Last month, we welcomed the very first cohort from the AEC in Video Game Testing Program at the Séminaire de Sherbrooke! During their 160h-internship, they were supervised by Emmanuel-Yvan Ofoé, our Q.A. Director – Production, by Patricia Muir, Development Lead QA and Jean-Edwige Edouarzin Development QA Manager.
We asked Marie-Pier, Jonathan and Samuel a couple of questions about their experience:
What attracted you to the Video Game Tester training at the Séminaire de Sherbrooke?
Marie-Pier: What attracted me to the training course was my passion for video games. I’ve loved gaming ever since I was very little and lately, I’ve started to stream on Twitch. I thought that joining this training to work in games and start a career in the industry would be one of my biggest dreams come true. So I went head first!
Jonathan: The fact that you can follow this training course entirely remotely was a big plus for me, given that I have a medical condition.
How was your internship at Eidos-Montréal?
Marie-Pier: My internship went so well, this opportunity was surreal! The whole team with whom I had the pleasure to work with was welcoming and the studio is amazing.
Jonathan: Too good, I don’t want to leave…
Samuel: Very good, I loved the team, the atmosphere, and the work.
What’s the highlight of your internship? Something that your learnt or that you accomplished and that you’re proud of?
Marie-Pier: The highlight for me was daring to ask questions and in the end, managing to understand certain aspects on my own. My biggest challenge was to learn and assimilate industry terminologies, to understand how industry technologies work. I’m extremely proud of myself looking back 6 months ago, when I didn’t understand half of the terms developers use.
Jonathan: I realized my English is much better than I thought, I just have to trust myself more.
Samuel: Working at the office really made a change from working at home, I met a lot of different people from a variety of departments and projects that I am very happy to have met.
Any advice for people who would like to register to the Video Game Tester training at the Séminaire de Sherbrooke?
Marie-Pier: Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It’s okay not to understand everything, and don’t be afraid to learn more. Go for it and be confident. You are much more capable than you think.
Jonathan: What happens at work is different from what you learn in class, you need to adapt.
Samuel: Testing games requires hard work. Don’t get into it thinking you’ll be playing games all day ; as a tester, you will be working with games.
This online training course pursued by Marie-Pier, Jonathan and Samuel is an Attestation of Collegial Studies (AEC), exclusive in Quebec, which allows students to develop the technical skills sought in video games. The above all practical approach promotes concrete learning rooted in the current reality of the video game market. The training ensures that the student knows the tools and techniques required to become a competent video game tester to hold a quality job within specialized companies in the province.
Learn more about the formation on the Séminaire de Sherbrooke’s website: https://www.seminaire-sherbrooke.qc.ca/edp/programmes-aec/testeur-jeux-videos.php
Photo credit: Lëa-Kim Châteauneuf