Gurgaon, India: Hope this will sound as the ultimate gig: making a living by playing video games all day, all night. If you are a true, real gamer, being a quality assurance tester for a game developing company is not a nerd kind of a thing that it sounds like.
Sony Computer Entertainment is offering a selected group of gaming wannabes a chance at the job via ‘The tester’ – a reality show produced by 51minds Entertainment being broadcasted exclusively through the Playstation Network. If you don’t want to go through this reality show, you can always try to get the job the old school way. Go online and make a thorough search and explore the latest trends in the video game industry to learn more being a game tester and the best ways to become a game tester.
As for getting the game testing job, there are some key factors:
1. Job location
If you want to be a game tester, you need to be where the real heroes are. If there are not a large number of developers or publishers around you, it’s sure that you are going to have a hard time being a full-time tester. Or else you can find occasional work in some big cities which can bring you supplemental income.
2. Getting ready to do seasonal work
It’s rare doing full-time tester jobs. Normally, game makers hire skilled testers on a contract basis. So this job is seasonal. When the test cycle ends for a particular product, the testing team is discharged. For a tester, there are possibilities of a number of cases. They can go from product to product at company to company. Pure dedication and sufficient positive energy can drive you to big opportunities.
You don’t need to be a degree graduate to be a game tester. In normal cases, serious skill is good enough. But it’s highly recommended that your personality and emotional maturity must mesh with your team, or else you’ll never make it. If you are kind of a loner this is not your game, you are looking at the wrong career. As testers are going to sit a lot in front of the computer, concentration is inevitable.
4. Don’t just Play the game, Love the game
A tester plays and replays the same, even the small part of a game, again and again. Time is not a factor when passion is applied on your work. If you able to maintain focus on your work, it’s sure that you’ll win the game.
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