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How to keep existing clients: 3 tips for video game translators.

I’m a video game translator, and I sell 80% of my translations to my old clients. It’s easier than selling to new ones, which costs a lot of time. First I wait for a potential job, then I send my CV and then I pass a translation test. If I success, I have to wait for an invitation to a project. It’s a lot of time and efforts – that’s why I focus on working with existing clients.

However, there is always a chance to lose a client. It’s bad, and I try to avoid it. Of course, if a client goes bankrupt or says farewell to game development, I can do nothing about it. But what I can do – is to prevent them from choosing another translator.

In this article I will share my own experience on how do I keep my clients.



Should gamedevs help localizers doing their job? A live example.

When localizing a game, developers aim for great translations, while investing as little effort as possible. However, helping translators is crucial for success, and here is a live example.



“A winner is you” – a sample of poor translation. Game 1.

Ever wanted to look at a poor translation? Here it is! 9 mistakes in a 50-words game description!



Cybernetical druids.

Why should localizers play games they translate.  And what happens when they don’t.