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How Kids Make Money by Testing New Video Games

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Viryabo has been a game-buff for over five decades. From snakes and ladders at a young age, chess as an adult, and now video and e-games.

You don't need much to be a video game tester.

You don't need much to be a video game tester.

There are numerous "making money online" ideas for those who wish to earn some money on the web, but the most popular one amongst teenagers and young boys is beta game testing.

The fact that kids and many teenagers make money online is nothing new. Lots of kids are earning money on the web and doing great too.

But earning money from home as a beta game tester is a great job that is worth doing if you can get one.

Many young kids are of the opinion that to work as a video game tester, all you need is to love playing video games and have the knack to spend several hours a day playing, but this is not so. There are learning curves and processes involved in game testing.

What Is Video Game Testing?

For those of you who don't quite understand what this means, video game testing involves testing beta video games before they are released to the public for sale.

Testers are supposed to test "yet to be released games" for glitches, errors, and bugs that may occur or exist in the games.

As a game tester, you will be evaluating the gameplay and the quality of its sound and graphics. You are also expected to share your views on whether the game was enjoyable or not.

The idea behind this is to ensure that the game works perfectly as it is meant to before it can be released to millions of buyers all over the world.

One of the perks of working online as a game tester is that you get to play the games first before anyone else does but things can get monotonous very quickly.

Playing and testing the same game for hours can become tiresome or even nerve-racking, and like many internet-based jobs, things can get repetitive.

But then playing video games and getting paid for it is many video game playing youngsters dream, and most will do almost anything to "land" this exciting though demanding job.

Is it Easy Making Money Testing Games?

Yes and no.

You may love playing video games and probably spend eight to ten hours a day playing.

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But if you are under sixteen, it is almost impossible, but you can start off by learning and interacting with others of similar interests.

Yes, you may think you are a good candidate for beta game testing job openings, but getting video game tester jobs isn't as easy as many may feel because being a high paying and enjoyable job;

  1. The competition is stiff. Every kid wants to be a game tester but job openings are few.
  2. Many game development industries prefer that you work on-site.
  3. You may have to possess ample computer skills, though requirements may have become lenient these days.
  4. You need to be current on the latest high-tech devices and video games on the market.
  5. Have the skills of quick adaptation to the different strategies, systems, and techniques involved in video game playing.
  6. And most importantly, your English must be impeccable and fluent because you will have to write very detailed reports.

These are just some of the requirements for becoming a game tester but it also means that most enthusiastic but self-disciplined players can become video game testers and receive an income for services rendered.

Many companies that do employ may make you wait for a number of weeks before hiring you.

But even though many kids have been lucky to get a slot in this great industry, it's very hard (though not impossible) to get one if you are under eighteen.

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Your opinion and experience with the game are very valuable.

Your opinion and experience with the game are very valuable.

How to Become a Video Game Tester

Making money online as a game tester is interesting especially if you are a video gaming enthusiast, but it's a lot of hard work and you may have tight schedules and deadlines to meet.

But it's still fun if you can get the job and earn money online doing what you love best.

It is essential to learn a bit about game testing before thinking of asking for employment.

Reading books and searching online for further information goes a long way in preparing you for something that’s worth making a career out of.

It is good to know that the video game testing industry is highly lucrative with income ranging from $10 to $20 an hour.

Other than these, you don't need much more to become a video game tester. You need to get (or share) a computer with good internet access and some spare time.

What you'll be doing is playing games, and while playing, detect irregularities, unwanted electronic signals, bugs, glitches, technical problems, etc., and submit what you find to the video game manufacturers. That's it!

Sounds hard? Not really, because you don't need experience as such, nor do you need a BA degree in marketing to do this.

And if you are smart and resourceful you can do this without even having to finish high school. And you can keep making money online constantly because the more games you can test, the more money you will earn.

The game development companies that will employ you to play and test their video games will give you the latest and greatest games that are yet to hit the stores.

They do have programmers who abound in their industry, but programmers are not game players in any way.

And as companies find it too expensive to hire full-time video game testers to test their products, they, therefore, employ youngsters and pay them well to test and play their newly developed games.

What you need to know if you wish to become a video games tester.

What you need to know if you wish to become a video games tester.

Testimonials from Young Video Game Testers

  • "Hi, I just wanted to say thank you! I got your guide, applied for a job with M****soft and I actually got it. This job kicks so much ass!!! THANK YOU" – Dave, B. Miami, FL
  • "Here's a success story for your website... In the beginning, I was a bit sceptical, but then I received a free game, and then a $300 check! I used to spend my time playing games and not being 'productive'. Now I play games AND I'm being 'productive'. What a change, right? Thank you for giving me this opportunity!" –Nick, C. New York, NY.

Where to Start

Many kids have asked how to get game tester jobs.

Getting game tester jobs is not easy to get for many, especially as the demand for jobs is very high. However, Microsoft Playlist is a great place to start from, especially for kids who are under the age of 12.

Benefits of Game Testing Jobs

If you are lucky to be hired, there are a number of perks that come with this online money-making job.

  • You'll get the opportunity to test new unreleased games and be the envy of your friends.
  • You'll be making money online while doing this before anyone else even gets to see them.
  • You may receive free copies of games as bonuses for being a video game tester.
  • You'll be privy to cheat codes and level secrets that only a game tester knows about.
  • You'll be getting real-world experience working with games departments such as the development, marketing, and manufacturing sections of the video game industry.

And the greatest thing of all is that working as a video game tester, especially at a young age, you will learn new things.

You'll also have first-hand information about games and their development, while at the same time "getting your feet in the door" of a highly lucrative industry whilst making money online in the process.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Questions & Answers

Question: How old do you have to be to get a job testing new video games?

Answer: Honestly?

Not less than 18 years old.

Question: After you use the link for minors under sixteen for the application on the parent's behalf and there is a link to a Microsoft connect thing. When you click the link, it says the Microsoft connect thing has been expired over a decade ago. Please help. I really want to figure out how to do this and nowhere else can I find out how. There are so many people doing it, and it's genuinely frustrating that its so difficult to figure out how. Do you know what to do?

Answer: I will contact the manufacturers of the game you are interested in trying. For example, contact Sony, Nintendo, Valve Corporation, etc..., (video game developers).

Question: Is it free to become an online beta game tester?

Answer: Yes, you can get beta game tester jobs for free.

Question: I'm only eleven. How hard would it be and how much would it cost to make money online testing video games?