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Harnessing Your Players as a QA Resource: Benefits and Practice

Jedrzej Czarnota  |  Doctoral Researcher, Manchester Business School

Location: Room 2004, West Hall

Format: Session
Track: QA Summit
Vault Recording: Video

Current QA practice tends to involve players predominantly in beta testing, with some productions getting players to test alpha builds as well. Nevertheless, far more beneficial applications of players' skills and ability can be found beyond the simple toolkit approach. Their aim is to save developers' time, resources and organizational effort, as well as to bestow significant competitive advantages. Based on extensive research, this session explores those advanced QA approaches and offers practical advice on how and why to implement them. It also summarizes their risks and benefits, and considers their outcomes for game development and marketing.


The talk provides practical advice on implementing innovative QA practices involving harnessing players' technical skills and creative ability. Risks, key opportunities and organizational challenges are explored. By analyzing players' motivations for helping studios, as well as the dynamics of their communities, the talk informs "open QA" practices.