Game design companies are cranking out new games trying to keep up with the surge in demand, but they need to keep up on quality control too - that's why there will be even more video game tester jobs available this year.
Tokyo, Japan (PRWEB) January 3, 2008
The new year will see a massive increase in demand for video game testers -- but don't start encouraging your teen to play more video games just yet.
According to Hitoshi Jones, editor of an online news portal that covers jobs in the video game industry, with the popularity of the new next-generation video game consoles continuing to grow, video game enthusiasts are clamoring for new titles. Because of this, 2008 will see a massive increase in demand for video game testers and other positions in the video game industry.
"For those who've ever wanted to become a video game tester, 2008 is going to be the year for them," says Jones, editor of http://www.BeAGameTester.com. "Game design companies are cranking out new games trying to keep up with the surge in demand, but they need to keep up on quality control too - that's why there will be even more video game tester jobs available this year."
It looks like there are plenty of people interested in filling these positions too. According to Jones, the number of visitors to his site searching for jobs in the video game industry has been increasing rapidly in recent months.
"There are obviously many people who like the idea of being able to get paid to play video games," say Jones. But he cautions that although there are some companies that will let gamers test new and upcoming releases from the comfort of their own home, the full-time positions are not quite as glamorous.
"Basically, the large game design companies either outsource or have a separate department for game testers, where employees have to come in and do a serious day's work testing and finding flaws in a game," Jones says. He reports that this often requires doing a repetitive task, such as testing a single function on a piece of game hardware or playing through a single level in a game over and over again until any and all problems are identified and isolated. "It's serious work," says Jones. "But serious gamers who get these video game tester jobs really enjoy the challenge."
Does this increase in job openings mean that parents should encourage their teens to play more video games with an eye on future employment? "Of course not," says Jones. "People who work in the video game industry need to do high level problem solving, work in teams and write and communicate effectively on a daily basis -- this means people who did well in their studies, especially math and science are the most valuable to a prospective employer."
Of course a passion for video games is a plus says Jones, but he emphasizes, "People who pursue video gaming at the expense of their education will find it very difficult to get paying jobs in the video game industry -- no matter how high the demand becomes."
For those interested in learning more about where to find and how to secure jobs in the video game industry, Jones invites them to visit and leave any questions or comments they may have at http://www.BeAGameTester.com.
About Hitoshi Jones
Hitoshi Jones lives near Tokyo, Japan and writes regularly about jobs in the video game industry.
Hitoshi Jones, editor