Season one and two of The Tester
apparently went well enough that Sony is anteing up for round 3. Open casting has commenced, with contestants competing for a job at SCEA's Santa Monica studio, home of God of War. Friends and family can cast submissions and eventually vote on the contestants as well. I'm still a little perplexed by the series and the whole panel setup makes it feel like Sony's gaming-themed answer to American Idol. While it might not make an exciting web series, I think it might be a good idea for Sony to open a casting call for security experts to test and tighten up PSN instead of the next Kratos vehicle.
Sony Computer Entertainment America Announces Casting Call for Season 3 of its Original Reality Series, ‘The Tester™’
Gamers Can Now Submit Profiles for a Chance to Be Selected as a Contestant on Next Season’s Cast and Compete for a Job at SCEA
August 4, 2011 – Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA), together with 51 Minds Entertainment, today announced its open casting call for the third season of PlayStation®Network’s original competitive reality series, “The Tester™”. The nationwide online casting competition invites gamers from across the country to submit a profile for their chance to become a participant in season 3 of “The Tester,” debuting in early 2012. This season, contestants will by vying for a production job on an unannounced title for the PlayStation®3 system, working at SCEA’s world-famous Santa Monica Studio, home of the best-selling God Of War® franchise.
“The Tester,” season 3 casting call is open for submissions today and encourages gamers from coast-to-coast to upload photos, videos and short written statements explaining why they deserve a spot on the exclusive reality series. The deadline for “The Tester” cast submissions for season 3 is September 16, 2011.
Additionally, SCEA will hold a casting contest to allow family, friends and fans to vote on cast submissions and ultimately vote one lucky gamer onto the cast for season 3. Mickey Paradis (aka “8bitmickey”) received a majority of the more than 350,000 community votes to become the winner of the first-ever online casting contest for “The Tester” and was a competing contestant in Season 2.
The second season of “The Tester,” produced by 51 Minds, premiered exclusively on PlayStation Network on November 2, 2010. Panelists Brent Gocke, senior release manager at SCEA, and Adrienne Curry, renowned gamer and reality television star, along with weekly guest panelists, decided the fate of the contestants based on their weekly performance. In the end, Matthew Brown (aka “Gaymer”) took home the winning title, beating out the other 11 contestants in a series of physical and mental challenges throughout the eight-episode season and earned a position as SCEA’s newest video game tester in the Quality Assurance department in San Diego, CA. Additionally, as part of his grand prize, Brown received a $5,000 signing bonus, a 46” 3D Bravia TV, and a limited edition “The Tester” PlayStation®3 system.
For additional information, to submit a profile or to vote on cast submissions, visit: www.casting.thetester.com
To catch up on the intense competition of season’s one and two of “The Tester,” visit the PlayStation® Store for free downloads of all episodes in both high-definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) formats, or visit www.thetester.com.