Top 5 Skills You Need to Possess to Make a Career in Video Game Testing

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.

Being Meticulous
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.]


What to expect at Game Developers Conference, 2018

With a rich history spanning over 3 decades, the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco has firmly established itself as one of the flagship events on the gaming industry calendar. Attracting over 26,000 attendees each year right from programmers, artists, producers, game designers, QA professionals, audio professionals, business decision-makers, etc. – GDC is a must-attend for anyone working or looking to make a career in the interactive entertainment industry.

As one of the world’s leading Game Testing Companies, GlobalStep has been a key part of GDC in the past as and delegate as we led conversations about the future of QA in gaming. We were there in 2017 as the Nintendo Switch started making big waves and redefining console-based gaming, and as Augmented Reality finally took a big step forward with Pokémon Go.

As we get ready for GDC 2018, here are our thoughts on what we think will be some of the main talking themes this year:

  • The return of PCs and Consoles: With mobile-based games gaining significantly over the last few years, we’re expecting PCs and dedicated consoles to dominate developer interest this year. With all the 3 major console manufacturers tasting success and customer acceptance with their flagship consoles – The PlayStation Pro, The Nintendo Switch and The XBOX One X, The PS VR, we’re expecting to see several interesting hardware and software concepts to be unveiled at GDC. That said, mobile continues to be the future of immersive gaming and we expect to see some fascinating game previews especially around Mobile AR / VR.


  • Monetization & Community Management: With the lifecycle of games steadily increasing, we are expecting to see interesting discussions on monetization strategies – including in-game advertising, loot boxes and freemium models. Developers and studios are also increasingly becoming aware that the fate of their games depends upon user acceptance and opinion – most commonly displayed on social media. Community management and social media engagement strategies are therefore going to be an important topic of discussion, especially among the burgeoning community of indie developers.

Over the last few months, we have been having some fascinating conversations with our customers as well as industry leaders over the need for QA to extend itself beyond the traditional beta phase of development. This led to the reimagining of traditional QA into holistic 360-degree QA that has a far-wider influence and improved value addition into the game development process.

Re-imagined QA shifts left to provide valuable insights into the design and development phases to improve predictive outcomes. It shifts right towards the release process with a focus at collecting data to provide insights into a better update and monetization strategy. It shifts up to align itself with business strategy and KPIs to provide better return on investment. And last, but not the least, it shifts down to be closer to players, social media, and communities to provide valuable insights into maximizing a game’s value proposition.

We’re excited about the week-long of exciting new developments, announcements, and deliberations at the GDC. Are you going to be there too? To set up a discussion with us, click here. and follow #TalkToGlobalStep for more updates from us!

[Aashish Washikar is the Head of Corporate Communications at GlobalStep. ]


Key Takeaways from the 2017 edition of E3

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!


What its like to be a woman game tester

A long-standing gender stereotype has been that women don’t like video games. With a 40:60 women:men ratio at GlobalStep’s QA Lab, we beg to differ! Not only women love video games, they are brilliant at it.

Since a long time female gamers have commonly been regarded as a minority, but industry surveys in the past few years have shown that in time the gender ratio has become closer to equal. As per a recent study*, 52% of gamers worldwide are in fact, women!

Women in the games industry are both designing and testing games. And we caught up with a few women game testers from our QA Lab in a candid interview. Read on to know how they deal with gender stereotype, what’s their all-time favorite game and more…

Why did you get into game testing?

You get to play games all day long, why else? Breaking the stereotype, our women game testers share, “We grew up playing video games. It has always been our passion.” One of the youngest girls from the group told us, “I was the only girl from my college in the Counter Strike team. Not only did I play the game but I won various Counter Strike inter-college tournaments with my team which btw was all boys!” Bravo!

What are the most important skills required to become a game tester?

“Many people think that because they like to play video games; they can be game testers… Well, that’s not entirely true. Yes, you do need to have the passion for playing but you also need some core skills like analytical thinking, you should be detail oriented and must have the eye to actually catch bugs while playing the game. Once you catch a bug, you need to be able to find the steps that will replicate the glitch. You also need a lot of patience! As a game tester, your tolerance to do repetitive and tedious tasks is tested every single day and you just need to learn to be persistent. Being able to work well in a team is important too.”

How do people react when you tell them you are a game tester?

The response to this question was in unison!

“Men think of us as Gods!”

“Women are always keen to know more. ‘What do you do exactly?’, ‘So you play video games all the time?’ or sometimes ‘Is that even a job!’ are the most common questions.”

What do you do when you take a break from testing games? Once a game tester, can you still be a gamer?

So when non game-testers take a break, we may interest ourselves in some sort of mobile or PC games, right? Our game testers can’t do this anymore and here’s why, “Since I became a game tester, it’s not so much fun anymore. Every time I play any game for recreation, I start spotting bugs. It’s difficult to switch off being a professional game tester! Having said that, I still love to play games for recreation.”

Wow, that seems like a professional hazard! One of the ladies shared what happened to her favorite mobile game after she became a game tester, “I used to play this very famous and addictive puzzle game and reached a really high level when I had to stop playing it.  Every time I would view the result screen on the game and clicked continue, it went into non-progression mode and had to be forced closed and restarted. My inner game tester couldn’t take it anymore. I reported that bug to the publisher and uninstalled the game. Now I play other more interesting games and try not to look for bugs!”

Is it true that women and men are better are at certain kind of games?

*Stats show men prefer action games while women prefer puzzle games. We asked the ladies if they agree, “That’s quite true actually. Women are mostly better at puzzle games as we are much better at problem-solving skills including logic, pattern recognition, sequence solving, and word completion. And men are mostly better at Combat, Role Playing, Adventure and Strategy games.”

“That doesn’t mean women game testers don’t test Combat games. As a matter of fact, women can focus better in testing bugs related to navigation or sound compared to men in such games as men get influenced by storytelling in, women don’t.” How very interesting!

Which is your current favorite game?

This question had the most varied answers of all! From puzzle to role playing to strategic games, these ladies love them all. Their favorites include – Shin Megami Tensei which is a post-apocalyptic role-playing game, Clash of Clans which is a famous strategy game and 4 Pics 1 Word, a fascinating puzzle game.

Do you play the games you test in your free time?


“The developers / publishers, GlobalStep works with, make some really interesting games and it’s obvious that we would like to continue to play them instead of just testing. Once we are done with our daily tasks, we hang around in the gaming-zone where we can play any of the released titles on any platform be it mobile, console, VR, PC etc.” Perks of being a game tester, eh?


For a long time, video games have been designed keeping men in mind. Even with women making up the majority among games users, as characters / protagonists they are still mostly non-existent. From what we see with these intelligent women gamers around us, it’s time for the game designers and publishers to broaden the appeal of their games to both genders equally.