Just wondering about this as its something the company I work for is involved in. I’ve done a couple of Gaming QA roles and I’ve never seen external agents or QA outsourced. I was just wondering if anyone has seen this happen in the industry or is QA still kept tightly under wraps in Ireland?
Do you think there is potential for this as a possible niche in business?
Don’t think I am revealing anything as they are in the game credits but Playfirst use an external QA company. And the QA company is in a different country. (Download games to find out company name if you like :) )
I have seen external QA hired in the past in a couple of companies I worked for here. There is (or at least ‘was’)a good Irish company specialising in that very thing. Generally they provided QA people who had foreign language skills for testing localised versions of games.
Generally, companies of a certain size, will have a smaller internal QA team. As the project progresses, you have 2 choices, either increase the internal QA size, usually with short term contracts, or my employing external teams. Then the addition of publisher QA towards the end wraps up the QA cycle.
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