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Meet the Winner of ‘The Tester 2’

Kevin Furuichi's Avatar + Posted by Kevin Furuichi on Jan 04, 2011 // Executive Producer, PlayStation Network

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t watched the final episode of “The Tester 2″, stop reading and jump over to PlayStation Store to download the season finale and see for yourself who takes home the winning prize. Otherwise, look out below…

It was an exciting second season of “The Tester” and after the intense challenges, rivalries, and competitions, one victorious winner will soon be working for Sony Computer Entertainment America.

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Please join me in congratulating Matthew Brown (aka Gaymer) on his victory! Throughout the series, Matthew demonstrated consistent performance and leadership, beating out the 11 other dedicated gamers who were all fighting for this unique opportunity to join the PlayStation family. His quick thinking and gaming skills in the season finale helped bring home the winning prize: a job at SCEA’s San Diego Studios as a Quality Assurance Tester, a $5,000 signing bonus, a limited edition ‘The Tester’ PlayStation 3 signed by all guest panelists, and a brand new 46” Sony Bravia 3D HDTV.

Brent Gocke caught up with Matthew after the conclusion of season to ask him about the experience, what the show was like, and what he’s most looking forward to on his first day of work. Check out the interview!

And, if you’re looking for more about Season 2, we’re getting select members of our cast back together for a special reunion episode, presented by Ford. We’ll relive favorite moments of the season and find out what they thought of the series. Look for more details on the reunion episode coming soon.

Matt will be following in the footsteps of several noteworthy players in the video game industry when he begins his career as a QA Tester. There are countless opportunities. We talked with a few folks that started in QA testing and found out where they are now.

Will Powers
Associate PR Generalist, SCEA

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“The gaming industry is a very strange beast. Most every position requires at least X amount of years experience within the industry. When it comes down to it, being a Tester in QA fulfills these qualifications and can be a very rewarding opportunity. My favorite aspect of the job was getting my hands on games more than 6 months before they are released. So, to anyone looking to break into the gaming industry that doesn’t know where to start, QA is a great option!”

Currently working on: Killzone 3, LittleBigPlanet 2, and Dead Nation

David Jaffe
Co-Founder, Eat Sleep Play

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“Testing games was a stepping stone for me because it gave me access to the people who could allow me to design my own games, namely Sony game producers and executives. Once I was in, I used my creativity and my ambition to pitch ideas, design maps and suggest new games. Eventually, that caught the eye of a few producers within the company who promoted me out of test to be their assistant. From there, it was more of the same: hard work, not keeping quiet and working on designs for the company with no guarantee they would get made or even read. All of that eventually put me in enough ‘right place, right time’ moments that I was able to get my first game to design. I worked hard and long and brought all my abilities to the table and that, along with working with an amazing team, gave me a hit. After enough hits and enough good relationships, Sony rolled the financial dice on Eat Sleep Play and I am now the proud owner the company!”

Currently working on: Twisted Metal

Kyle Shubel
International Executive Producer, SCEA

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“I was lucky enough to start my video gaming career by getting into QA. As a tester, I was able to leverage communication skills, not only through bug writing and email, but also through developing relationships with the development staff. Attention to detail and organization skills also proved to be indispensible once I moved from QA to production. I truly feel that my experience in QA has made me a better producer and a better game developer, and I wouldn’t trade that time for anything in the world.”

Currently working on: LittleBigPlanet 2 and Killzone 3

Edward Kim
Project Manager, Insomniac Games

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“When other kids aspired to be astronauts or ninjas, I often dreamt of working in the video game industry since my early childhood. I got my first taste of the industry when I was 12 and became an unofficial tester for Tecmo providing feedback and reporting bugs for flagship titles such as, Tecmo Bowl and Ninja Gaiden 1 & 2. It was at this point that I realized that spending five hours a day playing videogames while my parents yelled at me to do my homework could actually lead to career opportunities.”

Currently working on: Resistance 3

Sam Thompson
Producer, SCEA

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“When I started testing for SCEA back in 1997, I was honestly shocked that Sony was going to pay me to break their games, and I really didn’t know what to expect. What I quickly realized was that getting into QA didn’t always require a College degree in computer engineering; you simply had to have an aptitude for gaming, be an effective communicator and thrive in a team oriented environment. Through it all, I still look back on those days with a sense of pride and accomplishment and to this day I still enjoy improving consumer experiences. As a Producer, in addition to managing a wide variety of aspects relative to the development process, we spend a lot of time sorting through player metrics, game play feedback, and applying different usability strategies in order to provide our development teams with useful data that will help them refine and improve the overall game play experience within our products. I can’t begin to express how incredible my job is; not only do I get to work on some of the greatest first party franchises in the industry, but I also get to work with industry leading development teams like Naughty Dog, Insomniac Games, Sucker Punch Productions, Nihilistic, and Bend Studio. These experiences have been instrumental in defining my role in the industry and continue to shape the type of person I am today, and I couldn’t have accomplished any of this without the years I spent in First Party Quality Assurance.”

Currently working on: UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception

Finally, one HUGE thank you to all of you who watched “The Tester 2″ this past season. We hope you enjoyed the season as much as we enjoyed producing it!

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+ Cyb3rfr34k-iso on January 4th, 2011 at 4:51 pm said:

nice! see ya next season. :)


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+ LordRaymond on January 4th, 2011 at 4:51 pm said:

Congrats Matthew you deserved it after proving you have got what it takes to be a Playstation tester lol. I personally wanted Samurai to win but that didn’t work out so well.


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+ MetalGearCrysis on January 4th, 2011 at 4:59 pm said:

Brand new year. Same old late store updates. C’mon Sony.

On topic – Nice post. I don’t really care for reality shows but it’s amusing.


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+ ZariV on January 4th, 2011 at 5:05 pm said:

There are a lot more people complaining about Sony for not bringing simple things like ones I mentioned and wasting resources on things like this “show”. I’m just one person speaking out about this, sorry I had to point these things out to you guys but they are true.


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+ DZORMAGEN on January 4th, 2011 at 5:15 pm said:

Can someone please explain why Angry Birds is $3.99 when I can get it for $1 on my iphone?


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+ mcbuttz78 on January 4th, 2011 at 5:16 pm said:

i downloaded the last episode.. It was a very good episode.

But im waitingonthe update.. which is tonight.. Wish there was a time frame besides tuesday.. But Im just glad there not using mountain time lol.. im on the eastcoast..


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+ ForgiveMyAim on January 4th, 2011 at 5:19 pm said:

Seriously Sony hope you guys don’t bail on us (like you did last week) I don’t care if you are people lol, I want my kung fu live demo


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+ Kirkpad on January 4th, 2011 at 5:23 pm said:

Another great Tester season. If only reality TV on actual television was this enjoyable.


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+ NURADEEN on January 4th, 2011 at 5:23 pm said:

I have a feeling sony going to give us a free mandatory firmware before the store update.


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+ MoneyMaker110 on January 4th, 2011 at 5:26 pm said:

congrats. i have the thought when watching parts of the show that i could be on, then they start running around and stuff and i’m like nah.


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+ yazter on January 4th, 2011 at 5:41 pm said:

Does anyone know what’s going to be on the Store update today?


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+ NURADEEN on January 4th, 2011 at 5:44 pm said:

@58 yea a few games only like tetris and kung fu live demo only


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+ xxnike629xx on January 4th, 2011 at 5:49 pm said:

Nice job GAYMER. I enjoyed Season 2 and it was a super close call at the end.

>_<

Where's the PSN update?


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+ Zezzler on January 4th, 2011 at 5:51 pm said:

I was rooting for Gaymer, or Scooter since the start of the season. I was hoping either one would win. Conglatulation Matt! You are one lucky [DELETED] for getting into the industry. I am (and i can assume many others are) quite envious of you :D


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+ juggulator on January 4th, 2011 at 5:57 pm said:

Next few updates will porbably be pretty weak as Sony prepares us for the onslaught of new games coming.


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+ anti_sock on January 4th, 2011 at 5:58 pm said:

people actually watch this garbage? my god it is like they just take any body off of the street since none of the people know [DELETED] about games.


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+ yazter on January 4th, 2011 at 6:01 pm said:

Oh okay, well, I’m still looking forward to the update. I hope it comes soon. I wish we had Boxing day but that’d be technically inconsistent with the digital market. xD


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+ Budapesti on January 4th, 2011 at 6:04 pm said:

PSN plus users, note that the store is partially updated – Lead and Gold and a minis title are now up for download.


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+ dragon_night on January 4th, 2011 at 6:05 pm said:

Pixeljunk shooter 2 might be next week. Definitely within 3 weeks


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+ rjejr on January 4th, 2011 at 6:05 pm said:

9:00PM Eastern, 6:00PM Pacific – do you know where you’re update is?
If Sony can pick a day – Tuesday, then why can’t they pick a time?
If Sony can’t pick an update time, then how about the common courtesy of a set time, say 4 Eastern, 1 Pacific (back from or going to lunch) to update this blog with an approximate time for the update. Seriously, what’s the point of having a blog if you aren’t going to communicate with your customers, the ones who are waiting to give you their money? sheesh


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+ Sephir007 on January 4th, 2011 at 6:48 pm said:

Congratulations Matthew!

I hope that season 3 can include people from Canada and Mexico.


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+ solace357 on January 4th, 2011 at 6:57 pm said:

Matthew is a super nice dude, well deserved!


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+ DENALI2 on January 4th, 2011 at 8:06 pm said:

dagg the Homer* won…haha homer


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+ Mindplague on January 4th, 2011 at 9:29 pm said:

Include Canada in season 3. You’ll see ratings go further up. ;D


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+ jason_rb on January 4th, 2011 at 10:17 pm said:

What about the missing shirs in playstation home.. We missed the war princess shirt… and the last 3 finalists..


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+ Lucky13X on January 4th, 2011 at 11:27 pm said:

Congratulations Matthew.

Btw, what was with the bouncing at the beginning of the video?

And with regards to “select memebers” coming back for a reuinion episode, I assume that would not include Big Fazeek? It would be unfortunate as the game may have gotten a bum rap in some respects and if it was acting that should not bar him from a reunion. But no matter as Sony did ultimately make the right the decision at the time when he was kicked from the show.


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+ lyfestory on January 5th, 2011 at 5:02 am said:

Congrats to Matt… seems like a great guy who definitely deserves a shot at his dream… best of luck to him.. and to most of the rest of the cast of season 2… i didnt watch the first season, but i did watch Season 2… mostly cause of War_Princess… but wasnt as bad a show as i was thinking…
still disappointed didnt get a Home W_P Game Over t-shirt…


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+ Teste251 on January 7th, 2011 at 5:26 pm said:

Hey gamers!

We’re gearing up for The Tester Season 2 Reunion, and we want to know what you thought. Do you have questions for the cast? Want to know more about the rivalries fought and friendships formed? Are you curious about what our game testers are up to now? JUST ASK THEM

Please send your e-mail or video questions to [DELETED] by Monday, January 10, at 12:00pm.

Thank you!


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+ Mike78Larsen on January 9th, 2011 at 6:35 am said:

I love the show, it would be awesome if it made its way to Canada! I wana be a Canadian Playstation Game Tester! But thatll never happen( dang ) but I will keep watchin the show.Congrats to Matt! Enjoy the new job!


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