Video Game Tester Job Info

As a video game tester, it’s your job to analyze video games for developers, or for people looking for a review before they buy the game. If you work for a developer, it’s much different than working for yourself. Below, you’ll find the two basic types of video game tester jobs, as well as information about the type of work you can expect.

Video Game Testing Blog

In this job, you buy games yourself, review them, and post the review on a personal blog or website. To become an invaluable source of information about video games, you have to give more than just your opinion. You need to talk about the controls, the graphics, the sound, the voice acting, any glitches or bugs, and any industry news that might affect the game you’re reviewing, or subsequent sequels. You’ll probably have to play the game several times through to get a thorough-enough understanding to offer a decent review.

Work on getting as many people as possible to read your reviews, and advertisers will start knocking on your e-door looking to buy ad space on your website. This starting point could lead to your getting picked up by a large game developer for a part-time or full-time tester slot.

Part-Time or Full-Time Tester

If a company does pick you to be an employed tester, the work is significantly different. You’ll be spending a full workday playing the same game, possibly one or two levels, over and over again. Without a deep love for video games that goes beyond mere enjoyment, you’ll likely find this job tedious and not what you expected. However, for those few true gaming fanatics, you’ll be in heaven, not least of all because you’ll get to play video games that aren’t even out yet. If you get picked up by one of the major developers, you might even get to play one of their top-shelf, highly anticipated games!

Salary and Wages

The money you can make as a video game tester is dependent completely on the company you sign up with, and the contract they offer you. Generally, the salaries range between $19,000 and $30,000 a year, while some of the larger companies offer $60,000+ to their top testers.

The Work Itself

You’ll be looking closely at every last pixel, trying to traverse every last inch of playable space, and checking the game for bugs. Depending on what the company wants from you, you could play that game for one full day, or for a week straight.

They’ll want you to listen to all the sounds, watch carefully for any graphic problems, and try out every possibly playable scenario multiple times to catch any bugs, and so on.

It might be tedious, but you are providing a necessary service to your fellow gamers, and the greatest satisfaction will come from watching the world play a game you’ve tested, and thinking, “Oh, yeah, there was a bug there. Good thing I fixed it!”

Good luck!