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Why a Localization SIG?

The world of videogame localization has traditionally been fragmented: within countries, within companies and sometime within individual departments.
A fragmentation that has affected both the visibility and the development of the discipline.
Therefore, we believe that the game localization practice would benefit from a community space in which the ever-increasing number of its specialized professionals can interact and grow in association with the games industry.


SIG Objectives

Goals/Mission: To provide a focal point and nexus for the growing number of game localization professionals in order to build community, draw together best practices and processes, and emphasize the requisite international dimension of game content development towards the goal of improving global game development processes and local end user experiences.

Potential projects/Initiatives: Beyond the goal of drawing together and building community among those involved in game localization, the SIG would also seek to fulfill collaborative projects. Some possible examples include:

  • Activities at Industry Events: Ensure that the SIG has a clear presence at events like GDC, Localization World, E3, Gamescom, etc.
  • Game Localization Best Practices: Compiles a list of core best practices for game localization and shares them via the SIG. Started in early 2011 and republished in an updated version in English in 2012. We have translated it into Japanese and Brazilian Portuguese so far, and plan to maintain it and translate to other languages.
  • LocJAM: create a yearly event, framed as a free and non-competitive game translation contest, that can act as a showcase for videogame localization among students, young professional and developers. Started in 2014, with two editions held so far.

SIG Leadership

The SIG Steering Committee is comprised of 6 SIG members and can be contacted at [locsig-sc at igda dot org].

Current Leadership
The following individuals were elected by the SIG membership in June 2015 and are serving as the SIG steering committee for the 2015-2016 2-year term:

  • Chair: Alain Dellepiane, Language Director, team GLOC (Italy/Japan)
  • Steering Committee: Elizabeth Sánchez León, Localization Professional, Nintendo of Europe GmbH (Spain/Germany)
  • Steering Committee: Rolf Klischewski, Game Translator & Localization Consultant, Games Localization (Germany)
  • Steering Committee: Simone Crosignani, PR Manager, Binari Sonori (Italy)
  • Steering Committee: Serge Gladkoff, Service Company Owner and Executive Manager, Logrus International (USA)
  • Steering Committee: Sheila C. Gomes, Independent Localization Professional (Brazil)

 

The 2013-2015 2-year term:

  • Miguel Á. Bernal-Merino (Chair)
  • Simone Crosignani (Vice-Chair)
  • Alain Dellepiane (Vice-Chair)
  • Rolf Klischewski (Vice-Chair)
  • Oded Sharon (Vice-Chair)
  • Tom Slattery (Vice-Chair) 


The 2011-2012 2-year term:

  • Kate Edwards (Chair)
  • Miguel Bernal (Vice-Chair)
  • Edwin Steussy (Vice-Chair)
  • Richard Honeywood - Game Industry Representative (Vice-Chair)
  • Fabio Minazzi - Localization Industry Representative (Vice-Chair)


The founding 2007-2010 term:

  • Kate Edwards (Chair)
  • Miguel Bernal (Vice-Chair)
  • Heather Chandler (Vice-Chair)
  • Richard Honeywood  - Game Industry Representative (Vice-Chair)
  • Fabio Minazzi - Localization Industry Representative (Vice-Chair)  

 

Operation

The LocSIG operates as an autonomous group, with its own advisory board, steering committee and working groups. The majority of activity is in discussion of various topics of interest to the members, which is conducted via private Internet mailing lists. As is often the case in groups like this, every participant is free to choose their own level of contribution, though naturally participants are encouraged (and needed) to work on creating issues and solutions, not to just sit back and review everyone else's work. The process, in general, is geared towards gaining consensus, and the wider SIG membership is given ample opportunity to comment on the progress of each Working Group through reports given at regular physical meetings as well as via e-mail or teleconferencing.

Policies

  • It is NOT appropriate for members to use the LocSIG's public meetings or email lists as a forum for making disparaging remarks about other individuals, technologies or, member companies, nor to do self promotional or promotional activities in general. This SIG is intended to be a collaborative group between peers sharing common goals, concerns and interests. Members who post personal/commercial promotions and marketing will be warned, but may face removal from the SIG if they don't refrain.
  • The LocSIG is devoted to cooperation and open discussion. SIG members are expected to use professional discretion when speaking out at our public meetings. Such judicial use of your good judgment will help our organization ensure that cooperation and openness will not be jeopardized.
  • At the same time, however, dissenting voices must be heard and given their due so as to promote open, honest and challenging discussions and to reach the best conclusions. When remarks need to be negative and perhaps contentious, they should be made on the LocSIG main or WG mailing lists or in closed, members only meetings. In this way, these important sentiments can be expressed, discussed, and acted upon, without causing unwanted side effects.
  • Remarks made on the LocSIG main or WG mailing lists or in closed, members only meetings are the property of the LocSIG and cannot be reproduced with out the express written consent of the LocSIG Steering Committee.
  • This statement of ownership is intended to provide a level of comfort to all members that what they say or what is said about them within the confines of the SIG will not be misrepresented or re-broadcast without consent and approval. This helps create an environment of trust and security needed to speak openly and honestly within the SIG community.
  • Our open meetings, on the other hand, are intended for the dissemination of our work and results to the public and the industry at large. To this end, we invite press and influential industry folks to attend and hear what we have to say. This way, what media attention we do receive will focus on the great work and positive accomplishments of the group as a whole and not on small episodes of controversy.
  • The press and public are generally invited to attend any LocSIG endorsed event occurring in conjunction with a trade show, such as General or Working Group meetings and/or special presentations at GDC and Localization World. This does not include closed meetings such as Working Group meetings held at private (usually corporate) sites. 

Steering Committee and Guidelines

The Steering Committee is a group comprised of the SIG Chair and Vice-Chairs - being a group of any odd number of members, no less than three (3). New members of the Steering Committee should be solicited (through nominations or volunteers from the General Membership) when an existing member steps down. Final approval of any new Steering Committee members will be subject to the discretion of the current Steering Committee members. In the event that a clear decision is not evident, the Steering Committee may chose to adopt a formal voting process for this purpose at that time. The main job of the Steering Committee is the administration of the LocSIG which includes the following functions:

  • act as the primary liaison with the IGDA and other SIG leaders.
  • request and manage any IGDA SIG funds, as appropriated for the LocSIG .
  • keep the LocSIG and Working Group mailing lists.
  • schedule and publicize annual and semi-annual meetings.
  • publicize the findings of the Working Groups.
  • review and implement new technologies, such as a WWW home page and/or the SIG's presence on IGDA web resources (e.g., the IGDA wiki).
  • create and implement strategies for the recruiting of new members.
  • create and implement revenue generating ventures (non recruitment oriented), such as a Job Fair / Classifieds.
  • act as points of contact for and manage ongoing relationships with other organizations wishing to work with the LocSIG .
  • review, suggest revisions to, and approve new Working Group proposals.
  • request submissions of proposals from a member of the LocSIG who identifies a significant issue, but cannot rally enough of a response from the GM to form a Working Group. Upon receipt of such a proposal, the Steering Committee will then decide upon what action it wishes to take. Such action may include publishing the results, requesting more information, putting the proposal out to the GM for feedback, etc.
  • act individually as representatives to the Working Groups. The Steering Committee representative will provide guidance as needed to the Working Group Chair to facilitate results in the Working Group. The Steering Committee representative will also serve as the communications conduit between the Working Group and the Steering Committee. In the event of persistent difficulties it may be necessary for the Steering Committee representative to recommend actions be taken by the Steering Committee to either get the Working Group back on track or disband it entirely.
  • keep track of the progress of the Working Group and resolve issues brought before the committee by Working Groups Steering Committee representatives. 

The LocSIG Chair and Vice-Chair(s)

The LocSIG Chair is primarily responsible for overseeing the processes and functions of the Steering Committee, which is comprised of the Chair and the Vice-Chairs. The Vice-Chairs are responsible for helping the Chair accomplish the goals of the SIG and assist in the management of the SIG. New LocSIG Chairs and Vice-Chairs will be nominated from existing (or new) Steering Committee members when an existing GLSIG Chair/Vice-Chair resigns. The Chair/Vice-Chair assignment is subject to approval by the remaining members.

6.1 Primary responsibilities of the LocSIG Chair:

  • act as the primary liaison with the IGDA and other SIG leaders.
  • request and manage any IGDA SIG funds, as appropriated for the LocSIG .
  • keep track of the overall direction and performance of the LocSIG .
  • schedule, coordinate, and set agendas for Steering Committee meetings (in person or conference calls).
  • manage Steering Committee activities.
  • ensure that the LocSIG and the Steering Committee remain honest and non partisan bodies.
  • delegate tasks (such as setting up meetings) to Steering Committee members (including themselves).

6.2 Primary responsibilities of the LocSIG Vice-Chair(s):

  • assist the Chair in acting as a liaison with the IGDA and other SIG leaders.
  • provide ongoing input on SIG progress, activities and goals
  • assist in requesting and managing any IGDA SIG funds, as appropriated for the LocSIG .
  • keep track of the overall direction and performance of the LocSIG .
  • help oversee Working Group activity
  • help encourage ongoing participation by SIG members 

 

 

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