girls who are interested in the job.
So I thought I would put together a short video to explain how I got my job and the best way to go about getting a job as a game tester if you are interested in the role
I don’t think that there is much reliable information out there about getting a job as a games tester, so I thought I should post about my experiences, and how I got the job, and maybe it will help other people who want to become games testers
So what’s the first thing you should do? Well I think that before you go around applying for jobs, you have got to put together a good resume. It doesn’t need to be really detailed, but you have got to get the employers interested, so it is important to stress your passion for games, without being too weird or over the top about it. Try to come across as someone who is reliable, hard working, and is good at following instructions. As a tester you will need to write some brief reports, and be really observant, so If you can demonstrate these kinds of skills that is really good.
I actually cheated at this part, because I am no good at writing, so I paid to have my resume written for me… but you really don’t need to do that, I just wanted to give myself the best chance possible as I really wanted the job. But if you are good at writing then do it yourself, or you can get friends and family to help you out.
The next thing you should do is some background research about the job… I have posted a load of stuff on my blog about what day to day life is like as a tester, and there is loads of stuff on the net about it… so I won’t go in to too much detail now about that. You basically just want to have a realistic idea of what life is like… I can tell you that you are not just sitting around all day chilling out, playing the latest games for fun… you have to play them in a very repetitive way, looking for faults and bugs… and things that don’t work how they should. You are not given much freedom to just play the game. So there are a lot of hours of just sitting in front of the TV doing the same things over and over again.
Also the pay, you are not going to get $100 per hour, I think I saw a website where that was mentioned. If some website is asking you to subscribe promising to find you a job that pays $80 per hour or something like that, then it’s a scam. A much more realistic wage is around $10 – $40 per hour. If you are just starting out, you will be getting anywhere from as low as $10 to around $20 per hour. As you get more experience, you will earn more, but even then you will probably never break the $40 per hour barrier as a game tester. You have to move into other jobs within the game industry to make higher salaries.
But becoming a games tester is a great foot in the door to the industry, so if you have ambitions to move on to other better paid roles, testing is a great way to start out, since you don’t need any qualifications or experience, and once you are working for a games publisher, you are much more likely to get other jobs. And they may even train you for free.
Anyway, so the next thing, and probably the hardest thing, is to actually find a vacancy. Because the role is so popular, this is the hardest part about getting the job. Some tips for doing this could be to phone up all the games publishers in your area, and ask them about recruitment. An internet search would provide you with all of their numbers. You could also write to them, including your resume and a covering letter, telling them that you would like to be considered for any game testing roles they have in the future.
You could look online at jobs sites and the games publisher’s websites, they may advertise their jobs there, but it will be quite rare. I tried all of these methods, but didn’t get much success. In the end a friend of mine recommended a jobs website that he had used, which basically compiles a list of game testing job vacancies, and a few other things, so I was quite lucky there. But even then it took a month or two to actually find a suitable vacancy and get an interview. So if you are looking, don’t give up and keep trying, it can take time.
So once you have secured an interview, that’s when you really have to do your homework. Find out as much information about the games publisher as you can, and make sure you know exactly what to expect, as you will be asked about your expectations of the job, and if they are unrealistic, you will be shown the door. Again I cheated at this stage, as I already knew most of the questions they were going to ask me, so I had answers prepared. I kind of cheated at every stage didn’t I… I guess I’m just lucky.. but the way I see it is that I really wanted the job, so I wanted to give myself the best possible chance of getting it. So the best way to do that is to be prepared so you don’t have any nasty surprises.
OK so that’s a brief overview of the recruitment process and how to get a job. I hope I have covered most of your questions. I can’t think of anything else at the moment – if you want to know more visit my blog, the link is in the description below. Feel free to drop by and ask questions and advice, you can leave a comment at my blog, or email me, and I will get back to you and help if I can.
If you want me to make some videos on anything else about game testing, or write some posts, just let me know and I will put something together…
OK thanks for watching, and see you next time.
As I said, let me know if you want me to write about or make a video about anything else that you like more details on.