How the PRO Act Could Affect 250,000 US Language Professionals – via slator.com

Over 50 participants joined the Association of Language Companies (ALC) for its annual advocacy event, ALC on the Hill, to lobby US politicians on issues relevant to the language industry. The campaign, which wrapped up on March 19, 2021, consisted of virtual meetings with 70 offices from 17 states, the...

Google Pulls Plug on Stadia Game Dev: First-Party Studios Go, Platform Stays – via slator.com

Google has announced that it will no longer compete in the game development market. “We’ve decided that we will not be investing further in bringing exclusive content from our internal development team SG&E, beyond any near-term planned games,” wrote Phil Harrison, Vice President and GM at Google Stadia in a...

Poland Rules on LSP Using Google Translate; Defines ‘Professional Translator’ – via slator.com

A court in Poland has set a precedent of sorts by weighing in on the use of free machine translation (MT) tools such as Google Translate and what constitutes a “professional translator.”The ruling, handed down last summer, was the subject of a February 8, 2021 article penned by Wojciech Woloszyk,...

Reader Polls: Human Translation Speed, Look Who’s Hiring Aggressively, Email Behavior – via slator.com

Let’s start with the good news. There are many open roles and language service providers (LSPs) and localization teams are hiring aggressively, according to the majority (43.2%) of respondents to Slator’s recent poll. Here’s proof: Barely two months into the new year and, already, Slator has featured a couple of...

Slator 2021 Ranking of the World’s Largest Translation Companies – via slator.com

The Slator Language Service Provider Index (LSPI) is a ranking and an index of the world’s largest translation, localization, interpreting, and language technology companies. As in the 2020 edition, participants in the Slator 2021 LSPI are listed in order of revenue (in USD for 2020). The ranking is supplemented with...

Job Index Rises to Pre-Covid Levels in March 2021 – via slator.com

Hiring activity in the language industry increased strongly in March 2021, continuing the upward trajectory from February 2021, when it rebounded from the January 2021 seasonal dip. In March 2021, the Slator Language Industry Job Index (LIJI) climbed by nearly 10 points, the biggest upswing since Covid-19 took effect. The...

Job Index Hits All-Time High in April 2021 – via slator.com

Hiring activity in the language industry increased strongly in April 2021, continuing the upward trajectory from March and February 2021. In April 2021, the Slator Language Industry Job Index (LIJI) climbed by a little more than 10 points, the biggest upswing in more than 18 months. The April 2021 LIJI...

A Year After Covid, Belgian Interpreters Continue to Reel From Lost Income – via slator.com

The twin blows of Covid and the seasonality of work to begin with have severely affected the livelihood of conference interpreters, according to the latest annual report released by the Belgian Chamber of Translators and Interpreters (CBTI-BKVT). Published on March 17, 2021 in French and Dutch, the report highlighted the...

Reader Polls: Online Dating via Google Translate, Risk to Top LSPs – via slator.com

Big Tech has been amply represented in machine translation news over the past four months. Amazon launched live translation for Alexa. Google improved the UX for live speech translation by reducing flickering text (although Google Translate was deemed not quite ready for use in medical emergencies according to a recent...