The video gaming industry is well over a $51 Billion dollar business and is growing larger every day. With companies spending many millions over for programmers to create these games they are seeking ways to outsource the testing aspect of the game creation process. Many people I talk to are surprised to hear how to get paid to play online games, but it can actually pay anywhere from $20.00 per hour to more than $50.00 per hour depending on the company you are working for, or how good of an applicant they think you are for their testing.
Here are some questions that are asked on how to get paid to play online games:
1. Why do these companies want to pay gamers for testing their video games?
Many businesses try to push out a product before it has been completely tested and they will end up spending all of their profits on trying to fix the problem. A lot of money could have been saved if they had better testing of the product and got all of the bugs worked out before it was released to the public. This is how it works with the video game industry as well. They would rather pay you to test the game and report any bugs and problems you come across and report the information to them rather than have all those problems crop up after the game is in the public’s hands. So in effect they are saving money by paying you. It may sound contradictory but it’s a method a lot more businesses are implementing.
2. Why don’t programmers find all of the bugs when they are creating the games?
Most programmers are not truly gamers. It is a misconception that the one who made the game will actually be great at playing it as well. There are many facets to a game and it would take many hours of time for the programmers to try to test it themselves. That is why this opportunity is best for those who are serious gamers, willing to spend a few hours a day testing out these video games. A gamer can not only find a glitch faster than a programmer but programmers get paid so much more per hour that it is more cost effective for these companies to pay you for the testing.
3. What are the type of video games you will be testing?
This mainly depends upon what company you are working for, but games for the Xbox360, PS3, PSP, Nintendo DS, and Game Boy have all been tested by beta game testers. When you fill out your application you will put what types of games you would like to test, and obviously the more types you choose the more opportunities you will have to get paid to play these games. Whether you like racing games, War-craft style games, or RPG type games you will have many types of games to choose from in your testing.
There are actually 50 or more companies that are currently hiring out game testers to pay for playing these games. And if you love to play video games then this may be the perfect opportunity for you. Many of these games have not even been released yet so you will get first dibs on trying them out. It is important to leave the companies specific feedback in your testing results as well. This will ensure a continued relationship with the company and allow you to make even more money for playing video games in the future.