Tom Hendersonan insider, claims that Bungie playtesting seems to be among the best, even though playtesting pay is sadly low in the gaming industry. The majority of game publishers and developers offer testers gift cards, cash, coupons, free police visits, and free games. On the other hand, others offer nothing at all in terms of remuneration. Against companies like EABungie is leading the pack.
Bungie and Activision currently have the best pay rates for playtesting 👀 https://t.co/3NoXIMfSBw
—Tom Henderson (@_Tom_Henderson_) October 17, 2022
Here is a summary of playtesting compensation for different publishers:
- Activision: $40 per hour in AMAX gift cards for a 5 hour session
- Bethesda: Just a bag of Bethesda goodies
- Bungie: $50 per hour in gift cards, as well as compensation for travel to its Bellevue offices
- EA: From 1 to 4 free EA games from their library
- Embark Studios: No compensation at all
- Konami: No compensation, but they will pay your travel expenses
- Square-Enix: $100 for a 4-hour in-office session, or $50 for a one-hour remote session
- Ubisoft: Free games at 20 Euros per hour
- Volition: $15-20 per hour in Visa gift cards, or around $50 for a 3 hour session
- W.B. Games: $100 for a 5-6 hour session
As can be seen from this list, the playtesting compensation offered by the majority of companies is relatively low. On the other hand, they are often useful as a second job and a stepping stone into the field of quality control. However, due to the lower payout rates, playtesting is not something many gamers would want to undertake. However, it has become a customary act for players to show their love for their franchise.
Bungie has acknowledged that they are working on a brand new game that is unrelated to either. Halo or Fate and Speculations of a mobile version of Destiny also stole. Bungie is known for its work on the Halo and Destiny franchises. Regardless of this fact, the company thrives under Sony, and the fact that they welcome their employees further improves workflow.