Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) announced that it is planning to debut an original competition reality series, The Tester, on PlayStation Network which will be available for free download from February 18, 2010. In the ‘only one of its kind’ series, 11 hopeful gamers from across the U.S.A will compete in some punishing physical and mental challenges with the sole aim of winning a position as a game tester at SCEA and a $5,000 signing bonus.
In order to bring The Tester into existence, SCEA teamed up with a production company known as ’51 Minds’ who been behind some hit TV series including The Surreal Life, Rock of Love, For the Love of Ray J along with many, many others. Cast members age varies from 22 – 36 years-old and from all walks of life ranging from a student, to a paramedic, to a used car salesman.
The Tester will be hosted by Meredith Molinari, and contestants will be judged by Hal Sparks and Brent Gocke, Release Manager, First Party QA at Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE), as well weekly guest panelists including David Jaffe, Director and Lead Designer of God of War and Twisted Metal, John Hight, Director, Product Development, for God of War; and Petro Piaseckyj, Managing Producer, International Software at SCE.
The series will last for eight episodes with the various challenges testing various skills such as dexterity, communication skills and mental prowess which are things that all games testers must possess. New episodes of The Tester will be available on PlayStation®Store for free each Thursday from February 18 through April 8.