Current Job Openings - Video Game Tester
Video Game Tester Job Description
A games tester is another one of those jobs where the title speaks for itself - the job entails the testing of computer games before they are released in order to spot any bugs that are present within the software and to suggest improvements to the gameplay before it goes on sale to the paying general public. Whilst no formal qualifications are necessary, knowledge of the market is essential and the role offers a good way to get into the industry.
You have to really like computer games because to test them, you have to play out all the different storylines and work your way through all the open possibilities in the game. For games with a sand-box effect (as in you're free to roam around), this means literally hours upon hours of gameplay, all played to strict deadlines and recording bugs and improvements as you go.
Video Game Tester Career Entry
Testing is a great way to enter the industry, especially if you're not qualified in coding, programming or design, and a fantastic opportunity to become a part of a sector that continues to grow. Your skills on the console and knowledge of the market are enough to get you a job, although teaching yourself a bit about programming can do no harm to your chances!
Often you will have to prove your enthusiasm for the industry, and whilst a 100% completion rate on your PlayStation is one thing, it might be wiser to show this through attendance at expositions and shows and a knowledge backed up through reading around the subject. Placements are often useful ways of building contacts and securing yourself options, so get thinking early if this is a career path you're looking to pursue.
Video Game Tester Training & Progression
Your skills are exceptionally niche in the market, and the best gamers are often self-taught, although honing your eye to spot glitches and bugs will be something a company can help you to do. You'll also be trained in reporting these bugs through a database and helping to design strategies to test the game (often alongside other testers) to explore all the different routes the gameplay can offer in the quickest time possible.
At the Chartered Institute for Information Technology, they offer a Professional Certificate in Software Testing, which is certification of your skills as a tester. From here, there's scope to move into programming and design, although you will need to undertake appropriate courses to make sure you're equipped for these roles, as they require a niche technical skill that must be taught.
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