The gaming industry continues to grow rapidly. Some major releases are expected for several years, while hundreds and thousands of indie projects are released every day. All these projects, including AAA, have one thing in common – absolutely each of them must be tested before release. An untested game is a pig in a poke that can go badly for any game studio’s reputation.
Why Choosing a Game Testing Company is so Important?
At first glance, it may seem that everyone can test the game. After all, you just need to play a lot, find errors, and report them. But it’s not that easy. Most often, players find bugs by accident, at some point getting stuck in textures or finding a shortcut where it should not be.
Let’s look at a few examples of the difference between a player and a tester.
|Completes the main story and ends the game
|Passes the main story and all additional tasks several times in different sequences
|Beats the game on the selected difficulty level
|Beats the game on all available difficulty levels consecutively
|Chooses a specific hero upgrade style and sticks to it
|Must try and combine different hero upgrade styles on different difficulty levels
|Follows game rules and on-screen instructions (in most cases)
|Systematically violates game rules to create preventive scenarios for each unplanned action
|Tries to find and use game loopholes and shortcuts to simplify or speed up the game process
|Tests all possible game loopholes and shortcuts to prevent the player from breaking the game mechanics
The last point is especially funny: many players love to find bugs and shortcuts to create funny videos or speedruns. Therefore, it is especially important for testers to calculate all possible scenarios for treacherous players. Frankly, this often does not work out very well, and in most games, players still find the opportunity to use some kind of bug to record the desired speedrun.
So what do we see? We see that the tester must actually turn the game mechanics inside out and do everything that the player can theoretically do:
- climb into the most unthinkable place;
- do not follow the script of the game;
- use an alternative skill to the one suggested;
- change the sequence of the proposed actions;
- try to get into a zone that opens only when you reach a certain level, etc.
After that, the results of the checks are entered into a special checklist. Such a monotonous routine activity can only be done by assiduous and scrupulous people. Who, of course, also have an idea about the theory of testing: types of testing, test cases, test plans, bug reports, methods for determining the required amount of tests, databases, SQL queries, and so on.
We’re not here just to play your game and find a couple of bugs along the way. We have gathered to select a qualified team of testers who will study your game inside and out.
Why is it so important?
The fact is that the cost of correcting any error and the time that needs to be spent on it increases with each stage. What takes an hour at the prototyping stage can take days, or even weeks, if it’s done, say, after release.
Remember the rule, which is the same for all types of games: if at the initial stage a few seemingly insignificant mistakes are made, then in the end we will probably miss the deadline or spend much more money on correcting them.
QA specialists investigate the game at all stages, prioritizing bugs and preventing them from accumulating in a snowball of pain, horror, and fear.
How to Choose the Most Reliable Studio?
Among a large number of game testing companies, choosing the right one can be a challenge. How to understand whether a company is really good and in general how it is better than others if all of them, in fact, offer a standard package of testing services?
When compiling your list of game testing companies, first of all, be guided by the following positions:
- Good reputation.
- Positive reviews from other clients.
- A wide range of services provided (key types of testing for games – functional, compatibility, performance, and compliance)
- Great experience.
- Expert knowledge.
- Debugged methodology and scheme of work with the customer.
- Continuous professional development at specialized pieces of training.
Most of this information can be seen on the testing studio website: years on the market, tools used, types of testing, customer reviews, etc. You can learn more about the procedure for working with clients by requesting the appropriate information – experienced video game testing companies will have no problems answering this question.
We have saved you the trouble of researching random video game testing companies and are ready to offer a pre-formed list of studios, selected according to specific criteria.
In selecting the following best game testing companies, we have relied on information obtained from their websites and third-party independent platforms: GoodFirms, Clutch, DesignRush, etc. The key selection criteria were:
- 5+ years on the market;
- the presence of the main types of game testing;
- the availability of reviews from previous customers;
- the presence and description of implemented testing cases.
Top Video Game Testing Companies
Kevuru Games is a full-cycle Ukrainian gaming company. This means that all the specialists who can create and launch a full-fledged game from scratch are gathered here: game designers, artists, developers, sound engineers and, of course, testers.
Game testing has been placed in a separate category and is available both as part of the full cycle game creation and as a separate service, which you can resort to by contacting the company with your product.
The studio’s QA specialists offer key types of in-game testing:
- Functional – checking the compliance of the game with the planned requirements.
- Compatibility – checking the compatibility of the game with all necessary devices, operating systems, resolution and hardware.
- Performance – checking the loading speed of the game, the reaction of the game to the player’s actions and key game events.
- Compliance – checking the compliance of the game with the requirements of the platform or several platforms for which it is intended.
Kevuru Games experts have experience in testing PC, mobile, and web games – we have a list of completed projects, a detailed description of the QA team, and the role of each member in the game testing procedure, as well as a list of tools used by testers.
The company carefully monitors the latest trends and updates its range of skills. In addition to testing classic games, the team also has experience and expertise in fixing bugs for the metaverses and blockchain-based games. Among the latest blockchain games tested by Kevuru Games are the world’s first AAA kill-to-earn first person zombie shooter Undead Blocks and the P2E browser-based on-chain game MetaVolution.
A special advantage of the studio is precisely that it knows everything about games from the inside through their development. So the testing services here are organically integrated into the game creation cycle, and the developers and testers have direct contact with each other in order to implement the necessary edits as quickly as possible.
The Ukrainian company QAwerk works with different types of software testing. One of the services is game testing. Here you will find the necessary teams to implement testing of:
- mobile games;
- PC games;
- console games (PlayStation, and Xbox);
- AR and VR games.
The types of testing provided are functional, compatibility, performance, and compliance. Customer reviews are positive, and the procedure for obtaining a quote is very quick and easy. The team has been ranked among the best testing companies many times by the Clutch, GoodFirms, and DesignRush platforms.
iXie Gaming is a division of Indium Software that exclusively provides gaming testing of video games for consoles, PCs, AR/VR, and mobile devices. Thanks to the focus on gaming testing, this company has managed to assemble a dedicated and enthusiastic team that knows everything about games.
Testers have the knowledge and skills to test games of all kinds and genres − the company’s track record includes over 450 titles in a variety of stylistic directions. A special advantage of the studio is the availability of more than 1000 devices for testing: 550+ mobile devices (iOS, Android & Kindle), consoles (Xbox, Nintendo, and PlayStation), VR devices (Oculus, HTC, PlayStation VR) and PCs (Windows, Mac & Linux).
Ukrainian gaming company Pingle Studio focuses on porting and testing services. The studio’s specialists provide a full range of assistance, from testing mobile games to quality control of multiplayer games. Here you will find a classic set of testing types: functional, non-functional, regression, and others.
The studio’s expertise covers all the most common game engines and key tools needed to test games for PC, mobile devices, and the most popular consoles – Xbox, Nintendo, and PlayStation. There are many case studies with a detailed description of the work done, as well as positive customer reviews.
This is another Ukrainian studio that specializes exclusively in game testing. Here you can be sure that testers know exactly what they are dealing with. The platforms tested include PCs with all key operating systems, all known consoles, mobile devices, web, Smart TV, AR/VR/MR, but the company is also ready to purchase any other hardware at the request of the client if it is not available.
The testing procedure at SnoopGame is flexible and scalable. At the same time, the client receives exclusively necessary services without the need to control the team and provide it with the necessary resources. In addition to the main types of testing, you will find a QA audit and consultation service that allows assessing the quality of your internal processes and identifying gaps in the quality control procedure.
The Lithuanian testing team of QA Madness has many years of experience in software testing. Although game testing is not the only focus of the company, there are experienced professionals who can implement the quality assurance you need based on your game, platform, and target audience.
This company is more than 12 years old, so it has a very large number of clients and cases. It boasts the largest number of reviews of any game testing company presented, with most of the reviews being positive. Testimonials can be found both on the website itself and on other reputable platforms like Gartner and Clutch.
Among the available cases, we can single out the work on a mobile game, for which the studio has successfully implemented functional, compatibility, and UI testing to make sure that the game application works on different iOS devices. So you can feel free to apply for mobile game testing services. As for testing games for PC and consoles, there are no confirmed cases for the implementation of such works.
If you are attracted to full-cycle gaming companies, then take a look at Starloop Studios. It is a Spanish game development company that provides a full range of game development services, from design and prototyping to testing, maintenance, and porting.
Here you will find all the classic types of testing: functional, compatibility, user interface, and performance. The company is also testing multiplayer and AR/VR games. Positive reviews and a solid customer list also add to the positive image of this testing studio.
Testbytes is an Indian testing studio that has managed to gain a good reputation in a short period. They have a pretty decent track record and clients all over the world.
Game testing is one of the many services the company offers, as it also deals with other types of testing.
They have a large team of testers who have years of experience and familiarity with various game testing scenarios. In addition to testing games for PC and mobile devices, QA specialists here are able to work with console, online, and AR/VR games. The website contains comprehensive information about the types of testing offered, the operating procedure, and the games already tested.
QATestLab is a testing studio with a large experience in testing games of various genres for such platforms as PC, Web, AR/VR, and mobile devices. The company has a separate department dedicated to game testing and can boast 10+ years in game testing and 800+ successfully implemented game projects.
The studio has a fairly large portfolio of tested games for Android and iOS, a sufficient resource base for testing game mechanics, logic, sound, animation, art, navigation, and other things to make sure that the game is user-friendly. Conveniently, the company describes in detail the process of conducting game testing.
It is important to mention that the testers have a large pool of 350+ real devices for testing (mobile phones, PCs, and VR headsets) and experience working with 40+ testing tools.
Another Indian testing studio, BugRaptors offers high-quality and low-cost testing services for both software and games. In addition to the classic types of gaming testing, the company offers so-called audio and video testing – checking the purity of sounds and audibility in mobile and console games.
Skillful testers also work with AR/VR game applications, find localization errors and have access to a large number of iOS and Android devices for testing. The company has positive reviews and a sufficient number of case studies to get their expertise confirmed.
The Average Salary for Game Testers
|Rate per hour
|The United States
|The United Kingdom
The information is based on the average hourly rate of game testers listed on platforms such as Indeed, Glassdoor, and Payscale.
How Kevuru Games Will Help You Achieve the Best Results
As you can see, there is no shortage of game testing services on the market. There are many top game testing companies in the world. They have different levels, experience, and prices. But only the studio that deals with games, loves games, and knows everything about the inner workings of games can thoroughly check your game for errors. Kevuru Games falls under all these points, because for 10 years we have been creating games for mobile devices and PCs, developing art and animation for games, thinking over level design and game mechanics. Our experts know what each line of code in the game is responsible for, so not a single mistake will escape us.
A fully staffed department of game testers is ready to test your finished game for bugs or become a link in the full-cycle development of a new game from scratch, which you can also organize with Kevuru Games. We have all the necessary tools, skills, knowledge, and experience to guarantee you a flawless gaming product that will pleasantly surprise players who will not be able to find bugs in it.
Do not hesitate and just tell us about your project in need of testing, and we will provide detailed advice and recommendations from our specialists.