Testing Games Gets You $9 An Hour

The Minneapolis Star Tribune finds one journalism student who is making some money testing an unnamed, unannounced Activision game.

Video game tester Kelly Watkins is 20 and hopes to break into the industry.

Watkins has already mastered the art of not naming the secret game he or she is working on — as well as the art of working long hours if need be:

When you are really busy, how much do you work a week? It could be up to seven days for 12 hours a day. Twelve hours a day is kind of pushing it, but once you get up to 14, that's tough. But people do it. It's just part of the industry. If (a game) has to go, you have to put in the time to get it out as quick as possible.

She says the pay is $9 an hour, $13.50 for overtime. More details in the brief Q&A. Click over and support a newspaper, why don't you?

How I got that job: Kelly Watkins, 20, Mpls. [Star Tribune]

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