Be a Video Game Tester- Your Duties and Usual Earnings

By: Sean Saunders

Professionally playing video games for money is undoubtedly way better than most of the other jobs that are out there. On the other hand though, playing video games for cash, like any other type of employment, does come with a few drawbacks. As you can probably guess, the drawbacks of game testing are not too bad to deal with, but they do in fact exist and each & every tester must accept and deal with them.

Earnings Of A Video Game Tester

The earnings of a paid beta game tester are not set in stone, so you can not expect to be told exactly what you'll earn once you finally get started. Wages vary from company to company, so it's somewhat difficult to give an exact figure on how much a video game beta tester can or will be paid. In light of that fact, don't wholeheartedly trust ads that say game testers are paid $100+ per hour. Even though it's not technically a lie, it's not really the truth either -- Game testers can earn a very good living, just not THAT good of a living.



With $120/hour wages, a professional game tester would make $600 per day just working a minuscule 5 hours. To be honest, you'd have a tough time finding professional game testers that get paid even half that amount for a days work.

Ball-Park Figures: Yearly earnings of a video game tester can range from a low $18,000 to an unbelieveable $80,000 or more. Monthly earnings can range from $1000 to a high $8500. Weekly wages can be anywhere from $350 to a sizeable $2000.

The amount of money you will make as a beta game tester relates directly with the video game company you are employed with, not to mention the overall amount of work you can "successfully" take on.


What You Will Be Paid To Do as a Video Game Tester

Contrary to what you may think, you won't simply be having fun and playing video games throughout the entire day. In truth, playing video games and testing video games are two COMPLETELY different things. Although many professional testers do have fun testing video games, the fun isn't quite as "awesome" as they first thought it would be. Why is this? Because professional game testing, like any other type of job, is NOT all fun and games -- there is actual work involved.

Instead of simply being paid to judge the overall amount of enjoyment of a video game, testers are paid to locate what most programmers can't, which is bugs and glitches. Highly-paid gaming programmers can easily locate & identify the larger bugs & glitches; but when it comes time to locate the smaller, less noticeable ones, developers solely rely on professional game testers to do the job quickly and effectively. Having said all that, as a professional beta game tester it's YOUR JOB to play the assigned video game as many times as it takes so that you can find and properly document all possible in-game bugs & glitches!

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