Worst Jobs in the Games Industry 5. Game Tester Look, we get that it’s a job, but it’s also a fantastic career! With the right experience, anything is possible. As a game tester, you’re often asked to play games for free, which is usually something you resist. We get it: some jobs are stressful, some aren’t, and some can be downright stressful. But we digress! Some of the worst jobs in the games industry involve questioning players’ decisions while they’re still getting them made. We’re not saying you have to accept the job, but questioning players’ decisions is the very essence of game testing. On the other hand, we’re not saying you have to accept the job. But questioning players’ decisions is a core part of the job, and it may be difficult to deal with when you’re not paid to play games. Besides questions from the players, testers have to also answer a variety of different questions from a variety of different people at a variety of different departments. Sometimes those questions are direct questions from the developers themselves, other times it’s a question from a developer’s perspective. It’s not important to answer them all, but if you’re asked to play a certain game, you’re going to have to play the game to find out if your choices were the right ones. So the first question is always, “What is the most important question you’re currently answering?” Sometimes it’s how many questions a specific developer asks you that day. It’s a job that requires a lot of questions, and it’s not uncommon to get multiple legitimate questions from developers, which means testers are always questioning players’ decisions. You may be asked, “What the most important question you’re currently answering?” For most jobs, the question is a simple one – the answer is the only question they care about. But for the games industry, it’s a lot more complicated. The development of a game is just that: development. You can’t get around that in the games industry, because there are so many crazy projects that never make it, and you’ll never know what the hell will happen if someone asks you to play the game, or what the hell will happen if nobody buys it. The news, or at least the official reports from developers, isn’t always good. But it’s a job that can be pretty rewarding – and also really stressful! 4. Game Tester This is the most boring job in the games industry. You’re asked to play games for free, which is basically what you’re doing. You get a report back from the developers, and your job is to play games, so you get a report back from the developers, and your job title is “Senior Designer.” If you can’t meet the requirements, you may not be hired at all. The most recent example of this is the lawsuit that was settled last year for over $3.1 million. It was a class action case brought against Microsoft, accusing the company of intentionally trying to burn out the market and kill competition. So what can be learned from this case? Mostly that anyone who is making a game is subject to a risk of having it removed from the marketplace for all sorts of reasons. 5. PS3 Development This is the most grueling and humiliating of the bunch. No, not just the embarrassment involved here, but that some of the people involved are now employed in the games industry as well. These people have to dig up old assets, develop new ones, find new people, recruit new people, and generally work on new things each day for four hours a day, no days off, forever.