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Every month I write expert level articles 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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John Hopson, read more from our hiring manager interviews on best ways to get hired and build a career as a games user researcher

John Hopson – FunPlus Hiring Manager Interviews

Learn from John Hopson, senior director of user insights for Funplus and find ways to get hired and build a career as a games user researcher

Learn ways to run pop up playtests for games user research

How to run pop-up playtests

Pop-up or guerrilla UX research require a careful balance of accuracy and speed. Here’s how to avoid some common traps and make the most of it.

Games user research interview with Ula from Player research

Ula Karpińska – Games User Researcher at Player Research

Read an interview with Ula Karpińska, a games user researcher at Player Research, and learn more about building a career in games user research

How to make time for games UX research

How to make time for games UX research

Immediate and long-term tactics to create the time for proper playtesting, research, UX design and iteration.

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.

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