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If you're reading this, it means that you have reached the most hidden and secret section of the forum
What is a SuperTester? What do people do over there? How to get there?
This FAQ was specially prepared so that you can get answers to them.
If this does not happen, feel free to ask your question in the comments; We will do our best to give you an answer.

Please note that questions not related to the SuperTest will be deleted without warning

Q: What is the "SuperTest"?

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A: SuperTest (hereinafter referred to as "ST") is a process of testing game versions (and their performance) that have not yet been released by a limited number of volunteers - super testers.
Conducting ST can help both in preparing the version/content for public release (elimination of bugs, checking the content and functionality), and in evaluating various ideas at the prototype stage (running in "raw" ideas and collecting data on them). In other words, ST is a "closed kitchen" in which a number of users help developers "cook" the game.


Participation in ST is recommended for players who:

  • Like to play World of Warships, they want to help in its development and be the first to see all updates, sometimes at the prototype stage.
  • Are interested or even versed in game development, are not afraid of difficulties, like to delve into the essence of things and get results.
  • Want to become part of a friendly, close-knit team, united by common interests and aspirations.

 


Q: I'm in! How to get there?

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A: Game developers will determine how many SuperTesters we need to recruit in order to satisfy requirements for quality and thorough testing of new client builds, content, and mechanics. However NA typically recruits at least once per fiscal year, twice should we need additional recruits. Keep an eye on the World of Warships Forums and Discord for announcements!


Q: Are there any age restrictions?

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A: Yes, you can only take part in the super test if you're 18 or older, as the volunteer must accept a non-disclosure agreement (NDA).


Q: What will my tasks be?

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A: Usually the tasks of a SuperTester include playing a certain (test) version of the game, checking all the mechanics, changes and writing bug reports (posting messages about errors and defects found while testing) and writing a feedback (your opinion).

 

Q: Is ST obligatory?

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A: Yes and no. This is a voluntary program so your participation level will dictate your status of being active or non-active. But we have certain requirements for current participants of ST, which include an active participation of scheduled test sessions and completion of tasks on time. We don’t plan to keep “non-actives” in the ST, neither do we want to kick out testers for minor violations or rare absences.


Q: What's the schedule for testing sessions?

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A: There are 2 critical test cycles to stabilize game updates: 

1. SuperTest - initial testing and stabilization of the game update (1 week)

- Tuesday:

  • 8:00 PM ET to 10:00 PM ET

- Friday:

  • 8:00 PM ET to 10:00 PM ET

2. PreProduction Test - final testing and stabilization of update prior to release (weekend prior to next update)

  • Saturday: 8:00 PM ET to 10:00 PM ET
  • Sunday: 8:00 PM ET to 10:00 PM ET

If you can’t participate in ST during this period, it’s best for you not to apply.


Q: Wait! What's the salary? Some kind of bonuses?

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A: On ST of World of Warships there is no salary and never will be. SuperTesters help us because they like to help and participate in the development of the game we love. In addition, STs are the first to play new game versions, they have an opportunity to communicate closely with the development, to realize their passion for games. We, in our turn, express our gratitude both in words (and a separate forum group), and sometimes we give rewards to the most active participants. Activity is examined on the basis of a number of indicators that we occasionally summarize and publish for all STs.


Q: Who are the "Super test coordinators"?

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A: Coordinators are volunteers like STs, but with more responsibilities and different tasks. Responsibilities of the coordinators include ensuring the normal course of testing, supporting ST recruits and assisting in processing of feedback and bug reports. Coordinators are selected by the SuperTest manager.

Here are the current NA SuperTest Coordinators:

  • ManWantsSteel
  • Hadron_Collide
  • Malarkey_
  • Brooklin82
  • Potemkyn
  • CompassGhost
  • HeIlaCopterRescue
  • Lord_Zath

 

Q: I know all this because I participate in WoT (WoWp) ST . Can I participate in your ST?

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A: Yes. Our ST's are organized independently. There are no special restrictions in World of Warships ST. And the issues of participation in ST of other projects should be decided with your curators.


Q: I am a member of another volunteer group of the game, may I participate in ST?

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A: We welcome volunteers from other groups (Privateer, CST, Wiki Editors, ModMakers, etc) 
Community Contributor - applicants will be carefully reviewed as CCs fall under a separate NDA which can conflict with the mission of the ST program
If you participate in other volunteer groups, then you should carefully think about whether you have enough time for the high-quality fulfillment of tasks on ST.

 

Requirements for ST candidates

When checking the application we take into account:

  •     Your application must comply with the application template. Applications submitted not accordingly to the form are automatically rejected;
  •     Experience of playing World of Warships (At least 2000 PvP battles, according to profile statistics; at least 400 battles on 2 out of 4 classes played on and ships of tier 8 are present in the port *not included premium ship). Candidates not meeting this requirement should refrain from applying until the threshold is met.

IMPORTANT: the game statistics of the candidate shouldn't be closed for viewing. Applications from candidates with closed statistics or with access to their statistics by link are not considered!

  •     Experience in writing feedback and bug reports in the project (is welcome)
  •     The general culture of communication on the forum and in the game - before making a decision on candidates application, we check the candidate for violations of the rules in the game and the forum, if a certain amount of violations is exceeded (disclosed ST information,no comments are given), the application is rejected
  •     The number of applications submitted by the candidate (three attempts)
  •     Fluent English
  •     Age: 18 years old or older

Technical requirements

  •     Must have a PC meeting minimum system requirements (link)
  •     At least 200GB of HDD/SSD space for additional clients
  •     Internet must not block downloading ST client
    •     This may happen if you are currently living in an area such as a University/College dorm with controlled internet
  •     Working headset for voice comms
  •     Must be able to install both Discord & Teamspeak

Thanks for your interest in finding out more about the SuperTest program!

Be sure to follow me for more information about upcoming recruitment cycles!

"No computer is ever going to ask a new, reasonable question. It takes trained people to do that." - Grace Hopper, United States Navy

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