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Quality Verification Tester (Temp)

Electronic Arts
Baton Rouge Louisiana United States
5 days ago

This is a 90 day temporary assignment through PRO Unlimited. Assignment extensions are based solely on business need.

The QA Tester Role:

Quality Assurance Testers ("QA Testers") perform an important role in game development: testing, analyzing, and recording, any flaws or "bugs." These refinements lead to higher quality and better playability of the finished game. The job involves: testing the game in a systematic way, analyzing the game's performance against the designer's intentions, spotting inconsistencies, reporting issues, and suggesting improvements. However, it also involves creativity, which is used to figure how to 'break' the game in different and unique ways. In effect, QA Testers are the game's first audience by reporting on playability and identifying any aspects that could be improved.

This is a popular entry-level role for those not already qualified as an artist or programmer. This is an excellent way to gain experience and learn about the gaming industry

QA Tester Responsibilities:

QA Testers will find bugs in a game before it goes public and assuring quality in the final product. Testers must know how to categorize bugs. You must understand production and marketing schedules. You will use a software quality management system to document their findings into a centralized database which is then shared with other EA QA groups located worldwide. You will typically work in teams-- which makes communication and teamwork a necessity. Testing involves playing the same game repeatedly for weeks at a time, testing different levels and versions or revisions of the game. Sometimes, different teams manage specific sections or areas of a game. The work can be repetitive and tedious; however, QA Testers test the game long after the novelty and fun factor may have worn off. A QA tester can anticipate different ways the game will be played by people around the world, and test accordingly.

QA Testers are issue seekers. Excellent English language skills, both written and verbal, are necessary to document issues and report them to colleagues. These findings can later be shared with a development team on the other side of the world or with a fellow tester sitting right next to them, which makes clear verbal skills important. IT competence, including the use of e-mails, excel (can maintain complex spreadsheets), slack, and database packages is also required. Though not necessary, some programming knowledge or experience is desirable.

The next great QA Tester:

Testers should also have a basic understanding of game design, how games are created, and how the different elements of a game contribute to the playing experience. Testers will not only identify and record a problem, but also try to work out what is causing it. A QA Tester will maintain concentration while playing games for long periods of time.

Above all, as a QA Testers, we prefer that you are avid players. You can demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the industry, including different platforms, game styles, and genres. It's important to know the market so they can evaluate our games against the competition and help improve the games we work on here at EABR.

Application Information:

Resumes are required with application submissions. Cover letters are optional .

All shifts are worked Monday through Friday. There are occasional opportunities for overtime .

There is a mandatory training week that lasts Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm beginning the first day of hire. This is a paid 40 hour training week.

Pay rate begins as $13.50 per hour.

Upon passing the assessment at the end of training, you will begin one of the available shifts the following week.

Foundational requirements:

All of our testers must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Our testers must be 18 years of age or older. Our testers will have basic knowledge of PC hardware and software. Our testers will have basic knowledge of Excel (can maintain complex spreadsheets).

Interviews are designed to assess the candidates' ability to move forward in each step of the process.

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