I’m excited to be part of one of the biggest QA and localisation conference for gaming industry in Berlin next week. While, I’m packing my bags, a quick blog to share my thoughts with you.
First things first! The event is going to be taking place in the beautiful city of Berlin for the first time. The location gives a very relaxed and friendly environment to reach out to fellow gaming professionals and exchange views on industry trending topics such as localisation, improving game developer workflows, developments in the game testing services and much more.
Improving the testing experience by analyzing the risks. Creating and managing successful QA services requires massive investments in technology, personnel, and resources. The rapid evolution of platforms, reduced timelines, increasing complexity of cloud based environments, and the fragmentation of devices presents many unique challenges for a QA function in terms of test coverage within the swamped test schedules and to maintain its brand value in a highly competitive environment. My colleague, Suresh Iyer, will be presenting his thoughts on Risk Based Testing (RBT) – as applied to software testing and its extension to games testing to allay the fears of “not enough testing”
Unity in diversity: One of the pain areas for any game developer or publisher is to manage multiple teams and different workflows. I’m excited to hear the experts share their opinion on how uniting cross functional teams can maximize the collaboration and hence improve game quality. The panel at the event will have participants from key players in the gaming industry, who will discuss and brainstorm on how the companies re-work internal structures, and update the workflows to foster a culture of collaboration and innovation.
Localisation! Yes, it is one of the key service offering for various companies in the games industry and GameQA has ensured that they focus on this. No wonder, major part of the conference schedule is dedicated for various topics under Localisation umbrella. The key industry leadership is going to be talking about organizing teams to manage Localisation for a complex title. There are also going to be sessions which will prove to be very helpful for the team managers as they struggle to find the right collaboration tool for the team.
Its learning as well! The breakout sessions which are spread across the conference schedule promise to be helpful and informative. Interactive sessions focusing on identifying, developing and deploying the latest tools and techniques, improving internal cross functional relationships and workflows to create a culture of collaboration will be a great opportunity for the attendees to learn from the peers. I also love the networking sessions where you get to talk to people from different companies and learn more about the thing that they are engaged in.
Watch this space for more details, as we gear up for the event!
[Sumit Arora is the Operations Director in the Interactive Entertainment practice at GlobalStep and will be part of the delegation attending the conference.]READ MORE
We were at Electronic Entertainment Expo, popularly known as ‘E3’ earlier last week, as a game testing services provider. We try to capture the essence of the event for you. E3, as we all know, is the world’s premier trade show for computer and video games and related products. The congregation of game enthusiasts is organized by Entertainment Software Association(ESA), one of the world’s leading trade organizations for the games industry.
So, what was special this year?
Change is the new normal – This year, we saw major publishers either announcing changes to their hit games or at least announcing the plans to change them. We saw Ubisoft announcing major changes in Assassin’s Creed Origins 10-year-old combat exploration story board, and in the crime story and the race tracks for the racing game The Crew 2.
Many games will see the light of the day. Arguably, most of the gaming enthusiasts would have been happy to know the launch of Ubisoft’s long awaited Beyond Good & Evil 2 and relaunch of Shadow of the Colossus by Sony. One of the other eagerly awaited games was Crackdown 3, which was announced by Microsoft way back in 2014, seems to be launching it on Xbox One and PC in November this year.
It was end of the world! Well, according to the Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus game released, it surely was for the Americans. The third Reich who never failed, destroys everything coming in its way.
VR is yet to catchup. While Virtual Reality games are fun and lot more engaging, at E3 this year we saw slow adaption of the technology. While the big players like Microsoft almost missed talking about VR, there was showcase of games such as Doom VFR and Fallout 4 VR by Bethesda and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR by Sony. What we think is, it will take some more time for VR games to gain a mind share among the players.
This was one of the most successful and surprising editions of E3 this year. We are now packing our bags for the Games QA conference in Berlin next week. So see you in Berlin!READ MORE