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Old 09-21-2009, 12:34 PM   #1
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Hello all,

I had a quick question about QA Testing. Please excuse me if I come off like a noob or if this has been posted/addressed somewhere already.

I posted an intro in the "Getting Started" forum, but in case you can't be bothered by it, let's just say that after 8 years in the military I chose get into the gaming industry. I'm currently a student at Montgomery College.

First question I've read that many game developers actually outsource QA Testing to other companies or that the publishing companies do the testing, however I have not been able to find any QA companies or companies that advertise openings for testers (could just be that they're not hiring right now), is there somewhere I could go to find these openings/companies - I'm looking in Maryland. I tried http://www.gameindustrymap.com, http://www.gamedevmap.com, and http://www.gamasutra.com/companies.

Second question: I know that most game testing positions hire as 40 hour/week, full time positions. However this would be difficult to do while I'm attending school. Do you know if game developers offer Testing positions on a part time basis or at lest work with people who also happen to be students? I'm not asking you to tell me who they are (although if you know of any in the Maryland area, please DO), but just if you have come across any during your time or whatever, or if it's something that as far as you know, isn't likely.

Thank you for any assistance you can provide.

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Old 09-21-2009, 12:57 PM   #2
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Hi Chris, you wrote:
> I have not been able to find any QA companies or companies that advertise openings for testers (could just be that they're not hiring right now)

They don't usually advertise for testers. They don't need to. Just send in an application to your local friendly game companies.

> I'm looking in Maryland. I tried http://www.gameindustrymap.com, http://www.gamedevmap.com, and http://www.gamasutra.com/companies.

That's the way to do it.

>I know that most game testing positions hire as 40 hour/week, full time positions. However this would be difficult to do while I'm attending school.

Yeah. Don't. Focus on your schooling.

>Do ... game developers offer Testing positions on a part time basis or at lest work with people who also happen to be students?

Some do. Most need full-time testers.

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Old 10-30-2009, 12:28 AM   #3
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It's hard to get a position as a tester.

I'm in school as well and I just recently applied for a position as a QA Tester for ArenaNet. They sent me an email just a few days ago (about a week after I applied) telling me that at the present time, they do not have a position that "precisely" matches my qualifications. However, they did tell me that I have valuable skills and abilities and that they'll keep my resume on file in the case that a more suitable position becomes available.

Now, I had a feeling I wasn't going to get it anyway. I'm a student, but I also just started college this semester (I'm only 18).

I also applied at Harmonix Music (though, they're not hiring for Testers) and I still have yet to hear back, but it was a few days after I applied at ArenaNet, so there's still time, I'm sure.

Realistically, those websites you've listed are the best ways to find such positions. Just keep checking back every so often and just apply for a testing job. You never know what could happen.
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