In this day and age of some companies allowing their employees to work from home, some might be wondering if there are any at home video game testing jobs. The short answer to that is yes. However it’s not as simple as you may think or hope.
Most of the job offers that claim to “pay you big bucks to test games from the comfort of your own couch” are all a bunch of lies. I know that sounds harsh but it is true. I know this because I can speak from experience. I have been in the video game industry for 25 years. I have worked for both big and small video game companies. I have managed successful testing departments, tested more than 250 video games across multiple platforms, and have even designed and produced video games.
THE TRUTH OF IT ALL
But the truth is you can get a job testing games from home but 99% of the time it will be just for a short while doing a beta test or focus group testing. This may last a couple of days or maybe a week, nothing much more than that. Those kind of testing jobs do not pay enough to even make your one month’s rent.
The ONLY way you can have a job testing video games from home that will pay you enough to make a living off of is to be an employee of a video game company as a full-time game tester. You cannot apply for an at home job testing video games and expect to get paid “big bucks” if you are not already an employee. Video game companies would never hire someone like that.
YOU MUST SIGN CONTRACTS
When you are a video game tester you have to sign an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) which basically means that you are forbidden to tell people what you are working on. If you do you could be fined a large sum of money, wages withheld, fired or all three. With that on your record you can forget about ever working as a video game tester ever again. The knowledge of a video game before it is released to the market is top secret. That is why every employee that works on the creation of a game has to sign an NDA.
So this is why the fantasy that people have from these false advertisements online that promote you getting a job from home as a video game tester are totally false. However if you are an established employee or someone like myself with years of experience and a great track record then yes, you can work from home as a video game tester. But this will still require you to go into the offices of the video game company every once in a while and you will still have to have a background check done on you and sign an NDA.
So don’t buy into the hype that you can apply for an at home job testing video games and think you have the slightest chance of getting it. Trust me you will not get a job like that. – If you have any questions and/or comments, please leave them below and I will gladly get back to you within 24 hours. Thank you for reading my blog.