Game testers can be paid for their work, although compensation is often poor and on a contract basis, writes Jimmy Thang for IGN. Companies vary in practices from paying quality assurance staff for long periods of testing to asking users to report bugs through beta testing and everything in between.
Some websites deceive users into paying to learn to test games with the promise of earning large amounts of money, according to Matt Swider for G4TV. Companies often use the job title QA tester rather than video game tester when posting legitimate jobs. The only prerequisite for a game testing job is an interest in games, so paying for training is unnecessary. Those who are most successful work well in a team, have an eye for detail and possess critical thinking skills, writes Swider.