Open Casting Call for “The Tester”

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Want a chance to work for PlayStation? Do you have the skills and determination to work as a game tester? Today we are announcing a new original program that will be created for the PlayStation Network called “The Tester.” This series of programs will follow a group of select gamers as they face-off in a series of elimination challenges designed to test their mental toughness, endurance, and video game knowledge as they compete for a job working as a PlayStation game tester. The winner of the new show gets a job working for PlayStation’s Quality Assurance department in San Diego, CA and gets the opportunity to work on some of the best PlayStation games.

Open casting for the series begins today.

If you’re interested, complete the online casting submission form and upload a short video explaining why you’re the perfect contestant for “The Tester” at As you can imagine, this show will be sure to entertain so we’ll be back on the Blog when we have more to share.

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  • Oh no, not *gasp* REALITY TV D-:

  • Dont live in San Diego. So Im out.

  • How cool is this job? Will they pay moving expenses to San Diego? ;-)

  • Why not in Sweden :D

  • Jeff bro please answer this question.

    What is the age limit, if any. Like 18 to 30 or something like that. Please respond as soon as soon as possible.

  • Ok here it goes: SCEE PLEASE DO THIS ASWELL!

  • This is a good idea!! Clever marketing Sony. you’re coming around!

  • Wow! So if I get casted that means I can quit my day job, put all my hopes into this reality tv show, and if I win I can be a tester for SECA and get payed between $20,000 to $30,000 a year?! Gee golly that’s the best darn deal I’ve ever heard of!


    Ok for serious now, this is pathetic.


  • Will there be a panel of judges with a snooty british guy who gets to insult you if you stink at first person shooters?

  • So… ONLY game testing. huh?


  • hhmm I doubt the pay is good enough for me to quit my job and move to the west coast.
    So it’s a contract position as the wording in the video states?
    Probably not worth me even trying but I will enjoy watching this show!

  • Would you guys accept remote work? I live in Montana, don’t intend on moving but would love to help out Sony……

  • @Enforcer_X — Most game testers get payed between $20,000 to $30,000 a year. There are a lot of jobs out there that pay much better.

  • As much as I would love to be a tester for Sony, I just can’t uproot my life here.

    I tested for Apple, Intuit, and a score of game developers developing for the PS2 and PS3, but I cannot afford to move to San Diego.

    Good luck to those who are able to participate.

  • I hope/wish/rabbit’s foot/toss a coin/ you open something in Canada. Thanks

  • hmmm… i might try it…

  • *Rushes over* I want this job! *cries in joy*

  • SWEET! signing up for sure

  • hey whenever i upload a video and whenever i clikc the terms of agreement my screen goes grey and then i cant click anything please fix this!

  • UGH! Can’t this be put on hold till January?! I’ll be 21 then!
    And Can’t this be moved to NY?! California is so so far away. . . .

  • im 21 and definetly have the skills, sign me up i need this!!!!

  • This sounds cool, too bad I’m 16 and Canadian. I’m too young and don’t really want to move. But good luck to those who get in. Just one question. Is this an actual reality tv show that I could watch on TV, or is just a low-budget show that Sony’s going to post on the PS Blog/Store?

  • So, will there be weekly episodes for this that come out with the weekly update?

  • “To appear on the Program, you must be 21 years of age or older by September 3, 2009”

    Aw I turn 21 September 10. One week too late lol

  • Damn I am 20 years old… but still this sounds like a good chance for a lot of people to get a job like this.

  • Is this in Canada Jeff? I would like to try out. 37 25+ years playing video games. Able to relocate from the east coast to the west. And nobody knows more about PlayStation than me other than you Maybe…

  • The age limit is 21. I turn 21 in September. So I was wondering if there is a deadline of any sort? Do I have to be 21 before a certain date?

  • So this competition….. is it anything like Thunderdome?

  • @NinjaMcCheez, it says “To appear on the Program, you must be 21 years of age or older by September 3, 2009″ in the terms. Looks like you & I are in the same boat lol

  • SONY continues to fail.

    I miss the PS2 days.

  • Gettin put on call fo sho.

  • I’ve done my time in testing but this sounds like a great idea. I assume this show will be available to download ad watch on the PSN right? (for free yes?)

  • I hope Jeff gets to be the tough critic on the show and he gets to hit the participants on the head with press releases if they fail. now THAT would be worth watching.

  • FROM NY here, If you guys pay moving expenses, career job with benefits? or it just a temporary job no benefits? ill give it a shot if is a career thing and they cover the flight ticket to san diego

  • sounds exciting!! hopefully sony wouldn’t mind a girly-panda game tester ;P heck i’m already situated in San Diego. now where is my videocam hahaaha and maybe once i win, i can go to the department who added pixie dust to the PS3 theme so i can headshot the pixie who provided said dust…aheehee :3

  • it wont let me accept it says (error’s on page)

  • Hey Kevin,

    is there any chance I can work for Sony’s R&D department? I have great ideas.

  • Too young…But for everyone else wanting to do this, you better be smart, funny, and have a good personality to represent our playstation community. ;)

  • what about us brits. any chance we are allowed to apply. or is it US only. if it is you should tell our UK counter parts to do a similer show because this concept is awsome.

  • I’ll be the annoying British judge if you like.

  • @39
    I’d say the chance is pretty slim unless you have a background in Electrical Engineering and/or Computer Science.

    R&D isn’t simply about ideas, it’s about building the technology that encompasses those ideas. An idea is worthless unless you can do something with it. They don’t have people sitting around in R&D all day drinking coffee, eating donuts, and playing Heavenly Sword all day.

    So if you really want to do R&D work and flush out those ideas, get an EE degree and start figuring out how to do some of the things you want to be possible. Granted they do spend time flushing out ideas like motion controls, but the guy who offers the idea takes a hike if he can’t offer anything beyond that.

  • I’m 16 and a half, am I eligible? haha JK =(

  • I´m sure a lot of people would happily agree freely to work as firmware testers…

  • when is the deadline?

  • LOL I think I got a better shot at the lotery.

  • Too bad I’m 16 :sadface:

  • after 3.0 is clear you guys need more testers…

    good move :)

  • Grrrrrrr!
    Being from Canada we get shafted twice by this.
    -Although and SCEA initiative I don’t think many Canadians will be willing to move to SanDiego for a “chance” at making 20-30k a year.
    -2 We don’t have Video on our PS Store, I would like to watch a bunch of gamers compete for a job (probably the only reality tv I would ever watch) I won’t be able to.
    -As a side note, Should Sony really be charging for this? Looks like another cash grab to me.

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