My Journey as a Video Game Tester

Hi, my name is Hari Panicker. A passionate video game tester, Also, I am a die-hard fan of playing (Role-Playing, Adventure, MMORPG & arcade games.  My unmeasurable love towards game is the main reason why my career as a video game tester flourished.
It all started with the game called Contra and Dangerous Dev in my 4th standard.
The game was so interesting that after school I used to dash towards home to complete my homework then sit and play till bedtime without even flinching. Ah! How can I forget?
As I grew up I discovered more and more intense games like CS, Dota I, Red Alert, AOE (Age of Empires), GunZ the Reloaded Duel and many more. Among the huge list, hands down my favorite, the one, and only Ragnarok Online.
About the game, Ragnarok is an MMORPG created by Gravity. I was so into this game that I used to sometimes skip my study hours for playing the game with my friends (lol..).  I and my friends used to party up and level up our characters, hunt equips /attribute card from morning till noon.
Then in the evening, we party up again for some PVP (Player vs. Player) and GVG (Guild vs. Guild) fights. It was not just playing the game for me and my friends we started to make money by selling some rare items in-game which was very hard to obtain.
After a few years, the game server closed so I had to move to another Ragnarok server. This was a Malaysian Server called Happy Ragnarok Online. I was the No.1 Player of the server which gave me the opportunity to work as a Game Master for this game.
From there my Game Testing life started I had to report Bugs, find out who is using Cheat (Botting) result to permanent BAN and Ragnarok Support (Help players if they have any questions regarding the game).
Moving on I realized that my career is into Game Testing and further started to work in a game testing company where I got to learn many new things about games and how it works (many new terms used in-game, writing bugs, uploading them on Jira, Mantis, etc.) in testing.
Within 6 to 7 months I got promoted to a Senior Test Engineer where I had to handle a team of 8 to 15 people, explains them the task to do, solve their queries about the game, review the bugs properly and send daily status reports.
Games I have tested:

My team had good times and bad times in projects we tested. we were gifted with immense pleasure when the tested game gets positive feedback from the clients with some Goodies (Gifts) 😊, and of course, there is a lot of pressure when the delivery date approaches. But yes, after all, its fun testing more and more games 😊

My craving for games and testing them will never end. It’s like my hobby turned in to my career.

Is Testing Important for the Mobile Gaming Industry?

Gaming is a highly popular field which is always booming. It is a billion dollar industry that hardly sees a recession. Constant new efforts are always being taken to capitalize in this industry. There is much scope for profit and fame here.
But Game Testing seems to be an area that doesn’t experience the same growth. Does that mean it’s not that important for the industry? In order to understand, let’s take a look at the factors that are influenced by game testing.
Consumer Experience
The main part about gaming is consumer experience. With good user experience, a game will thrive. There are millions of games on the App store and Play Store. To be a winner among this tight competition requires a whole lot of patience and dedication. With so many games hitting the market on a daily basis, you need to be different to stand out and make your mark.
Addictive puzzles and complex levels are no more enough to keep the users addicted to your game and recommend it to friends. If the game does not work as the users expect, they will be quick enough to uninstall the game and move over to another one. Moreover, they may even give you a poor review or ratings, which could mar your image. This is where mobile testing comes in to the picture.

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A good Game Tester is required to test your games for efficiency apart from user experience. It requires several rounds of thorough testing to declare a game fit for release out to the public. Though it may sound simple and easy, that is not the case.
A survey by Forbes has stated that 80% of smartphone users have admitted to having played a game on their device, whereas 46% play games on a daily basis. According to this report, 65% of the time a user spends online is on a tablet or a smartphone. 32% of this time goes in playing games. So, you can see that games have an important part in every smartphone user’s life.
Mobile games are different from console based games. Mobile game developers do not usually get extended periods of testing. If a user finds too many bugs in it or is unhappy with the features, he is likely to delete it. Once deleted, there are very few chances for the user to download a newer version the next time it releases. The first impression is the one and only hope you have in this case. Effective Mobile Application Testing is required to make this impression a good and lasting one.
Bug Weeding
No matter how great your game is, without a good amount of QA or Mobile Testing you may not get the deserved reviews. Bugs are the most prominent issues. Great games with lots of bugs reduce all the greatness of the concept. The users are unable to play it smoothly making your game a failure.
A game developer may not always realise the issues with his own games. Game Testers have the job of picking out the bugs and glitches in the game that have been missed out by the developers.

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When you look at the influence of mobile game testing, it is clear that mobile app testing is not just important but vital for the industry. Mobile Testing Services are available for effective testing of your games. High level testing by the most prominent testing companies has produced amazing results to benefit game developers.
A good quality game that is seamless and free of bugs is sure to be loved by the users. So, look out for the best Mobile Testing Services to test your games before releasing out in to the App Store. This will help you get good reviews and make it big!