Quality Assurance Tester

Quality assurance, or game testing, is crucial to ensure that games are launched without bugs and other mistakes.

In complex games, large teams of testers are required to explore the many possible variations of play. These include spotting visual glitches, spelling mistakes across different languages and inconsistencies across different consoles.

As a Quality Assurance Tester you organise this task efficiently and ensure that problems are reported accurately, so they can be fixed. Depending on the size of your team, you may be supporting a QA Manager so the ability to take instruction, work to deadlines and report concisely will be key.

Also referred to as:

QA Engineer, Tester, Quality Control

You’ll love this role if you’re into:
  • Being Organised
  • Writing
  • Reading

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Many Quality Assurance Testers have a degree, which provides professional development and a recognised qualification to employers. However, there are many available pathways and all people working in games claim a unique career journey. Above all, you will need to demonstrate passion and skills in your chosen field. For this job role, you should be someone who loves games with a curious mind and a meticulous eye for detail.

As a professional, you’ll be ensuring high standards by tracking and fixing any bugs during game development. Through systematic testing, you’ll be locating, documenting, reporting and finding solutions to any issues found in the game.

You’ll have experience working with and maintaining various Database Management software applications like JIRA, Devtrack and Bugzilla. We recommend using our tool picker to help you choose the right ones for your current level and purpose. 

Working in the games industry is highly competitive and you’ll need to make sure your CV stands out to employers and course leaders.

As a QA Tester, demonstrating a passion for games and a fundamental understanding for gameplay will be important. Your CV should include previous roles and responsibilities, expanding on relevant and transferable skills. For more ideas, see our top tips page on building your portfolio

Whatever role you are working in, it is essential that you understand the game making process. You can head to our build a game section for first steps; join a regular game jam to build up your skills and network; or start modding others games to gain experience. 

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One of the best things about QA is that you get to work with absolutely every other discipline within game development.
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