The 8 Most Frequent Game Localization Languages & How to Choose|
What are the most common languages for game localization and how do you choose languages for your specific needs and budget? If you’re kickstarting your first game localization venture with these questions in mind, you’re at right track.
In this article, you’ll learn which markets account for 80% of the gaming industry’s revenue and the most popular localization languages you can start translating your game into today. But, before we dig into the latest industry insights, let’s jump into the 3 elements to factor in before choosing the localization languages that’ll be the right fit for you.
How to choose the right languages for your localization needs
1. Gauge your game’s localization success based on revenue model
2. Make an educated choice based on what the competition’s doing
3. Figure out different markets’ expectations
Different markets have different expectations with regards to localization. To put it plainly, gamers from certain regions expect their video games to be localized partly, while others expect them to be localized in full. This is good news for companies localizing their games on a budget!
Since game localization comes in different levels, as a game developer, you might choose to stop at one level or go all the way. As you can expect, the more levels you clear, the greater the expense (but also the more immersive the gaming experience!). But how far you choose to go also depends on the nature of your game, such as how text-heavy it is.
The 10 biggest gaming markets
|2. United States||45.0B||209.8M|
|4. South Korea||7.9B||34.1M|
|6. United Kingdom||5.5B||38.5M|
The most frequent game localization languages – what are they?