How to Become a Game Tester

Did you know that video games are now more popular than films? In fact, more and more people play video games. Because of this, there is a need for video game testers. If you think that this is the career for you, this is your chance to get employed. Read on.

Video games are now very popular all over the world. When it comes to revenues, the industry is earning more as compared to the filmmakers.

The phenomenal growth is due to the competitive manufacturers present in the industry. Because of this, there is also an increase in the need for game designers and game testers.

Your Job

As a game tester, your opinion matters in terms of the quality of the new game. Before new video games are launched in the market, quality testing is required and this can only be done by a professional game tester. Why is the testing required? Well, this is to ensure that during the production phase, the new game is already free from bugs and glitches. The manufacturer will ensure that the new games will meet the criteria of the targeted users.

The Requirements

First and foremost, you should love playing video games. Game fanatics are great candidates especially those who play various kinds of formats like PC games, Xbox, PlayStation, and many others. Aside from playing the games well, you should also know how to identify glitches. Basically, this profession will require technical knowhow. The requirements for game testers may vary and it will depend on the qualifications set by the manufacturer. If you want to avail of the employment opportunities, the best way is through the net by visiting the websites of video game manufacturers like Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, and Codemasters. Watch out for announcements on their sites. You can also inquire at the manufacturer’s department exclusively for game testing. You can contact them by phone, email, or mail. On site testing is usually required but some manufacturers also allow the testing at home. You see, as a game tester, you will need to play the game for hours before you can give quality opinion.

There is no course requirement to become a game tester as long as you’re good at playing various kinds of video games. If you want to become competitive enough, you should not focus in only one area. You need to be well versed with action games, adventure, sports, RPG, and many others. If you have a vast experience, manufacturers will surely hire you.

You need to be at least 18 years old to become a professional game tester although some testers are below the legal age. There are even times when some testers belong to the 14-17 age range since these are the targeted consumers. This is your chance to earn $15,000 - $20,000 or even more.


  • Rajaie Haddad said on November 5, 2009
    I have read this article and since I love games and playing games since I was a small boy I studied computer science. Please tell me how to take this a further step and be a games tester.
  • Joseph Skinner said on November 16, 2009
    I really want this information to be a video game tester
  • Sebastian said on June 25, 2010
    I read your article about game tester and really like it. Been a gamer since my childhood and play on all three big platform PS3, Xbox and PC. It is a big passion of mine and I like to become a game tester one day. would like to ask for further information how to become a game tester. Thank you very much.


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