Video Game Testers

Video game testers examine new or modified video game applications to evaluate whether or not they perform at the desired level. Testers also verify that different tasks and levels within a game function properly and progress in a consistent manner. Their work entails trying to find glitches in games and sometimes crashing the game completely. Testers keep very close track of the combinations they enter so that they can replicate the situation in order to remedy it. Testers also offer opinions on the user-friendliness of video and computer games. Any problems they find or suggestions they have are reported in detail both verbally and in writing to supervisors. Video game testers act as quality assurance testers who specialize in testing video games. 

Quick Facts
Duties Examine new or modified video games to evaluate whether or not they perform at the desired level
Alternate Title(s) Quality Assurance Testers
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but many software publishers are located in California, Texas, Washington, New York, and Massachusetts
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
Experience Internship; volunteer or part-time experience
  • Computer
  • Digital Media
  • Writing
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Organized
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Game Testing Coordinator, or Game Designer or Programmer
  • Experienced Video Game Tester
  • Entry-Level Video Game Tester

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