Becoming a freelance game tester can be a great way to get into the video game industry. Finding bugs and glitches in games will earn you money from companies to go towards college or even to make a living. This work can be done at home and somewhat at your own pace. In order to earn a freelance living in game testing you first need to start looking for companies to send you beta testing and independently tested games. There is a link at the bottom of the page showing you how to sign up with these companies, but I will provide you with some ways that will help to market yourself as a tester.
Talking to developers isnt like talking to movie stars or pop artists they are gamers like you and me. Dont be intimidated by their stature in the gaming community, just try to keep them interested and get their email.
Blogging, Start a couple of blogs or a website talking about past projects you have worked on (unless the information you were given by a game company says otherwise). Tell your experience and if you have any schooling to back up your skills. Also provide any specific hardware platforms that you have tested on.
Conventions, Lastly, if you are really committed to this line of business in the video game industry, you need to start going to conventions. Video game conventions will have tons of companies, game developers and other testers. You need to network with these important people because they can consider you a future client.
Write posts and threads on forums, telling deep information (you will learn after signing up) on the game industry and video game testing. Although most gamers can be distasteful, do not submit to this kind of video game treatment. Dont reply to any comments that are in fact distasteful in anyway and always be professional.
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