The most popular languages for computer games in South America
Ameryka Południowa składa się z wielu państw, które korzystają z różnych odmian języka hiszpańskiego. Mamy języki takie jak hiszpański w odmianie argentyńskiej, boliwijskiej, kolumbijskiej czy też meksykańskiej. Drugim najczęściej używanym językiem jest portugalski w wersji brazylijskiej. Kiedy gry komputerowe muszą zostać w jakimś języku w tym regionie wydane, jest to prawdziwy dylemat dla wydawców, z powodu tak dużej ilości języków w tym regionie.
Venezuela - the most popular games and their translations
South America consists of many countries that use different varieties of Spanish. We have languages such as Spanish in the Argentine, Bolivian, Colombian or Mexican varieties. The second most widely used language is Portuguese in the Brazilian version. When computer games have to be released in some language in the region, it is a real dilemma for publishers because of such a large number of languages in the region.
Another popular game in Venezuela is Persona 5, a game in which we play as a high school student who, while moving to Tokyo, finds a mysterious app on his phone that allows him to move to a cybernetic world called Metawersum. The game is based on morality, as some players have described it, sometimes questionable. Moving to Metawersum, we will face opponents who embody evil traits that must be fought. Slightly surprisingly, the audio in the game itself was released only in Japanese and English. Players were given a wider choice, in terms of language, only for the written text. They could choose from languages such as English, French, Italian, German or Spanish in the classic variety. It is worth noting that the Spanish language appeared for the first time in the entire series.
Localization of games in South America
The game that is winning the hearts of players in countries such as Brazil and Chile is none other than League of Legends. Riot Games shows all the time how it cares about its players and strives to deliver gameplay at the highest possible level through many facilities for players from this very region. South America has as many as two servers where players can freely play their matches. They also do not disappoint when it comes to choosing the language in which to conduct their gameplay. Players can opt for one of the many available languages, in which both dialogues, recorded by people dubbing specific characters, are translated The most common languages in these regions are Spanish of the Latin American variety and classic Portuguese. It is worth noting that League of Legends was not translated into these two languages from the beginning and was available mainly in English, which could be a problem for many players through their lack of fluency in this language. Riot Games, responsible for this production, shows with each passing year that they do not seek to exclude any region of the world, however, and even established a Latin American League in 2018, where the best players from the region could compete against each other. This was certainly a big step forward due to the fact that North America had had a league along with Europe since 2013.
Most popular languages in Bolivia
Another country that has shown considerable interest in gaming is Bolivia. Players from this country have opted for the more laid back MMO game of World Of Warcraft, known to most as simply WoW. The MMO type game allows players to create a character of any race they choose, it can be an elf, dwarf or human. In addition, the player is given the opportunity to choose the class to which he will belong. This influences the set of his skills he will be able to use, traversing and exploring the world full of adventures that await him. Blizzard, responsible for the development of this game, has localized its production into really many languages. We can choose from the likes of English, Portuguese in the Brazilian version, Spanish in the classic version or Spanish in the Mexican version. The game itself was initially available only in English for players who decided to purchase the game.
Argentina - the most popular languages in computer games in South America
The whole list could not miss, of course, the classic FPS from under the banner of Valve, which is Counter Strike: Global Offensive. Simple in concept and use, the first-person shooter has won the hearts of hundreds of thousands of players around the world. In Argentina it is this game that is breaking records of popularity. During the gameplay we play the role of a member of a group of terrorists or anti-terrorists. Being a member of the terrorist team, we have to plant a bomb in the indicated place, where the anti-terrorists are already present, and it is they who have to defend these places. The simplicity of the premise on which the game is based allows for a lot of fun resulting from the gameplay, but also leaves room for more experienced players. The game has a huge number of available translations that every player has access to. We can play this production in languages such as English, French, German, Portuguese of the Brazilian variety or classic Spanish. This region is extremely important for this game, precisely because of the number of players as well as the fact that many very talented players come from there. Taking place every year, the CS:GO Intel Extreme Masters tournament this year was organized in Argentina, in Rio de Janeiro, where the best teams from around the world come to compete for the title of the best team in Counter Strike.
Many of the aforementioned games have gained popularity in countries other than those in which they were created. The correct and appropriate localization of the games in the parts of that region was crucial to the success that was achieved. The choice of languages into which the various titles were translated had to be appropriately chosen for this region precisely because of the multitude of varieties of mainly two languages, Spanish and Portuguese.