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
  • applying directly

University

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

  • 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.

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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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.

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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.

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'
  • You will be expected to know how to use a computer and tools to benefit this job.

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.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Systems Tester (an Arch apprenticeship)

  • Wage : £15,925.00 Annually
  • Location: Guildford GU3 1HA

Apprentice Software Tester

  • Wage : £10,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Lee-On-The-Solent PO13 9FU

Courses In England

L3 Diploma in Digital Games Design and Development

  • Provider: Ossett Academy and Sixth Form College
  • Start date: 01 September 2019
  • Location: Ossett

Games Design and Development

  • Provider: Salford City College
  • Start date: 01 August 2019
  • Location: Salford

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