Tailoring your game to meet the needs of players in far-flung regions can give you a meaningful edge in the market, especially if you're an indie developer.
Unfortunately, the cost of localization can be especially burdensome for small indie teams.
Of course, the award-winning Gone Home was an indie title developed by four people with almost no budget. So how did it get localized to more than ten languages, from Czech to Esperanto?
At GDC 2014, Gone Home programmer Johnnemann Nordhagen revealed how the dev team enabled, supported, and encouraged fan-made translations for the game.
"Crowdsourcing the Localization of Gone Home" (embedded above) proved to be an excellent, informative talk, and now you can watch it right here for free on the GDC Vault.
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