The global gaming industry - in a state of evolution
The global gaming industry is one of the fastest evolving industries. Platform diversification, new technologies, portfolio consolidation, radical revenue models…you name it and the global gaming industry is in a state of evolution within it!
The old school
A lot has been written about the future of console and PC gaming. Many experts have written doom theories and some have defended its future. Truth is over the years, the production cost of game studios and publishers in this space has increased exponentially leaving them very little room to experiment on new game play styles.
Up against their larger counterparts, most small and mid-sized companies are forced to go to market with products that are not completely ready. Invariably they lose credibility and customers due to this. Having a setup for game testing is also an expensive proposition for these companies. Outsourced game testing is the perfect solution to ensure that you have a reasonably stable product that users would enjoy playing.
For the larger game studios and publishers it’s all about reducing time to market and this can only be done through cutting testing cycles as there is not much that can be done with development cycles. At Zen Test Labs, we understand the demands of the Console & PC gaming industry and our testing services in this space include:
- Functional testing
- Usability testing
- Performance testing including Soak testing
- Game play testing
- Localization (language) testing
Our console game testing labs are equipped with Xbox, Xbox 360, PS2, PS3, PSP, Ninetendo DS/ Wii/ PC’s and Mac’s
The new school
The advent of devices like the tablet, the evolution of smart phones and the penetration of the internet into our lives has changed the way we game! Today game studios and publishers face massive challenges in getting their game titles to market. More often than not, time is more of a factor than money. If you don’t get it out there today then somebody else would have got there before you. This still has to be done without compromising on game play or risking crashes/ bugs in the game and ensure that it works on as many devices as intended.
At Zen Test Labs, we understand you don’t have the time to sit and design elaborate test cases, speculate on scenarios and then test. You also cannot go around buying all types of phones and devices to ensure that it works on each damn one! Bottom-line…you just cannot afford to keep 2 days off for testing! We have tailored our game testing solution suite to meet this need of Mobile, Tablet and Internet game studios and publishers. Our game testing services in this space spans:
- iOS game testing for iPhone, iPad, etc
- Android game testing on tablets, smart phones across all versions
- Windows mobile devices game testing
- Cross browser based MMO game testing
Our new school game testing labs are equipped with
- iPhone 3GS, 4
- iPad 1 and 2
- iPod Touch
- Various android devices with Éclair, Froyo, Gingerbread and Honeycomb
- Windows 7 phones
Besides functionality, usability, performance and localization testing, the specialized testing services we provide in this space include
- Device testing
- Interruption testing
- Compatibility / Configuration testing (cross browser and cross OS testing)
- Compliance testing (E.g.: Compliance with Apple developer guidelines)
- Security testing
Get in touch with us today to request a free 100 hour game testing pilot*
*Zen Test Labs extends a 100 hour free game testing pilot to select customers.