$999 (approx. £750) per student.
Seating is limited to ensure each student has time with the instructor, and registration for these courses will be closed when capacity is reached. Purchasing a GDC Masterclass pass also gives you full access to the AI Summit at Tobacco Dock London during London Tech Week.
QA teams are vital to the success of video games, and building a great QA team requires more than a one-size-fits-all approach. This class will introduce ways to identify the needs of the studio, company, and project, and build a QA team that fits within those goals. Additionally, there will be a heavy emphasis on ways to advocate for the QA team early, ensuring that the team is set up for long-term success. This course will cover hiring, growth, collaboration, and advocating for a QA team in any size studio or company.
Virtual two-day course: This is a single course that takes place completely virtually over Zoom for two four-hour days with limited breaks.
This course would be great for anyone who is currently building or looking to build a QA team at their game studio or publishing label of any size, on games of any size. This course will be taught from the perspective of a QA Manager and Production Manager who have worked together to build QA teams from scratch.
- How to hire QA professionals that fit the needs and goals of your studio
- The foundations for a healthy career path in QA
- How to measure success for your QA team
- How to integrate the QA team with all disciplines
- How to identify tools and processes to enable the QA team early
- How to advocate for the QA team and create a healthy environment within your studio
- Tips for the growth an evolution of the QA team beyond your first title
Originally from Hawaii, Kari Toyama has worked in the video game industry for fifteen years. She is currently an Executive Producer at Private Division, an independent game publishing label based in Seattle, Washington. Prior to joining Private Division, Kari worked on a wide-range of games at studios including Valve, AtomJack, PopCap, Microsoft, and Bungie.
Anthony Price has worked in QA for 20 years and has shipped over 25 titles. He is currently the Senior Quality Assurance Manager at Private Division in Las Vegas and oversees the QA team that supports the entire portfolio of games. Previously, Anthony worked for Electronic Arts at the Tiburon studio (Orlando) and for Microsoft Games.