Excited about a new upcoming video game release? How would you like to play it before everyone else? How would you like to get paid for playing it? It's not as hard as you think to get this killer job. Here's some advice on getting the best job in the world and how to become a video game beta tester.
It's first important to understand why gaming companies have alpha and beta tests. They don't do these just for publicity or pre-release hype. Well, sometimes they do. However, the majority of these alpha and beta tests are conducted to ensure quality control. They want to make sure when they release their games they don't have annoying bugs and glitches that cause their customers to be upset and stop playing. Are you getting this? This means that as a game tester we have to present ourselves as an invaluable resource for quality control to these companies.
So how do we market ourselves as an invaluable resource? Keeping in mind what companies want think of what you have to offer them if you play test their games.
You'll want to start networking with these gaming companies. Get your name out there and make some calls. The hardest part about getting this job is getting your first assignment but with a little work you'll get it. Make sure you start posting on forums and being an active participant in the community. Make detailed posts that people will respond to and love! What a way to win over any gaming company!
When you do get your first assignment for game testing make sure you complete it to the best of your ability. Make them realize how good you are. Make sure you provide exactly what the company asks for. Check your assignment for grammar and spelling errors. You want to sell yourself to them!
As you expand your network and relationships within the gaming industry build a powerful resume. This will almost guarantee you increased pay and an easier time getting another assignment.
A little work on your part and you'll be well on your way to having one of the best jobs available. Not to mention you'll be having a lot of fun. Plus you get to brag about how you helped develop one of the hottest new video games!
I make my living by playing games that companies send me. Making a living playing video games is one of the most fun and most rewarding jobs. Here's how I got a jump start on my professional gaming career