How do I sign up for a play test?

To sign up, fill out the application on the Bethesda Softworks website. Once you fill out the application, you will be added to our play tester database. You only have to sign up once.

Are there any age restrictions for play testers?

All play testers must be at least 18 years old to sign up and to participate in a play test. We are not accepting play testers under 18 at this time. You will be required to show a valid government issued ID prior to participating.

What happens after I sign up?

Our team will contact you by email or phone if you are a good match for an upcoming play test.

How do I get scheduled for a play test?

If someone from our team calls you or sends you an email, we will let you know what times and dates are available for testing. After you select a time and date, our team will send you a confirmation email with any information you need to know about the play test.

What if I need to cancel after I am scheduled for a play test?

Please reach out to [email protected] if you need to cancel for any reason. We understand that things come up, but try to give at least 24 hour notice if you can’t make it to the play test.

How do I update my information after I apply to be a play tester?

If you need to update your information at any time, please send an email to [email protected] with your updated info.

Can my friends sign up to play test?

Yes! Your friends can sign up on the same website you used to sign up. They must be 18 to sign up and participate in a play test.

Can I sign up if I don’t live in Texas?

Yes! We occasionally run online surveys and beta test that are only open to play testers. We also have done testing outside of Texas, so as long as you live in the US and are over 18 you can sign up.

What if I am having an issue with signing up?

Please reach out to [email protected] if you are having any issues with the sign up process. We will try to get the issue resolved for you.

What if I am having an issue with one of your games or with my Bethesda.net account?

Unfortunately, our team cannot help you with account issues or with issues that involve any of our games. You will need to reach out to our Support Center for assistance. Please go to https://help.bethesda.net for assistance.

How do I opt out of play testing if I have signed up?

Send an email to [email protected] if you want to opt out of play testing. If you change your mind, you can submit another application to sign back up.

Are there any other restrictions to be eligible to play test?

You cannot participate in a play test if you work for a video game developer, or publisher, or if you are journalist that reviews video games. You can still fill out the application – we sometimes do special things for industry folks.

What should I bring to a play test?

Please bring the following items with you to the play test:

  • A valid government issued photo ID
  • Sweater/jacket since it can get cold in the play test lab
  • Your own headphones if you prefer those over ours
  • Yourself – definitely bring yourself!
What should I NOT bring to a play test?
  • Cameras, video cameras, or audio recording devices
  • Laptops, tablets, gaming systems
  • Storage devices of any kind
  • Weapons, alcohol, illegal items or paraphernalia
  • Other people (unless you and your guest have both received confirmations)
What happens during a play test?

During a play test, you may be asked to play an unreleased game and provide feedback on the game. Our team wants to hear what you think of the game, so remember – be honest, be specific, and be respectful of other play testers.

Can I talk about the play test afterwards?

You will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) during the play test, and all information that you see while attending the play test will be confidential. This includes the game that you play, any survey content or discussion topics, and pretty much everything else that you see or hear during the play test.

There are a few things that you can say after the play test:

  • You can say you volunteered to participate in a play test with Bethesda.
  • If you receive swag as compensation, you can say that you received the aforementioned swag as compensation for the play test.
  • You can tell your friends that they should sign up for a play test.

Remember – even if you see one of our moderators or another play tester in public, you cannot talk about the play test. The first rule of play testing: DO NOT VIOLATE THE NDA!

What if I have additional questions?

If you have any questions about play testing for Bethesda Softworks, send an email to [email protected] and someone from our team will get back to you.