The publisher for games such as The Elder Scrolls series and Fallout 3 wants play testers of all skill levels and gaming backgrounds.
If you live near or can get to the Dallas/Fort Worth area and want to play some games for free, you could apply to be a play tester. Bethesda Softworks has opened applications for play testing volunteers to play both already released games and upcoming games. The company notes that players of all skill levels are welcome, so don’t worry if you feel like you aren’t a “good gamer.”
Applicants must be at least 18 and residents of the US; Bethesda Softworks is not accepting international applications. Play testers will not be paid and they must sign a non-disclosure agreement and provide a government-issued ID to prove they are at least 18 on the play testing date. Participants “may, however, receive games or swag in connection with your participation in the play test.” Videogame reviewers, developers, and publishers cannot apply.
Play tests last about an hour to two hours. You may apply even if you do not live in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area. Bethesda states participants must provide their own transportation.
The Dallas/Fort Worth area is home to id Software, the developer of Doom and Quake and subsidiary of ZeniMax Media. Bethesda Softworks is also a subsidiary.
If you choose to apply, make sure you provide a valid email address if you want to hear back from Bethesda. After first providing your birth date, the application will ask if you have any affiliations in the game industry, for your name, and for your email address.