Common Questions About Game Testers

One of the biggest misconceptions about making money by testing out games is that all it involves doing is playing games and saying if they are good or not.  It is much more complicated than that.  It involves a lot of documentation of the game and things that go wrong with it.  People with a very good attention to detail end up loving these jobs because they spot things out that the average Joe wouldn’t.  They are then given the satisfaction of knowing that they have made a change in the game and helping out the gamer experience for other people down the road when the game is actually released.

The pay is nothing extreme, averaging 10-12 bucks an hour.  Even that being said, many testers still end up making a ton of money because they literally play all day, racking up the hours in a hurry.  This time spent is used up by going through each level of a game very slowly, looking for any glitches or bugs in the game.  If one is found you simply write down what you have experienced and where it was.

In order to get a job as a full time tester, or even a part time job as a tester there are a few forms that you need to fill out.  The good thing to keep in mind about filling out application forms is that you do not need a college degree or any previous experience at all.  If you love to game and really want to make the gaming experience better for the rest of the community, you are on the right track and the gaming companies look for that in potential testers.

Everything else varies by the company you choose.  Some games you get to test come to you over 6 months before they hit the retail shelves!  Others may never come out, it all depends on who you go though and what game you test out.

Some other benefits of a tester that most people do not know about is that sometimes the testers are given special cheat codes that no one else has access to! Also you will have the inside knowledge of the game which will help you out a lot if you decide to go up against your friends.