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Sr. QA Tester - Role Overview
Testers must know how categorize bugs and be able to prioritize. They work to deadlines and must have an understanding of production and marketing schedules. They normally use a software quality management system to document their findings. Testers typically work in teams, sometimes playing together on a multiplayer game, and sometimes different teams are responsible for specific sections or parts of a game.
Testing involves playing a game over and over again, testing different levels and versions of the game. The work can be repetitive and tedious, but Testers must be able to stay motivated and test the game long after the novelty and fun factor may have worn off. Testers must be diplomatic when communicating with other team members and accept that they can have only limited influence over the design. They must also be able to anticipate different ways the game will be played, and test accordingly.
What skills does EA look for?
Testers must be analytical and methodical. Good English language skills (written and verbal) are necessary in order to document findings and communicate them to colleagues. IT competence, including use of spreadsheets and database packages, is also required. Above all, Testers must be avid games players. They must be able to demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the industry, including the different platforms, game styles, and genres. It’s important to know the market so they can evaluate our games against the competition.
They should also have an understanding of how games are put together, and how the different elements of a game contribute to the playing experience. A good Tester will not only identify and record a problem, but also try to work out what is causing it. Key skills for a Tester include excellent communication, especially the ability to communicate tactfully with other members of the team. It’s also important to have a good attention to detail, persistence, and patience. A Tester must be able to maintain concentration while playing games for long periods. Good negotiation and conflict resolution skills are very important, as of course is a passion for playing games.
Strong inter-personal communication skills
Strong written communication skills
Strong organizational skills
High level of pro-activeness and sense of urgency
Risk assessment pertaining to software testing
Knowledge of testing/planning tools
Knowledge of test plan/case creation
Knowledge of software development methodology and stages (milestones/sprints, Alpha, Beta)
Good knowledge of gaming consoles and software: strong interest in video games and/or software testing
Advanced knowledge of the sport of Basketball
Familiar with the different shot types
Understands the rules and mechanics of the sport
Understands the different plays
Advanced knowledge of Sport Simulation games and features
Familiarity with professional sports broadcast presentations
Electronic Arts - 2 years ago