Is Video Game Testing For Me?
The key factor which makes this career so appealing is the idea that you will be playing video games and earning cash. Regardless of whether you wish to think of it as testing, assessing, or even evaluating, you are still playing a video game when all things are said and done.
Should you ask some of your buddies if they would like to get paid to test awesome new game titles, do you know what they'd say? Of course you do! You know simply because you're saying exactly the same thing right now, hell yeah!
If you're a true game addict at heart, the thought of testing games for cash likely makes you feel as gitty as a school girl. After all, you likely never could have suspected that you would be able to test video games from your house and then get a big fat paycheck each week. And when you really stop to think about it, it is exactly what being a professional video game tester is about -- evaluating the latest and sweetest game titles at home for REAL cash.
This actually raises yet another great question -- how much money do professional beta game testers make? Luckily, there is some good news on that front. While they might not get rich, pro game testers make a comfortable living once they get out of the "newbie" phase. To tell the truth, when a tester first gets started, things can become a little rough; but those rough patches usually go by pretty quickly as more jobs are obtained and when more experience earned.
Alright, you're undoubtedly interested in a real figure to work with, correct? Okay then, here is a number that you can think about: As a expert game tester, it is possible to literally earn up to $50 hourly!
You've probably witnessed this claim on ads or even websites before, and you were almost certainly convinced that it was an outright lie. Well, I'm here to tell you, it wasn't. Granted, you will not be making that kind of money with your first few testing assignments, however, you could achieve that level with additional experience and stronger references. As a brand new video game tester, be prepared to earn between $28,000 to $30,000 annually; based on your commitment & work ethic, obviously. The only way you're going to get regular work on a monthly, or even a weekly, basis is if you're active and prepared to take on assignments regularly. This means when you stop trying to get jobs and/or testing positions, the cash will more than likely stop coming in.
How many other benefits will there be? Well, apart from the fact that you're getting paid to test games at home, you'll also in most cases get to keep the video games you have tested. You read that right -- you really get to keep the game titles you test for video game developers. And even though they are not officially completed, most of the game titles you'll be testing should be in the last phases of development, meaning there will only be a couple of glitches to cope with. Rather than just giving you an unfinished version of the game, many of the top video developers will actually give you a FREE copy of the game when it's finished and put to market. Not a bad perk, wouldn't you say?
So, what's your conclusion? Does this seem like a job that you wouldn't mind doing? If so, I would recommend that you get started immediately. Video game developers & businesses are constantly hunting for fresh, dedicated testers, so don't be afraid to put yourself out there. Rejections are going to happen, and no one is immune to being rejected, but the important thing to remember is that it only takes ONE approval to get the ball rolling!