MEET #QLOCDRAGONS – Grzegorz Maj

Meet Grzegorz Maj, who is our QA Team Leader.

We asked Grzegorz some questions about his work at QLOC and more!

Check out his answers below.

 

What’s your job at QLOC?

I’m navigating a project’s ship through dangerous seas full of bugs and leading my crew to ultimate victory in the world of digital entertainment. In less poetic words, I’m working as a QA Team Leader and I’m responsible for task assignments for my team, preparing reports for client about current progress on the project, taking care of high morale of testers and executing all kinds of other tasks.

 

What do you like most about your job?

Besides being close to the whole process of game development, I really like meeting so many different people. Each tester has an interesting story to tell or has an unusual hobby. Working with all these people broadens my own perception of the world.

 

What was the most captivating task you had in QLOC?

So hard to tell, because I’m the type of person who completely sinks into the stuff that gets involved in. I think the most captivating tasks are related to my current position as a Team Leader. Working with my team, delivering all required information about the project, preparing hardware for tests, contact with our clients. Sometimes it can be really exhausting, but at the same time very satisfying and rewarding.

 

How many games have you worked on?

According to mobygames.com my name is mentioned in 5 titles. However, outside of official sources, I worked on 15 games throughout my 4-year career at QLOC… and I want more!

 

What have you learned from working in QLOC?

Teamwork is the key to success. You may be a one-man army, but there’ll be a moment when without the help from your colleagues you won’t make it. We’re one team, playing towards a common goal – to provide the best service for our clients and deliver the best product for gamers.

 

What would you advise people who think about working in QLOC?

Join us! We’ve got fruits and coffee! Just kidding. Well, if you’re into video games just follow your passion for them. At QLOC you’ll find similar people and take your first step into the world of the gaming industry.

 

Which game from the ones you’ve worked on is your favorite?

When I started as a tester, it was definitely Middle-Earth: Shadow of War. I treat this game almost like my own child despite the fact I was ‘just a tester’ back then. As a Team Leader, there is no other option than Mortal Kombat 11 and again, I feel like it’s somehow my child. Hard to explain, but I feel a real bond with the titles I worked on.

 

Do you have any special powers?

I’m a Jedi. Almost. Patience, patience and again patience with a little pinch of hard work. It’s a part of me from the very beginning. I can wait for years, explain the same thing 100 times without irritation, learn something completely on my own and wait for satisfying results which eventually come with hard work and experience.

 

What do you do in your spare time?

I’m a semi-professional musician and my ultimate tool of destruction is the bass. I play in a folk-metal band known as Leśne Licho and you can find us on Spotify and YouTube. Besides music, my other vocation is cosplay. Maybe I don’t make many cosplays and probably most of my characters are rather unknown but I have a lot of fun. You can find me on IG: panmai_cosplay.

 

Are you #PCMasterRace or #TeamConsole? 🙂

I’m #TeamFitWorkout! Go outside and have some decent exercises! They’ll benefit your health and produce some endorphins 🙂

 

Enter the title of your favorite game, movie/series and book.

Game: Unreal from 1998. Unique atmosphere and mind-blowing OST from Alex Brandon and Michiel van den Bos. Movies: Ridley Scott’s Alien and James Cameron’s Aliens. Just pure epicness. Book: Lalka by Bolesław Prus. A year without Lalka is a wasted year! And it’s also a perfect scenario for anime 😀

 

What game would you take with you to a desert island?

Of course, Unreal! It’s very linear and rather easy while comparing it to recent productions, but it’s so alluring and magical. I can’t imagine living without playing it and sinking completely into the world of NaPali!

 

Are there any work-related anecdotes you could tell?

I’ve got so many, but my favorite one is a lecture from one of our testers about developing tester sensitivity with time and experience in QA: “There is a way to see if you have enough tester sensitivity. You get a call from a friend and he or she is crying because a cat died… and you, as a pro tester, stay calm and ask “ok, but do you have repro steps for that?”