Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) today announced an open casting call for “The Tester,” a new competitive reality series created for PlayStation®Network, which will become available exclusively for PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™). The program will follow a group of gamers as they face off in a series of elimination challenges designed to test their mental prowess, dexterity, and video game knowledge and compete to win a gamer’s ultimate dream job – an official PlayStation game tester. Open casting for the series begins today. I gotta say that I like this, Sony is finally starting to realize that they can cross-promote their brands and do it effectively, leveraging all the different areas that Sony has a foothold in to really bring to fruition that entire entertainment experience that they always talk about.
To enter, gamers must complete the online form and submit a short video at us. www.us.PlayStation.com/psn/thetester explaining why they have what it takes to be a part of the PlayStation family. Selected contestants will then compete over the course of eight episodes, going head-to-head in a series of game-themed challenges designed to test the will and grit of even the most dedicated gamer. The winner will earn a contract position as a tester at PlayStation’s Quality Assurance department in San Diego, CA, where he or she will get hands on time with the most highly anticipated games in the industry.
Leveraging its unequalled studio relationships, PlayStation Network has partnered with reality programming veterans, 51 Minds Entertainment to produce “The Tester.” Widely credited for inventing the celebreality genre of reality programming, 51 Minds Entertainment’s previous credits include many iconic, pop culture hits such as “The Surreal Life,” “Flavor of Love” and “Rock of Love.”
The latest in a series of original programs designed exclusively for PlayStation Network, “The Tester” will debut this winter. Each episode of “The Tester” will be available in high-definition and distributed digitally through the PlayStation®Store. Episodes can be purchased individually or all eight at once through a season pass.
For more information on “The Tester” and how to participate please visit www.us.PlayStation.com/psn/thetester. Additional details can be found on the PlayStation Blog http://blog.us.playstation.com/2009/09/03/open-casting-call-for-the-tester/.