Software Game Tester

Location: Markham, Ontario, CA

Company: Advanced Micro Devices

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What you do at AMD changes everything 
 

At AMD, we push the boundaries of what is possible.  We believe in changing the world for the better by driving innovation in high-performance computing, graphics, and visualization technologies – building blocks for gaming, immersive platforms, and the data center. 
 

Developing great technology takes more than talent: it takes amazing people who understand collaboration, respect, and who will go the “extra mile” to achieve unthinkable results.  It takes people who have the passion and desire to disrupt the status quo, push boundaries, deliver innovation, and change the world.   If you have this type of passion, we invite you to take a look at the opportunities available to come join our team.
 

 

 

Software System Design 1 (Software Game Testing) - Product Solution Team

 

THE ROLE:

That’s right – we are looking for people to join the team in order to play PC games !

Have you ever completed a grinding raid, and just as you are about to pick up that sought-after piece of loot the dreaded Blue Screen of Death pops up? Have you ever had your finger on the trigger ready to make the last kill to win a battle royale and then the game suddenly quits to the desktop? If either of these scenarios have triggered some bad memories – this is your opportunity to do something about it!

Playing PC games casually is one thing, however grinding and playing for extended time periods, streaming, and task switching are factors that can stress the graphics card and graphics driver, and potentially be the cause of undesirable behavior like crashes, BSOD, Black Screen, corruption, stuttering, etc. Our team strives to identify scenarios that cause these undesirable behaviors, and make sure that they get fixed.

We are looking for dedicated people to help play games in order to identify scenarios that trigger these behaviors, and help drive those issues to resolution

That’s right – we are looking for people to join the team in order to play PC games !

This role is an exciting opportunity in which you will have great exposure to all the latest technologies in the computer graphics industry – 3D Gaming, Display Technologies, and Virtual Reality just to name a few. You will get hands-on with the latest games, hardware, and software, and have an opportunity to drive improvement to the overall user experience.

 

THE PERSON:

Do you love breaking things and communicating how to make them better? Testers must have a keen eye for detail, strong analytical skills, and most importantly – a passion for games. A successful candidate will hold extensive PC gaming knowledge and be an avid gaming enthusiast. Experience with competitive gaming (Amateur or Professional) is a big plus. The candidate would have the ability and desire to sit and game for sessions of up to 8 hours on a daily basis and have the discipline and integrity to record test steps taken in order to help reproduce issues in the case that they pop up. Familiarity with trends with popular background applications, streaming services, and use cases for different gaming scenarios will be very valuable in this role.

The ideal candidate will have prior QA experience in video games, mobile testing, or a related field. the right individual must work well with others, be a great communicator, and understand the functions of the different disciplines on a test and debug team

Automated Testing will also play a big part in the role, and the successful candidate would be comfortable interacting with the Windows OS and triggering / reporting on the results of these automated tests.

Familiarity with the architecture of a PC, and comfort in building systems and troubleshooting issues is a must

 

WHATS IN IT FOR YOU

  • Become part of a company which develops the hardware and software to enable PC and Console gaming at the highest level
  • Have an opportunity to be the voice of the consumer and drive meaningful and impactful change to the user experience
  • Get to play unreleased PC games on unreleased and high end graphics hardware - and get paid !
  • Work in a fast-paced and highly collaborative environment
  • Work with a very experienced and talented group of testers and software developers in a state-of-the-art facility

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Play in gaming sessions in different ‘end user scenarios’ such as Streaming, iCafe, extended, or competitive, etc.
  • Identify and Reproduce issues found, and work with engineering teams to prioritize and drive to resolution
  • Communicate key status updates for high-impact issues
  • Verify proper implementation of features against design specifications
  • Acquire and exercise knowledge on testing methodologies in the PC and Video Game Industry
  • Performing test, administrative, or other activities necessary for the proper conduct of work in accordance with the supervisor's instructions
  • Test and help improve AMD’s graphics hardware and software
  • Consistently apply intuitive, out-of-the-box methodologies to catch even the smallest edge cases

 

PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • An extremely strong passion for video games and PC gaming
  • Comfort building PCs and swapping in/out components for testing
  • A 1+ year QA background, ideally in the games industry
  • Excellent analytical skills and a razor-sharp eye for details
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, and strong reading comprehension
  • Ability to follow instructions
  • Comfortable to work in a fast-paced and deadline-driven environment with changing demands
  • Highly reliable, and self motivated with excellent time and task management
  • Good judgement to estimate the significance and consequences of bugs that are found during testing
  • Experience in one or more defect tracking and/or test management tool a plus (i.e. TestTrack Pro, Jira, Bugzilla).

 

ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS:

  • High school diploma or equivalent | or a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer or SW Engineering, Computer Science, or equivalent

 

LOCATION:

Markham, Onatrio, Canada

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Requisition Number: 79830 
Country: Canada State: Ontario City: Markham 
Job Function:Design
 

 

AMD is an inclusive employer dedicated to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates and will accommodate applicants’ needs under the respective provincial human rights codes throughout all stages of the recruitment and selection process. Any applicant who requires accommodation should contact AskHR@amd.com.

AMD does not accept unsolicited resumes from headhunters, recruitment agencies or fee based recruitment services.

 

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