Games tester

quality assurance (QA) tester video games tester

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Currently employed in Scotland


Average UK salary


Currently employed in Scotland


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What's it like?

You would play console or online games many times to spot any bugs and mistakes that need to be fixed before the game goes on sale to the public.

Testing is a vital part of producing any game. You’d re-play the game over and over again, being persistent and disciplined in choosing all the options to test it from every possible perspective.You’d find and record the programming faults (bugs).

You would also play the role of the game’s first public user. You’d report on its playability and recommend improvements.

You would:

  • Play games in detail and in as many ways as possible
  • Test different levels and versions of a game
  • Check its performance against what the designer intended
  • Compare the game against others on the market
  • Note problems and suggest improvements
  • Try to work out what is causing a problem
  • Try to recreate the problem, recording the steps you took
  • Check accessibility options required to enable people with disabilities to play the game
  • Check for spelling mistakes and copyright issues such as logos
  • Check the text on packaging and in instruction manuals
  • Enter each 'bug report' into a quality management system

You would have strict deadlines to meet. You’d work closely with a team of testers, programmers, artists and designers before a game is released and with customer support teams once it is on sale.

In some jobs you might also check and translate in-game instructions and manuals for overseas markets.

Working conditions


You would often work long and unsocial hours (such as evenings, weekends and public holidays) in order to meet deadlines, particularly when getting near to a game’s release.


The work is office-based and you would spend most of your time at a computer.

UK employment status





Self employed


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  • Written communication
  • Evaluating
  • Observation
  • Attention to detail
  • Concentrating
  • Analysing

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Foundation Apprenticeships

Choosing a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of your subjects in S5 and S6 can help you get a head start with this type of job.

You'll get an SCQF level 6 qualification (the same level as a Higher) plus valuable work placement experience and skills you can't learn in a classroom.

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There are no formal qualification required for entry to this job. But entry is increasing competitive and many applicants have related qualifications.

Qualifications that demonstrate knowledge of games, software, programming and databases such as a computer games or digital media Higher National Certificate (SCQF level 7), Higher National Diploma (SCQF level 8) or degrees may be of value.

You can enter an introductory level computer games or digital media National Certificate / National Qualification (SCQF level 2-6) with no formal qualifications but most courses ask for National 4/5 qualifications. 

Entry to a Higher National Certificate (SCQF level 7) or Higher National Diploma (SCQF level 8) requires National 4/5 qualifications and one to two Highers.

To study for a degree (SCQF level 9/10) requires a minimum of four Highers at B or relevant Higher National Certificate (SCQF level 7), Higher National Diploma (SCQF level 8) qualifications.  

Useful subjects

Most courses and employers require or value:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Design & Manufacture
  • Technologies subjects such as Computing Science

You will also need

You will need to be an experienced and skilled games player and have a detailed knowledge of games platforms and styles.