This post was sponsored by PlaytestCloud.
Do you enjoy playing games on your mobile phone? Do you have children in your household who enjoy it, too? I think many of us (myself included) can answer this question with a “yes.”
If you and your kids do enjoy playing mobile games, you might be excited to know you can earn money doing so via PlaytestCloud. They offer a fun way for you and your kids to participate in play tests for new games that have yet to be released to the public, provide valuable feedback, and earn cash.
How It Works
It’s pretty simple. Just visit PlaytestCloud’s website and sign up as a tester. You’ll have to participate in a short, unpaid test prior to becoming a real tester just so they can determine your eligibility.
If your kids want to participate and you are OK with that also (PlaytestCloud works with some major companies who specialize in children’s games), then you can add them to your account as well. Note that your kids will only be allowed to play test children’s games that are geared toward them.
After you’re signed up, just check your email regularly for play test invitations from PlaytestCloud. If something comes through that interests you or your children, respond to the email. You may be randomly selected to participate!
When doing a play test, you just play the game as you normally would. However, you must speak out loud as you play and describe what you’re thinking and feeling. This helps game developers understand what players like and don’t like about the games so they can make any changes necessary.
After testing, you can usually expect to get paid that same week.
Accepted Devices For Testing
According to PlaytestCloud's FAQ, you can test games provided you have access to any of the below devices:
Android – Android Phone/Tablet with Android 5 Lollipop or better (except Amazon Fire Tablets)
iOS – it needs to be iOS 10 or iOS 11. Supported devices are: iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPad Pro (any model), iPad Air (any model), iPad mini (4th generation and newer), iPad (2017 – 2018), iPod Touch 6G.
Who Is Qualified To Test?
You don't need any special skills or training to qualify to test. The game developers are looking for regular people who enjoy all kinds of games to provide feedback. So if you enjoy games, you are probably eligible to test!
Also, you can sign up as a tester no matter what country you reside in. However, the game developers are primarily looking for testers in the US, UK, and Canada. So if you are in a different country, you may find testing opportunities are less frequent.
Payments – How Much & When You Get Paid
The pay for each play test varies depending on various factors, including the tasks required during the test and the length of the test. But in most cases, a 15-minute test and follow-up survey will pay about $7 USD.
Payments are made via Paypal. This is the only method of payment currently available.
You should not look at PlaytestCloud as a job. Instead, just see it as a fun way to earn a little extra money doing something fun — playing games! Something you might spend time doing anyway.
Privacy Concerns & Your Children
As a parent considering allowing your kids to participate, you may have some privacy concerns.
PlaytestCloud is in compliance with the European GDPR and the US-based Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. This Act verifies the identity of the adult who added the child to their profile.
Your children may not have accounts of their own. The only way they can participate in game testing is if they are added on to the play tester account of a parent or guardian.
Rest assured the company takes privacy very seriously!
How To Get Started
If you’d like to go ahead and sign up to be a play tester, go here.
Post originally published on January 9, 2020. Updated and republished on April 8, 2020.