Video game testing jobs a great type of online job for teens who are gamers.
There are a lot of sites on the internet claiming you can make easy money working at home testing video games.
The truth is, most of these sites are just scams trying to get you to buy something (Remember an important rule about job hunting: never pay to get a job. It is almost always a scam.) While video game testing jobs do exist, most of them are done by professionals on location at the company’s office.
The good news though is that I have been able to find one company that actually does hire at-home game testers. I’ve researched the company and the job and found that it is legit, although I haven’t participated in a test myself.
The company is VMC and they hire testers to stress-test AAA multiplayer console games and PC games from home for their Global Beta Test Network. According to VMC’s website, The Global Beta Test Network is a community of gamers from around the world that was first established in 2012.
The Global Beta Test Network runs stress-testing projects throughout the year on a weekly basis to help games developers verify that their game can connect multiple users in different regions of the world within a controlled environment. The network currently has over 9,000 testers from around the world and are always looking for new testers.
These stress tests help determine the stability of the game’s system. The tests are used to discover the game’s breaking points or safe usage limits, confirm the developers specifications have been met, determine modes of failure and test the stability of the system outside standard usage.
In the past, GBTN have run projects on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC platforms and plan on adding mobile platforms in the near future.
Requirements to become a tester:
♦ You must be 18 years old
♦ You must sign a non-disclosure agreement (a legally binding agreement that you will not disclose details about the project to anyone)
♦ You must be able to focus well and follow instructions in a timely manner
♦ You must maintain professional behavior at all times
♦ You must arrive (online) on time and remain for the duration of your scheduled session
♦ You must provide accurate reporting and feedback through the survey after each session
♦ You must have the platform that the test is being performed on
♦ You must have access to Skype to get real time instructions from the management team
To apply for a job as a tester, go to VMC’s main website: www.vmc.com/games/GBTN_Testers, click on the link for your region and follow the instructions.
Once your application has been submitted, allow at least 2 weeks for a response. If you are eligible for an upcoming project, VMC will contact you and request that you fill out a nondisclosure agreement. You will then receive a scheduling/instructions email to confirm your participation in the project.
Payment amounts are based on the region of the world you live in. Payments are made via Paypal within 45 days after each confirmed project end date.
Since GBTN testers are located all over the world, the testing sessions are sometimes scheduled for weird hours such as 5am-7am or 8pm-midnight, depending on where you live.
If you want a little more insight into what it’s like to be a remote tester for GBTN, the forum at Eurogamer.net has an entire thread about it: http://www.eurogamer.net/forum/thread/271989.
Also, if you like testing video games, you might be interested in online user testing jobs. Some usability testing companies, such as Testbird, hire testers to test not only websites and mobile apps but video games too.
User testing jobs are not exclusively about testing video games, since they involve testing other products as well, but it’s a great opportunity to make some extra money online while doing something you enjoy.