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Every month I write expert level article on how to run professional quality playtests and start a career in games user research.

Learn topics such as how to write a playtest survey, how to find playtesters for your playtest, and how to get user research experience before you have a job

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How to get games user research experience (before you have a job in this area)

How to get games user research experience (before you have a job)

No experience holding you back? Learn how to get games experience before you get your first job in games UX research.

Learn from Ugo Bui Xuan about top tips for games user research

Ugo Bui-Xuan – Worldwide User Research Manager at Gameloft

Ugo Bui-Xuan is a worldwide user research manager at Gameloft. Read his advice on how to build a career in games user research.

How to keep games secret in playtests

How to keep games secret in playtests

Techniques for avoiding leaks, and keeping games secret when running playtests and UX research.

Learn more about games user research advice from Rich Ridlen

Rich Ridlen – Meta Quest

Rich Ridlen is a recognised games user research expert, who started the first user research orgs at EA and Meta Quest.

In this interview, we explore Rich’s journey through the games industry, the skills needed to excel at starting and growing teams, and how to make connections as a new user researcher.

Learn the best ways to find playtesters for games user research studies

How to find playtesters

Learn how and where to find good quality playtesters for games user research

Use playtests to find usability issues in games

Find usability issues in games with playtests

How to use playtests and UX research studies to find usability issues in games. Plus an exclusive playtest of Pokemon Unite to practice on.

Learn from Jess Tompkins about games user research advice

Jess Tompkins – Senior Researcher at EA 

This month I’ve been talking to Jess Tompkins, Senior Researcher at EA about her experience working in games user research, and top tips for people looking to join the industry.

Learn about the benefits of creating a games user research portfolio

Make a games user research portfolio

Discover whether a portfolio is required for games user research, and how to make one.

Learn about Lanie Dixon's top games user research tips from her experience at Ubisoft, Montreal

Lanie Dixon – Director of Insights at Ubisoft Montréal

This month I’ve been talking to Lanie Dixon, Director of Insights at Ubisoft Montréal about her experience working in games user research, and top tips for people looking to join the industry.

Learn how to become an expert playtest moderator, all about how to ask unbiased questions

Expert playtest moderation – ask unbiased questions

Ask unbiased questions. Practice and develop your playtest moderation and run excellent qualitative research.

Learn more about this month's games user research challenge; research methods

Games UX Challenge – Research Methods

Move from ‘reading about’ to ‘doing’ Games UX and user research. This series of real-world Games User Research tasks will allow you to create portfolio-worthy examples of doing real games user research.

In this edition, we’re looking at how to pick the right research method.

Advice and guidance from Hannah Murphy on games user research

Hannah Murphy – User Researcher at Activision

This month I’ve been talking to Hannah Murphy, User Researcher at Activision about her experience working in games, and top tips for people looking to join the industry.

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