Telstra Wants To Pay Someone $25,000 To Review Video Games

Telstra Wants To Pay Someone $25,000 To Review Video Games
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If you love games and you love sharing your opinions on camera, then Telstra might have a job for you.

The telco announced Monday morning a search for a “Telstra Game Reviewer”, whose job it will be to produce 10 reviews between June and November. The reviews will form the basis of a new content series for Telstra, highlighting their Xbox All Access subscription program. Naturally, the 10 reviews must all feature titles available on Xbox Game Pass.

“The successful candidate or group should have at-least several years of experience in gaming, be confident in front of a camera and be keen to have a go at all genres of games,” Telstra said in a media release. “However less experienced gamers with a strong passion for play are still encouraged to apply.”

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The terms and conditions say that the successful applicant will get $25,000 for the 10 reviews, broken into 10 videos and 10 supplementary written reviews. The T&C’s note that the reviews include “associated gaming products,” which is probably an indication that a review of the next Xbox is on the table, given the reviews period finishes in November.

Telstra currently anticipates that any successful applicant will be required as part of the Telstra Game Reviewer Project to create and provide up to 10 videos and 10 corresponding written reviews of the games and associated gaming products (each a Review) between June and November 2020, which Telstra will use in various social media and external channels and otherwise use to promote the Xbox All Access product or other gaming products. Telstra will advise successful applicant(s) of the number of Reviews required.

Applicants can apply via this link between now and 11.59pm on Wednesday, May 20. You’ll need to answer a string of questions about your gaming experience, favourite genres of games and a bit about yourself.

Here’s some guidance from Telstra on what they’re looking for:

  • Tell us about yourself/yourselves in 100 words or less
  • Describe your gaming history and experience
  • Tell us why you would want to be the Telstra Game Reviewer
  • What are your favourite games or style of games?
  • Share with us your best game review (of a console, PC or mobile game). Your review should be submitted as a video link PLUS a 300+ word supporting article; consider including some of the following in your review: Favourite parts of the game; tips or hacks; who would enjoy the game and why; any history or interesting facts; your own gameplay (if possible)

You can review submit reviews of any type of video game on any platform – PC, console, mobile. Other family members or members of your household can feature in the video reviews too, just in case you can’t keep them out of the shot.

“Telstra’s had a long history in gaming right back to the GameArena network and website that was developed in the early 2000s as a way for people to play together and engage as a community,” Telstra’s Nathan Gumley said in the release. “We’re excited to open up our search for someone to review games and hardware as a way of continuing our commitment to helping customers get the most out of their experience and engage with new stories, characters friends and family through gaming.”


    • I’d say they have a clause in their contract that prevents them from creating content for what would likely be considered a competitor.

    • So look up any female Australian Twitch streamer (Eg. HexSteph, LoserFruit, Charalanahzard, etc) and you’ll see your application list of the finalists for the position.

      • Dunno bout the others, but a bit unfair on Alanah. Sure she’s easy on the eye, but she worked her butt off behind the camera, before IGN out her Infront of it. And she’s actually as decent reviewer, unlike a lot of people working on a certain game site, that shall remain nameless

        • I’ll give you that one. Alanah has worked her butt off to get where she is. But I still see her as a popular Australian streamer from her early days. Not too sure what she is doing these days but her name still pops up in my mind.

          • Streams semi-irregularly atm, due to cutting back work. I only watch her YouTube though, and even that isn’t very “regular”. Wasn’t really allowed to when working at IGN, conflict of interest or something. Currently works at Funhaus, but has cut back substantially due to health reasons

      • That’s really the point. Generally to get this sort of gig you need to be really good at what you do, but also good looking and relatively young.
        Not dissing on any online reviewers, they work really hard, paid their dues etc. but in our society the more attractive ones are more popular than the less attractive ones that work just as hard or are older.
        Being good looking is part of the job, it is never listed in the job requirements, but it is always a consideration. I kinda wish they would just fess up and put it in the list of skills required, along with all the others.

        • Geeeez dude. Your life isn’t over just because you’re over 30. There’s plenty of reviewers of all ages out there. But yes if you want a job jn the media it helps to be somewhat attractive. It’s always been that way. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.

      • Come on man Hex wasnt that bad! I mean yeah there was the whole bad blood with GG on her replacing Jung and folks prolly have a hang up over the move to Screenplay but she got better after her first year in GG!

    • Most likely. Given that it’s Telstra though, having my crusty old face croaking “How do you do, fellow kids?” would be a more appropriate reflection of their racket.

  • Telstra’s history in gaming is like a smoker saying they’ve got a long history of supporting the tobacco industry… Technically accurate, but leaves out a lot of context.

    GameArena was little more than a glorified content server for game demos and trailers.

    • It was, however, unmetered and very up to date, which was a breath of fresh air in a world of highly restrictive download caps.

      They also hosted private servers for a really crazy range of games that were not exclusively the netcafe favourites. Whoever was picking their stuff knew what was good.

      Not to mention that they for a time partnered with Steam to get your game downloads unmetered as well.

      It might not have been a bleeding-edge gaming insider news and blog powerhouse, but when it came to servicing the actual gaming needs of gamers… they well and truly did the job. Bigbond was worthy of a lot of shitting on for its premium prices and miserly caps, but it was outstanding in its add-ons like gamearena, and unmatched in its (escalations) tech support.

  • Reviewing 10 games at Telstra as a Telstra Game Reviewer and getting $25,000 no thanks Telstra I’ve already got a job.

    • It’s not a full-time salaried gig, and it’s about two reviews per month, so it’s decent compared to most freelancing.

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