Have you ever heard of testing centers?
Those places where some companies send their games to be tested by one of the many testers employed there.
When it comes to your own career as a video game tester, there's both a positive and a negative to these centers, and that's what I'll be discussing below.
I'll start with the positives:
These centers provide quality testing jobs in which you will gain a lot of experience in the field.
Not only will you get experience that looks great on your resume, but you also won't be stuck testing the one game for months at a time. These centers get games from all different game companies, and each time you move on to the next task you will likely be testing a different game.
Now for the negatives, and there is just one big one:
These centers give you no opportunity to expand your career. You probably wouldn't have had much chance to get to know anybody in other areas of the video game industry.
If you did decide you wanted to move up the ranks you'd have to quit your job and start fresh with a different company.
So should you look into getting a job at one of these testing centers or not?
They may seem like the best choice in the short term but if you are looking for a lengthy career in the industry, I'd recommend finding a job with an actual game publishing company.
Testing centers are still a good way to get experience, but I'd only recommend working at one part-time (is possible) or while you are still studying to expand your qualifications.
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