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Video Games Tester

Long before a video game is marketed, it goes through a series of tests to correct any bugs. A video game tester carries out this job. It is a profession based on passion since they spend hours testing actions, evaluating gameplay and anticipating criticism from future players.

Video Game Tester job description
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Study level: High school diploma + 2 years of higher education
Recommended high school diploma: General or Technological specialities
Employability Good
Beginner salary: € 1,800
Confirmed salary: € 3,000
Mobility: Medium
ROME code: M1805
FAP code: M2790
"Far from being a simple player, "a tester is not paid to play, a tester is paid to test," says Julien Millet, president of the video game studio Realityz. If we want to make sure that a game mechanic works well, we can ask a tester to try everything to verify that it works well under all circumstances. It is therefore far from the classic gaming experience".
Realityz logo Photo Julien Millet
Julien Millet
President of the video game studio Realityz
"A video game tester contributes to the finished product by ensuring its quality before distributing it to consumers. We do not play; we test a product. "
BeHaviour Interactive logo Sonia Berladyn
Sonia Berladyn
Behaviour Interactive video game tester

« The primary goal of the tester is to assist developers (from near or far) by testing any new functionality or production systems. We must ensure that the game is stable and usable for both the player and the developers at all times. When there are « bugs », we have to flag them and classify them in order of priority in software by being very precise in their description », describes Marianne Morin, a tester within the Wild Sheep Studio.

tester PlaystationA video game tester may specialise in testing games on a typical console like the Playstation.

The responsibilities of the video game tester

"This job is quite difficult. When you test a video game, most of the time it's to identify bugs or problems. You have to disregard the "fun" aspect in order to observe everything that happens meticulously", warns Lucas Odion, project manager within Revolt Games, studio publisher of the video game Neopolis Game and who, along with other members of the team, is responsible for testing the games.
Logo Revolt Games Photo Lucas Odion
Lucas Odion
Project manager within Revolt GamesRevolt Games

A tester must therefore respond to a set of tasks such as:

  • Verification of the game against the specifications
  • Perform handling, readability and ergonomics tests
  • Identifying bugs
  • Assessment of difficulties
  • Experience the game mechanics
  • Make suggestions for corrections and verifications

Marianne Morin recounts her daily life at Wild Sheep Studio:

"We work directly with all the developers and artists. Whenever they need us to do an audit, it's very quick. Also, our opinion is much more important in the smaller studios than in bigger studios, which is really nice. In both cases, we intervene at the request of the developers. When there are no specific tasks to do, there are always daily ones to ensure game and system stability. We are necessary throughout production. We may not be the best paid in the chain, but we are necessary for the team and vital to the progress of game creation. This makes it a rewarding job."
Wild Sheep Studio Photo by Marianne Morin
Marianne Morin
StudioTester at Wild Sheep Studio

The skills of the video game tester

A tester may repeat the same action several times in order to find errors. That’s why they try to put themselves in the place of the gamer and anticipate their reactions. There are long and tedious checks, but they are necessary to make the game a quality product. They must master:

  • The basics of game design
  • Product strategy
  • The rules of the game
  • The production line
  • Technical English
  • Reporting and database techniques and tools
  • Diversity of player behaviour

« A good tester is a tester who finds bugs that the developers had not seen or could not have imagined, so it is useful to have a slightly ‘twisted’ and imaginative mind to test the behaviours of counter-intuitive players, » says Lucas Odion.

testerA video game tester will often put themselves in the player’s shoes in order to detect the behaviours of a possible player

The qualities of the video game tester

The qualities of a video game tester are as follows:

  • Patience
  • Warning
  • Empathy
  • Concentration
  • Rigour
  • Precision
  • Perseverance

Julien Millet adds that this profession requires « the tester to be very methodical. It is easy to get carried away by the game when you have specific tasks to perform and not carry out the tests under the required conditions. You have to have a good analytical and synthetical mind to be able to explain the stages and reproduction of the detected problems. Indeed, just knowing that there is a bug is not of great interest to a
developer. What is important is knowing what the conditions that resulted in this bug were so that we can fix it. »

"This job requires a great sense of observation, concentration and a good capacity for analysis, discretion and versatility. It also requires good team spirit and good communication skills. Good management of emotions and stress doesn't hurt either; after all, we work with deadlines and people."
BeHaviour Interactive logo Sonia Berladyn
Sonia Berladyn
Behaviour Interactive video game tester

The advantages and disadvantages of being a video game tester

Derrière l’idée que le testeur de jeux vidéo passe son temps à jouer, ce dernier réalise un travail précis et pointilleux pour faire en sorte que la qualité du jeu soit au rendez-vous. Dès lors, si toutefois il y a un certain nombre d’avantages, ce métier est aussi fait d’inconvénients.


  • Good employability
  • Freelance possible
  • Passion within the profession
  • Flexible hours
  • No diploma is required


  • Salary
  • Repeating tasks (repetitively pressing buttons)
  • It’s not just playing video games, it takes a lot of work

Studies to become a video game tester

Choosing a degree specialising in video games and accessible after a high school diploma is recommended. A video game tester is one of the careers you can start without a diploma, however, prerequisites in terms of knowledge in the field will be required.

Sonia Berladyn, who works for Behavior Interactive, a studio that has developed Rebelle, L’Age de glace, etc. came to this profession out of passion, but it wasn’t only that:

"I hated the bugs and errors that occurred when I played, and they made me want to do this job, being myself very fond of video games. So I took courses at the IJQ to train myself to become a tester."
BeHaviour Interactive logo Sonia Berladyn
Sonia Berladyn
Behaviour Interactive video game tester

Tester bugs

Testing a video game isn’t just about playing car games. It’s mostly about finding and fixing bugs.

Video game tester training

Having an academic background that holds up to scrutiny will make the difference with a recruiter when looking for jobs in video game testing. Therefore, there are two options: G. Business school, which allows students to follow the bachelor’s in Video Games and Esport Management. Throughout the three years, they taught marketing, management, management and business development with additional internships.

You can also choose a more technical route through the bachelor’s degree in IT Development specialising in video games from G. Tech. This entails three years of computer development related to video games with internships that complement your education.

After both degrees, it is possible to continue for two years in MBA. This more specialised training can lead to taking positions of responsibility.


We offer each student the opportunity to do internships in video game companies. This time allows you to put your knowledge into practice, check if you are well suited for this job, and see in which sector you will evolve later.

Several internships are compulsory: during the first two years of the bachelor’s degree, you must complete two months in internships, then three months in the 3rd year. In the 4th year of the MBA, the internship period is six months, and in the last year, you will carry out a work-study placement.

Regularly, internship offers are distributed by the school. In addition, it is possible to find a company by searching on specific specialised sites (Jooble, Welcome to the Jungle, Indeed, etc.)

Video game tester salary

After some experience, a video game tester is around 30,000 euros gross annually. However, at the start of their career, it will be around the minimum wage. Across the Atlantic Ocean, salaries are more or less the same.


"You don't have to be a 'pro gamer' to be a tester; companies want all types of gamers to test their games. No one sees or tests the same way, so the more different levels and experiences the testers are, the better! On the other hand, to do this job, it is imperative to be a good team member, to be very detail-oriented and to be able to express yourself well. Because describing bugs and especially understanding them is not always easy. Certainly, any skills within 3D systems, VFX, programming or code are a plus."
Wild Sheep Studio Photo by Marianne Morin
Marianne Morin
Tester at Wild Sheep Studio

Opportunities for the profession of video game tester

By dissecting a video game in-depth, a video game tester acquires solid experience and skills that can lead them to work in other positions, such as a game designer or level designer. They will still need an excellent technical background. They may also become responsible for testing and quality.

pro gamer testerNo need to be a pro gamer to be a tester; companies prefer testers from different backgrounds.

Which companies could you work in?

Each studio has a team dedicated to video game testing. Whether the person works as an employee or is hired as a freelancer, no company overlooks the need for testers. The stakes are so high that few people ignore them. Ubisoft, Bigben Interactive, MWM, Quantic Dream look for expert eyes.

Is it possible to go freelance?

Many video game testers work in this way. It is a profession full of passion that allows you to work from home. However, a freelance video game tester requires an excellent work ethic. Indeed, it is not only about playing video games; you need to detect flaws, errors and bugs. Concentration, attention, organisation are key.


In summary

How can you become a video game tester?

Like being a community manager, video game testing is not for everyone. It is not enough to know how to play well to occupy this position, but you also need to have the expertise to meet a set of criteria guaranteeing the quality of the game. From a game’s first version to its final version, the tester gives feedback to developers and rates the gameplay. Becoming a video game tester does not require specific training, though it is recommended that you complete one of our schools, in order to learn the basics of the world of video games and its culture.

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