Computer games tester

Alternative titles for this job include Games tester, quality assurance tester, video games tester

Computer games testers play computer games to check they work, and find and record problems or ‘bugs’.

Average salary (a year)

£15,000 Starter

to

£40,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays as customers demand

How to become a computer games tester

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

University

You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree course in:

  • computing
  • games design
  • programming

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

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College

You could take A levels in computing or a Level 3 Diploma in Creative Media at college, which may help you to get a junior tester job.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English, maths and a creative subject for a level 3 course

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Apprenticeship

You could complete a software tester higher apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent qualifications, for a higher or a degree apprenticeship

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Direct application

You could contact games companies about part-time or short-term work experience opportunities.

You'll need good technical skills and an in-depth understanding of different game platforms and quality assurance processes.

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Career tips

Some games companies release test versions of games for the public to try. Going to games events and joining industry forums are good ways to hear about these and other opportunities. They're also useful for making contacts with people working in the industry, who may help you to find work.

Further information

You'll find more advice about working in gaming from ScreenSkills.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • maths knowledge for understanding programming
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail for finding faults and 'bugs'
  • analytical thinking skills for software testing
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • a good memory
  • complex problem-solving skills for fixing 'bugs'
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could be:

  • testing different levels and versions of a game
  • finding the cause of faults and recommending improvements
  • entering each 'bug report' on a quality management system
  • comparing the game against other games on the market
  • checking for spelling mistakes in the game and in instruction manuals and packaging
  • reporting copyright issues like the use of logos
  • checking a game's accessibility options
  • working under pressure and to deadlines

Working environment

You could work in a creative studio or in an office.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a quality assurance manager or move into games marketing.

With further training, you could become a games designer, animator or developer.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Software Testing Apprentice

  • Wage : £16,000.00 - £18,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Derby DE24 8UP

Software Tester Apprentice

  • Wage : £19,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Cheltenham GL50 3FF

Courses In England

Computer Games Design and Development

  • Provider: GLOUCESTERSHIRE COLLEGE
  • Start date: 02 September 2020
  • Location: Gloucestershire

Study Programme - Games Development Level 1,2 & 3

  • Provider: WAKEFIELD COLLEGE
  • Start date: 01 September 2020
  • Location:

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