Translator (Temporary)

SEGA… What do you think of when you hear that word? Do you think of the console with the iconic, harmonized voice fire ups or do you think of the countless gaming hits from Sonic the HedgehogGolden Axe, or the Persona series?…

When we think of SEGA, we think of its evolution from a pioneer in the video game market to one of the most prominent video game developers and publishers ever! Globally, SEGA has over 5,000 employees passionately working to bring the best gaming entertainment to players around the planet. We have one of, if not the richest, portfolio of original IPs – something we are very proud of and excited about as the market continues to change.

New streaming technologies and shifts in the retail landscape are well poised for what will be the most disruptive and innovative time in our industry. Our IP strategy positions us well for this, and we are enthusiastic about the future!

There’s never been a more exciting time in the company’s history to join SEGA!

Job Summary:

SEGA of America is seeking a Temporary Translator to help localize top-class, Japan-originating product for Western markets. Our translators are Japanese/English bilingual specialists and creative professionals who produce raw English translations of Japanese source text for further revision and editing by our team of editors.

For this position, we are looking to find someone who can hit the ground running for the length of a single upcoming project. This position is open to both entry-level candidates and those with prior translation experience. While prior experience in video game localization is not a necessary, a working knowledge of Japanese video games and how they are typically rendered in English is required, and you must be able to demonstrate an ability to produce text that is easily parsed, translation that is clear and correct while capturing all meaning, adding nothing, as well as not removing important details.

You should apply for the job if…

  • You are a speaker and writer of both English and Japanese. We like candidates who have spent at least some time in Japan, who have attended formal Japanese school, or have certifications in Japanese language. Strong comprehension of Japanese and strong command of English is the best combination.
  • Games are love, games are life: Especially games from Japan. You play them in both Japanese and English, depending on the situation, and appreciate the beauty of both.
  • You can balance a love of games and language with reliability, self-discipline, and respect for the Japanese intent.
  • You have experience translating or interpreting and understand the challenges of communicating themes and concepts unique to one language in a way that is easily understood in another.
  • You know and love SEGA or Atlus games, including brands such Persona, Shin Megami Tensei, or Yakuza.
  • You relish the feeling of polishing a diamond in the rough.
  • You are detail-oriented, always keeping your eye on the final product and considering how your work will be received by a non-Japanese speaker.
  • You think on your feet, always looking for solutions to unexpected challenges (whether creative or technical).
  • You are familiar and comfortable with translation management software such as MemoQ.

In the SEGA Localization Department, you will spend your days…

  • Translating Japanese text into English for further refinement by our editing team and maintaining clarity, consistency, and accuracy, while being careful to not accidentally introduce language that could be misinterpreted downstream.
  • Tracking your progress with daily diligence to stay on schedule with longer-term deadlines.
  • Playing in-development games in Japanese to understand context and be ready to answer questions about games from other team members.
  • Communicating frequently with other translators and editors, making sure that everyone understands the nature of the source text.
  • Using Microsoft Teams group chat to discuss the story, characters, and game functions.
  • Participating in remote meetings to decide key terms and style guide.
  • Researching referenced events, concepts, people, etc., whether real-world or within a series’ canon.
  • Recognizing inconsistencies in presentation and collaborating with your team to sync up.
  • Finding the emotional core in dialogue, and artfully communicating those underpinnings to your colleagues on the team.
  • Synchronizing your writing for a character with your team’s vision for them.
  • Working with editing to review and provide feedback on voice scripts and edited dialog, identifying potential mistranslations or misedits.