Games

Computer games tester

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

Annual Salary

£15,000 to £40,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

Variable

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Future employment

There will be 1% more Computer games tester jobs in 2023.
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What's it all about?

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

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


University

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

  • computing
  • games design
  • programming

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

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.

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

Apprenticeship

You could complete a software tester higher apprenticeship.

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

Further Information

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.

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.

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


£15,000 to £40,000

Starter salary: £15,000 to £20,000

Experienced salary: £25,000 to £30,000

These figures are a guide.

Variable

You'll work long hours including evenings, weekends and public holidays.

You'll work in an office at a computer.

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.

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Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

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
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