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|Session Name:||Harnessing Your Players as a QA Resource: Benefits and Practice|
|Company Name(s):||Manchester Business School|
|Track / Format:||QA Summit|
|Overview:||Current QA practice tends to involve players predominantly in beta testing, with some productions getting players to test alpha builds as well. Nevertheless, far more beneficial applications of players' skills and ability can be found beyond the simple toolkit approach. Their aim is to save developers' time, resources and organizational effort, as well as to bestow significant competitive advantages. Based on extensive research, this session explores those advanced QA approaches and offers practical advice on how and why to implement them. It also summarizes their risks and benefits, and considers their outcomes for game development and marketing.|