Each one of us has at some point of the time wished to be playing video games all day long. From car racing to VR based games, from strategy games to simple puzzles, every game has an attraction and a fascination towards it.
While there are dedicated video game developers and game artists behind creating these interesting games, there is a different tribe called Video Game Testers or Test Engineers as we call them at GlobalStep who dedicate themselves to ensure that the game that will eventually be released in the market should be error free and give the avid gamer a superlative gaming experience.
So what does it take to be a video game tester?
Being acquainted with games and gameplay
Yes, no doubt that you need to be game savvy and familiar with various formats of the game. Since you’ll be spending a ton of time with whatever game you’re testing, companies will expect that you already have some gaming skills and a gaming vocabulary. This requirement should be a slam dunk for any person who wants to become a successful video game tester.
Be an excellent communicator
The Test Engineers spend a lot of time communicating with their teams either through email, chat and/or face-to-face. This means you must listen carefully when others are speaking, you need to be asking questions to clarify what others are saying when you’re in a conversation and you should be able to express your thoughts and ideas in a concise manner that others can understand.
Furthermore, if you think your spelling and grammar isn’t so good, well maybe spend a little time working on that. It will be worth the effort to help build yourself a career with leading video game testing companies across the world.
Yes, paying attention to detail pays off if you want to grow as a video game test engineer. Game Testers spend a lot of their time doing things like looking for bugs, writing bug reports, verifying fixes and regressing bugs that they had written previously. So, to excel at these tasks demand that you be observant, thorough in your work, organized and patient.
Of course, this is something that you can learn and develop with practice.
Being Self-Motivated and taking ownership!
Being a game tester doesn’t mean to just sit around and get paid to play games all day. The reality is testers play games all day that are unfinished, unbalanced, often incredibly broken. They’ll play the same broken game over and over every day, sometimes overnight and on weekends for months – and possibly even years, depending on the game.
It can be incredibly tedious work that requires a lot of commitment and attention to detail. People who land their first testing job are often surprised by how challenging the position can be. Most of the testers time is spent repeatedly testing certain features, systems, and small-to-moderate chunks of actual gameplay. Sometimes, the testers don’t get to play the entire game until near end of the development cycle.
Should be able to think outside the box
It would be highly desirable that the testers should bring their creativity out of them and must be tinkerers and have the natural curiosity embedded in them to try and identify some difficult defects in the game. The “outside the box” thinking people who like finding out how things work and solving problems would become a successful tester. Patience and a good sense of humor go a long way in this job.
GlobalStep is hiring at various levels of testing and localization tester positions. Do visit our career section to know more about the latest job openings.
[Rahul Patil, leads the HR function at GlobalStep. He ensures that the right kind of talent with right skills and appropriate attitude is hired.]