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Talk: Ensuring the Quality of your Quality Assurance: the studio guide on getting the most out of your QA team
Speaker: Callum Harrington

Whether you’ve just started your own studio, about to launch your first game or you’re a big name company with multiple projects under your belt, there’s one thing that will never change: your game needs testing. Probably more than you thought you would. But who should be testing?
And when?
And how?
And why?

In this talk, we’ll be covering what are the best practices when it comes to hiring QA roles and what steps studios can take to better support their QA teams. Whether your considering contractors or employing a new member to your team, it’s best to have a firm understanding on the different QA roles and what preparation will be required when bringing them onto your project.

To light the way, we’ll dive into the day-to-day tasks, the month-to-month plans, and the year-to-year goals of QA, to ensure your studio can facilitate a high quality QA team.

Game Connect Asia Pacific 2019: Lighting The Way

Game Connect Asia Pacific is Australia's premier games development conference and a part of Melbourne International Games Week.

Situated in Melbourne, Australia during October, GCAP is world-renowned for its talks, collaboration, expression, networking and inclusive environment.

Video courtesy of GCAP and the Game Developers' Association of Australia.

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Callum Harrington
Kixeye Australia
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KIXEYE is looking for an Associate Quality Assurance Analyst to join the live browser based game, Battle Pirates. As a Quality Assurance Analyst, you will be hands-on with a team of similarly-minded quality defenders. We're seeking a person who is adept as a tester as well as someone who demonstrates quality ownership. We need someone to uphold the sanctity of the entertaining gaming experience! Is that you?

What you get to do every day:
- Evaluates features and develops manual test cases to new or modified game features
- Identifies and requests needs for QA testing
- Provides test results and metrics for game status to QA Lead when required
- Help develop testing procedures used to verify that functionality is according to requirements
- Help develop coverage for user acceptance, smoke, integration, regression, and functional testing
- Reviews new or modified game documentation to determine if game performs according to specs
- Recommends game improvements or corrections to interdepartmental staff
- Ensures testing is in place for validity of results, accuracy, reliability, and conformance to features
- Able to respond quickly to a dynamic and changing environment

What you bring to the role:
- Passion for games, interest in social games
- Desire quality and ownership in their daily tasks
- Ability to work at both detailed and abstract levels
- Excellent problem solving, analytical and technical trouble-shooting skills
- Proactive, communicates clearly, and takes ownership
- Experience diagnosing, reporting, tracking, and resolving issues
- Ability to stay focused on remedial tasks
- Ability to be flexible with their schedule
- A clear eye for detail

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KIXEYE is looking for a Quality Assurance Analyst to join the live browser-based game Battle Pirates. As a Quality Assurance Analyst, you will be hands-on with a team of similarly-minded quality enthusiasts. We're seeking a person who is adept as a tester as well as someone who demonstrates quality ownership.

What you get to do every day:

-Evaluates features and develops manual test cases to new or modified game features.
-Identifies and requests needs for QA testing.
-Provides test results and metrics for game status to QA Lead when required.
-Help develop testing procedures used to verify that functionality is according to requirements.
-Help develop coverage for user acceptance, smoke, integration, regression, and functional testing.
-Reviews new or modified game documentation to determine if game performs according to specs.
-Recommends game improvements or corrections to interdepartmental staff.
-Ensures testing is in place for validity of results, accuracy, reliability, and conformance to features.
-Able to respond quickly to a dynamic and changing environment.

What you bring to the role:

-Passion for games, interest in social games.
-Experience with social or free to play game QA testing.
-Desire quality and ownership in your daily tasks.
-Ability to work at both detailed and abstract levels.
-Excellent problem solving, analytical and technical troubleshooting skills.
-Proactive communicates clearly and takes ownership.
-Experience diagnosing, reporting, tracking, and resolving issues.
-Ability to stay focused on remedial tasks.
-A clear eye for detail.

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KIXEYE is currently seeking a Game Engineer with a passion for gaming and aptitude for excellence. This role will see you working on one of KIXEYE's most successful titles in our new Melbourne location.

What you get to do every day:

-Collaborate with team members to produce and manage high-quality code.
-Architect and implement game systems.
-Work with Art and Design teams to find technical solutions that advance gameplay.
-Work with awesome people just as passionate as you on projects they love.

What you bring to the table:

-Fluency in one or more of C++/PHP/AS3 with strong OOP fundamentals.
-B.S. in Computer Science or equivalent.
-3+ years of commercial development experience with at least one shipped game.
-Experience with common data structures and algorithmic solutions.
-Able to meet deliverables and drive your work to completion within specified timelines.
-Familiarity with SVN, Git, Perforce or other VCS.
-Great communication skills both written and verbal.
-Knowledge and passion for interactive entertainment and games are preferred.

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KIXEYE is currently seeking a Senior Engineer with a passion for gaming and aptitude for excellence. This role will see you working on one of KIXEYE's most successful titles in our new Melbourne location.

What you get to do every day:

-Collaborate with team members to produce and manage high-quality code.
-Take ownership of full stack features that function across both client and server.
-Architect and implement complex game systems.
-Work with Art and Design teams to find technical solutions that advance gameplay.
-Work with awesome people just as passionate as you on projects they love.

What you bring to the table:

-Fluency in one or more of C++/PHP/AS3 with strong OOP fundamentals.
-B.S. in Computer Science or equivalent.
-5+ years of commercial development experience with at least one shipped game.
-Experience with live multiplayer games, being able to debug and resolve issues under pressure.
-Proven problem-solving skills, able to jump into a client or server system and identify its flaws and a solution quickly.
-Expert knowledge of common data structures and algorithmic solutions.
-Ability to identify and remove development process friction points.
-Able to meet deliverables and drive your work to completion within specified timelines.
-Familiarity with SVN, Perforce or other VCS.
-Great communication skills both written and verbal.
-Knowledge and passion for interactive entertainment and games are preferred.

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We are looking for a passionate, resourceful and enthusiastic Gameplay Engineer to join our Australian studio. You will be working as part of a multi-disciplinary team of game developers on creating some of the best cross-platform massive multiplayer online social RTS games on the market. Your main tasks will include programming user interface controls, graphical elements and unit behaviors. The keys to your success in this role are going to be deep and thorough understanding of software engineering, excellent communication skills, good knowledge of social platforms and strategy computer games.

Responsibilities:

Collaborate with designers and product managers to understand and define game features and system requirements
Deliver high quality, functional systems on time and according to the agreed specification
Have passion for games and sensitivity to the user experience
Provide time estimates, assist in project planning and reporting
Participate in code reviews, be able to receive and offer constructive criticism in a collaborative team environment

Requirements:

Fluent in C# with strong OOP fundamentals
At least 1 year of experience with Unity3D, and preferably one shipped game title
Proficient with 3D math including linear algebra (vector math, matrices)
Knowledge of common data structures and algorithmic solutions
Bachelor degree in Game Dev/Computer Science/IT or equivalent work experience

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KIXEYE Australia in Brisbane is looking for a temporary QA contractor to come work with us on our cross-platform MMORTS VEGA Conflict. Experience preferred.

Job Requirements & Responsibilities:

  • Perform diagnostic work for the development team prior to new features being launched.
  • Ensure that the product meets the high internal and external standards of the company by verifying that criteria are fulfilled.
  • Keen eye for detail, strong analytical, methodical, and problem solving skills.
  • Able to work as an individual and in a team.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Validate the work of developers before the changes are submitted to the main game
  • Report issues clearly and concisely.
  • Verify fixed issues as a part of regression testing.
  • Be proactive and provide continuous feedback to the development team.
  • Games related degree. (Desired)
  • Solid understanding of game scripting, programming languages, and game development process. (Desired)
  • Passion for games and a good video game culture (knowledge of game styles and gaming experiences).
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite.

Email ausjobs@kixeye.com if you're the droid we're looking for.

UPDATE: This position has been filled.

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Job Title: QA Tester (Contract)
Job Family: Testing & Quality Management
Location: Brisbane - Queensland

Job Requirements & Responsibilities:

As part of the KIXEYE Australia development team, you will be a main player in the process of quality control on an exciting new online game.

  • Perform diagnostic work for the development team prior to new features being launched.
  • Ensure that the product meets the high internal and external standards of the company by verifying that criteria are fulfilled.
  • Keen eye for detail, strong analytical, methodical, and problem solving skills.
  • Able to work as an individual and in a team.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Validate the work of developers before the changes are submitted to the main game.
  • Report issues clearly and concisely.
  • Verify fixed issues as a part of regression testing.
  • Be proactive and provide continuous feedback to the development team.
  • Games related degree. (Desired)
  • Solid understanding of game scripting, programming languages, and game development process. (Desired)
  • Passion for games and a good video game culture (knowledge of game styles and gaming experiences).
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite.

Interested? Send your resume to jcartwright@kixeye.com

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About KIXEYE

Founded in 2007, KIXEYE is an online gaming company that plays to win. Responsible for popular titles like Backyard Monsters, Battle Pirates and War Commander, KIXEYE is the first developer to deliver proper game play experiences on social networks. The company is based in San Francisco and backed by Trinity Ventures, JAFCO and Lightspeed Venture Partners.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kixeye

Position Overview

We are looking for a passionate, resourceful and enthusiastic Tools Programmer to join our new Australian studio in Brisbane. You will be working as part of a multi-disciplinary team of game developers on creating some of the best Flash-based online social RTS games on the market. Your main tasks will include design and implementation of tools for game production and development of process-optimizing workflows.

Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with multiple departments such as art, audio and design to understand and define requirements for tools to optimize their workflows
  • Collaborate with other engineers to enhance and integrate new features into core systems
  • Design, develop, extend and maintain game production tools
  • Deliver high quality, functional systems on time and according to the agreed specification
  • Provide time estimates, assist in project planning and reporting

Requirements

  • 2+ years of professional experience in software development, preferably in computer games
  • Very good skills in object-oriented programming and common design patterns
  • Highly collaborative with a willingness to assist others
  • Experience in design and implementation of tools and User Interfaces
  • Bachelor degree in Computer Science/IT or equivalent work experience

Preferences

  • Experience with Action Script 3 and Adobe AIR or C# languages
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The Community Manager is the liaison between the players and the developers. As a Community Manager, you will be responsible for getting to know all KIXEYE titles inside and out, and be able to relay that knowledge in a professional manner to the users. You will be interacting with our players through various channels including forums and social networks. You will document your interactions and escalating the most important topics to be forwarded to the development team. Outgoing and friendly personality is a must! There is a good chance that you will appear in audio podcasts or video tutorials, so you must be willing to put yourself out there.

What you get to do every day:

  • Daily forum posts and moderation
  • WordPress blog posts and moderation
  • Facebook Wall post moderation
  • Assist in video production
  • Identify and quantify community feedback for needed changes
  • Investigate and remove potential hackers
  • Communication coordinate with off-site CMs and forum Mods
  • Work in partnership with Customer Support team
  • Weekly reports to Lead CM regarding activity
  • Creating ideas on increasing user interaction and retention
  • Knowing the games in-depth

What you bring to the role:

  • A TRUE gamer; one that enjoys many genres, owns many gaming platforms, and is open to new experiences
  • At least one year of Community Management, or related experience
  • Flexible schedule; may require some overtime and/or weekend work
  • Basic knowledge of both PC and Mac operating systems
  • Basic knowledge of MS Office applications i.e. Word and Excel
  • Basic knowledge of WordPress
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • User of various social networks: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube
  • Familiarity with Skype
  • Familiarity with Flash

Bonuses:

  • BA degree from University or equivalent
  • Video production experience including filming and editing
  • Experience with Final Cut Pro and/or Adobe Premiere (or equivalent)
  • Experience with Photoshop
  • Played several RTS games
  • Played several MMO titles

Apply at: http://www.kixeye.com/jobs/?ID=bv692436210&newsite=1

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