When Lesleyann was 15, she played Final Fantasy VII and realised that gaming could be another medium for telling stories, like books and films. She now believes that games are evolving in a way that goes beyond film and books, noting that as the protagonist, you have to make decisions and feel the weight of those emotions. She loves the part that she gets to play in delivering those stories.
Having worked across a number of high profile games such as RuneScape, Clumsy Ninja, CSR Racing and Sunless Sea, it is the latter’s sequel that she is most proud of. Sunless Skies, or her ‘baby’ as she refers to it, allowed her to lead the testing in its entirety during her time at Failbetter and she is delighted about the impact that having QA involved from the beginning has had on the whole studio.
Lesleyann sees a lot of people using QA as a stepping stone but wants to spread the word that it’s a viable, technical and highly-skilled career in its own right. Being recognised as a Breakthrough Brit for her work in QA is something that Lesleyann is especially proud of and she hopes that it will encourage others to seek out these roles.