Top 10 Languages for Game Localization in 2021

Most popular languages for game localization

These 17 languages account for 84% of game localization orders at Alconost. For Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese is the most commonly selected dialect; for Chinese, Simplified Chinese is the most common.
  • What countries is your game genre most popular in?
  • What is most important to you right now — maximum downloads or maximum revenue?
  • How many languages will your budget allow, given the volume of text in the game?

Top 10 countries for gaming revenue

  1. China
  2. USA
  3. Japan
  4. South Korea
  5. Germany
  6. UK
  7. France
  8. Canada
  9. Italy
  10. Spain

Why not just focus on the most profitable languages?

Best countries for high download numbers

Source: AppTweak

Downloads vs Revenue

Game localization on a budget

  • Simplified Chinese (18%)
  • Russian (12%)
  • Spanish (5.5%)
  • German (4%)
  • Brazilian Portuguese (3.5%).

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