Growing up I always loved playing video games. My first experience of playing a video game was when my friend’s parents (Luke) bought him a Sega console. After playing around with it and figuring out how it worked, we ended up spending so much time playing Mortal Kombat that his parents had to stand in front of the screen to stop us.
Video game addiction
From that point on I was addicted to video games. Every day after school and any chance I got I would go to Luke’s house so I can play games. Eventually my parents got me my own console so I could play at home. I spent almost all of my time playing video games and would do house chores so that my parents would buy me any new consoles that came out. I can honestly say that I spent way too much time playing video games. At the time it may have looked like an addiction but I realise now that it was a passion since the start. There was always a negative stigma when it came to video games. People saying that they had negative effects on your health and that they were a waste of time.
What job do I really want?
After realising that most people will work at least eight hours a day doing something they don’t enjoy for money and knowing that I really enjoyed games, I thought why not try to get paid for playing video games. So I started to do some research online on how I could make some money playing video games online. At first it felt like it was impossible to find a good platform or company to work for.
Finding the right video game testing company
Every time I felt like I had found a place to work, things would turn out to be a dead end. I had applied to many jobs but they never worked out. But I kept going, and eventually found a website; CC GameTesters At first I thought I had no chance to get a job there due to the size of the company. But I gave it a shot anyway. I completed the online application and waited. And waited. And waited. I didn’t keep my hopes up and I carried on searching for other jobs. Eventually I got a call. I was excited, but not very optimistic. I guess I was running out of steam after applying over and over at different places.
But then the woman I was speaking to started asking questions. Questions like “have you got any experience as a game tester”. I was honest, and told her I didn’t. But she didn’t seem too phased by it and remained positive. I answered all her questions with honesty and I think that she respected that. She told me she’d get back to me if I was successful. After ending the call, I was pretty anxious. But hopeful too. I was thinking that maybe finally I can get paid for doing something I am passionate about. Playing video games.
So I started to look into the company and checking who their business partners were. I was very impressed. I knew if I wanted to make it into the gaming industry, this company had the contacts and the means to get me to the very top. So the next day I called and asked for the same woman I spoke to previously. When I was put through to her, I just rambled on for at least two minutes, nonstop. After I finished rambling, there was an awkward silence for a few seconds. I thought maybe I blew it.
The life changing answer
I started panicking and thinking that I messed up. Maybe she wasn’t happy with me unloading all the geeky words on her and explaining why I’m perfect for the job. But then she said it. “We’d love to have you working for us”. At that point I didn’t know how to feel. There was mix of emotions. I felt happy, joyful, anxious, nervous and many more emotions that I cannot describe.
The following week I was asked to go to their office for an induction and to meet the new starters, we all spent the day learning about the company. The way they operate and the way their system works.
We were given a few welcoming presents (some video game related stuff) and got to meet the founders of the company (very nice guys). The same week I started working from home doing exactly what I was normally doing, for free. The only difference was that I was getting paid to play video games. I work closely with a team of three other testers. We receive a few games a week and we spend the whole week playing the games and write reviews about the game towards the end of the week.
Now living the dream
I have been to many gaming conferences with the company around Europe and the US. I am able to visit other countries at least five to six times a year. What started as a simple passion has allowed me to do so much. From traveling the world to purchasing my first property. Looking back now if Luke’s parents didn’t buy him that console, I may not have been where I am today.
Steve Jobs once said:
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever”
What I am trying to say is; if you are passionate about playing video games and you happen to read this post. Please reach out to the guys at CC GameTesters if you want to become a video game tester. You could be earning money doing what you love.