Vertical Slice is a UK based company whose sole mission is to assist game development by looking at the heart of gaming…gamers. They are currently offering their services for free to any game development company who deems themselves to be worthy. So if you are currently developing a game for Wii, 360, PS3, PC, DS, PSP, web mediums or any iOS platform, then it may be your lucky day. You could receive free usability testing, UX playtesting, review prediction and other features that would help in the development of your video game.
The deadline for this offer from Vertical Slice is the 7th of February. Here are the requirements. To enter, developers and publishers must write a short paragraph outlining why they think usability testing is important in the future of the games industry. The winning studio can be from any country, as long as they currently have some form of permanent staff in the UK. That’s the kicker. You have to have an office in the UK. Sorry Yanks (self included) maybe next time around.