Frequently Asked Questions
How much will I get paid to test video games?
You can use our calculator on our homepage to compute how much you can earn testing or reviewing games. But according to a 2008 Game Developer Magazine survey, game testers earn an average of $39,063 annually. Testers with less than three years experience earn an average of $25,142 while testers with over six years experience earn $43,056. Testing leads with over six years experience earn on an average of $70,658 a year.
Why would gaming companies pay me to beta test games?
The game industry is now over a $50 billion dollar business. Part of their quality control is that they make sure that games are bug free to minimize recalls and refunds which in turn save them millions of dollars. They do this by hiring in house and freelance or casual gamers to fully test their games.
What, programmers can’t catch all the glitches?
The answer is NO — programmers are not necessarily gamers, they won’t find all the bugs that a gamer will. If a company pays you $40/hr to play games and find glitches for them that would otherwise ruin the game experience for the user, and possibly hurt their sales, from their perspective it’s really a good deal.
What kind of games will I get to test?
Game testers test all games for release on Xbox 360, Playstation 3 (PS3), Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii & PC. Genres include sports titles, RTS, FPS, MMPORGS, action, adventure and much more. It’s is impossible to tell what games you may test as a game tester, because most will be games that haven’t even been released to the public! Here’s just a list of some of the games that required game testers recently: