Being a playtester is a great way to network with others and build up a portfolio if you want to eventually become a game developer.
Playtesting is the process of playing a game before its official release. Playtesters give their thoughts and opinions on the game, as well as provide any feedback on bugs they might encounter.
Playtesting is a good way to progress into Quality Assurance (QA), where you’re paid full-time for testing and ensuring a game is fit for release.
You can become a playtester by signing up at various sites, all of which will be included in this article. In addition, we’ve also provided additional details on how much you might be paid for playtesting games. Be warned; the compensation for the work is typically very small.
You can apply for playtesting at individual studios or at game testing agencies that test a variety of games from different studios.
EA’s playtest compensation payments are 1-4 EA games from its library.
Since the publication of this article, it seems like EA is now offering Gift Cards for participants in addition to games. We’ve currently seen EA offer 1 game and a $25 gift card by two people, but will accurately update the article once more corroboration is made.
If you’ve playtested a game, or are a developer/publisher and it’s not on the list or you were compensated a different amount, please email email@example.com so we can keep the list as accurate and as up-to-date as possible!