Advanced training and college degrees are not required to become a games tester. Candidates in this career field must have an aptitude for playing video games as well as an excellent eye for detail and an ability to write well.
Skills for playing games are absolutely essential to be successful in this career field. Testers should have years of experience playing a variety of games. They should have knowledge and playing experience in the fighting, racing, simulation and role-playing genres. Knowledge of every genre is not necessary, but every tester must have a solid understanding of how all games work.
In addition, testers must have the ability to play on all types of gaming platforms. In most cases, they must also supply the equipment to play the game as well as a high quality gaming computer. All hardware must be current and up-to-date.
In addition to gaming proficiency, games testers must exhibit an acute attention to detail. Bugs and glitches in games are often small and might not be noticeable to the average player. Testers must demonstrate an ability to detect these errors and play the game persistently in order to expose all possible glitches.
The ability to write well is also crucial in order to be successful in the game testing profession. This is necessary because testers must write and communicate well in order to convey instances of game malfunction to the game's programmers. Proper spelling, grammar and punctuation, along with the broader skill of effective written communication is vital to success.
What are Games Testers like?
Based on our pool of users, games testers tend to be predominately artistic people.
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Games Testers by Strongest Interest Archetype
Based on sample of 290 Sokanu users
Are Games Testers happy?
Games testers rank
among the happiest
careers. Overall they rank in the 87th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.
Games Tester Career Satisfaction by Dimension
Percentile among all careers
Education History of Games Testers
The most common degree held by games testers is Game Design.
6% of games testers had a degree in game design before becoming games testers. That is over 39 times the average across all careers.
Computer Science graduates are the second most common among games testers, representing 4% of games testers in the Sokanu user base, which is 1.5 times the average.
Games Tester Education History
This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Games Tester, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.