The third season of The Tester, PlayStation Network’s exclusive reality series, launches tomorrow, February 7th! We’ve introduced the cast, panelists, and special guests you’ll see in season 3, and most importantly, the grand prize these lucky gamers will be competing to win: a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work as a Production Associate at one of Sony’s most well-respected game development facilities: Santa Monica Studio. To sweeten the deal, we’re also giving the winner a $5,000 signing bonus, 55” Sony Bravia 3D TV, PS3 system, and a 2012 Ford Focus Titanium.
While the past two seasons of The Tester have offered the winners a chance to work as a game tester at Sony Computer Entertainment America, this season’s grand prize is an even more amazing opportunity than before — the battle to seize it will be fierce. This season’s winner will earn the chance to contribute on the studio’s next game and collaborate with some of most imaginative people working in the interactive medium.
To celebrate the season premiere, we’re throwing a Tester 3 party today, February 6th at the Vita Hill Social Club in Santa Monica (RSVP here)! Local cast members from every season will be in attendance including previous winners Will “Cyrus” Powers and Matthew “Gaymer” Brown. Host Meredith Molinari and SCEA’s own Brent Gocke will also be at the club. Arrive early and you can sign up for a PS Vita game tournament to challenge the cast members to win valuable PlayStation prizes. We’ll also be screening the entire season premiere episode that evening! And, the first 100 attendees will receive ‘The Tester 3’ logo t-shirts. Food and soft drinks will be provided, so show up early. Here is the information for the premiere party:
Monday, February 6, 2012 5:30-9pm
Vita Hill Social Club
2803 Main St.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
We’ve also partnered with IGN.com’s Greg Miller (who also participates as a guest panelist this season) to deliver cast-off interviews each week following a contestant’s departure from the show on Podcast Beyond, one of IGN.com’s most popular PlayStation-themed podcasts. You can tune in each week on Thursday, starting February 9th, to hear our contestants talk about their participation this season, what they thought of the overall experience competing on the show, and living in the high-tech PlayStation Loft.
Starting tomorrow, there are a variety of ways this season to watch “The Tester 3”: Episodes go up every Tuesday afternoon on the PlayStation Store, but they’ll also be streaming on thetester.com and on Crackle.com. Plus, like last season, fans can get together inside Theater 2 in PlayStation Home to watch together and participate in a season-long ‘Superfan’ viewing Quest to obtain coveted virtual item rewards each week.
We’re all extremely proud of The Tester 3 and we can’t wait for you to check it out yourselves tomorrow! Be sure to check back here on the PlayStation.Blog every Tuesday for new updates on this season, as well as on our main site here.