People at Gameforge - Nedim / QA Specialist

Introduce yourself: What do you do at Gameforge and how long have you been part of the Quality Assurance team?

I’m Nedim and I work as a Quality Assurance Specialist, so I test our games and everything associated them. I’ve been working here for just under 4 years.

Describe your typical working day.

I come into work, check what emails have arrived and what work has been sent my way as well as check to see if something particular has been planned or if my current workload can be cleared. Depending on what part of the production cycle a game is in, either documents will be checked, testing plans created or these testing plans will be executed. Then I also have to look over anything that comes in over the course of the day.

What are your three most common tasks at work?

Create testing plans, carrying these plans out and answering questions.

What is the most enjoyable thing about being a Quality Assurance Specialist?

The best thing? Probably being able to tell people that I am a Quality Assurance Specialist (laughs)! When you meet up with old friends and they ask what you are up to nowadays, and you can answer ‘well, remember how we said as kids that it would be so cool to be paid to play games? Guess what I do!’ … The disadvantage is just that you then have to spend the next hour telling them that it isn’t just fun and that there is a reason why I am paid for what I do.

What makes you and your position indispensable for Gameforge?

We are the last stop before the game goes out to the players. The things that we don’t find will, sooner or later, be found by players. When you see what does still get through to the players, you don’t want to imagine what it would be like without us.

What made you decide to become a Quality Assurance Specialist?

As my studies drew to a close, I thought about whether I would want to work in the career that I studied for – but I soon realised in an internship that it wasn’t really for me. So I thought about what I like to do, and that is play games. I then looked at what sorts of positions are available in the industry and I came across Quality Assurance. A short while later, I applied and got the job.

What qualities does an applicant need to have to be successful in your department, both in terms of the job and in terms of the team?

In terms of knowledge, experience with computers is definitely a requirement: you should have basic knowledge such as how programs work at the very least and naturally, you should also have experience with games. You should also be able to handle sudden changes and be a bit of a ‘gallows humour’ kind of person. Our job is to complain and find out about what is not currently working and to tell the people responsible how and why it isn’t working – which often means being the bearer of bad news. But if you enjoy doing it, it can be a lot of fun.

In your opinion, what makes Gameforge special as an employer?

The people. Generally the majority of my friends here in Karlsruhe work for Gameforge and we also get to chill here after work and have beers, watch films and play games together. The atmosphere is just great.

What games are you privately interested in most?

A wide variety. I love playing strategy games as well as RPGs and shooters. It is always changing. The only well-known game that I don’t play is League of Legends. It just isn’t fun for me. I’ve tried out VR a few times too, and I enjoy it, but it is too expensive to have at home.

What is your favourite Gameforge game and why?

Of all our games, the one I currently enjoy the most is RockShot.

And now for an inside story. What is your personal highlight at Gameforge?

There’s a lot to choose from. Maybe the Star Wars cinema trips, or the BBQ evenings, which are always fantastic.

Why do you like working in Karlsruhe and what’s your favourite location here?

I like working in Karlsruhe, because Gameforge is based here. It is why I moved in the first place. My favourite place in the city is the Gottesaue Schloss.

What are you interested in outside of work?

In a total cliché, gaming. But I do also like to play a round of table tennis, head out with friends or watch films and TV shows.

What do you still want to achieve in life?

I want to start with surviving and enjoying my life.

Imagine Gameforge were a party. What would your responsibilities be before, during and/or after the party?

My job would be to look at the party before it starts, to ensure that everything is there and is ready. To check if we have enough food and drink, and if the music is always playing. During the party, I’d then be enjoying the fun and checking every now and then to see if something breaks or is missing. After the party, I would then have to look and see what was missing, what was not there and find ways to make sure that the mistakes cannot happen again.

On a scale of 1 to 10 – how crazy are you?

7.5 – I think you probably need to be at least a 5 to work here!

 

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