There seems to be a fairly large misconception when it comes to what requirements there are to becoming a video game tester. Some of which may stem from the fact that people imagine it to be a very simple job. We do however need to disagree with this. While formal education may not be very relevant in most situations, there are attributes that indicate whether a candidate is suitable for a role within our company.
Do I need to go to college or university?
Within most companies (including ours), there is no requirement for a degree or a high level of formal education. For the entry level game tester role, all that is often required is dedication, patience and perseverance. Previous experience within game tester roles can be beneficial but it's not something that should be held against anyone wanting to start in the industry.
A degree can however allow you to advance much further within the gaming industry than the entry level job. If you want to turn the job into a long term career then a degree may be a requirement. That's if you don't want to spend the rest of your life just playing video games (which some people don't seem to mind). It is also often a bonus when a candidate is affluent in Microsoft Word and Excel.
What about my Resume/cv and cover letter?
While many companies consider this the most vital when reviewing candidates, we do not focus on this at all. We prefer to judge someone's ability by providing them a practical task and analyzing how they perform the task. Our blog posts alone should give you a good idea of what we are searching for. We do ask that all candidates are able to write grammatically correct and aren't prone to making simple spelling errors.
Can I do this job from home or do I have to live somewhere specifically?
Most major gaming companies have their own set of in-house game testers and are usually only based in major cities. However, we hire applicants for both remote positions and in-office positions. You can see the locations of the positions on our contact page. You don't need to worry about working remotely. With the advances of technology, conference calls over platforms such as Skype has never been easier. And even if you didn't have a webcam, voice calls with team members are encouraged to share ideas and views. This will assist in moving forward with each game.